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CPAC to present ‘The Snail and the Whale’ April 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Friday, 04 April 2014 13:33

Children (and adults) of all ages will enjoy the Tuesday, April 22, production of “The Snail and the Whale,” at the Central Performing Arts Center at the high school in DeWitt.

This Tall Stories adaptation tells the story of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and hitches a ride on the back of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him? Follow the amazing adventure as seen through the eyes of an adventurous girl and her seafaring father.

The play is inspired by the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and includes storytelling, live music and lots of laughs.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students; children under age 4 are free. Tickets may be purchased at DeWitt City Hall, 510 Ninth St., or online at <>. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $5 for students.

A pre-show dinner that includes homemade mac and cheese, pigs in a blanket, a taco bar, fresh fruits and vegetables, cupcake and beverage is available for $10 per person in the atrium at 5:30 p.m. Dinner reservations must be pre-paid by April 18 and are not available at the door.


City Circle Acting Company Presents Jesus Christ Superstar April 4-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:56

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the rock operaJesus Christ Superstar April 4-13 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are April 4,5,11,12 at 7:30 pm andApril 6 and 13 at 2:00 pm.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice,Superstar is based loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. City Circle’s production is true to the show’s original rock album roots and is set in the present day and staged with the look and feel of a rock concert including large video screens on either side of the stage. 

Directed by Liz Tracey, the show features a talented cast of 52 actors, 11 musicians, and a technical and production team of 20.

“You don’t have to be a religious person to enjoy this show,” says Esack Grueskin who plays Jesus, “It’s not about Jesus the God, but rather, it focuses on Jesus the human. I love this show for that reason. It is relatable to everyone, not just the religious.”

During the performances of Jesus Christ Superstar, City Circle will be collecting donations for the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. ASL interpreters will be translating the performance on Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM. Please call 319.248.9372 to request seating in the ASL section.

Stuart Little opens April 5 On the Old Creamery's Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:14

The Old Creamery Theatre presents Stuart Little, the first Theatre For Young Audiences show in their 2014 season. Stuart Little hits the Main Stage on April 5 and runs through April 19. It was adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E.B. White.

Stuart, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Little, navigates the world with warmth and humor in this classic story by E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web. Join Stuart as he drives, sails, and explores life with his friend Margalo the bird and his furry nemesis, Snowbell the cat.

The cast includes Keegan Christopher of Jefferson City, Missouri, Katie Colleta of Rockton, Illinois, Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio, Jackie McCall of Marengo, Iowa, and Jim Vogt of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Tickets are $9 and everyone gets the opportunity to meet the cast after the show! Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at Stuart Little is Rated Theatre G.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

BHS presents The Music Man PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Hoenig   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:03

BETTENDORF, IA. -- Bettendorf High School proudly presents Meredith Willson's, The Music Man, the winner of six Tony Awards. One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Music Man tells the story of Professor Harold Hill, a fast-talking salesman of musical instruments who convinces the good folks of River City, Iowa that they need a band. His plans to skip town with their money come to a crashing halt when he falls head-over-heels in love with Marian, the town's librarian.

The production, highlighting the talents of more than 120 high school students, also features students from all six of the district elementary schools. The production stars senior Matthew McFate as the cunning Harold Hill and junior Emily Tinsman as Marian Paroo.

“I am very proud and excited to be a part of such a wonderful experience. The cast and crew are amazing, the set is phenomenal, and it is just so much fun to get to go help put something like this together every day after school! I hope everyone enjoys seeing the show as much as we all love performing in it!” McFate said.

All performances will take place at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m. on April 10-12 and 1 p.m. on April 13. All tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the BHS Activities Office or the high school website.

WHAT: The Music Man, book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, directed by Katherine Howard, with technical direction by Chris Howard and musical direction by Chris Saito and Jeff Knutson.

WHEN: Thursday, April 10 - Sunday, April 13. The curtain will open for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 7:00 p.m., while the Sunday performance is a 1:00 p.m. matinee.

WHERE: All performances take place at the Bettendorf High School, Performing Arts Center at 3333 18th Street.

TICKETS: Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the BHS Activities Office or the high school website (

Rep. Loebsack to address Davenport Rotary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Best   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 09:41
March 29, 2014 (Davenport, IA) – Congressional Representative Dave Loebsack will speak to the Rotary Club of Davenport on Monday, March 31. The meeting begins at noon at the Outing Club, with Rep. Loebsack speaking at approximately 12:20.
       Congressman Loebsack will be speaking on his life prior to Congress and his legislative priorities. He will also give a quick overview on the committees he serves on and the work that he’s been doing this Congress.

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