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Help Prenzie Players with Amazon Smile

Did you know about Amazon Smile? You can help raise funds for Prenzie Players when you use Amazon, through the Amazon Smile program! Although the special promotion (March 12 and March 31, when the benefit was tripled from the usual, for the first eligible purchase), you can still help out in this way!

How To Help

Navigate to when shopping, rather than the main front page. Search for “Prenzie Players” and set us as your preferred charity, and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of your  purchase to Prenzie Players, at no cost to you. [More info here.] Keep in mind that while Amazon Smile will remember the charity you select, it will not benefit the charity unless you begin a given session at!

Capital Campaign

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ongoing Prenzie capital campaign to help fund All the Works | Seasons of Discontent! Visit the campaign website to contribute directly and be a part of the future of Prenzie Players!

Shakespeare Play in Just One Day: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Aaron Sullivan, Maggie Woolley and Mike King
We did it! On the evening of Jan. 19, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was randomly selected, cast, and read through. On the 20th, after rehearsing in the morning, afternoon, and evening, we mounted the production. The event was a resounding success, and officially kicked off the “All the Works | Seasons of Discontent” capital campaign. Visit the campaign page to be a part of Prenzie’s future!
Mattie Gelaude and Beth Woolley

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Shakespeare Play in just One Day Fundraiser

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You are invited to one of the craziest things the Prenzie Players have ever attempted. We’re going to put on a Shakespeare play, but we’re not telling you what it is, because we don’t know. We will randomly select a play 24 hours in advance, cast it, rehearse it, and perform it the next night! Come join us for a night of fun as we do the impossible. This will also be the official launch of Prenzie’s new Capital Campaign aimed at funding the “All the Works” project, our ambitious version to complete the entirety of Shakespeare’s canon. Admission is $10 at the door at the Quad City Theatre Workshop. We hope to see you there!

[Click here to make reservations online!]

When: Saturday, January 20 at 8 PM

Where: QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA 52804)


Auditions for King John

Auditions for King John… Jan. 4, 6, and 7

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Prenzie Players is proud to announce auditions for William Shakespeare’s King John. They will be held at the Butterworth Center (1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265) in the Craft Room. Auditions will be Thursday 1/4 [6:30 p.m.], Saturday 1/6 [1.30 p.m.], and callbacks will be Sunday 1/7 [1:00 p.m.]. If you are absolutely unable to make any of those dates but still wish to audition, let us know with as much notice as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Auditions will be cold reads.

ALL roles are open to anyone regardless of gender.

There is one role for a child, preferably late grade school-early high school age.

Rehearsals will begin in late February/early March.

Show Dates: 4/20, 4/21, 4/22, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28

Directed by Jake Walker

Brief Synopsis: Known historically as “The Bad King”, King John causes a wave of upheaval throughout England and France when he bucks the normal rules of succession and seizes the monarchy for himself as opposed to his young nephew. This combined with his other questionable ruling tactics puts him at odds with France, the Vatican, and his own countrymen. Wars break out, deceptions are devised, and the two countries are thrust into mayhem. All this is observed and commented on by one of John’s only loyal supporters, The Bastard.

Recently Ended… Well

Prenzie Players Present: All’s Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Bodenbender
October 2017

“…a rare and fascinating concept that utilizes a tight ensemble cast in an uncommon, intimate setting. The blend results in a shrewd and industrious production of one of Shakespeare’s less-produced comedies.”
Jeff Ashcraft, River Cities Reader

Bertram leaves home, first to be a courtier to the King of France and then to be a soldier for the Duke of Florence. But he can’t seem to escape Helen, who insists that she be his wife. Does she have a rightful claim to Bertram’s heart and hand? Why does Helen continue to pursue him after he rejects her? And how far is “too far” when someone is trying to take control of their life?

Stephanie Burrough and Andy Curtiss in All's Well
Stephanie Burrough and Andy Curtiss in All’s Well
Andy Koski and Matt Moody in All's Well
Andy Koski and Matt Moody in All’s Well
Adam Lewis and Stephanie Burrough in All's Well
Adam Lewis and Stephanie Burrough in All’s Well
Mattie Gelaude and Andy Curtiss in All's Well
Mattie Gelaude and Andy Curtiss in All’s Well
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The Cast

Angela Rathman
The Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram

Andy Curtiss
Bertram, Count of Rousillon

Andy Koski
Lafeu, a French nobleman
The Duke of Florence

Stephanie Burrough-McFarren
Helen, daughter of Gerard de Narbonne

Adam Michael Lewis
Parolles, companion to Bertram

Matt Moody
The King of France
Escalus, son of the Duke of Florence

Mattie Gelaude
The Nurse to the King of France
Diana, a maiden of Florence

Nathan Klaus
Dumain, a young French nobleman

Mischa Hooker
Longeville, a young French nobleman

Beth Woolley
Rinalda, steward to the Countess of Rousillon
Berowne, a young French nobleman who joins the Duke of Florence in battle

Denise Yoder as
The Widow of Florence, mother to Diana

The Crew

Director: Catherine Bodenbender
Producer: Jake Walker
Light Designer: Jesse Mohr
Graphic Designer: Nathan Klaus
Front of House: Jeremy Mahr

Special Thanks

The Deere-Wiman House
The Butterworth Center
Aaron E. Sullivan
Lis Athas
Kitty Israel
QC Theatre Workshop


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Are the Players ready? Auditions for The Revenger’s Tragedy.


