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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.


Cinderella PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Junior Theatre   
Friday, 04 October 2013 15:16

Adapted by Roger Vavey, Sr.

A timeless classic! This retelling of Cinderella will take you on the adventure like never before. Join us, as the Cinderella and her friends the mice discover it takes more than magic to find your happily ever after.

Saturday, October 5 : 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, October 6 : 2:00pm
Saturday, October 12 : 1:00pm & 4:00pm

Sunday, October 13 : 2:00pm

$5.00 for anyone 3 years and up, $7.00 for adults, tickets sold at the door

(Show runs approximately 60 minutes)

Davenport Junior Theatre

Annie Wittenmyer Campus

2822 Eastern Avenue

Davenport, IA  52803


Simon to host Illinois River meeting in Peoria PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Nelson   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:43

Simon to host Illinois River Coordinating Council meeting, encourage best water quality practices

Part of three day river conference in Peoria

PEORIA – Sept. 30, 2013. Continuing her efforts to encourage river awareness and protect water quality, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will host an Illinois River Coordinating Council (IRCC) meeting on Tuesday in conjunction with the 14th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System. The IRCC will discuss whether to seek a Blue Trail or other designation to help promote conservation and recreation on the Illinois River.

“By working together we can help protect and preserve our Illinois rivers,” said Simon. “This public dialogue is an excellent way to have your voice heard and learn more about our waterways.”

Simon is encouraging members of the public to attend the quarterly meeting of the Illinois Rivers Coordinating Council and participate in an open forum for public questions and comments. Members of the Mississippi and Wabash-Ohio River Coordinating Councils will be in attendance as will several mayors from the Mississippi River and Towns Initiative.

Being held from Oct. 1 – Oct. 3, the three day conference will also include an Illinois River Watershed Conservation Tour, drought workshop, Spirit of Peoria River Boat Cruise and discussions on infrastructure needs, community issues, local economy and importance of protecting natural resources.

Recognizing Lt. Gov. Simon’s efforts to promote river health and protect drinking water, Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club recently presented Simon with the prestigious Confluence Conservation Leadership Award. Simon chairs the Mississippi, Illinois, and Wabash and Ohio River Coordinating Councils, which are charged with reviewing state and federal programs that impact the watersheds and working with local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues.

TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

PLACE: Four Points by Sheraton, Peoria

NOTE: Simon is available for interviews before and after the council meeting.


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