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The Old Creamery Theatre Board of Directors exceeds challenge grant! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 15:34
Amana - The Old Creamery Theatre is pleased to announce that its board of directors recently exceeded a generous $35,000 challenge grant from The Gethmann Foundation to net the non-profit professional theatre a total of $56,000. The board was challenged by Jack Gethmann of The Gethmann Foundation to raise $17,000. Exceeding the challenge, board members were able to secure a total of $21,000.

Peter Teahen, President of The Old Creamery Theatre Board of Directors, said “With the commitment from the Gethmann Foundation and the threatre board, we will be able to upgrade our facilities to address the needs of theatre guests with disabilities to include expanded theatre seating and a handicap accessible companion restroom.”

While The Old Creamery Theatre offers performances for over 35,000 theatergoers each year, it cannot thrive on ticket sales alone. Ticket sales cover approximately 60% of the theatre’s yearly expenses. Because programming has grown significantly in the last five years to bring community members a wider variety of performances to enjoy, donations must fill in the financial gap for the professional theatre. The success and longevity of The Old Creamery Theatre depends on generous donors such as The Gethmann Foundation.

Different than other local theatres, The Old Creamery Theatre is a live, professional theatre. Everyone on staff and on stage is a paid professional. Donations to support the theatre not only keep the arts alive in Iowa and offer community members a chance to experience live theatre, but also keep jobs alive and in Iowa.

Established in 1959, The Gethmann Foundation is a private, not-for-profit grant making organization.

The Old Creamery Theatre 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.
With truly something for everyone, The Old Creamery Theatre brings productions to its 300 seat Main Stage and its 70 seat Studio Stage and produces a yearly comic murder mystery. In addition, The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences offers children’s shows on the Main Stage and its school tour travels throughout Iowa each spring with shows that incorporate positive messages. The Old Creamery also offers summer camps for children at various locations each year. The Old Creamery Theatre is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in Iowa.

Iowa Insurance Division Uses Theatre to Inspire Students to Create Good Money Habits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Miesen   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:13
Making Financial Literacy Fun

Iowa Insurance Division Continues to Inspire Students to Create Good Money Habits

Minneapolis, MN (October 18, 2013) – For the seventh year in a row, the Iowa Insurance Division will sponsor a unique, theatre-based program for middle schools throughout the state that will entertain and educate tens of thousands of students on the ways they can create good personal money habits.  Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First! opens on October 21 and will play to 100 Iowa middle schools at no cost to the individual schools.  It is an entertaining and inspiring program – featuring live, educational theatre performances by professional actors – that also includes print and Internet curriculum for use in the classroom and at home.

All the characters in Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First are play by two experienced improvisational actors who play eight different characters in the 40-minute program that’s performed for the entire school.  Students learn important lessons about their money management and buying habits through four comical and informative sketches, including:

  • Wages minus deductions equals take-home pay
  • Saving and investing always have some risk involved
  • Don’t let advertisers make your decisions for you
  • What is “opportunity cost?”

The program is produced by The National Theatre for Children (NTC), and while performances and educational content are completely scripted, the shows themselves are built to incorporate moments of improvisation.  At the beginning of each scene, actors solicit information from the audience that is then humorously integrated into the show.  “Using humor to illustrate a particular point about money management is really powerful with this age group,” says Craig Goettsch of the Iowa Insurance Division. “That’s why we keep bringing these NTC programs back year after year.  It’s never too soon to begin good money habits, and we want to expose these ideas to as many Iowa students as possible.”

But the financial education doesn’t stop with the end of the audience applause.  Following the performances, students return to their classrooms to complete print activities and digital classroom games that further reinforce the financial literacy concepts from the show. Combining live, educational theatre with interactive classroom activities and homework assignments enhances retention of the important lessons.  “Our goal is to help educate the future generation of earners, savers, spenders and investors,” continues Mr. Goettsch.  “That’s why we’re offering Mad About Money free-of-charge to the schools.  The smarter they are with their money today, the better off we’ll all be in the future.”

The Mad About Money program and format was the focus of a study conducted by financial literacy researcher Dr. Lewis Mandell.  His study provided empirical evidence that NTC-style productions—live educational theatre combined with print and classroom activities – positively influence student attitudes on personal finance.  For a copy of Dr. Mandell’s study, please contact NTC.