Are the players ready? The Prenzie Players present: auditions for The Revenger’s Tragedy, written by Thomas Middleton and directed by Matt Moody.

“Vindici’s betrothed was murdered by the Duke for refusing his advances. Vindici has returned home to seek revenge, on the Duke and all of his corrupt family. He will use anything or anyone in this pursuit. The Revenger’s tragedy is a classic story on the true cost of vengeance told with depth, blood and dark humor.”

Thursday, April 7th at 6pm
Saturday, April 9th at 12pm
Sunday, April 10th at 12pm (Callbacks)

Where: The Establishment, 22019th St, Rock Island.

There is no need to bring anything with you or prepare anything in advance. You must only be prepared to read from the script and have a good time! Everyone is welcome!

SPEAK THE SPEECH Workshop: Saturday, May 9

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Reserve your spot at our Speak the Speech Workshop! It's a great time for people of all ages, body types, and experience levels. Have fun doing classic theater "warm-up" exercises (including tongue-twisters!), learn how to read Shakespeare's language, and--best of all--"perform" with the class without the pressure of an audience.

Sign up now! Preregistration saves you 50% on the enrollment cost and it only takes a minute!

Note: please complete one registration request for each person who will attend, even if the contact information remains the same.
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The Dames Return!

The Dames of Denmark in Hamlet
Prenzie Players is excited to be hosting The Dames of Denmark: four talented actresses (perennial Prenzies Cait Bodenbender, Stephanie Burrough, Maggie Woolley, and Denise Yoder) who will each play multiple roles in one memorable production.
For one weekend only, these remarkable women will be bringing you an original edit of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
November 21-23 at the QC Theatre Workshop. (Reserve Now!)

In addition to the show, please join us on Saturday, November 22, for a special fundraising event. “Prenzie: Past and Present” will take a look at our past through photos, props, and costumes from past shows. To see what Prenzie is up to in the present, you will also have the opportunity to catch a sneak glimpse of the rest of Season 13 as Prenzie Goes to Rome! Doors open at 6:00 with curtain at 8pm. Come enjoy wine and cheese and chat with us about our past and present. The evening will be led by Cait Bodenbender, a founding member of Prenzie Players and the Dames of Denmark. If you choose not to attend the fundraiser doors are at 730pm. (Reserve Now!)

You will find us at the Quad City Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA.
Parking is available just off Locust St. on the west side of the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Wellness. The lot is accessed by turning south on Howell. Proceed half a block and turn left to enter the fenced parking area.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets: $10 on Friday/Sunday and $20 for Saturday’s fundraiser, curtain at 3pm on Sunday and 8pm on Friday/Saturday. Tickets are available at the door, by email at [email protected], by phone (563) 484-4210, or right here on our website. Seating is limited.

Season 13 Auditions!

We will be holding auditions for both William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra. You are welcome to audition for one or both shows. Additionally, because there are a few characters that appear in both Julius Caesar AND Antony & Cleopatra, the actors who portray these characters will be cast in both shows. A truly unique experience!


Thursday, September 18th 6:00pm
Saturday, September 20th 2:00pm
Sunday, September 21st 4:00pm (Callbacks)


The Quad City Theatre Workshop
1730 Wilkes Ave.
Davenport, IA

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tracy Skaggs
Show Dates: January 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30, 31

Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kate Farence
Show Dates: May 1, 2, 3 and 7, 8, 9

There is no need to bring anything with you or prepare a speech in advance. You may bring a monologue if you like, but it isn’t necessary. Just be prepared to read from the script and have fun! Feel free to share this event with whomever you’d like. All ages, genders, shapes, sizes, and levels of experience are welcome.

What if I can’t make it to these audition dates?

Please email [email protected] to make other arrangements

High School Verse Workshop

Prenzie Players Educational Outreach Presents!

 A Verse and Scene Workshop for High School Students: A Shakespeare Focus

Have you always been a bit intimidated by Shakespeare or want to work on your “classical monologue” for college auditions? Prenzie Players is offering the opportunity to approach Shakespeare’s language by taking part in group activities by exploring the text through discussion and group improvisation in a friendly, relaxed and informal setting.

We are excited to offer our first educational workshop geared exclusively towards high school students with all levels of experience.

Please join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at QC Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport, IA from 9am-12pm for only $10.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or check us out on the web at