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Governor Quinn Statement on General Assembly Lawsuit to Restore Their Own Pay Before Enacting Pension Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:57

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding today’s filing of a lawsuit to restore pay for legislators. On July 10, 2013, following two years of legislative inertia on pension reform – the most critical job for the state – the Governor issued a line-item veto of House Bill 214 to suspend pay for legislators until they pass comprehensive pension reform. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Governor has the power to line-item veto any appropriation. The Governor is also not accepting his own salary.

Below is his statement:

"Today's lawsuit filed by two members of the Illinois General Assembly is just plain wrong.

“If legislators had put forth the same effort to draw up a pension reform agreement that they did in crafting this lawsuit, pension reform could have been done by now.

"Instead of focusing on resolving the state's pension crisis – which is costing taxpayers millions of dollars a day – legislators have chosen to focus on their own paychecks and waste taxpayer time and money on this lawsuit.

"My action to suspend the appropriation for legislative pay is clearly within the express provisions of the Illinois Constitution.

“Legislators should not be rewarded for an endless cycle of promises, excuses, delay and inertia on the pension problem.

"I've spent a lot of time with working people across Illinois who understand the importance of this issue. They work hard for their paychecks and they do what's hard to support their families.

"They don't get paid if they don’t do their jobs. And neither should members of the General Assembly.

“I will defend the interest of Illinois taxpayers in the courts. Nobody should be paid until the pension reform job gets done for taxpayers.”


Theatre Cedar Rapids was born in the roaring 20's so we are celebrating with a speakeasy party! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:49


$60 per ticket ($50 for TCR Members) - OR, become a "Host" and get 10 tickets (plus more benefits!) for $500.

  • Program includes 80th season preview performances, surprise guests and special announcements.

  • Entertainment includes prohibition era music before & after the program.

  • Food and moonshine provided (with a cash bar available)

  • Cocktail attire (If you prefer, dress for the era or add a hat for fun!)

  • To get your ticket and password, contact the TCR Box Office or go to

  • Ticket and password required for entry.

  • Make sure you are not being followed by anyone as to tip off the whereabouts of the soiree.



Pick at least three shows...

TCR's magical 80th season is available online for three show (minimum) Starter Packs, or full subscriptions with mix/match and ala carte options.  Click the link, and purchase the shows you want for the performances you want.  Don't forget, the 80th Season will end with the international hit... Les Misérables!


A new DIVAPALOOZA show you won't want to miss. Imagine Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Bette Midler all together on one stage, and you've got DIVAPALOOZA. Janelle Lauer, Jane Pini , and Lynne Rothrock will entertain with a band of the finest musicians. Something for everyone - rhythm & blues, jazz, musical theatre, rock & roll, folk, and country.


The Music Man In Concert w/ Orchestra Iowa
at The Paramount September 25-29, 2013

LAST CHANCE TO GET PRIORITY SEATING - Single Tickets go on sale August 9th, but TCR Subscribers can take advantage now by ordering three or more productions.  Contact TCR Box Office or order online today!

Join us for Meredith Willson's "The Music Man: In Concert" collaborating Theatre Cedar Rapids and Orchestra Iowa in an evening of incredible singing with classics such as: "76 Trombones" "Shipoopi" "Goodnight My Someone" and other favorites from one of the greatest and most beloved musicals of all time.


FINAL TCR Camps Begin August 5th

It's not too late to register!

3rd-5th Grade Theatre

Master the essential techniques of theatre - onstage and behind the scenes.  Through improvisation, acting and scene work, as well as learning some basis of the technical elements of theatre, each session will develop an original play or series of scenes to present at the showcase.  Come develop the confidence needed to make a splash at your next audition or performance - confidence you will carry through the school year and your lifetime.  $195 (TCR member rate $156)

  • Session 7: August 5-August 16, 9:00am-12:00pm OR

  • Session 8: August 5-August 16, 1:00pm-4:00pm

3rd-5th Grade Musical Theatre

Are musicals your thing?  If you can't get enough of singing show tunes, this camp is for you.  You'll hone your singing, dancing, and acting skills while working on pieces from famous musicals.  $195 (TCR member rate $156)

  • Session 11: August 5-August 16, 1:00-4:00pm


City Circle’s RENT Opens Friday, August 2 at the CCPA! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:02

RENT opens Friday, August 2 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Presented by City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, RENT will be performed August 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm and August 4 at 2 pm.

