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Ten Iowans to be Honored at the 2013 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carly Grenfell   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:51

News from Blue Ribbon Foundation

DES MOINES, IA (07/29/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to announce the recipients of the Iowan of the Day award for the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Each winner will receive a special day of perks at the Iowa State Fair. Along with a one night's stay at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, they will each receive a cash prize, grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart. There will also be a recognition ceremony on their day at 2:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation began the Iowan of the Day award in 1997 to honor those Iowans who have truly made a difference in their communities. This year, the judges reviewed hundreds of nominations and selected those that demonstrate integrity, Iowa pride, hard work and dedication.

"We are pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals as Iowans of the Day," said John Putney, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. "Their volunteerism, dedication and service to their community and the state of Iowa make each one deserving of this honor."

The 2013 Iowan of the Day recipients are:

Cole Mace of Estherville

Steve Leinen of Panama

Sharon Juon of Waterloo

Dean Kluss of Clarion

Keith Sash of Gladbrook

Shirley Stout Frederiksen of Chariton

Beth Titman of Boone

Paul Venner of Breda

Jack Finneseth of Jefferson

Ellen Lemke of Bedford

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


Monty Python's SPAMALOT Finds Its Grail at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:00

Mount Carroll--Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents the area premier of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a Tony Award winning musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  The show that “raises silliness to an artform” (The Sunday Times), will open August 1, 2013 and run through August 11th.

A huge hit with a long run on Broadway and three national tours, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a ridiculous bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? SPAMALOT’s pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago sold out it’s entire run before it began in late 2004.

The show that the New York Times calls a “no-holds-barred smash hit,” stars John Chase of Mount Morris, IL as King Arthur. He has previously been seen at TLP in Working, Sunset Boulevard and Oklahoma!. Sharriese Hamilton (Working, ...Spelling Bee) takes on the Tony Award winning role of The Lady of the Lake, Brandon Jess Ford (All Shook Up, Sunset Boulevard, Boeing Boeing) returns to play Sir Lancelot, and Executive Director James Beaudry returns to the TLP stage in the role of Brave Sir Robin. Featured in the cast are Brandyn Day (Baldwin Wallace University) as Sir Galahad, Cody Jolly (Webster University) as The Historian, Elliot Marach (Millikin University) as Sir Bedevere and Matthew Webb (Savannah College of Art and Design) as Patsy. The resident company fills out the ensemble.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT performs evenings at 7:30pm, and there are 2pm matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3pm. Order tickets through the box office 10am - 5pm daily at 815-244-2035 or any time at SPAM® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation.

Gold Series Subscriptions for TLP’s 53rd Season also go on sale August 1 online and through the box office. Summer 2014 brings a thrilling line-up that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, and the local premier of the most popular musical of all time, Les Miserables. The rest of the season includes the plays An Inspector Calls, a ghost story by J. B. Priestley, and Neil Simon’s Rumors. The summer will close with a revue of 60s hits called SHOUT! The Mod Musical.

The only way to reserve seats immediately for next summer is by purchasing a season subscription, which allows you to see all six shows for only $100, an unbelievable 28% discount! Subscription prices increase to $110 on September 1. Single tickets for TLP’s 2014 mainstage season will go on sale in May 2014. Groups of 15 or more may reserve blocks of tickets immediately. All Magic Owl Children’s Theatre tickets are available August 1st. Tickets are non-refundable.

Waiting in the wings for the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre are a new adaptation of Robin Hood in May and Pinkalicious the Musical in July and August, based on the ever-popular children’s books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. More information will be available August 1 at

Production Credits:

Timber Lake Playhouse presents

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

Book & Lyrics by ERIC IDLE


A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Directed by Derek Bertelsen

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by THEATRICAL RIGHTS WORLDWIDE

570 7th Ave. Suite 2100, New York, New York 10018


This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Christmas in July? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:11
For every $75 in Gift Certificates purchased between now and July 31st, you will receive ONE FREE TCR VOUCHER, good for any of the following 2013/14 plays! ...That's up to a $35 dollar value!
Neil Simon's Jake's Women
For Colored Girls...
God of Carnage
To Kill a Mockingbird
Call the TCR Box Office at (319) 366-8591 to order your Gift Certificates. Show vouchers will be tracked and mailed individually by August 15.

