Musical Greetings!

Exciting events are happening at the Arts Center this week! The annual Young Artist Series: Grade School has opened and will be in the gallery through May 9, plus this weekend we will have two performances of a musical and one performance of acoustic music by a young local singer.

The popular musical The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented this Saturday and Sunday. The musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, using a unique approach: Jamie’s story moves forward from the beginning of the relationship, while Cathy’s begins at the end and moves backward. A recently released film version starred Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Our production is the result of the efforts of three WIU students. Director Robert Hill is pursuing a BA in directing, while Alex Watson (Jamie) and Kellie Nolan (Cathy) are both part of the Musical Theatre BFA program. All three have worked tirelessly between their classes and other shows to bring this production to life for the Arts Center. We are all very grateful to Gil Belles for underwriting the production.  

The Last Five Years will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm. A special performance by LaHarpe native Ashley Olin will precede Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Ashley is also a Musical Theatre BFA student who will present a program of music titled Bloom Where You Are Planted, assisted by WIU MFA Theatre student Chris Tipp.

Tickets are $10/public; $5/students and will only be sold at the door. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant!

Photo of Letter and part of Check from Moline Foundatioin

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant from Moline Foundation

Macomb, Illinois – The West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Square, Macomb, has received a $1200 grant from the Moline Foundation to purchase audio/visual equipment. The equipment will be used during the Flying Monkeys and Flying Squirrels summer arts camps for children and teens, as well as for other arts programming at the Center.

Nan Crossman, Executive Director of the WCIAC, says “We are very grateful to the Moline Foundation for this generous grant. The audio/visual equipment will enhance our current programs and open up new opportunities for us to foster the arts in the region.”

The Moline Foundation (molinefoundation.org), founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations in the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.

The WCI Arts Center (wciarts.org) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide a place for artists to gather and share their work, for learning and exploring all the arts and for active participation in arts related activities for all ages.

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The Board of Directors of the WCI Arts Center would like to thank the Moline Foundation for their generous contribution towards our continuing development of a strong artistic community in West Central Illinois.

Theatre Camps: Flying Squirrels & Flying Monkeys

Summer 2014 Youth Theatre Camps

Flying Monkeys Youth Theatre Camp  – July 14-18, 2014
For students entering 1st-6th grade [Download Info]

Flying Squirrels Theatre Youth Day Camp – July 7-11, 2014
For students entering 7th-12th grade [Download Info]

About Flying Monkeys

What: A day camp for kids with an interest in theatre. Using stories, movement, games, music and more, participants will develop a production centered on a theme they choose themselves! The culminating audience interactive performances will be fun for all. No previous theatre, singing or dancing experience or skills are required -just a desire to have fun!

Who: Children entering 1st – 6th grade in the fall of 2014.

When: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 2014, 1-5pm
Performances: Friday, July 18, 7:00pm and Saturday, July 19, 2:00pm

Where: West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square, Macomb, IL

Why: Learn new skills, discover new talents, make new friends, stretch your imagination, and have fun!

How: Complete and mail registration form and payment to WCIAC, P.O. Box 692, Macomb, IL 61455, or drop off at the Arts Center. Registration deadline is July 12, 2014.
[Download Info]

Camp Information

With a focus on playful learning and creative cooperation, Flying Monkeys Theatre Day Camp is designed to spark the imagination, build self confidence, and promote teamwork. Whether new to theatre or experienced thespians, participants will enjoy developing new skills and discovering their interests, creativity and talents. Storytelling and script development, movement, theatre games, costume design, and more will all be part of this exciting week!

Notes for Parents:

  • Please plan to attend a 15 minute orientation on the first day of camp beginning at 12:45pm.
  • Drop off time is 12:45-1:00pm daily
  • Pick up time is 5:00pm
  • A snack, juice and water will be provided each day.

Fees: The cost of the camp is $100, which includes 2 tickets to the final performance. There is a $10 camp discount for multiple registrations in the same family. (First child is $100; all others are $90 each). $20 of the tuition for each child is due with the registration as a non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the tuition is due by the first day of camp. Limited campership opportunities are available.

Meet Our Staff

Rachel Chaves is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of the Graduate Directing program at Western Illinois University. She received her MFA from Illinois State University and her PhD from the
University of Minnesota. Rachel recently directed the musical Oklahoma! at WIU. She is the Artistic Director of Brasstown Repertory Theatre Company. WCIAC and the Flying Monkeys are excited to
welcome Rachel and her family to the Macomb community!

About Flying Squirrels

What: A theatre day camp for youth with an interest in the Performing Arts. Participants will work with the members of Core Project Chicago to create, produce and perform in an original production. Combining the idea of the “selfie” with master classes in various aspects of the arts, this year’s participants will explore and develop self-stories in their chosen art forms (spoken word, dance, theatre, writing, film, music and/or visual art). No previous theatre, singing or dancing experience or skills are required—just a desire to have fun!

Who: Students entering 7th – 12th grade in the fall of 2014.

When: Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11,  noon-5pm

Performances: Friday, July 11, 7:30 pm & Saturday, July 12, 2:00 pm

Where: West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square, Macomb, IL Learn new skills, discover new talents, make new friends, stretch your imagination, and have fun!

How to Register: Complete and mail registration form and payment to WCIAC, P.O. Box 692, Macomb, IL 61455, or drop off at the Arts Center. Registration deadline is July 5, 2014.
Download Registration (PDF)

Camp Information

Flying Squirrels Theatre Day Camp is designed to spark the imagination, build self confidence, and promote teamwork, with a focus on the creative process. Whether novices or experienced performers, participants will enjoy developing new skills and discovering their interests, creativity, and talents. The self-stories they develop will be woven into a culminating roving performance to be shared with family, friends and the public. Notes for Parents:

  • Please plan to attend a 15 minute orientation on the first day of camp beginning at 11:45am.
  • Drop off time is 11:45am-noon daily
  • Pick up time is 5:00pm
  • A snack, juice and water will be provided each day. Please notify us of any food allergies and/or other special needs.

Fees: The cost of the camp is $100, which includes 2 tickets to the final performance. There is a $10 camp discount for multiple registrations in the same family. (First child is $100; all others are $90 each). $20 of the tuition for each child is due with the registration as a non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the tuition is due by the first day of camp. Limited campership opportunities are available.

Meet Our Staff

Core Project Chicago is a movement based interdisciplinary arts collective pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Their mission is to empower communities through arts performance and education. Member artists of CPC’s Community Moves program dedicate their time and talents to foster the arts and to provide service to diverse communities not only in Chicago but beyond. CPC directors are: Erin Rehberg, Founder and Artistic Director; Tiffany Philpot, Community Moves Director; Ashley Murrell, Community Moves Director. They will be joined in Macomb by other Core Project Chicago members.

Nancy Crossman is the Executive Director of West Central Illinois Arts Center and the Managing Director of the WCIAC Theatre Day Camps. Questions?

Please contact Nan at: info@wciarts.org or 309-836-2782.

WCIAC is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

Blast off for 2014!

As the chair of the communications committee for the past year I have neglected the newsletter for the WCI Arts Center. This year we have so many new and exciting things planned we have to keep everyone up to date! Today we e-mailed our first newsletter of 2014 and will be snail mailing them to our wonderful members who don’t subscribe via email. I would like to personally thank our members for hanging with us while we tweak our organization into becoming an amazing source of arts news in the west central Illinois region!

It’s going to be an amazing year!
Kate

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