Cast members from City Circle’s 2009 sold-out teen production of RENT reunite to reprise their roles in this highly acclaimed Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme

Tickets 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.

Ten Iowans to be Honored at the 2013 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carly Grenfell   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:51

News from Blue Ribbon Foundation

DES MOINES, IA (07/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to announce the recipients of the Iowan of the Day award for the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Each winner will receive a special day of perks at the Iowa State Fair. Along with a one night's stay at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, they will each receive a cash prize, grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart. There will also be a recognition ceremony on their day at 2:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation began the Iowan of the Day award in 1997 to honor those Iowans who have truly made a difference in their communities. This year, the judges reviewed hundreds of nominations and selected those that demonstrate integrity, Iowa pride, hard work and dedication.

"We are pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals as Iowans of the Day," said John Putney, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. "Their volunteerism, dedication and service to their community and the state of Iowa make each one deserving of this honor."

The 2013 Iowan of the Day recipients are:

Cole Mace of Estherville

Steve Leinen of Panama

Sharon Juon of Waterloo

Dean Kluss of Clarion

Keith Sash of Gladbrook

Shirley Stout Frederiksen of Chariton

Beth Titman of Boone

Paul Venner of Breda

Jack Finneseth of Jefferson

Ellen Lemke of Bedford

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


Monty Python's SPAMALOT Finds Its Grail at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:00

Mount Carroll--Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents the area premier of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a Tony Award winning musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  The show that “raises silliness to an artform” (The Sunday Times), will open August 1, 2013 and run through August 11th.

A huge hit with a long run on Broadway and three national tours, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a ridiculous bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? SPAMALOT’s pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago sold out it’s entire run before it began in late 2004.

The show that the New York Times calls a “no-holds-barred smash hit,” stars John Chase of Mount Morris, IL as King Arthur. He has previously been seen at TLP in Working, Sunset Boulevard and Oklahoma!. Sharriese Hamilton (Working, ...Spelling Bee) takes on the Tony Award winning role of The Lady of the Lake, Brandon Jess Ford (All Shook Up, Sunset Boulevard, Boeing Boeing) returns to play Sir Lancelot, and Executive Director James Beaudry returns to the TLP stage in the role of Brave Sir Robin. Featured in the cast are Brandyn Day (Baldwin Wallace University) as Sir Galahad, Cody Jolly (Webster University) as The Historian, Elliot Marach (Millikin University) as Sir Bedevere and Matthew Webb (Savannah College of Art and Design) as Patsy. The resident company fills out the ensemble.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT performs evenings at 7:30pm, and there are 2pm matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3pm. Order tickets through the box office 10am - 5pm daily at 815-244-2035 or any time at SPAM® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation.

Gold Series Subscriptions for TLP’s 53rd Season also go on sale August 1 online and through the box office. Summer 2014 brings a thrilling line-up that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, and the local premier of the most popular musical of all time, Les Miserables. The rest of the season includes the plays An Inspector Calls, a ghost story by J. B. Priestley, and Neil Simon’s Rumors. The summer will close with a revue of 60s hits called SHOUT! The Mod Musical.

The only way to reserve seats immediately for next summer is by purchasing a season subscription, which allows you to see all six shows for only $100, an unbelievable 28% discount! Subscription prices increase to $110 on September 1. Single tickets for TLP’s 2014 mainstage season will go on sale in May 2014. Groups of 15 or more may reserve blocks of tickets immediately. All Magic Owl Children’s Theatre tickets are available August 1st. Tickets are non-refundable.

Waiting in the wings for the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre are a new adaptation of Robin Hood in May and Pinkalicious the Musical in July and August, based on the ever-popular children’s books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. More information will be available August 1 at

Production Credits:

Timber Lake Playhouse presents

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

Book & Lyrics by ERIC IDLE


A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Directed by Derek Bertelsen

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by THEATRICAL RIGHTS WORLDWIDE

570 7th Ave. Suite 2100, New York, New York 10018


This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


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