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"Tuna Does Vegas" Opens August 14 on the Old Creamery’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Friday, 01 August 2014 07:55

Amana - "Tuna Does Vegas", a comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, opens August 14 and runs through August 31 on the Old Creamery’s Studio Stage, with shows on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

Join the residents of tiny Tuna, Texas as they turn the Vegas strip upside down in this all-new comedy filled with unforgettably funny characters, all played by two actors. You may never know what they'll do next, but it’s a sure bet you’ll be laughing!

The cast includes Sean McCall and Tom Schwans.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. Tuna Does Vegas is Rated PG-13. The media sponsor is KCJJ.

Call the box office for tickets and information

319-622-6262 or visit us online at www.oldcreamery.com.

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

 
Berlin: Divided Past/United Future New Exhibition at the German American Heritage Center Open August 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:29

Join us on Sunday, August 3rd at 2:00 as Dr. David Ellis of Augustana College shares his program "Berlin on the Brink - 1945 to 1962." He will include postwar Berlin, the Berlin airlift, pivotal Berlin policies between the superpowers and the final decision to construct the wall. Come hear a great presenter with a personal connection to Berlin - he was there when the wall came down! See you there!

This event will open our two newest exhibitions commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Berlin: Divided Past, United Future

This exhibition will explore the history of East and West Berlin from 1961-1989 and beyond. Artifacts, video, and iconic images bring the recent history of this area of the Cold War back to our communal memory. Visit this informative exhibit on the wall that seemed impossible to go up and impossible to fall.

Berlins: Made in the USA

This exhibition comes to us via the German American Heritage Museum in Washington D.C. It takes us on a road trip through the U.S.A. visiting the over 40 cities named Berlin. We find out where and why we have so many cities named after the capital of Germany.

Berlin: Divided Past, United Future is sponsored by the H. J. Dane Law Firm of Davenport. We are grateful for their generous support in bringing the exhibit and companion programming to the Quad City community.

Starting August 3rd, the Centennial Bridge will be closed for about a month. Please make alternative plans for reaching the Center if traveling from Illinois. I-74 Bridge, the Arsenal Bridge, and the I-280 Bridge may be available options. Thank you for supporting us during this time that may result in slower than usual traffic for the museum.

 
Addtional information regarding shooting investigation on Monday July 28 in rural Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lieutenant Bryce Schmidt   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:22

This is additional information reference the shooting that took place in the 20,000 block of 210th Street, rural Scott County on Monday, July 28, 2014.

The victim in the shooting has been identified as Gabriel Almanza, age 43, a resident of Davenport. Almanza is recovering from two gunshot wounds at a local hospital. He is in stable condition.

A blue 1999 Ford Windstar minivan, Iowa license plate number 016 RIX is listed as stolen. The suspects fled the scene in the minivan. The minivan’s whereabouts is unknown at this time. The public is asked to call 911 if the minivan is located. A photo of the minivan is attached. Please note the driver’s side door has been replaced and is a teal or green in color. The minivan also has damage to the rear from a previous unrelated accident.

The suspects are two black males. Both are believed to be approximately 30 years of age. One is approximately 5-09 and 130 lbs. The other is approximately 5-06 and 140 lbs. They are considered armed and dangerous.

The incident remains under investigation.

More information will be released as the case progresses.

 
How Strong is Your Company’s Cyber-Security? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:40
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Cyber-security is vitally important for all small businesses. You may not realize how lucrative small businesses are as targets to computer hackers, or even know if your own company has information they would strive to steal.
At the next Idea Lab program, Cyber-Security for Small Business, presenter David Bergert will discuss the cyber-security landscape and share tips and resources to help you and your small business to reduce risk.

Cyber-Security for Small Business will be held from 12 to 1 p.m., August 15, at DHCU Community Credit Union, 1900 52nd Ave., Moline, IL. Admission is $15 and the event will include a catered Chick-fil-A meal. Attendees can select from a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich meal, a veggie-wrap meal, or for one dollar more, a Grilled Chicken Market Salad.

Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Study shows that in 855 data breaches they examined, 71% occurred in businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Also, according to a study by Kaspersky Labs, 31% of businesses surveyed stated that they would not know what to do if they had security breach tomorrow; 40% said they would struggle to recover all data lost; and 25% doubted that they would be able to recovery any information, causing serious disruptions or closure of their businesses.

In his presentation, Bergert will review recent cyber-security trends and focus on some basic controls and processes you can implement, as well as share resources you can use in the future to protect yourself, your friends and family, and your organization though security awareness.

For more information on the event or to register, please call Les Flesher at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy89972 = 'Les' + '@'; addy89972 = addy89972 + 'resultsimc' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text89972 = ' '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text89972 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Be sure to follow the Idea Lab on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Idealabqc.

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‘Les Misérables’ Begins at Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:13

Mount Carroll--Les Misérables, the most popular musical ever written, will be presented at Timber Lake Playhouse for the first time Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 10. Special guest star Jason Kraack, who has played the role of Jean Valjean on the national tour, leads the TLP production under the direction of Matthew Teague Miller.

Executive Director James Beaudry said, “We’ve been very lucky to assemble 28 of the best performers we’ve ever had at Timber Lake for this production. Our director has a long history with show having performed it around the world, and our star is giving one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen. Additionally, the orchestra is the largest we’ve had in my time here, and they are astonishing.”

Les Misérables premiered in London in 1985 (where it continues to run) and quickly grew to be a major hit in the United States and in productions around the world. Now in its third Broadway production, the musical has long been available to schools, but only recently have professional theatres been granted the rights to produce this epic and triumphant show.

The story of Les Misérables spans two decades and is one of passion, dreams and redemption set against the backdrop of a nation in the throes of rebellion. Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, finding nothing in store but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. During the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront the truth after Valjean spares him and saves the life of Marius, a student revolutionary, who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter, Cosette.

Guest performer John B. Leen, a Jeff Award winner from Chicago, stars as Inspector Javert, with resident performers Nathan Goodrich and Caroline Murrah as Marius and Cosette, respectively. TLP favorite Erica Stephan returns to the company as Eponine, who longs for Marius. Lexie Plath plays Cosette’s ill-fated mother, Fantine. Matt Webb and Analisha Santini proved comic relief as The Thenardiers, scheming their way through Paris.

Joining the adult cast are Lily Leding of Clinton, Iowa as Young Cosette, Avery Findlay of Savanna, Illinois as Young Eponine, and Cecelia Ryan of Sterling, Illinois as Gavroche.

“We were also lucky to find three young people in the area with the talent Lily, Cecelia and Avery have,” says Beaudry. “They are a joy to work with, and the company’s faces light up every time these young ladies perform.”

“But it was the role of Jean Valjean--one of the most demanding in all musical theatre--that was the tough one. After a national search and many auditions in many cities, we found Jason Kraack. It’s been a privilege to have him at Timber Lake for Les Misérables.”

Of his experience at TLP, Kraack said, “I have been amazed by the talent here. The cast is just amazing. The band, the directors, the designers--all of it. Theaters like TLP have their pick of the best talents of the future and they certainly hired the best young talents for this show. I have very much enjoyed the chance to mentor and learn from these great performers in our cast. I can't wait for audiences to see the hard work we have been doing for the past few weeks. They are going to be blown away!”

Les Misérables performs evenings at 7:30 p.m., and there are 2:00 p.m. matinees on Sundays and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3pm. Tickets are $17-$23 and may be purchased through the box office 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily at 815-244-2035 or any time at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.

As part of the playhouse’s Do Something Spectacular: Live The Story campaign, TLP is partnering with The Table, a group that serves hot meals in Carroll County Monday through Friday at no charge. Part of Great River Outreach, The Table has served over 45,000 meals to date. A non-perishable food drive to support The Table will be held at TLP throughout the run of Les Misérables.