Lumberjacks in Love opens Aug. 1 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 19 July 2013 07:46

Amana – Four manly lumberjacks living the bachelor life in their northern Wisconsin camp seem perfectly happy tucked away from civilization – and women. But, when a mail order bride is mistakenly sent for, everything changes. Join Minnesota Slim, Dirty Bob, Muskrat, Moonlight and The Kid as they tell the wonders and woes of being a lumberjack in love with songs like “The Bachelor’s Prayer,” “Stupid Love,” and “Could It Be Cabin Fever?”

Lumberjacks in Love opens August 1 on the Main Stage of The Old Creamery Theatre. Written by Fred Ally and James Kaplan, the authors of Guys On Ice, Lumberjacks in Love is directed by Krista Neumann of Iowa City. The cast consists of Scott Wakefield of New York City, Sean McCall of Marengo, Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids, Tim Abou-Nasr of Omaha, Neb., Lisa Crosby Wipperling of St. Albans, Vermont, and Deborah Kennedy of West Amana, with musical direction by Shari Rhoads of Coralville. Lumberjacks in Love runs through Sept. 1 and is rated Theatre PG.

Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $18 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Student rush tickets are available half an hour before performances. A student ID is required to get this special rate of $12 per ticket. Group rates for 15 people or more are available.

Lumberjacks in Love is sponsored by Capper Auto Group. Media sponsors are Kiss 96.5 and City Revealed Magazine.

Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA 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.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:03

The calendar at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts continues to be full through the rest of the summer, with a variety of family, music, dance, and theatrical offerings.

The schedule includes:

·        New Horizons Band Summer Concert, Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm.  Based out of the Senior Center, the New Horizons Band consists of more than 70 “chronologically gifted” musicians under the direction of Erin Wehr.  $5 suggested donation at the door; proceeds will be split between the CCPA and the New Horizons Band.

·        Impromptu Summer Cabaret, Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm.  This “open mic” style event takes place on the CCPA stage, with everyone welcome to participate.  Sing or play a song, read a poem, perform a scene…or sit back and enjoy!  $5 suggested donation at the door.

·        City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents Rent August 2-4.  In 2009, City Circle produced a production of Jonathan Larson’s popular musical featuring local teens. Four years later, the cast reunites, bringing new life experiences and perspectives to this story of addiction, poverty, AIDS, and – most of all - love.  Performances are Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 4 at 2pm.  Tickets are $12-$27.

·        Nolte Academy Summer Gala August 10 and 11 will feature choreography by Martha Graham soloist Lloyd Wright, Merce Cunningham dance company member Melissa Toogood, Paul Taylor dancer John Eirich, Houston Ballet soloist Naomi Glass, and Broadway star Margot DeLa Barre. Saturday, August 10 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 11 at 2pm.  Tickets $10-$14.

·        Nolte Academy presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr August 17-19.  This stage adaptation of the hit Disney film will feature area children and teens in a production filled with magic, mayhem, flying carpet rides, and the tuneful, Academy Award-winning score.  Tickets $12-$20.

·        A minimally-staged production of Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes will mark the Center’s second birthday on August 23 and 24.  Featuring a 17-piece orchestra, this production will place the focus on Porter’s unforgettable music, including It’s De-Lovely, I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Friendship, and the title number.  Special dance numbers courtesy of Leslie Nolte and Nolte Academy.  Tickets $12-$22; special $50 sponsor tickets for the August 23 performance include premium seating, a pre-show reception at The Luxe Zone, and program recognition.

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; 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.

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