About the Iowa Insurance Division (IID)
The Iowa Insurance Division’s mission is to protect consumers through consumer education and by effectively and efficiently providing a fair, flexible and positive regulatory environment.   This financial education program is funded not from tax revenues, but rather from investor education fund created with settlements between regulators and large brokerages houses, as well as a part of license fees for securities agents.  Additionally, the IID supervises all insurance business transacted in the state. The insurance commissioner grants permission to companies wishing to sell insurance in Iowa and has general control over all aspects of their business, from the forms they use to the rates they charge. The commissioner also serves as the administrator of the securities act which involves the licensing of brokerage firms and their agents, examining new securities offerings and investigating investment fraud cases:
About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is the largest touring educational theatre company in the world. Since 1978, NTC has successfully tackled one important issue after another including: financial literacy, electrical safety, water conservation, health care, smoking prevention, recycling, wise energy use, renewable energy, nutrition, and bullying prevention, (to name a few). Our educational outreach programs are entirely underwritten by corporate, non-profit and governmental sponsors who want to be associated with delivering healthy-living messages to students and their families. NTC performs approximately 7,000 times a year throughout the country, actively engaging 2.8 million students and parents through its programming:

The Old Creamery Theatre announces 2014 season line-up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Klimes   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:03

Season tickets are now on sale at The Old Creamery Theatre. See our lineup of all the fun to be had in 2014! Please take note that starting with the 2014 season, all matinees will be at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 319-622-6262 or visit our web site at for more information or to order individual or season tickets. It’s never to early to reserve your seats or to buy your season tickets for 2014!

*Season ticket packages can not be used for special events.

Special Events
Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead
Feb. 14 - March 15, 2014
Friday and Saturday nights. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m.; show at 6 p.m.
Now at an exciting new Cedar Rapids location!
The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
525 33rd Ave. SW Cedar Rapids
Tickets: $47 for dinner and the show. Includes tax and gratuity.
Call: 319-622-6262 or
The fun at The Old Creamery Theatre starts Feb. 14 when the comic murder mystery dinner theatre takes a southern turn toward the land of Dixie for Frankly Scarlett, You're Dead, by James Daab.
While the Civil War is looming at Sassafras, the ancestral home of the Simpson family, Colonel Simpson tries to marry off his daughters Scarlett and Melody. But, fiddle-dee-dee, there are no respectable southern gentlemen to be found with all this talk of war, war, war! To make matters worse, somebody is a Yankee spy. Come be part of the mystery and enjoy a delicious meal. You will be able to choose your entree when you order tickets online or by phone.

Branson on the Road
March 13, 14, and 15, 2014
All shows at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Tickets: $30 for adults; $18 for students.
Call: 319-622-6262 or
The Old Creamery Theatre brings Branson to you this spring! This high energy, non-stop show features Debbie Horton, the only woman to have played lead guitar with Johnny Cash, Donnie Wright, an expert musician who has performed at Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, and Brian Capps, master upright bass player and singer. Group rates are available.
Live, Professional Theatre
39 38th Ave.
Amana IA 52203 319-622-6262

Let Us Entertain You!
2014 Main Stage
Tickets $28 for adults; $18.50 for students
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
April 24- May 25, 2014
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. Conceived by William Meade. Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Additional arrangements by David Abbinanti.
He started out as a “Country Boy” who against all odds became one of the greatest country music legends of all time. From “Daddy Sang Bass” to “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “A Boy Named Sue,” you’ll hear Johnny Cash’s life through his lyrics in this non-stop musical biography of the “Man in Black.”
Rated Theatre PG.

The Sunshine Boys
June 5 - 29, 2014
A comedy by Neil Simon
Al Lewis and Willy Clark, once a famous comedy team, haven’t spoken in more than a decade. When Willy’s nephew, a variety show producer, promises big bucks to bring them together one more time, it turns out to be easier said than done as Al and Willy give new meaning to the words “cranky old men.” Rated Theatre PG.

Snoopy!!! The Musical
July 17 - Aug. 10, 2014
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace
Music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady. Originally produced by Arthur Whitelaw, Michael L. Grace and Susan Bloom. Originally directed by Arthur Whitelaw.
It’s the world according to Snoopy! Come join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Sally as they celebrate the wisdom of Charles Schultz and the world’s most famous Beagle in this delightful musical that’s fun for the whole family. Rated Theatre G.

Cash on Delivery
Sept. 4 – 28, 2014
By Michael Cooney
When con man Eric decides to get out of the scam business, things come unglued as the tenants he made up in order to collect government money, take on a life of their own. Throw in a social worker, a couple’s therapist, a grief counselor, a mortician, an unknowing fiancée and a worried wife and you have the perfect formula for hilarity in this fast-paced comedy full of BIG laughs! Rated Theatre PG.

The Church Basement Ladies In: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement
Oct. 9 – Nov. 9, 2014
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.
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! Rated Theatre G.

1940s Radio Christmas Carol
Nov. 20 - Dec. 14, 2014
A comedy by Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg.
It’s Christmas Eve in 1943 and listeners to WOV Radio out of Newark, New Jersey settle in for a one-of-a-kind
telling of the classic Dicken’s story A Christmas Carol. Come see what happens behind the scenes as the Feddington Players try to save the show from one disaster after another in this delightful holiday comedy filled with the music and the spirit of Christmas. Rated Theatre G.

2014 Studio Stage
Tickets: $28 for adults; $18.50 for students

Private Lives
March 27 – April 13, 2014
By Noel Coward
A turbulent marriage filled with bitter arguments has left Elyot and Amanda sure they’ve had quite enough of one another, until fate brings them together on their respective honeymoons no less. How could this happen five years after their divorce, when each has moved on to a more peaceful existence with a brand new spouse? Come watch the sparks fly in this classic comedy. Rated Theatre PG.