The Table has a specific need for cereal, rice, dry beans, peas, soda crackers, egg and elbow pasta, canned fruit, pancake mix, and pork and beans. Cash donations may be made to cover the organization’s needs for meat. Anyone able to make a donation of chickens, pigs or cows is encouraged to contact the organization directly at 815-990-6511 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All non-perishable donations may be dropped off at Timber Lake Playhouse, located at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll, during box office hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or before any performance of Les Misérables.



Full Production Credits:


TIMBER   LAKE   PLAYHOUSE Presents a new production of BOUBLIL and SCHÖNBERG’S Les Misérables, a musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG.  Based on a novel by VICTOR HUGO.  Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG.  Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER.  Original French Text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL.  Additional material by JAMES FENTON.  Adapted and originally directed by TREVOR NUNN and JOHN CAIRD.  Orchestrations by JOHN CAMERON

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Directed by

MATTHEW TEAGUE MILLER

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Music Direction by CINDY BLANC

Assistant Music Director MICHAEL USELMANN

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Original London Production by CAMERON MACKINTOSH and THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

"Les Miserables" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 W. 54th St. New york, NY 10019

Ph. 212-541-4684 Fax. 212-397-4684 www.mtishows.com

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

CAST:

Jean Valjean ………………..………………………………………..……… Jason Kraack*

Javert ………………………………..………………………………….………... John Leen

Fantine …………………………………….…………………………………….. Lexie Plath

Eponine …………………………………………………….………………… Erica Stephan

Cosette ……………………………………………………………..……… Caroline Murrah

Marius …………………………………………………………..………… Nathan Goodrich

Thenardier ………………………………………………………….…………… Matt Webb

Madame Thenardier ……………………………………………………… Analisha Santini

Enjorlas ………………………………………………………………….…… Gabriel Brown

Gavroche ……………………………………………………………..……..… Cecelia Ryan

Young Cosette …………………………………………….………………….. Lily Leding

Young Eponine ………………………………………………………..…  Avery  Findlay

Feuilly, Ensemble…………………………………..……………………. Ryan Armstrong

Ensemble …………………………………………….......………………. Anastasia Arnold

Brujon, u/s Jean Valjean ……………………………………….……… Christopher Brady

Bamatabois, Grantaire ………………………………………………………. Grant Brown

Joly, u/s Marius ………………………………………………………  Christian Chambers

Ensemble, u/s Cosette ………………………………………………………. Bethany Fay

Ensemble ………………………………………………………………………. Allison Hunt

Claquesous, Ensemble …………………………………………………………  Cody Jolly

Bishop of Digne, Lesgles, Ensemble, u/s Javert ………………………….. Sean Knight

Courfeyrac, Ensemble ……………………………………………………  Hunter Lindner

Ensemble, u/s Eponine ………………………………………………….. Jessica Palkovic

Foreman, Combeferre, Ensemble ………………………………………  Blake W. Price

Montparnasse, Ensemble ……………………………………………………... Levi Skoog

Babet, Ensemble ………………………………………………………….. Sawyer Smith*

Jean Prouvaire, Ensemble  …………….………………………………. Cameron Turner

Ensemble, u/s Fantine ……………………………………………………… Melissa Weyn

 

*These actors appear through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN & STAFF

Production Stage Manager............................................ Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas

Assistant Stage Manager............................................................................ Katie Ritter

Scenic Designer........................................................................................... Colt Frank

Lighting & Projection Designer............................................................... James Kolditz

Technical Director....................................................................................... CJ Sneath

Properties Master ….......................................................................... Anders Goodwin

Sound Designer / Master Electrician .................................................  Lucas Pawelski

Assistant Technical Director / Master Carpenter …………...................…Joe Simpson

Carpenter ….............................................................................................. Riley Wood

Scenic Artist ………………………………………………………………….. Ben Lipinski

Costume Shop Manager, Wig Designer ………….…………………….. Emma Crafton

Assistant Costume Shop Manager …………..……………………… Kathleen Embrey

Costuming Assistant.......................................................................…. Corina Walbert



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