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THE MUSICAL, "QUILTERS," A FUNNY TOUCHING CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE MOVEMENT WEST

March 31, 2005 - On Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., the Aquinas College Theatre Program presents "Quilters," a funny, touching, celebration of American women in the movement West with music and lyrics by Molly Newman and Barbara Damasheck. Directed by Beth Guest, Aquinas Lecturer of Communication. Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road, S.E. Cost: $8 General, $6 faculty/staff and $3 students. For tickets, call (616) 456-6656.

"Quilters" is a study the women who came before us. These are the pioneers who braved massive plains and monstrous mountains, facing daily threats of starvation, unbearable cold, and death, to claim for their family a piece of homestead. Through this musical, we explore their stories; told by Sarah McKendree Bonham, and her seven daughters, as they piece together their legacy quilt. Block by block it is revealed that in a rough, brown, cold, and lonely environment, it is quilts that brought forth comfort, beauty, warmth and friendship.