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Quilters
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

COMPANY : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 1354

SHOWING : September 02, 2005 - September 24, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or "blocks" with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.

Show runs September 2 through 24, 2005 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, with one Sunday matinee on September 18 at 3:00 PM.


CAST & CREW LIST
Musical Director Annie Cook
Director Amanda Leigh Pickard
Stage Manager Christopher M. McKenzie
Margaret Mandy Cook
Jane Christy Henry
Dana Kristine Lynch
Sarah Mary Beth Martin
Jenny Katie O'Neill
Lisa Kelley Roark
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REVIEWS

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this was great, kudos to the fine women involved
by mediahound
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
5.0
You know the last show I saw at this theater was a little strange and misdirected so coming way out here for 'Footloose'was almost a reason to skip this show but am I glad that I got talked into this one.

What a winner.
Sometimes the voices faltered on the younger women but that was just from inexperience and did not detract from the show. it almost gave a sense of the character and it was sweet. Well let me tell you the audience was thin and those who missed this really missed a great show and if it wasn't for a friend I would not have known that this play was scheduled out here.

The set was so simple but lovely and the music was beautiful.
Ms. Lynch was on top of things and Mandy was inspiring. It takes true commitment to present such a challenging play but Amanda showed great developing skills in her directing and I hope that she continues to work in metro Atlanta but hopefully in the city so the trip to see her work isn't so long. I have to say with gas at these prices this Acworth theater is off of my list. It must be 40 miles out. I want to thank the cast for a job well done. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
OTP shows... by ingenueamanda
Hi Media hound,
Thank you for making the trip OTP to see Quilters at Cobb Playhouse. It was a learning experience and a delight to direct. I understand what you mean about doing shows in the city instead of in."...Egypt.." as I call it. I have been given so many more opportunities OTP that in the city lately and I find my self driving further and further to do the shows that interest me. I am currently rehearsing the role of Audrey in Little Shop in Cumming. Its a hell of a drive, but then again its a hell of a show. I hope you can gather the strength to travel out to Cumming to see it.
Thanks for your kind review. I did the show in college for ACTF Irene Ryans and it has a special place in my heart. I am glad I got to share it with you.

Thanks
Amanda Pickard
www.ingenueamanda.com
hey there! by Nettie
the cumming lil' shop will definately be worth the drive it has my quilters director who sings dances acts beautifully, and an okely dokely in it! :) Y'all rock! Break a leg!
Pieces of Women... One Story
by kimtomko
Friday, September 23, 2005
4.0
There is something that binds women together. Pieces of their girlhood, their courtships, their marriages, children, trials, and joys. Quilters pieces together the experiences of many women to make a wonderful, soulful story. I heard they've had small crowds. Pity. This show is worth the drive to downtown Acworth. It's not just a ladylike drama, it's not just for chicks. You'll laugh, feel sorrow, and remember all the little pieces of living that bring people together. It's more than tradition, it's more than the heirloom that might very well be lost in a fire. It's the strength of character, keeping yourself busy creating something of worth to find that spark of hope, and not only passing on that beautiful quilt, but the tears, the sorrow, the joy, the love that are sewn into and represented by it; the things that bind us together as human beings. Men and women alike. I especially thought the strength of these women after the fire scene could speak so clearly to those touched by Katrina. They didn't whine and cry gimme gimme, it's all his/her fault. They realized there were some things they couldn't control and built their lives again with what they had. Hands got busy, minds became creative, lives were enriched. We're spoiled in the modern world. Most of us could not have survived a day facing what these woman did. Take a lesson from them. And a drive to Acworth. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
thanks :) by Nettie
thanks for coming to see the show! --the lady with the rebel patch who really did stay gone all day playing outside and just stitched on one family quilt ever. (the calico cat quilt that shows up on stage on occasion is the only one I've ever stitched on. *grin*)
A truly delightful musical...for those who don't like musicals
by Travesty
Saturday, September 10, 2005
4.0
(Reviewer's note: for some strange reason all my apostrophes and quotes are preceded by a backslash... (' , " ")...see? please disregard)

So, I journeyed up to Cobb in Acworth on the night of the 9 Sep show. Having performed at Cobb and seeing several shows there, I know it can be hit or miss with the type of experience you'll have. Even though I was friends of some of the castmembers (so doing the support-thing), I had no idea what to expect.
What I got was a very entertaining and enlightening night of theatre. As I mentioned in the title this is a "musical for people who don't like musicals"...in other words...me. *grins*

From the director's stage speech, and the magic of the music, backdrop, and costumes we are transported back to the time of the Pioneers settling the unchartered American midwest, plains, and praries. Immediately, I noticed this is not your typical musical. The lyrics and staging were not presentational, but rather inviting...as if the ladies of the plains would be singing these songs in their everyday life...whether anybody was listening or not...very refreshing. The cast blended their voices together quite nicely, and each song was performed with conviction and true emotion, thereby avoiding the usual musical-theatre trap of (and I'm sure you'll agree) "Why the heck did she just break into song? What does THAT have to do with the story?" *laughs*

This story (if you want to call it that) is really a revue of a collection of varied tales from the Plains, told from the perspective of the women who were the backbone of the Pioneer movement. If women were the backbone, then the lifeblood of the Plains was the Quilt. Similiar to the buffalo for the American Indians, the Quilt symbolizes so much for these ladies. Their babies are born and immediately wrapped the Quilt; it is a source of a social gathering; it is an artform with knowledge passed from generation to generation; it is a family heirloom; it is shelter; it is protection and defense against fires; and finally it is what they are wrapped in when they die...(just not their best quilts, though). I realize this review is reading like a tour of a Natural History museum, so credit director Amanda Pickard and cast for presenting this way of life in a very sweet and welcoming manner. Their effortless work made it easy to become immersed in the stories.
Oh, and back on the music...I found myself humming and toe-tapping to the Act I Finale (The Needle's Eye) all through intermission...ME...again a guy who doesn't like musicals...*chuckles* but I digress...

It is an ensemble show, with each cast member playing multiple roles, so great opportunities for actresses to show their range. I'm not giving away any plot here, because the play is basically montages of various stories, marked by a piecing of quilt, eventually all sewn together. Mary Beth Martin was the centerpiece as the wise matriarch to the group. She delivered each one of her monologues full of history and life experiences. Mandy Cook got to play both old and young characters, but delivers a stand-out monologue about an inability to have children (a truly disasterous thing in those times) with such heart and sadness that it will bring you to the brink of tears. Christy Henry also delivers several good monologues, and she excelled in comic relief as the "token male character," represented by simply wearing a hat. Kristine Lynch gets to both give birth and die onstage (usually treacherous tasks for actors, resulting in stiff, unrealistic portrayals), but does them with truth, so that you can actually feel her pain in each case. The show isn't just monologues, though, there are some very touching and playful moments brought to life by Katie O'Neill and Kelley Roark. They each are bursting with more than enough youthful joy and energy to keep you smiling and laughing throughout. Of particular note is a bit about young girls becoming women...er, in the biological sense (I'll just leave it at that)...*laughs*

The casting, staging, music, individual and ensemble performances, and overall experience makes this a MUST-SEE for those looking for something different than the usual community-theatre fare.

Thanks again, cast and crew for an enjoyable night, each of you certainly have more productions on the horizon, so best of luck to you all in your future endeavors. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
hey there travesty! by Nettie
cool username :)


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