‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift’ debuts Oct. 25 at Souper Sunday in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift’ debuts Oct. 25 at Souper Sunday in Nevada City

Keith Porter, Reyn Smith and Corinne Glean in "The Quilt Maker's Gift," the musical theater production featured as part of this year's Souper Sunday. The Oct. 25 benefit performance will be the only public production before Sierra Stages takes the play to local schools.
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WHO: Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra present

WHAT: second annual Souper Sunday

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $35 for adults, $20 for youth under age 12. Available online at http://www.sierrastages.org

INFO: 530-273-3990, 530-346-3210

The musical show “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” is the featured performance at the second annual Souper Sunday benefit at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

The family-friendly event supports youth programming for Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra, co-sponsors of the popular event.

The musical tells the tale of a greedy king, who commands presents from everyone in the land.

Most people comply, but a quiltmaker, known for her beautiful works of art, will not give the king one of her blankets — they are reserved only for the poor and homeless.

Convinced the quilt is his key to happiness, the king will stop at nothing to secure one from the quiltmaker.

Souper Sunday will be the sole public performance of “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” before it goes on tour to elementary schools this fall.

Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra will once again present this educational tale to the schools at no charge.

Last year’s show, “Stone Soup,” was presented at four Nevada County schools and also benefited InConcert Sierra’s music programs for youth.

“It was so rewarding to perform the musical ‘Stone Soup’ (written by Ken Hardin) for more than 1,200 students at four local elementary schools last year that we decided we should put together another school touring production this fall,” said Peter Mason of Sierra Stages.

“Souper Sunday is a fun opportunity for the community to support what InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages does for youth, but also gives them a chance to see what it is they are directly supporting, all in an enjoyable and social atmosphere,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

Following Sunday’s performance, there will be a luncheon of various soups, breads and desserts. Also offered will be a silent auction, including a handmade quilt donated by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, and a raffle of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

Souper Sunday was launched in the fall of 2014; the two nonprofit arts organizations partnered to present the inaugural Souper Sunday.

“This year we start again with comforting soup and add the warmth of quilts by presenting a story that will bring a glow to your heart,” said Susan Mason, the show’s director and vocal director.“‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift,’ shows us all the value of generosity, the spirit of community, and the true secret to happiness — giving.”

Tickets to Souper Sunday are $35 for adults and $20 for youth under age 12 and available online at http://www.sierrastages.org.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring St. in Nevada City.

For more information, visit either organization’s websites at http://www.inconcertsierra.org or http://www.sierrastages.org, or call InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3900.

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