Quilters in rehearsal
The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department will present the spring production of “Quilters” beginning Mar. 17 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

“Quilters” is a musical play narrating the story of American pioneer women during the 19th and 20th centuries, who used quilts to express their “memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers”.

The production is a “play with music”, as described by director Carey Curtis Smith. “Music is a function of the play, it an essential part. It is different than a musical where the actors sing their emotions and thoughts.”

The cast includes talented folk musicians and students. Three members of the cast also compose the orchestra, playing the base, fiddle, banjo and the recorder.

Deborah McFatter, a familiar community actress, will play one of the lead roles. “We wanted someone who could play the part of the matriarch, and we are very excited to have her on board,” Smith said.

Performance dates are at 8 p.m. Mar. 17 to 19, and 2 p.m. on Mar. 20 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the theatre arts department at 909-748-8028. General admission is $10; students, faculty, staff and seniors $6.

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