The Price
May 29 – June 15, 2014
By Arthur Miller
While haggling with an antique dealer over an attic full of their father’s belongings, brothers Walter and Victor come to realize it’s not the price to be paid for old furnishings that is the issue, but rather the price past decisions have cost them. A gripping drama, about family dynamics and the choices we leave behind. Rated Theatre PG.

Tuna Does Vegas
August 14 - 31
By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Join the residents of little 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!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Oct. 30 - Nov. 16, 2014
By Christopher Durang
Winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play, the master of contemporary absurd comedy tells the tale of comically dysfunctional siblings who wait….and wait, for something exciting to happen. Enter their movie star sister and her much younger boy toy, ready for a costume party that could change their lives forever.
2014 Theatre for Young Audiences

Stuart Little
April 5-19, 2014
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E.B.White.
Stuart, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Little, navigates the world with warmth and humor in this classic story by E.B. White, author of “Charlotte’s Web.” Join Stuart as he drives, sails, and explores life with his friend Margalo the bird and his furry nemesis, Snowbell the cat. Rated Theatre G.
Tickets: $9 for reserved seating.

How I Became a Pirate
June 14 – 28, 2014
Book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.
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! Rated Theatre G.

Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014
Book and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
All of the fantasy of the classic Cinderella story, with a few twists and turns. Sure to tickle your funny bone, this musical version will keep you laughing from the first wave of the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand up until the last stroke of midnight. Rated Theatre G.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells
Nov. 29 – Dec. 14, 2014
Adapted by Allison Gregory from the book by Barbara Park
It’s time for the holiday party and Secret Santa gift exchange in Junie B. Jones’ first grade classroom. But Junie can’t seem to find the spirit of giving anywhere. Find out what happens in this holiday treat for the entire family! Rated Theatre G.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company will be celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the

Branstad signs Executive Order 83 to ensure local control in the development of Iowa Core standards and assessments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:38

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday signed Executive Order 83, ensuring local control in determining Iowa Core’s state academic standards and assessments. The executive order reads as follows:

Executive Order Number Eighty-three

WHEREAS, the Iowa Constitution encourages a strong educational foundation by providing that, “[t]he General Assembly shall encourage, by all suitable means, the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement” (Iowa Const. art. IX, 2d, § 3); and

WHEREAS, rigorous state standards detailing expected academic achievement are essential to provide a high-quality education, which is key to students’ futures and the future of this state; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of state standards should be done in an open, transparent way that

includes opportunities for Iowans to review and offer input; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of local school districts to make decisions related to

curricula, instruction, and learning materials consistent with state academic

standards; and

WHEREAS, it is inappropriate for the federal government to require as a condition of

application of federal grants the adoption of any federally developed standards; and

WHEREAS, the protection of student and family privacy is paramount and Iowa must protect its citizens against intrusive, unnecessary data collection and tracking.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, declare the following:


The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall determine the content of Iowa’s state academic standards, which are known as the Iowa Core.  The Iowa Department of Education shall develop a regular review cycle for the Iowa Core, including public comment, to determine the contents of and to continually improve state academic standards.

The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall choose the statewide assessments that will measure how well students have mastered the Iowa Core.  School districts may also choose to use additional assessments to measure student academic progress.

The collection of student data by school districts and the Iowa Department of Education shall be done in a manner consistent with state and federal laws intended to protect student and family privacy.  Only aggregate student data shall be provided to the federal government to comply with federal laws.

No Constitutional right of Iowa children and their families shall be violated through an overreach by the federal government into Iowa’s educational system.









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15th Annual Noogiefest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gilda's Club QC   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:17

Gilda's Club Quad Cities

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 4:00pm until 6:00pm.

Come join us for a hauntingly good time with themed rooms, games, crafts, door prizes and more ! Themed rooms featuring QC Raiders, QC River Bandits, QC Family Entertainment Center and many more!

Family Fun for all ages!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged. Free family event open to the community. For questions about this event, please call Anita at 563-326-7504.

Gilda's Club Quad Cities, 1234 East River Drive, Davenport.  For directions, visit

A Special Thanks to our Donors:

  • Lynn & Craig Allen
  • Bettendorf High School Key Club
  • Casey's General Stores
  • Cookies by Design
  • Davenport Central Key Club
  • Davenport Evening Optimists
  • Andrea Diercks
  • Domino's Pizza @ Utica Ridge
  • JoAnn Ehrecke & Family
  • Godfather's Pizza
  • HyVee (all stores)
  • Marco's Pizza
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Denise Mohr
  • QC Family Entertainment Center
  • QC Raiders
  • QC River Bandits
  • Carol Shudder & Family
  • Roxanne Steffens & Linda Harkey
  • Wise Guys Pizza & More

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