Friday, February 18, 2011

Quilters to Take the Stage March 25

After over a year of planning and three months of rehearsal, Quilters will open on March 25th at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This captivating musical, based on the hand-written diaries of the women who helped settle the American west, has been called “a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the houselights have dimmed.” In sixteen scenes, or “blocks,” a mother and her six daughters tell the moving story of pioneer life which captures the beauty, terror and joy, the harsh challenges and heartfelt rewards of frontier life: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, parties, twisters, fire, illness and death.

Directed by Chrissie Addison, Quilters promises to be a musical and visual delight. It features a five-piece band, costumes and props of the period (including an authentic covered wagon) and lively choreography. Addison has chosen to stage Quilters “in the round,” placing the audience up close on all four sides of the playing area. Besides being an artistic challenge for the director and cast, this approach will make theatre-goers feel part of the action as each story unfolds.

Quilters opens March 25th and will run Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through April 17th. There will also be two Thursday night performances on March 31st and April 14th. All tickets for Quilters are $15. The seating availability can be viewed at and tickets can be purchased online there as well (PayPal only). Tickets are also available by phone at (530) 642-0404. The box office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater recently celebrated its' 10th Anniversary bringing quality, live community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.