New Quad Cities Musical To Be Heard On November 20 In Downtown Rock Island

Singers, actors and musicians from the region are encouraged to audition on Saturday, November 20 for “AARON POWER!” », A new modern musical about the love, relationships, ancestry, trust and quest of a young American man to find his identity and separated family in Ireland.

The styles of the musical incorporate traditional Irish, Native American and punk rock forms. The score for the show was written by Michael Callahan of Moline and the book by Dan Haughey of East Moline, who plans to host the regional premiere March 17-20, 2022 at the Center for Living Arts East studio, 2008 4th Ave., Rock Island.

This is where the auditions will take place on November 20, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 21, for recalls if necessary, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are roles for four women (19-39 years old) and four men (21 years old -72). Listeners must present 16 bars of a memorized musical or rock song. Multicultural casting is possible. For more details and the audition registration form, visit or email [email protected]

It is preferable that those who audition make an appointment. Email your appointment 24 hours in advance to request and reserve a general time slot, between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Send an email to [email protected] Protective masks will be needed when you are not playing; artists who are fully vaccinated against COVID are preferred.

Performers will ideally be able to sing, play and play one or more of the following instruments: drums, bodrahn, keyboard, electric bass guitar, keyboard, flute, accordion, Irish whistle, acoustic guitar, sticks, bones, ocarina or autoharp.

They can choose each performer in more than one role, and each role can lend itself to more than one talent. Ideally, the role of Aaron can be asked to act, sing, and play guitar and / or flute. You can see a selection of characters in the promo pack at

“The power of Aaron! The musical “had its first staged reading in October 2019 at the Black Box Theater in Moline.

The show is also looking for crew members to manage props, costumes, lighting, and sound operations. Diversity is generally welcome for the cast and crew; Native Americans encouraged. Those who sing can bring your own accompanist if necessary. If you play any of the above musical instruments, please bring it and play during the audition. Each person will have a total of 5-7 minutes to show up.

Dan Haughey is a retired theater professor and playwright from Black Hawk College, member and past president of the Illinois Theater Association, and current presenter of the 2021-2022 Road Scholar with the Speakers Bureau of Illinois Humanities, which he has done in the past eight years.

Michael Callahan is Music Director of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline, and Director of The Chordbusters Barber Choir.

Karl Bodenbender (Music Director of “AARON POWER!”) Was the former Music Director of the Old Creamery Theater and the Iowa Theater Art Company, Amana, Iowa from 2001 to 2010. He is currently organist / pianist and choir director for Orion United Methodist Church.

The accompanist for the show will be Mary Ellen Carroll, educator / accompanist for the Moline-Coal Valley school district and accompanist for the United Methodist Church of Rock Island. She has performed for previous productions of the Center For Living Arts.

For more information on the new musical auditions, click HERE. Rehearsals are scheduled to start on February 7.