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“Quilters” to be performed at University of the Cumberlands


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.--Continuing its tradition of excellent performances, University of the Cumberlands Theatre Arts department presents the musical “Quilters.” Described by Newsweek and the New York Post, “Quilters” is “…a tender and moving theatre work…” “…a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride… a thing of beauty, comfort and joy.” “Quilters” will be shown in the Kohn Theatre at 7:30 p.m., November 1-3 and 8-10, and a matinee will be shown at 2 p.m., November 4.

The story of a pioneer woman and her family, “Quilters” presents, through music, dance and drama, a rich portrait of pioneer women through the quilts they created to protect, comfort and sustain their loved ones on the frontier.

“This production is unlike anything we have ever attempted at Cumberlands. It has given me the opportunity to work with twelve extraordinary women in creation of a theatrical quilt. It really is a living tapestry told in words, dance and song,” said Malissa Kano-White, director of theatre arts.

Although not as well known as last year’s sold-out performance of “Cinderella,” “Quilters” is sure to be a huge hit with its Appalachian and gospel inspired melodies. The all female cast features past and future stars of the Cumberland stage. Brandi Middleton, a Williamsburg native, plays Sarah whose legacy quilt is at the show’s heart. Last featured as the Queen in last year’s sold out production of Cinderella, Brandi is joined by cast members Cheri Reed, Courtney Harrington, Victoria Agnew, Maggie Thornsberry, Shoshana Sims, Bonnie Kieffer, Jamie Gregory, Melissa G. Bond, Michelle Lackey and Rowyn Hosler. Musical direction is by Dr. David Etter, production design by Mr. Moe Conn and direction by Ms. Malissa Kano-White.

“What I hope each of us will all take away from this play is the knowledge that each of us has the choice of what to make of the life we are given. We can choose to simply cover ourselves as best we can or we can piece together comfort to enrich our lives with color, pattern and design,” said Kano-White.

Tickets for the general public are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call the box office today at (606)-539-4535 to reserve your tickets.