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Broadway Stars in Timber Lake’s ‘A CHORUS LINE’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tina Stretton   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:54

Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) opens its 52nd Season in rural Mount Carroll with the record-breaking classic musical, A Chorus Line on Thursday, June 6. Executive Director James Beaudry has brought in three Broadway performers from New York for this production and several of the best singer-actor-dancers from the past several summers to stage and star in the show for the first time ever at TLP.

Will Taylor, who played Bobby in the recent Broadway revival of A Chorus Line directs and recreates Michael Bennett’s brilliant staging for the musical that tells the stories of performers with big dreams as they fight for a spot ‘on the line.’ The musical was an instant sold-out hit in 1975 becoming the longest running Broadway musical in history. Liza Minnelli famously couldn’t get a ticket, so she sat in an aisle.

A Chorus Line still sells out almost 40 years later, because it celebrates the unlimited possibilities in all of us--teaching that even the lowliest members of any group have the right to stand up for their integrity and dreams. Marvin Hamlisch’s score includes “What I Did For Love,” “I Can Do That” and the classic “One (Singular Sensation).”

Pilar Millhollen, seen as Bebe in the first national tour of A Chorus Line and on Broadway in Chicago, stars as Cassie. In the role of Connie Wong, Geena Quintos comes directly to TLP from the most recent national tour. Quintos, who performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon, also serves as Assistant Director.

TLP favorites Tyler Sawyer Smith (Chicago, Sweet Charity, Sunset Boulevard), Erica Stephan (Footloose, Working, Guys & Dolls), Henry McGinniss (Footloose, Sweet Charity, Children of Eden), Tim Wessel (Guys & Dolls, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Joe Capstick (Guys & Dolls, Cabaret), Adam Fane (Grease, The Wedding Singer) and Hanah Nardone (Guys & Dolls, Footloose) all return to Mount Carroll to fill out the cast. New York based actor Kaolin Bass leads the cast as Zach.

“TLP has never attempted to produce A Chorus Line because the level of talent and stamina required for this show is unmatched in any other musical,” Beaudry said. “To do the show right, these performers must be athletes. As one dancer quipped, “It’s like playing Monday Night Football 8 times a week.”

“But after his successes with TLP’s Oklahoma! and Guys & Dolls, I knew Will Taylor had the expertise to do the show right. It’s always an honor to bring Will to TLP, and working with Pilar, Kaolin and Geena has also been a joy and a privilege. Watching rehearsals makes my jaw drop, because these people are so good.”

Rounding out the company are 14 other performers new to TLP who were selected from over 1000 auditions all over the country. Abby Frank-Taylor, of Madison, plays Lois and has the distinction of being the first third-generation TLP company member. She is the granddaughter of Sheldon Frank, who served as Board President for two decades and was a founding board member in 1961. Abby’s mother Leslie also spent several seasons with the company.

A Chorus Line runs June 6-16 for 12 performances only. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting This Pulitzer Prize winning musical is not recommended for children, as it is based on actual interviews with real people and contains some adult language, humor and content. Later this summer, TLP will present Seussical and The Music Man which are perfect for all ages.


Brucemore’s Fifth Annual Tahitian Party Raise a Coconut to Grant Wood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:52

Revel poolside amid flickering tiki torches and listen to the beat of steel drums with a cool beverage in hand during the fifth annual Tahitian Party on June 28 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Throw on a hula skirt or Hawaiian shirt and relish the atmosphere of Tahiti in Cedar Rapids thanks to Howard Hall’s famous Tahitian Room located in the basement of the Brucemore Mansion.  Enjoy roast suckling pig, noshes, and Polynesian drinks. Join the list of contributors and raise a coconut to support the conservation of the Grant Wood Sleeping Porch. You will not want to miss this popular event.

In 1925, Irene and George Douglas commissioned Grant Wood to design and install a plaster mural on Brucemore’s second floor sleeping porch.  Wood, who earned world-wide fame five years later with the iconic American Gothic portrait, was still relatively unknown.  The former high school art teacher accepted commissions for portraits, graphics, and decorative arts from his home and studio behind Turner Mortuary.   Wood’s stylized presentation of flora and fauna on four walls of the sleeping porch utilizes common plaster and paint in unconventional ways.   A rare example of Wood’s work in decorative arts, the porch is evidence of local patrons who helped launch his career and a unique reminder of Iowa’s most famous artist. This summer, Brucemore will undertake the much needed conservation of the mural to ensure future generations the opportunity to enjoy this important part of the community’s heritage.

