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Spring stage play, Quilters, opens May 8
Posted: 4/10/2014 Quilters, a musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, is ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. But that is just looking at the surface; there’s a lot more going on. This musical blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic, which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories are contained in various patches or quilt “blocks.”

The music, dance and drama depict the various phases in their westward journey, from marriage and childbirth to illness and death. But the stories also express the love, warmth, rich and lively humor that is this moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, the various patches are assembled into one glorious, colorful legacy quilt, a quilt that reflects their magnificent journey.

Quilters was first performed by the Denver Center Theatre and had subsequent productions all over the world. It had a brief life on Broadway in 1984 and garnered six Tony Award nominations. Quilters will be presented in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre, May 8-11, 15-16, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call the college at 360.736.9391, ext. 301.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Quilters is the 195th production at Centralia College since the college’s first production, Polish Pebbles, in 1925.


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