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Lt. Governor Simon, Verizon to present $10,000 to domestic violence shelters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Friday, 11 October 2013 09:34

Domestic Violence Awareness Month cell phone drive supports shelters in need

CARBONDALE – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Friday Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will end her third annual cell phone drive with a check presentation in Carbondale. Simon will join officials from Verizon to present $5,000 to both the Cairo Women’s Shelter and HOPE, located in Rochelle.

“Each year we’ve done this cell phone drive, I have been so impressed by the generosity of Illinois residents,” said Simon, a former Jackson county prosecutor who helped found the domestic violence legal clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. “Because so many people donated their old phones, we are able to help two shelters that are assisting survivors in underserved parts of our state.”

Simon received 1,000 cell phones collected at her offices in Carbondale and Chicago, the Illinois State Fair, the Du Quoin State Fair and from the Department of Central Management Services. For every phone collected, Verizon donates $10 - up to $10,000 - to domestic violence shelters.

Since its recycling program was launched in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million wireless phones and has awarded more than $18.1 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations throughout the country. More than 151,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than 453 million minutes of airtime have been provided to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations since the program’s inception.

Donations are also accepted year-round at Verizon Wireless stores.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 11

TIME: 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Kaplan Hall, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1205 Douglas Drive, Carbondale


Theatre Cedar Rapids Announces Updates to Board of Directors and Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Friday, 11 October 2013 09:32
October 10th, 2013 - Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd Street SE
Theatre Cedar Rapids is proud to announce its Board of Director Officers during the 2013-14 season. They include:
  • President, Lydia Brown, Partner at Skywalk Group, and Owner and President at Ascent Iowa.
  • Vice President, Todd Bergen, Managing Director, Acquisitions at Transamerica
  • Secretary, Scott Arensdorf, Controller at RuffaloCODY
  • Treasurer, Dick Meisterling, Vice President for Advancement at Coe College
  • Past President, Bradd Brown, Partner at OPN Architects



New members of the TCR board include:
  • Patrice Carroll, President & General Manager at ImOn Communications
  • Matt Doty, Vice President Corporate Communications at GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • LeAnn Erenberger, CFP, Senior Financial Advisor at US Bank
  • Eric Lange, Theatre Department Chairperson at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Matt Stoner, Controller at Shive Hattery
Theatre Cedar Rapids is proud to announce its Board of Trustee Officers during the 2013-14 season. They include:
  • President, Marc Gullickson, Vice President at Ryan Companies USA
  • Vice President & Treasurer, Pat Deignan, President at Bankers Trust Company
  • Secretary, Randy Rings, General Counsel at TrueNorth Companies

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Nancy Mayfield   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 08:37

October 19, 2013 - (Coralville, IA) – The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will present Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, October 18th at 8 PM & midnight.  The 8 PM show features a special performance by the inimitable Megan Gogerty.  Tickets cost only $8, and are available via the CCPA Box Office: 319-248-9370.  The Box Office is open Wed/Thurs/Fri 11:00-1:00 & 4:00-6:00, and Saturdays 12:00-4:00, and one hour before ticketed performances.  Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at

“Joss Whedon has a huge fan base in this area,” explains Nancy Mayfield, Patron Services Supervisor at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  “But when Whedon’s long-awaited film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing was released in theaters, fans were devastated to learn that the closest showing was in Des Moines.  We are so thrilled to be able to present the film here in Coralville on the big screen.  Within hours of announcing our intentions, local Whedon fans were so enthusiastic we decided to add a midnight showing.”

“Having Megan Gogerty open the 8:00 show will be a special treat,” Mayfield continues.  “For the first time in years, she will perform from her Buffy the Vampire Slayer tribute album, I Miss Buffy.   Her songs are as hilarious and engaging as her plays.  The last time I saw her onstage, I laughed until I cried.”


Writer/director Joss Whedon gives William Shakespeare's beloved battle-of-the-sexes comedy a contemporary makeover in this feature adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. 2012, PG-13.

In the wake of an eventful trip abroad, Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Denisof) arrive safely back in their hometown of Messina, where Claudio wastes no time declaring his love for Hero (Jillian Morgese). Alas, when clever Benedick learns that his friend has poured his heart out to the daughter of powerful governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), he chides his old friend relentlessly over the syrupy assertion while engaging Leonato's outspoken niece Beatrice (Acker) in a series of spirited debates. Meanwhile, somewhere amidst all of the pointed insults and playful barbs, something that strangely resembles true love seems to blossom between Benedick and Beatrice.


Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriterfilm antelevision producer, director, comic book authorcomposer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002–2003), Dollhouse (2009–2010) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present) as well as Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). Whedon co-wrote Toy Story (1995), wrote and directed Serenity (2005), co-wrote and produced the horror film The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel'sThe Avengers (2012), the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Whedon is notable for his work in the comic books Astonishing X-MenBuffy the Vampire Slayer comicsAngel: After the Fall and Runaways, and his collaborations in online media. Many of Whedon's projects have cult status.


The 8 PM event will feature a special introduction by the inimitable Megan Gogerty.  Gogerty is a playwright, monologuist, and songwriter. She will perform from her Buffy the Vampire Slayer tribute album, I Miss Buffy.


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; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens Oct. 19 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:13

Amana – A headless horseman is said to haunt the village of Sleepy Hollow, riding his horse at breakneck speed in the black of night. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, soon comes to know firsthand if The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is fact or fiction – and you will too! Join The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences for this fun and spooky classic. Just in time for Halloween!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is adapted from Washington Irving’s classic story and is directed by Sean McCall of Marengo. The cast consists of Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio, Jackie McCall of Marengo and Garrett Lawson of Lawrence, Kansas.

Show times are 1 p.m. on Saturdays Oct. 19 through Nov. 2; 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 26; 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 24.

Tickets are $8.50 per person and all seating is reserved. All shows are on the Main Stage at 39 38th Ave., Amana.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is sponsored by Scheels with 96.5 Kiss Country as the media sponsor.

Call the box office at 319-622-6262 or visit the website at for tickets or more information. Walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 42 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ returns to TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 07 October 2013 15:27

Mount Carroll, IL--Timber Lake Playhouse announces its annual one-night-only interactive viewing party of the classic 1975 film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The pre-Halloween event will take place Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 pm at the playhouse in Mount Carroll. Concessions, beer and wine and a costume contest will be a part of the festivities. Admission is $15 and may be purchased in advance at or by calling 815-244-2035.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical parody of B-movie, science fiction and horror films of the late 1940s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original London stage production. Still in limited release 36 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres.

Interactive prop bags are also available for only $10. Doors will open at 8:30. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The movie is RATED R. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Run time for the movie is approximately two hours. Hot dogs and rice may not be brought in to the theatre. Open flames of any kind are illegal in public theatres in Illinois.

The costume contest will have prizes for first, second and third place. Costume may be related to the film or original creations. Audiences have the opportunity to purchase a “Rocky Horror Prop Bag” for only $10 that includes props to use during the film, as well as an interactive guide. The interactive guide is a script that shows audience members what to say and when to use the props during the show. While a limited number of  Prop Bags will be available the day of the showing, pre-ordering tickets and bags is recommended. To order, or for more information, visit or call 815-244-2035.

Photo caption: Timber Lake Playhouse presents The Rocky Horror Picture show OCtober 26th at 9:00 pm.


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