'Quilters" musical coming to Dorset

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DORSET — "Quilters," a play that uses music, dance and drama to capture the challenges and rewards of frontier life with vivid dramatic intensity, comes to the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.

"Quilters" skillfully blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable musical. Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or "block" symbolic of life's passages. During each "block," the actresses transform into many different characters whose stories depict the lot of women on the prairie.

Local quilters will have some of their quilts on display, providing a wonderful backdrop for the show.

In addition to the Dorset performance, there will be two other opportunities to see the show: Saturday, March 10, at 4 p.m., in Brandon Inn, 20 Park Street, Brandon; and Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m., in College of St. Joseph Library, 71 Clement Road, Rutland.

"Quilters" is being presented by a consortium of Rutland area women who have been involved in all aspects of local school and/or community theater for decades. Director Jennifer Bagley and Music Director Rita Lane have assembled a cast of talented actresses with beautiful voices, including: Marsha Cassel, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Julia Doiron, Mikki Lane, Maureen Sullivan and Tegan Waite.

"Quilters" is a play that has long been a passion of theirs, not only because some are quilters themselves, but because it tells the universal story of the struggle of pioneer women on the frontier. And, although women may no longer be on the frontier, many still face daily challenges of poverty, abuse, and discrimination.

General admission will be by free will offering. All profits will be donated to the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter (now renamed the New Story Center). Help us come together to create a quilt of compassion to warm today's needy families.

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