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Giving Tuesday Fundraiser

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 27th!

The Prenzie Players have had a fantastic year this year, but we need your support now more than ever! And with Facebook and PayPal matching donations made on Giving Tuesday, your contributions will go further than ever!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR GIVING TUESDAY FUNDRAISER!

(See https://www.facebook.com/help/332488213787105 for more on this Giving Tuesday effort.)

In 2018, the Prenzies were excited to bring you:

  • Play in a Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • King John
  • Henry VIII

We are looking forward to another amazing year of theatre and being another step closer to accomplishing All the Works | Seasons of Discontent, our goal to complete Shakespeare’s entire canon within the next few seasons! This will be wonderful, but it will also be a challenge. Producing the kind of intimate, engaging theatre we do requires backing from our community. For more on Prenzie Players’ plans, please visit the website for our capital campaign: campaign.prenzieplayers.com.

Brief But Big Amazon Smile Promotion

Buying some early Christmas presents on Amazon? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Also, for the next few days — until November 2, there is a special promotion, during which the benefit is MULTIPLIED BY TEN from the usual (0.5%), meaning a total donation equal to 5% of your purchase.

How To Help

Navigate to https://smile.amazon.com/ when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute a percentage of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at https://smile.amazon.com/!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

Henry VIII is History!

Directed by Alaina Pascarella
October 2018

“This Henry VIII is a multiangled love story with pertinent political reverberations layered in. The love, though, is not just textual; it’s a love story between director and play, between a community and the theater, and between a company of actors and Shakespeare. Henry VIII in Davenport, Iowa; that’s as it should be.”

Eric Minton, Shakespeariences

“…impromptu moments of live theatre that will be hard to repeat or forget… the Prenzie Players’ cast was all-around skilled and committed, featuring some truly remarkable women. Taken overall, Henry VIII: All Is True was a satisfying night of history come to life.”

Madeline Dudziak, River Cities’ Reader

“Admirably portrayed. The standout… is Kitty Israel as Queen Katherine, whose regal bearing imbues a royal dignity when treading the tightrope of challenging King Henry…, a righteous fury at her mistreatment, and her ultimate humiliation when Anne is elevated to queen in her place.”

Chris Hicks, Dispatch-Argus

Henry VIII flanked by his queens
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude

With an aging wife and no male heir, Henry VIII becomes consumed with doubt about his marriage and the future of the Tudor dynasty. What happens next would change England and the world forever. One of history’s most well-known love triangles, William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII is a story of love, lust, and political ambition.

Cardinal Wolsey
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude
Anne Boleyn and Henry
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude

Prenzie Players were pleased to welcome Eric Minton, the proprietor of Shakespeareances.com, to the show as part of his plan to see all the plays in the Shakespearean canon over the course of one year. See Jonathan Turner’s Dispatch-Argus article about this project: “D.C. man in Q-C on mission to see Shakespeare plays across U.S.”

The Crown
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude
Henry and Anne dance with Katharine in the background
Photo Credit: Mattie Gelaude
Program

Henry VIII program

The Cast

Kate Farence
Sir Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Joe Sager
Duke of Buckingham
Earl of Surrey, his son-in-law

Mischa Hooker
Lord Chamberlain
Griffith, Queen Katharine’s gentleman usher

John Wright
Duke of Norfolk

Michael Carron
Cardinal Wolsey

Kitty Israel
Queen Katharine

Andrew Bruning
Duke of Suffolk

Payton Brasher
King Henry VIII

Collin Jost
Sir Thomas Lovell
Cardinal Campeius

Angela Rathman
Buckingham’s Surveyor
Patience, Queen Katharine’s waiting woman
Duchess of Norfolk

Anna M. Schneider
Anne Boleyn

Liz Sager
Mary Boleyn

The Crew

Director: Alaina Pascarella
Stage Manager: Chris Sanders-Ring
Set Design: Alaina Pascarella
Set Construction: Matt Moody and THE CAST
Set Painting: Andrew Bruning, Kate Farence, Alaina Pascarella, and Collin Jost
Props: Alaina Pascarella
Costume Design: Kate Farence, Alaina Pascarella, and THE CAST
Sound Design: Justin Hager
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Hager
Sound and Light Board Operator: Devin Ring
Box Office and Front of House: Jeremy Mahr
Photography: Mattie Gelaude
Marketing Team: Mischa Hooker, Nathan Klaus (Graphic Design), & Denise Yoder
Artistic Director: Catherine Bodenbender

Special Thanks

Playcrafter’s Barn Theatre
Phil Cathoir
Elizabeth Sager “for schlepping me around”
Quad Cities Theatre Workshop

Auditions for Henry VIII and Macbeth

Auditions for Prenzie Players’ productions of Henry VIII and Macbeth will be held on August 9th and 11th at 6pm, and we hope to see you there! [Facebook events: August 9th; August 11th]

Come ready to read from both scripts with your fellow actors. If you would like to perform a prepared piece, please contact us before August 9th in order to schedule a specific time for your audition. Prepared pieces will be heard during the audition times on August 9th and 11th, and you may be asked to stay and read from the scripts after your scheduled audition.

If you want to play with us but are unable to make either audition date, let us know with as much notice as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you. Callbacks will be held on August 12th at noon.

Henry VIII performs October 5th – 13th, 2018, and will be directed by Alaina Pascarella.

Macbeth, directed by Cait Bodenbender, performs January 18th – 26th, 2019. Please note that the roles of Macbeth and Macduff have already been cast, but all other roles in both plays are open for casting.

For more information or to schedule an audition time, please contact us at prenzieplayers@gmail.com.

King John is Gone…

Directed by Kate Farence
April 2018

“Fine performances…one of the more balanced productions I’ve seen presented by the Prenzies.”

