The Taproot Theatre revives the pioneer musical, Quilters, Sept. 8-Oct 9. The Seattle theatre's associate artistic director, Karen Lund, will direct, with choreography by Suzanne Ostersmith and musical direction by Edd Key.
Quilters, by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek (who provided the music and lyrics), is the story of American pioneer women who braved the elements and the unknown to travel to the new land in the West. Originally produced with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Quilters opened in New York Sept. 25, 1984 at the Jack Lawrence Theatre. Songs from the score include Damashek's "Cornelia," "The Butterfly" and "Pieces of Lives" with traditional tunes like "Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb" and a hoedown.
Featured in the cast are Beth Amsbary, Catherine Gaffney, Theresa Holmes, Pam Nolte, Laurie Records, Faith Russell and Wendy Safford.
Designing Quilters are Steve McGillivray (sets), Karin Pascho (costumes), Jody Briggs (lighting) and Mark Lund (sound). Jennifer A. Matthews is the stage manager.
Tickets ($22-$16) are available by calling the box office at (206) 781 9707. The Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th Street. -- By Christine Ehren