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The Price Opens May 29 on the Old Creamery's Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:54
hrough June 15 on the Old Creamery’s Studio Stage, with shows on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

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 make.

The cast includes Kevin Burford of Iowa City, IA, Rip Russell of Iowa City, IA, Marquetta Senters of Amana, IA, and Scott Wakefield of Brooklyn, NY.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. The Price is Rated PG.

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. The Company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

French Canadian and Iowa Native Team Up for Theatrical Performance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Daniel Rairdin-Hale   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:15

International theatre artist Audrey Leclair (Montreal, Quebec) is visiting Davenport for the next three weeks to develop a comedic theatre production with Quad Cities native Daniel Rairdin-Hale (Davenport, IA).

They call themselves ‘Du Haut Duo’ (pronounced ‘duo duo’) and they are planning to travel their physical comedy show to Montreal, New York City, and other places around the world…but they are premiering here in the Quad Cities first.

Audrey Leclair recently finished an artistic residency in India and is also developing a show with Théâtre de la Tapisserie, a company she co-founded in Montreal, Quebec.

Daniel Rairdin-Hale teaches and directs theatre locally at St. Ambrose University and recently finished acting in a feature film produced by Fourth Wall Films entitled “Sons & Daughters of Thunder.”

Both of them received theatrical clown training at Dell’Arte International in California, where they met and worked with each other for the first time.

While here, they are also leading workshops in red-nose clown and slapstick through the Davenport Junior Theatre.

If you would like to see them perform, there are only four chances:

Sunday June 1, 2014 at the Davenport Junior Theatre at 1:00PM and 4:00PM

Friday June 6, 2014 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA at 7:30PM

and Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Establishment Theatre in Rock Island, IL at 9:30PM

For more information, images, or to set up an interview with either performer, please contact Daniel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at 563-940-3967.

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Members of the Civil Air Patrol to Become Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:47

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who provided extraordinary public and combat emergency services during World War II. Harkin and Cochran are the lead Senate sponsors of the measure while McCaul and Cuellar have led the effort in the House.  The legislation passed the U.S. Senate in May 2013 and now goes to President Obama’s desk for signature.

“The Civil Air Patrol is one of the unique institutions in our country.  This legislation will offer long overdue recognition to a courageous group of individuals who answered the call to duty at our nation’s time of greatest danger,” said Senator Harkin, the Commander of the Congressional Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.  “Flying aircraft that were often only equipped with a compass and a single radio, and lacking any personal safety equipment, CAP members flew over 24 million miles during World War II, playing a vital role in protecting the nation. This Congressional Gold Medal will ensure that their story is told over and over again for future generations, and it recognizes CAP and its WWII members for their critically important service to our nation.”

“Threats that arose during World War II were not just overseas, but also to our homeland.  Those in the Civil Air Patrols, including Mississippians who helped monitor the Gulf Coast, effectively deployed civilian aircraft to protect our shores from these dangers,” said Senator Cochran. “I’m pleased that this legislation to honor the selfless service and sacrifice of the Civil Air Patrol will now go to the President to be signed into law.”

"The awarding of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the members of the Civil Air Patrol ensures that long overdue and proper recognition has finally been bestowed upon these brave men. The Civil Air Patrol's valiant efforts in defending our coastline, providing combat services, and flying dangerous humanitarian missions in America during World War II embodies the American Spirit of volunteerism. These brave men were an integral part in defending not only our homeland, but also our principles of freedom and liberty. I am proud Congress has taken this step to recognize all of the important work the Civil Air Patrol did nearly 70 years after its founding," said Representative McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Lt. Colonel of the Congressional Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

“The Civil Air Patrol was comprised of volunteers who banded together on December 1, 1941 to create a volunteer air patrol to defend their country,” said Representative Cuellar. “I am honored to recognize the Civil Air Patrol for their contributions and service to our country during World War II. This Congressional Gold Medal recognition is long overdue and well deserved.”

In March of 1942, members of the Civil Air Patrol started an anti-submarine coastal patrol off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. CAP operations reported 173 submarines and found 325 survivors of attacks. There were more than 60,000 adult civilian members of the CAP in a wide range of positions, and CAP aircrews flew a total of approximately 750,000 hours during the war, most of which were in their personal aircraft and often at real risk to their lives. CAP operations were characterized by an exceptional emphasis on safety, discipline and organization. However, by the end of the war, 64 members of the CAP had died in service.


Timber Lake Playhouse's 53rd Season Begins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 19 May 2014 16:08

MOUNT CARROLL, IL -- Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre in Mount Carroll, opened its box office for ticket sales on Monday, May 19. The playhouse entertains over 20,000 ticket buyers each year with a full line-up of shows and events through August. The 53rd Resident Company includes performers and designers from around the country, chosen from auditions in six cities.

TLP’s 53rd Season opens with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 5-15). Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical for the whole family has become a massive international hit everywhere it plays. Executive Director James Beaudry put his personal choreographic stamp on this new production, featuring Melissa Weyn as The Narrator and Gabe Brown as Joseph, chosen from over 1000 hopefuls around the country.

TLP Hall of Fame Director Chuck Smith returns for a record 13th consecutive year as a guest director for J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, June 19-28. In 1912 England, an Inspector interrupts an engagement party, implicating each person in the apparent suicide of a young woman. But is this inspector really who he claims to be? And is this a whodunnit? or a who didn’t do it? John Chase of Mount Morris returns to TLP as the patriarch, Arthur Birling, and three time Jeff Award winning Chicago actress Danielle Brothers comes to TLP for the first time in the role of Sybil Birling.

