What’s Next?




To All the Friends and Supporters of the Prenzie Players:

We are heartbroken to announce this, but after being forced to cancel our first weekend of Much Ado About Nothing performances due to a positive COVID test among the cast, we are now forced to cancel the remainder of the March 23 – 25 performances as well.

Although there is every chance that the entire cast will be at full performance strength by this weekend, the safety of our patrons always come first, and we don’t want to risk anyone’s health in the service of presenting a show – even one, such as Much Ado, that we’re so very proud of.

At present, we are hoping to be able to re-stage the production at some time in the coming months, both as thanks to our wonderful supporters who have waited since 2019 for a new Prenzie offering, and to our gifted and tireless cast and crew, most of whom have been working on the show since December.

We will make another announcement as soon as plans regarding Much Ado’s future are finalized. But in the meantime, thanks to everyone for all the well wishes, encouragement, and support, and we look forward to entertaining you again in the very near future!

The Prenzie Players


After a three-year hiatus, the PRENZIE PLAYERS are mounting a production this March.

Prenzie Veteran Jarrod DeRooi will direct Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. This comedy from Shakespeare’s middle period is one of his wittiest, with Benedick and Beatrice starting out with total disdain for each other that blossoms (with much help) into deepest love. Of course, everything that could possibly go wrong with this love story does, and the ways disaster is defeated are more than half the fun of this engaging work.

The cast is a Who’s Who of talent in the Quad-City area and beyond.

There are founding members of the Prenzie Players — J. C. Luxton playing the male lead (Benedick) and Denise Yoder as Dona Petra.

There are Prenzie regulars Jess White, Noah Stivers, Jen Brown, Mattie Gelaude and Kitty Israel in major roles.

People new to Prenzie include female lead Lily Blouin (Beatrice), who has participated in just about every other theater group in the QC area, and Iowa City actors John Smick and Ryan Elgin.

There are even some new faces to theater here. Mark Garden, who turned heads with his stunning work in his first-ever role in TWELVE ANGRY JURORS (Playcrafters) plays the ‘heavy’ Don John, and the troubadour Balthazar is to be the first role since high school for Davenport musician Jenny Lynn Stacy.

Jarrod DeRooi has been a Prenzie regular for 14 years and had the title role in CORIOLANUS in 2017.

This show promises to re-introduce the Prenzie motto: “Theater is not a passive experience.”

MUCH ADO will be playing at the Village Theatre (2113 E. 11th St, Davenport), March 17, 18; 23, 24, 25 [8:00 p.m.]; and a matinee on March 19 [2:00 p.m.]

Reservations: https://tinyurl.com/PrenzieMuchAdo

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