Tickets are $60 per person.  Space is limited; purchase tickets by June 19 by visiting or calling (319) 362-7375. Sponsorship levels are also available beginning at $125 and offering additional benefits. The Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley is the presenting sponsor. Tahitian Star Title Sponsors include Kathleen and Tom Aller; Echo Batson and Mike Ahart; Bradley and Riley PC; Brenda Duello and Kirk Haefner; Dr. Fred and Janet Manatt Pilcher; Paulson Electric; and Shuttleworth and Ingersoll PLC. Mercy Medical Center is the Printing Sponsor.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


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Written by Coralville Arts   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:15

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts stage will feature a variety of events in June 2013, giving members of the community many opportunities to participate in performances and enjoy cultural offerings.  Highlights include a free performance by violinist Tricia Park and pianist Conor Hanick on June 4; a production of Shrek: The Musical featuring more than 60 local teens; and Steinway artist Dan Knight’s Iowa Farewell Concert.

The schedule includes:

·        Nolte Academy presents Jet Set, the dance school’s spring recitals.  Performances Friday, May 31 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1 at 10am, 2pm, and 6:30pm; and Sunday, June 2 at 2pm and 6:30pm.  Tickets are $14; $10 for children ages 3-12.

·        Tricia Park, violin and Conor Hanick, piano, present Leon Kirchner’s Duo No. 2 for Violin and Piano on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm.  This recital is free and open to the public.  This voluptuous and passionate composition was commissioned in memory of the great violinist and pedagogue Felix Galimir, and is being performed by Park and Hanick at the request of Judy and Richard Hurtig, who co-commissioned the work in their uncle’s memory.

·        City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents Shrek: The Musical June 14-16.  Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, this musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for the whole family!  This production features more than 60 local teen performers, directed by Chris Okiishi.  Performances are Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm, Saturday, June 15 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 16 at 2pm.  Tickets are $12-$27.

·        Composer and pianist Dan Knight will present an evening of jazz to benefit the Crisis Center Food Bank on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30pm.  Knight will be leaving Iowa to take a full-time faculty position at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte this summer, so this will be his “Farewell Concert” and will feature percussionist Nick George, bassist Scott Barnum, and vocalist Marcia Hughes.  Tickets are $10.

·        Step on the stage on Saturday, June 29 for an Impromptu Summer Cabaret, beginning at 7:30pm.  Participants are welcome to bring a song to sing or play, a work to read, a poem to recite, or to simply watch the impromptu performance.  $5 suggested donation at the door.

Further information on these events and details on other upcoming events are available at

Tickets for most CCPA events are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at, and in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

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


St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrates Newest Seminary Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Willey   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:29

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), 2363 W. 3rd. St., Davenport , celebrates Emily Martin, ’08 Davenport West High Graduate, its 17th member going to Seminary to become a Pastor. Emily has been accepted into the Master of Divinity program and also has received a Trustee scholarship from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

“St. Mark has been a formative place for many people who have felt God’s Call to ministry”, said Senior Pastor Travis Fisher, of St. Mark. “We are an encouraging community of faith, who believes strongly that we are to raise up leaders in all vocations, St. Mark has been particularly strong in raising up those who feel passionately about sharing faith though Word and Sacrament Ministry. We are delighted that Emily is pursuing a vocation of ordained ministry. She holds the gifts of a passionate leader, and compassion needed to be a pastor”.

Before moving to St. Paul and beginning her seminary education, Emily will be preaching at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church, Davenport, during the weekend worship services June 8th at 5PM and June 9th at 8 and 10AM – All Are Welcome!

For more information, Contact St. Mark 563.322.5318 from 8AM-4PM week days or visit

St. Mark Cares…Welcome, Worship, Witness.

St. Mark, established in 1922, is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It houses a Churches United Food Pantry, Participates in Share-a-Meal Program, and supports the St. Mark Preschool which was established in 1987.

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities, called and sent by the Holy Spirit, to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s World.