Brad Lyons, longtime TLP Artistic Director and revered master of the ridiculous, returns to direct at TLP for the first time since 2009’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Lyons will translate Mel Brooks film masterpiece Young Frankenstein (July 3-13) to the stage in this musical adaptation starring some of TLP’s best-loved comedians. Cody Jolly and Matt Webb, who were adored as they faced off in The Music Man, Unnecessary Farce and Spamalot last year, team up as Dr. “Frokensteen” and “I-gor.” Analisha Santini, who stole the show in Boeing Boeing, returns as Frau Blucher.

American comedy writer Neil Simon takes on the New York society types of the late 1980s in Rumors (July 17-26). Derek Bertelsen returns to direct the comedic mayhem, featuring a slew of our favorites as well as brilliant newcomers Grant Brown and Allison Hunt. Part farce and part side-splitting sitcom, Rumors remains one Simon’s funniest scripts.

Les Miserables, the most popular musical of all time comes to TLP for the first time July 31-August 10, and it’s packed with guest stars. Matthew Teague Miller (The Spitfire Grill at TLP) spent several years as a performer in the first National Tour of Les Miserables. He returns to TLP to direct the show for our audiences. Special guest star Jason Kraack plays the role of Jean Valjean, one of the most challenging in musical theatre. He has done the role on the first National Tour, and was chosen after an extensive national search.  Jeff Award winning Chicago actor John Leen makes his TLP debut as Inspector Javert. Lexie Plath and Erica Stephan return to TLP as Fantine and Eponine, respectively. Newcomers Caroline Murrah and Nathan Goodrich play the young lovers, Cosette and Marius.

Associate Artistic Director Courtney Crouse directs SHOUT! The Mod Musical (August 14-24) with choreography by James Beaudry. This musical review features of the best songs of the 1960s, including the title song, as well as: Downtown Those Were the Days, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,  To Sir With Love, Wishin’ & Hopin’, I Only Want To Be With You, and even Goldfinger! Five woman sing out the stories of the 60s to the soundtrack of a generation. Daryn Harrell (Children of Eden, Sweet Charity) returns to TLP as a guest star.

Tickets to TLP’s mainstage shows are $23 (Seniors $21 and Students $17). To see each show for only $18.33, you may still because a season subscriber until June 15. Subscriptions are $110.  Beaudry said of the ticket prices, “The generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private foundations, the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, keep Timber Lake Playhouse an essential cultural and economic driver for the Northwest Illinois region. Without their support, every ticket to TLP would cost $35. We thank them for their continued belief in our work.”

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 815-244-2035 or visit them at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in Mount Carroll. Tickets may also be purchased online at 815-244-2035

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds recognize Iowa Student Loan scholarship winners for proven financial literacy skills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 19 May 2014 14:07

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Student Loan leaders recognized today 20 Iowa high school seniors who each won a $1,500 college scholarship through participation in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, administered by Iowa Student Loan. The high school seniors from across the state were recognized in a special award ceremony at the Iowa Capitol.

This was the first year Iowa Student Loan offered the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, which provided Iowa high school seniors the chance to win $1,500 for college while learning important financial literacy skills.

Between December 2013 and February 2014, registered high school seniors were asked to complete two online financial literacy tutorials — Student Loan Game Plan and the ROCI Reality Check — which Iowa Student Loan developed to help students understand the consequences of college borrowing and discover how to maximize their return on college investment, or ROCI. In addition, scholarship contenders were required to take an online financial literacy assessment test created by Ednalysis, an Iowa educational research company. Scholarship winners were determined from those who earned top scores on the assessment test.

At today’s award ceremony, Branstad congratulated the students and thanked them for seeing the value in furthering their education and learning financial responsibility.

“College should be an exciting time, but in recent years, it’s become increasingly stressful for Iowans. I understand that today, more than ever, students and families need help managing the increasing costs of college,” Branstad said. “Thanks to Iowa Student Loan and its programs, we are educating more students on how to make wise financial decisions when paying for college.”

The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship was created to provide an additional funding source for college-bound seniors, as well as educate them on ways to minimize their borrowing for college and reach the financial potential of a college degree, said Christine Hensley, Iowa Student Loan board chair.

“We witness firsthand the pressures Iowa students and families are facing to finance higher education,” Hensley said. “We wanted to offer a scholarship opportunity for which all Iowa high school seniors could qualify because we feel it’s important every student understand the true investment and cost of college.”

This past legislative session, Branstad and Reynolds stressed that more must be done to ease students’ college debt burden. Branstad told the scholarship winners and their families that he and Reynolds worked to again freeze tuition for Iowa students at the Regent institutions and boost the Iowa Tuition Grant for students attending Iowa’s private colleges and universities.

“Encouraging students to earn a college degree or other postsecondary credential is essential, but so is managing the cost,” said Reynolds. “To truly address the high debt levels of our state’s college students, it’s going to take the efforts of everyone — government, schools, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and families. We’re pleased to have been able to freeze tuition in consecutive years for the first time in 35 years, but  we know we must continue our work to ensure out Iowa students understand the implications of student debt.”

More than 60 people attended Monday’s award ceremony, including 16 of the 20 scholarship winners and their families. Branstad presented each winner with an award certificate; the $1,500 scholarship money can be used at the college or university of the winner’s choice in fall 2014. After the presentation, the students and their families were hosted for lunch at the State Historical Museum.

Hensley had the following congratulatory words for the scholarship winners. “All of you are sitting here today because you proved your financial literacy knowledge. On behalf of Iowa Student Loan, I thank you for taking your college education seriously, and because you do, I know your futures are bright,” she said.

Winners of Iowa Student Loan’s 2014 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship are:

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