Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
The hardships of life for pioneer women in the Old West is the unlikely subject of this musical, which originally played on the Denver City Theater mainstage in 1982.
Sarah (Rhoda Kennedy Rogers, who makes a wonderfully sympathetic grandma and fine narrator) is sorting through the many quilts she has sewn over the years. Each quilt rekindles a memory, which the 16-member company depicts in song.
The singing is pleasant and well-suited to the old-time western music, performed with a live onstage band. And we learn that everything wasn’t picturesque on the wide, wild prairie: the subjects range from courtships and quilting bees to miscarriage and desperation, as women of the time commonly endured 10 or more pregnancies.
Slower and tamer than most fringe fare, and with a few tearjerker moments, this will appeal to older fringe-goers, history buffs and old-time music fans. And in a true show of prairie community spirit, the centrepiece quilt will be raffled in support of the company.
— Janice Sawka
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Now, this year, QUILTERS -- a play with music -- celebrating, in story and song, the lives of pioneer women who settled the West.
Director: Peter Spencer and Maureen Taggart
Cast: Allyson Brown, Teri-Lynn Friesen, Marleen Jonker, Tiffany Humble, Rhonda Kennedy-Rogers, Kaitlin Kriss, Linda Meckling, Erica Mitchell, Angela Rajfur, Christine Reimer, Marilynn Slobogian, Joan Stephens, Janet Taylor, Don Carruthers, Karl Eckstrand
"Who would have thought that quilts, quilting - quilters - had so much joy and pain, laughter and tears, so much life, beauty and drama in them?" - Drama-Logue
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM CDT: