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Gustavus Adolphus College Announces 2014 Spring Semester Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Thomas   
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:44

ST. PETER, Minn. (June 12, 2014) - The Spring Semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College has been released. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in May 2014.

The following local student were named to the Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College:  Carla DeWit of Bettendorf

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn., that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.


The Classics at Brucemore Presents Hay Fever PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:23

The eccentric and self-absorbed Bliss family will inspire non-stop, sidesplitting laughter to audiences during the Classics at Brucemore production of Hay Fever, July 10 – 12 and 17 – 19 at 8:00 p.m. The 19th annual Classics at Brucemore performance, directed by Jim Kern, will uphold its reputation as one of Brucemore’s signature events. The estate’s natural amphitheater will provide a captivating backdrop as the Bliss family breaks social conventions on and off the stage, interacting with the audience and the surrounding area.  Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to the show; the gates will open at 7:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15 for Brucemore Members and students and $18 for adults.  All tickets at the gate are $20.  Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center.

Hay Fever, written in 1924 by Noël Coward, takes place on a single weekend in June at the summer home of the wealthy and bohemian Bliss family.  Each family member, without consulting the others, has invited a special guest for the weekend.  However, the family is so egotistical that the needs of their guests (and their overwhelmed household employee Clara) go completely unnoticed.  While the Blisses may be awful people to visit, they are hilarious to watch as they turn what should have been a weekend of intimate leisure into riotous mayhem.

Audiences attend the Classics once and realize that what is in their picnic basket is nearly as important as what is onstage. From carryout pizza or deli-sandwiches to elaborate spreads of antipasto plates and roasted chicken, dining is taken to a new level with Brucemore’s version of dinner and a show. Packing for a Classics picnic just became easier. Brucemore is partnering with The Early Bird to offer patrons the opportunity to have their picnic waiting for them at the show. Select one of three dining options, call Brucemore (319) 362-7375 to place an order, pick it up in the Visitor Center the night of the event, and enjoy the Classics experience. Picnics must be purchased at least 36 hours before the show date by calling (319) 362-7375. A “Classics Package” is also available, including a wine tote, two picnics, and a bottle of wine. A complete list of the picnic options can be found at

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9, and Hoopla, Hay Fever features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Seven return to the Classics stage, including Angela Billman, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, David Morton, Marty Norton, Cherryl Moon Thomason, and Kristen Wilcox. Making their Classics debut are Aaron Murphy and Lindsay Prince. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website,

The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and twentieth century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the natural amphitheater, incorporating the estate itself into the action; actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


The Old Creamery Theatre is holding a week-long theatre camp in Cedar Rapids! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:19
Come be a part of an out of this world adventure this summer in The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell.

Who? Children ages 7 and up

Where? Wilson Middle School, Cedar Rapids When? July 28 – August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers need to bring a sack lunch.

The final performance will be on August 1, 2014 at 7 pm.

Cost: $85 per child. Includes a show T-shirt.

The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell is a week long workshop for children interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre! The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the unique opportunity to work and perform with three professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre while they rehearse and present a play. The Unknowns Freak Out Roswell is a brand new musical with extraterrestrial appeal! Registration is first come, first served (up to 60

actors) and everyone that signs up will be cast in the show. A great way for boys and girls to have an intergalactic theatrical experience this summer! Visit us online at

Children must commit to attending all rehearsals and final performance in order to participate in Camp Creamery.  Questions? Contact Jackie McCall at 319-622-6034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Camp Creamery is sponsored by Toyota Financial Services and Alliant Energy Foundation.

Hardacre Film Festival to continue with special one-day event Aug. 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:14

Iowa’s longest-running film festival finds alternate home while Hardacre Theater undergoes renovation

TIPTON, Iowa—A Hardacre Film Festival … without the Hardacre.

Iowa’s longest-running film festival will celebrate its 17th year at the newly renovated Tipton High School auditorium. This single-day event will feature short and feature-length films from all over the world during a single-day event Saturday, Aug. 2.

The Hardacre Theater, the longtime home and namesake to the Hardacre Film Festival, is currently undergoing renovation. The theater was purchased by the nonprofit Hardacre Theater Preservation Association in February 2014 and is raising funds to renovate and reopen the theater in time for its 100th anniversary in April 2016.

“We wanted to find a way to continue the festival even while the theater is out of commission, and we’re really lucky to have the brand-new Tipton High School auditorium just a few blocks from the Hardacre Theater,” said Will Valet, director of the Hardacre Film Festival. “It’s a comfortable alternative to our old-fashioned movie palace.”

The Hardacre Film Festival shows the latest films touring the film festival circuit. Many films premiere at Hardacre, while others have had their premieres at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including South By Southwest, Sundance and Tribeca. Most films shown at Hardacre have never been seen in Iowa, and filmmakers from around the world attend the festival and interact with the audience.

The list of films selected for the 2014 festival will be released in July.

“The selections at the Hardacre Film Festival were a great cross-section of what is happening in independent film today,” said Nicole Cosgove, producer of “GUN,” Best Short Film winner at Hardacre 2013. “It’s an honest representation of drama, comedy and warm, authentic storytelling. I was impressed with the caliber of films and the filmmaker turnout. It’s a true hidden gem on the festival map—a creative Midwestern town in which artists can creatively connect with the community and filmmakers from across the country."

The Tipton Chamber of Commerce is the festival’s primary sponsor. The festival takes place during Tipton’s Ridiculous Day sidewalk sale event.

Tickets for the one-day festival event are $20, including continuous showings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a catered dinner for all attendees.

For more information about the Hardacre Film Festival, go to For more information about efforts to save the Hardacre Theater, go to

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What: 17th annual Hardacre Film Festival

When: Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Tipton High School auditorium, Tipton, Iowa

How much: $20 per attendee

How I Became A Pirate Opens June 14 On the Old Creamery’s Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Monday, 09 June 2014 15:34

The Old Creamery Theatre presents How I Became A Pirate, the 2014 Summer Theatre For Young Audiences show. How I Became A Pirate hits the Main Stage on June 14 and runs through June 28. Performances are on June 14, 21, and 28 at 1:00 pm and June 17, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 10:00 am.

Book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, and based on the book by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon.

A wrong turn at Bora Bora lands Capt’n Braid Beard and his crew on Jeremy Jacob’s beach. Come along as Jeremy and the pirates search for the perfect place to bury a treasure chest, in this musical adventure on the high seas. Argh!

The cast includes Mason Jerry Erger of Marengo, IA, Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio, Joshua Jones of Greensboro, NC, Jillian Kuhl of Hazel Green, WI, Nikki Savvitt of Arlington Heights, IL, and Clark Skaggs of Cedar Rapids, IA.

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 How I Became A Pirate 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.

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