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My grandmother, Carrie Wiechert, quilted out of necessity then later used her skills to gift some quilts. She taught me to crochet and appreciate handwork. She gave me the pink Maple Leaf cover displayed in the lobby.
Sewing (formal clothing, costumes and lately quilting) is relaxing for me. Theater provides an outlet for my creative energy. Stage managing, locating props and costuming for Be My Baby, The Foreigner, Kitchen Witches, Wait Until Dark, Mr. Roberts, and Mystery of Edwin Drood, singing in Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, parts in several Angel Tree productions and To Kill a Mockingbird are the memorable opportunities. All of these were with Zane Trace Players at the Renner Theater.
Quilters is my first ZCT production. This has been a challenging trip through a variety of characters (9 roles). Thanks to director Rebecca, her staff and crew, and especially my cast family for making this a rewarding experience. Please enjoy how we have PIECED this together and receive God’s blessings for you on your life’s journey.
Thanks to Mom, Dad, and my sister, Joni for getting me to practices. Thanks also to Starlight for their part in getting me the many roles I play in Quilters.
Rebecca Wagstaff (Co-Director) – Rebecca resides in Zanesville and is a professional graphic designer and consultant for nonprofit arts groups and orchestras across the U.S.
This is her fourth season at ZCT. Two seasons ago she played Willa May Wilcox in ZCT’s “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”. Other parts include the ‘Voice’ in Agatha Christy’s ‘The
Hollow,’ ‘Addie’ in ‘Harmony Romances’ and was part of the very wild ensemble of ZCT’s production of ‘Young Frankenstein.’ She also has designed several posters and
sets. “Quilters” is her directorial debut.
Rebecca lives with her two terrier dogs, Sprocket and Digby Jones and an ornery cat named Benny.
His love for theatre began while he was in High School. While in high school he performed in Les Miserables, Ragtime, Miracle on 34th Street, and played guitar in Godspell. Phil was also involved back stage and helped build sets for It’s a Wonderful Life, M*A*S*H, and Little Shop of Horrors. He was the Audio Manager for M*A*S*H.
Phil is very excited to be playing the guitar and banjo in Quilters. He has enjoyed all of the rehearsals, and of course all of the shenanigans with his fellow musicians, as well as the cast.
Thank you for supporting the local arts and enjoy the show!
I have served as church organist at Meadow Farm Church for the past 28 years and as choir director for the past 8 years. I took pipe organ lessons from Mr. James McLaughlin and piano from Bernice Gillespie. I play dulcimer with a group called Muskingum Valley Music Makers.
I came across a video production of Quilters almost two years ago and knew that someday I would love to find a way to bring the play to the Zanesville area. Thanks
to many people at ZCT, I have had the opportunity to do that.
For me, a person who loves art, history, and music, Quilters was a natural choice. The stories are life affirming, spiritual, and rich. I had an idea that many others in
our community would feel the same affection for the stories of these women that I have.
What I didn’t realize at the time was the amount of work, time, and talent it would take to bring it to life. I was most fortunate to be able to assemble a ‘dream team’ of
production, cast, and musicians. These folks spent countless hours and added truckloads of talent to make my vision better than I could have imagined, and I am
most grateful for your assistance (and your sense of humor.)
This production is dedicated to our foremothers… to their hardships, sacrifices, tears and joys, and to the quilt-makers for sharing with us ‘pieces of lives.’
Like so many of us, I grew up with a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who quilted. Some are artworks that were designed and specific fabrics chosen for the pattern. But the ones most precious are those with a story—the ones with the scraps of fabrics from childhoods and sown together by hands who also nurtured their families. One of my favorites is the one that hangs in my parents’ home that was made by the ladies of the Saltillo Methodist Church in 1913—each lady (many ancestors) creating her own “crazy quilt” block, embroidering her name and adding the year. Watching the progression of this show, as we watched it go from “scraps” to a finished piece ready for display, has been a great experience to walk through with the ladies in this cast. I am proud of the hard work and many hours they have put in to a very unique show. And I’m thankful for all the quilters in my life who have stitched their legacy for generations to appreciate, most especially my mother.
First off, I could not have been the musical director without Darla Revennaugh helping me along the way. Darla was our rehearsal keyboardist as I am a trombonist by nature. She jumped right in and taught the music as she loves to do. She made my job really easy as I just had to put a band together and mold the music between the cast and band. I cannot thank her enough. Please thank her after the show with me as well, as I know you will hear and feel the fruit of her labors. In Quilters terms; Darla did the piecin’ and I did the quiltin’. Thank you Darla! Thanks to Angel Palmer for talking me into doing this show even though I am not a string player. Rebecca, Val and Jan, thanks for allowing me to work with you all. It has been rewarding.
This show has been one great learning experience. Having performed in musical theater off and on for over 30 years, school, community and Off Broadway, I have found nothing that I can match up to this show from a personal perspective. This show is music heavy as it tells the story of the life and struggles of what it was probably like for women living on the prairies in the 1800’s. It is filled with ups and downs, joys and sorrows, laughter and crying, happiness and tears. The music is essential to taking you, the viewer, on a musical rollercoaster ride. I am certain that you will not leave here tonight without your heart being touched. There are elements that will take your memories back to a much simpler time with your grandparents and remind you of stories that your families have passed down from generation to generation, much like that old quilt in that old cedar chest, probably collecting dust in your attic. Block by block you will watch as a Legacy Quilt is made, sewn through the Pieces of Lives as these women tell their stories. As they Thread the Needle in each and every scene, you will witness life on the prairie.
So, all that is left to do is to call Hands, All Hands Around to pull up a chair and sit a spell, relax and sing along if your heart is so desired as you begin your journey Quiltin’ and Dreamin’.
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