Land & Water exhibit at GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:47

The German American Heritage Center announces the opening for its new exhibit, Land & Water. We will host Daryl Smith, Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI for a presentation on "Our Prairie Heritage." Hear Smith speak about what made the prairie landscape so special for our ancestors and for Jens Jensen on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm.

Land and Water is an exhibition about two figureheads in the conservation and preservation movement. These two individuals took their fields to new heights with their love of the natural world and cherished the beauty of their surroundings.  Jens Jensen and Ernest Oberholtzer, secured the beauty, power, and grandeur of the Midwest prairie and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to their own generation and to those that followed. These two men and the landscapes they loved still inspire us today!

About our speaker: Daryl Smith

Smith has served as head of UNI Department of Biology, president of the Iowa Academy of Science, board member of the Iowa Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and National Association of Biology Teachers, director of the Twelfth and Twenty Second North American Prairie Conferences, and director of Iowa Prairie Conferences 1991-01. A native Iowan, Smith has been involved in prairie preservation, management, and restoration for 40 years.  His former students are active in prairie restoration and management, natural area assessment, resource management, secondary and collegiate teaching and natural history interpretation.  He founded the Tallgrass Prairie Center and serves as the Director.  The Center most recent project involves the utilization of mixtures of prairie plants as biomass feedstock.  Smith was also executive director and co-producer of the documentary film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie, winner of the Pare Lorentz Award from International Documentary Association and the Cine Golden Eagle Award.

More about Jensen & Ober:

Jens Jensen (1860-1951) organized and inspired the early conservation movements that led to the creation of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the Illinois state park system, the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore, among many more projects. Everywhere he championed his core conviction: people must have some contact with the "living green," - flowers and plants native to their home. To Jensen, landscape architecture was not just a profession, nor was the use of native plants just one style among many - they expressed his near-mystical belief in the renewing and civilizing powers of nature. He was a reformer with his practice and passion taking him from Schleswig to Berlin and Florida to Decorah.

He believed that beauty does not have to come from a tulip in Holland or a maple in Japan; it can come from the wild reaches of our backyards or state parks.

"Every Plant has fitness and must be placed in its proper surroundings so as to bring out its full beauty. Therein lies the art of landscaping".

-Jens Jensen

Ernest Oberholtzer (1884-1977) is one of the great unsung heroes of the American conservation movement of the twentieth century. A Davenport, Iowa native and one of the founders of the Wilderness Society, "Ober" was best known for his pioneering work to preserve one of the last remaining wilderness areas east of the Rockies - the Quetico-Superior region of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario. The long campaign by Ober and many others to preserve this area made a significant and lasting impression on conservation and wilderness preservation efforts around the world. This exhibit looks to explore the life of the man who led the fight to save the area that eventually became Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (today the most visited wilderness area in the United States).

"We gain inspiration and take heart from Oberholtzer, a leader of the nation's wilderness movement for much of the twentieth century, and his philosophy of action, an acknowledgment that 'we never know our powers until we put them to the test.' His story continues to inspire wilderness activists."

-William H. Meadows, President of The Wilderness Society
Other Land and Water Events!

Sunday, June 9th 2pm- The Legacy of Jens Jensen presented by  Jens Jensen, of Fitchburg, WI. Life and work of the great prairie landscape architect by his great-great grandson.

Saturday, July 20th 2pm- Double Film Feature! At the Figge Art Museum $5 admission includes both films! Showing- Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie award winning prairie documentary from UNI & Jens Jensen: Harmonious World. A world premier of this new documentary on world renowned landscape architect and naturalist and meet the filmmakers of Viva Lundin Productions!

Sunday, July 21st 2pm- Jens Jensen: The QC Connection  with Linda Anderson Learn where Rock Island boasts some of this famed landscape architect's work at the Denkmann Hauberg Estate!

Sunday, August 11 2pm- University of the Wilderness- The Legacy of Ernest Oberholtzer with Mary Swalla Holmes of the Oberholtzer Foundation in Minnesota. She will highlight Ober's work to save the Boundary Waters.

Thursday, Sept. 19 7pm- Flutes Unlimited of the QC presents a salute to water and waves in this evening concert.

Contact: Kelly Lao, Assistant Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text85622 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 563-322-8844

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