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The Old Creamery Theatre Announces its 2015 Main Stage Season! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:47

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971, and is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in the state of Iowa. In 2015, the company will be celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. Located in the Amana Colonies, the Old Creamery Theatre is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Starting their 2015 Main Stage season off is Thorton Wilder’s charming romantic comedy, The Matchmaker, which opens April 30 and runs through May 21. A cheap storeowner refuses to let his niece marry the poor artist she has fallen in love with. All the while the storeowner plans to remarry with the assistance of Dolly Levi, the Matchmaker played by Marquetta Senters, who pretends to help the storeowner find a bride but she schemes to marry him herself and she works to help the young lovers.

After that, Roger Bean’s The Andrews Brothers takes the stage on June 4 through June 28. A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to appear, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show! Mistaken identities and madcap adventure along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

Summer brings tons of fun with Shear Madness, voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe! Shear Madness opens on July 23 and goes through August 16. This unique comic-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon.  During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery seen on stage. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Shear Madness is By Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan.

When autumn begins, the circus comes to town! Barnum opens September 10 and runs through September 27. Join the Circus! - and be drawn into the boundless imagination of America’s Greatest Showman - P. T. Barnum. From humble beginnings to a life under the Big Top this exhilarating musical celebrates the life and dreams of the man whose colorful vision helped define entertainment for generations and gave us the Greatest Show on Earth! Barnum is written by Mark Bramble with lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman.

After that is The Church Basement Ladies in: The Last

(Potluck) Supper, that runs from October 8 to November 8.

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back, one last time, for the last (potluck) supper! Lots of hilarity and brand new musical numbers! Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.

The Old Creamery’s final show of the 2015 season is Nuncrackers by Dan Goggin, opening on November 19 and running through December 20. You won't want to miss the Little Sisters of Hoboken from Nunsense as they return to The Old Creamery's stage to put their patented spin on celebrating the holidays. Reverend Mother and her crew will provide plenty of Christmas music and more laughs than you can shake a candy cane at.

We hope that you’ll check out the Old Creamery Theatre’s shows this year! Trust us, you’re sure to see a show worth talking about!

Season tickets are now on sale! Save up to 50% off of regular ticket price! Beat the rush and save big bucks!

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2015, the company will be celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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Written by Tyson Danner   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:12

For its tenth production, the QC Theatre Workshop is staging a creepy and hilarious off-Broadway hit just in time for Halloween – Bat Boy: The Musical. Running October 24 through November 9, this campy, critically-acclaimed title is only the second musical to be produced during the company's history, and among its 10-person cast, nine of Bat Boy's performers will be making their debuts on the Workshop stage.

Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, IA) Fridays through Sundays, October 24 through November 9. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and the Sunday shows start at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. Due to its occasional violence and some mild language, the musical is recommended for patrons of middle-school age or older.

Winner of the “Best Off-Broadway Musical” citation at the 2001 Outer Critic Circle Awards, Bat Boy: The Musical found its origins in the famed, fabricated Weekly World News articles about a half-bat/half-boy who was found living in a cave in rural West Virginia. Using these stories as their inspiration, composer/lyricist Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical) and book writers Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming constructed a riotous, spooky, and surprisingly touching tale of a misunderstood creature, the family who takes him in, and the townsfolk who want him destroyed.

With The New Yorker describing the show as “a giggly cult hit,” and with CurtainUp praising its “peppy and melodic pop-rock score,” Bat Boy is a musical that the Workshop's Artistic Director Tyson Danner – who also serves as the production's music director – has long wanted to stage.

“I have adored this crazy show for years, and have been waiting for the chance to produce it on our stage. And after Last Call was such a hit last year, we know our audiences are eager for more musicals,” says Danner.

James Fairchild serves as Bat Boy's director and has extensive experience in stage musicals, having appeared in the Workshop's Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim, the District Theatre's Avenue Q and Rent, and the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Fiddler on the Roof, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Full Monty. His directing résumé, meanwhile, includes presentations ranging from the musical A New Brain to the comedy A Tuna Christmas to the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt.

Portraying the title character is area actor Calvin Vo, who previously played Bay Boy in Augustana College's 2012 presentation of the show. With his other area credits including roles in Countryside Community Theatre's South Pacific and Genesius Guild's Twelfth Night and Coriolanus, Vo served as sound designer for the Workshop's How I Learned to Drive but is now making his acting debut on the Workshop stage – along with eight other members of the show's 10-person cast.

“The Quad Cities has a wealth of hilarious, talented actors – many of whom don’t get enough opportunities to perform,” says Danner. “We’re thrilled to have so many new faces involved. Every show we’ve produced has had at least actor new to our stage, and this time we get nine!”

Included among Bat Boy's ensemble are: Jenny Winn (Quad City Music Guild's Les Misérables; the District Theatre's Company); Becca Meumann Johnson (Music Guild's Legally Blonde: The Musical; the Center for Living Arts' All Shook Up); Kailey Ackermann (Augustana's Bat Boy; the Center for Living Arts' Rent); Macy Hernandez (Augustana's The Secret Garden and The Arsonists); Aaron Lord (the Center for Living Arts' Spring Awakening and Bare); Brant Peitersen (Countryside's Shrek: The Musical); Keenen Wilson (Columbia College

Chicago's Guys & Dolls); and 16-year-old Ty Lane (Bettendorf High School's The Music Man; Davenport Junior Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Bat Boy's cast is rounded out by Workshop veteran Mike Schulz, whose most recent credits include roles in 'Art' and True West, and the show's pianist is Marcia Renaud, the music director and organist at Salem Lutheran Church in Moline who also serves as accompanist for the Quad City Singers.

“It speaks to the quality of our work thus far that so many experienced artists are interested in working at the Workshop,” says Danner. “It is very challenging to find staff locally, but show after show we wind up with fantastic artistic leadership – and this show is a real standout in that regard.”

As with the Workshop's nine previous productions, Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented under the Workshop's “Pay What It's Worth” pricing policy in which guests see the play first and then pay on their way out, allowing viewers to determine what the experience was worth to them personally. This innovative strategy was designed to create a wholly accessible theatrical experience for patrons regardless of financial means, and the policy's great success – ever since the Workshop's 2012 debut presentation of Red – has allowed it to continue for Bat Boy.

For reservations and more information on Bat Boy: The Musical, please call (563)650-2396 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and visit and

Bat Boy: The Musical Performance Schedule

Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 3 p.m.

Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.

QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804


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Austin Pyrtle cast in Culver-Stockton's musical theatre production of "Urinetown" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Lanier   
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:47

CANTON, MO (09/25/2014)(readMedia)-- Austin Pyrtle, freshman musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa, has been cast in Culver-Stockton College's musical theatre production, "Urinetown." This 2001 comedy noir satirizes social systems of all types and finds them all wanting. Capitalism, social responsibility--even the very nature of freedom--all are called into question in the face of unintended consequences. Follow your dreams, the idealists urge--but be careful what you wish for. Pyrtle has been cast as Old Man Strong.

Performances run Thursday, October 2 through Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on October 5 at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Black Box Theatre in the lower-level of the Performing Arts Center on the C-SC campus. Dr. Haidee Heaton, professor of theatre, directs this production with musical direction by Dr. Elliot Jones, professor of music.

This event is part of the College's Academic and Cultural Events programming, and is open to the public. "Urinetown" uses a full orchestra, and therefore requires a ticket fee of $8, with $6 for seniors and $5 for students. For further information and ticket reservations, call the C-SC Fine Arts Office at 573-288-6346.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:24

Xanadu is a 1980s Roller Disco Glitter Explosion!


City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the Broadway hit musical Xanadu for six performances October 10-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Adapted from the Universal Pictures cult film by Douglas Carter Beane and featuring music by Jeff Lynne (of the Electric Light Orchestra) and John Farrar, Xanadu follows the journey of the magical and beautiful Greek muse Kira, who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.  The musical adaptation contains all the great Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John music from the film, plus four additional classic songs.

Xanadu was a surprise hit on Broadway and one of the best-reviewed musicals of 2007.  The New Yorker called it “ridiculously brilliant” and The Washington Post called it “the most infectious show to land on Broadway since Spamalot.”

Director Christopher Okiishi promises a top-flight comic cast of City Circle veterans and newcomers for this production, including Victoria Vaughn as Kira and Skyler Matthias as Sonny.  “This hilarious musical is loosely based on the cult classic film, but has a brand new, much better script that actually makes sense,” says Okiishi.  “It’s like a mash up of Percy Jackson and Dance Fever.  Or Clash of the Titans and Donna Summer with some Queen thrown in.  Only much, much funnier.”

The production will feature a special appearance by members of the Cedar Rapids Rollergirls and Iowa City Roller Derby teams and is sponsored by TheLuxeZone and Mike & Jan Finlayson.

With its message of following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for the whole family.  (Contains one instance of profanity.)

Performances are October 10-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets ($12-$27) are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

City Circle Acting Company is a community theater organization in residence at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public.  Upcoming City Circle productions include A Year with Frog and Toad (December 12-21) Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (February 13-15), and Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement Opens October 9 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:03

Amana- The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, opens October 9 and runs through November 9 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back in this all-new musical! Join the fun as they run a food booth at the county fair, teach one of their own how to drive and help their very nervous Pastor make it to the alter on time for his wedding! Whether you’ve seen them before or are brand new to the basement kitchen, you’ll have fun watching the ladies dish it out!

The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement is inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. The cast includes Katie Colletta as Beverly, Kay Francis as Vivian, Sean McCall as Reverend, Carrie SaLoutos as Karin, and Nikki Savitt as Mavis. Directed by Curt Wollan.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. Sponsored by Lebeda Mattress Factory. Media Sponsors are Z102.9 and Mature Focus Magazine. The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement is Rated G. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at

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.

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