Jeff Ashcraft, River Cities’ Reader

“Feel the intensity of King John… While the dialogue is pristinely original, the delivery makes it feel so much more modern. Even if you don’t have a knack for Shakespearean interchange, you will still be able to follow this story line.”

Tess Abney, QuadCities.com

“Kudos to Prenzie for adhering to its mission to perform the full canon of Shakespeare’s works. Kate Farence ably pilots a squadron of very capable veterans as well as some talented and refreshing newcomers to the Prenzie stage.”

Chris Hicks, Dispatch-Argus

 

Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs
Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Although the show’s run is over, you can still have fun with the King John Coloring Book and the Co-Author King John game!

Photo Credit: Tracy Skaggs
King John Fight
Photo Credit: John Turner
Photo Credit: John Turner
Tracy Skaggs as Austria
Photo Credit: John Turner
Susan and Jess as Eleanor and Constance
Photo Credit: John Turner
Program

The Cast

Jeremy Mahr
King John of England

Susan Perrin-Sallak
Queen Elinor, his mother and widow of Henry II of England

Brody Ford
Prince Henry, his son

Kitty Israel
Blanche of Castille, his niece
& Roberta Bigot, Lady Earl of Norfolk

Andy Curtiss
William ‘Long-Sword’, Earl of Salisbury

Mike Carron
William Marshal, Lord of Pembroke

Joe Sager
Peter of Pomfret, an English “prophet”
& an English Soldier
& a French Soldier

Katie Nichols
An English Attendant
& an English Soldier

Mattie Gelaude
An English Attendant
& a Citizen of Angiers
& an English Messenger
& a French Soldier

Nathan Klaus
Philip Faulconbridge, also known as The Bastard and Sir Richard Plantagenet, the illegitimate son of Richard I of England and Lady Faulconbridge

Tracy Skaggs
Robert Faulconbridge, legitimate son of the deceased Sir Robert and Lady Faulconbridge
& Duke of Austria, an ally of Queen Philippa of France

Alaina Pascarella
Lady Faulconbridge, Philip’s and Robert’s mother
& Cardinal Pandulph, representative of Pope Innocent III

Denise Yoder
Queen Philippa of France

Cole McFarren
Louis the Dauphin, her son

Mischa Hooker
Chatillion, a French Nobleman and Ambassador to King John
& Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Jessica White
Constance, wife of Geoffrey the deceased son of Henry II of England

Joe Brune
Arthur, her son, nephew of King John, claimant to the throne of England

Angela Rathman
Hubert, a Citizen of Angiers and later supporter of the English cause


The Crew

Director: Kate Farence
Assistant Director: Payton Brasher
Stage Manager: Liz Sager
Fight Choreographer: Aaron E. Sullivan
Fight Master: Payton Brasher
Set Design: Kate Farence
Set Construction: Payton Brasher, Kate Farence, Andrew Lord, Elizabeth Woolley, Denise Yoder, and Tom Sallak
Set Painting: Catherine Bodenbender, Kate Farence, Nathan Klaus, Alaina Pascarella, and Liz Sager
Sound and Lights: Elizabeth and Justin Hager
Sound and Light Board Operator: Andrew Bruning and Liz Sager
Props: Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Costumes: Kate Farence, Angela Rathman, Denise Yoder, and THE CAST
Artistic Director and Producer: Catherine Bodenbender
Front of House: Catherine Bodenbender


Special Thanks

Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House
Tyson Danner
Aimee and Josh Ford
Quad Cities Theatre Workshop

King John Is Coming…

Betrayal. Bloodshed. Bastards.

Prenzie Players present William Shakespeare’s King John, the story of England’s maniacal monarch and his violent pursuit of power – by whatever means necessary.

Directed by Kate Farence

[Click here for the Facebook event]

Ticket Prices:
$10 – 24 hrs in advance
$15 – walk up

Reservations:
Email – tickets@prenzieplayers.com
Voicemail – 563-484-4210
[Click here for online reservations]

Seating:
General Admittance – Doors open at 7:30pm

Show Dates:
Opening Night – Friday, Apr 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 21 at 8 pm
Bob’s Matinee – Sunday, Apr 22 at 3 pm

Thursday, Apr 26 at 8 pm
Friday, Apr 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, Apr 28 at 8 pm

Help Prenzie Players with Amazon Smile

Did you know about Amazon Smile? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Although the special promotion (March 12 and March 31, when the benefit was tripled from the usual, for the first eligible purchase), you can still help out in this way!

How To Help

Navigate to https://smile.amazon.com/ when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at https://smile.amazon.com/!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

Shakespeare Play in Just One Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Aaron Sullivan, Maggie Woolley and Mike King
We did it! On the evening of Jan. 19, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was randomly selected, cast, and read through. On the 20th, after rehearsing in the morning, afternoon, and evening, we mounted the production. The event was a resounding success, and officially kicked off the “All the Works | Seasons of Discontent” capital campaign. Visit the campaign page to be a part of Prenzie’s future!
Mattie Gelaude and Beth Woolley

[More photos on Facebook!]

Shakespeare Play in just One Day Fundraiser

Click for Facebook Event

You are invited to one of the craziest things the Prenzie Players have ever attempted. We’re going to put on a Shakespeare play, but we’re not telling you what it is, because we don’t know. We will randomly select a play 24 hours in advance, cast it, rehearse it, and perform it the next night! Come join us for a night of fun as we do the impossible. This will also be the official launch of Prenzie’s new Capital Campaign aimed at funding the “All the Works” project, our ambitious version to complete the entirety of Shakespeare’s canon. Admission is $10 at the door at the Quad City Theatre Workshop. We hope to see you there!

[Click here to make reservations online!]

When: Saturday, January 20 at 8 PM

Where: QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA 52804)