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'SEUSSICAL' Brings Beloved Books To Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:31

Mount Carroll, IL-- The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents an hour-long version of Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss July 9, 11, 12 and 13 at 2:00 pm. All tickets for Magic Owl shows are only $6.00 and partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Each year, these subsidized Magic Owl shows introduce thousands of young people to the joy and magic of live theatre.

Seussical tells the stories of Horton, the elephant, who finds an entire planet of Whos on a small speck of dust, Gertrude McFuzz who longs for Horton and a bigger tail, Mayzie La Bird who convinces Horton to sit on her egg and The Cat in The Hat, who plays tricks as these stories intertwine into one adventure for the characters and the audience. The show also includes references to such Dr. Seuss classics as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Butter Battle Book, McElligot’s Pool, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Sneetches and The Lorax.

In April, with the help of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, TLP gave away 1000 small trees at the Sauk Valley Children’s Fair as part of the company Do Something Spectacular campaign. Kids who planted the trees, like the main character in The Lorax, and sent in pictures received free tickets to the show. The Do Something Spectacular Campaign is designed to use the stories happening on stage at TLP to inspire creativity and community involvement in the region.

The cast of Seussical includes members of TLP’s professional resident company from all over the country. Will Boze of Sterling, Illinois also stars as Jojo, the young thinker who thinks up the entire adventure.

Seussical has additional performances August 6, 8, 9 and 10 at 11:00 a.m. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $6.00 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting The show is appropriate for all ages. Early reservations are suggested, as many Magic Owl shows sell out.

Production Credits:

The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre

at Timber Lake Playhouse


Book by  Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by  Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens

Co-Conceived by  Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Direction and Choreography by James Beaudry

SEUSSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI.


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Written by Josh Sasek   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:05

A Journey of Hope to Enhance the Quality of Life

DAVENPORT, IA– On Wednesday, July 17, a team of cyclists participating in the 26th Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital, will arrive in Davenport as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

That evening, the team will have dinner and a Friendship Visit with the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation at 5:00 p.m. at their pool.

Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in San Francisco and Seattle and ending in Washington, D.C. on August 10.

At stops across the country, the three routes (North, South and TransAmerica) will distribute grants directly to assist organizations in serving people with disabilities. For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding. The Journey of Hope team members will spend every afternoon with people with disabilities in many different community events and activities. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest.

The organization was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year’s Journey of Hope will raise more than $500,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.

For more information about this event or more on Push America’s summer programs, please contact Josh Sasek at (980) 318-5393 or log on to

Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater Presents: The Amazing Story Machine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:50

The eleventh annual Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater will bring to life The Amazing Story Machine, July 24 – 27 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Arthur the Inventor and his pet mouse, Rusty, will pull audiences out of their seats and take them on adventures of story time favorites, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and The Lion and the Mouse, during this world premier written by Joe Link and directed by Nathan Nelson. This will be Link’s seventh original production on the Brucemore stage; previous plays include The Incredible Adventures of Captain Spoon, The Forgetful Pirate; The Princess Who Wouldn’t Wear Pink; and Tyrannosaurus Fetch. Each year, the Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater promises an engaging performance sure to keep the young audience captivated and the adult audience entertained.

Brucemore’s natural amphitheater near the pond will set the stage for this hour-long performance. Gates open at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Children and their adult chaperones are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs (no food or beverage please). On-site parking is available. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater is sponsored by US Bank and media sponsored by ImOn Communications. Purchase tickets by visiting, calling (319) 362-7375, or at the box office the night of the event. Ticket purchases are nonrefundable.

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


A GREEN RIVER Opens Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyson Danner   
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:54
A Green River Flows Through the QC Theatre Workshop, July 5 through 14
When the QC Theatre Workshop debuts its world-premiere presentation of A Green River, running at the Davenport venue July 5 through 14, author Aaron Randolph III will celebrate the end of a lengthy journey, as he's spent the last five years writing, re-writing, and continually developing his powerful combat-veteran drama.
Yet considering that the production's rehearsal process, as Randolph says, has been a truly collaborative effort between himself, director Daniel DP Sheridan, and the show's five-person cast – with entire scenes sometimes shaped primarily through improvisation – he won't be celebrating alone.
“Everyone has contributed to the finished product,” says Randolph, “either through making suggestions for dialogue changes, or helping organize the material in more effective ways, or reinterpreting lines in ways I never would've imagined on my own. And while this sort of collaboration can sometimes turn 'simple fixes' into major undertakings, the end result is a much stronger play.”
Adds Sheridan, “The depth brought to this production by the artists involved is what makes this one of the most dynamic theatrical pieces I've ever been involved with. There have been some heated discussions and disagreements, but they've only made us delve even deeper into this story.”
A Green River centers on the character of Erik (portrayed by Thomas Alan Taylor), a young Army veteran who has returned from overseas to a world he now struggles to recognize. Told through a kaleidoscopic blend of present-day sequences, flashbacks, memories, and dreams, the 90-minute drama explores the frequently harsh realities of being a soldier, a husband, a son, a brother, and an expectant father – obligations that weigh heavily on Erik's already troubled mind.
Yet despite A Green River's weighty material, Sheridan states, “The script is incredibly engaging and really captures the scope of Erik's life. And in any life, there are moments of great joy and sorrow. I really think the audience will have a full emotional experience, because this play is heartbreaking, funny, scary, honest, dangerous, and thrilling.”
“The show is all about very human people dealing with wide ranges of emotions,” adds Randolph, whose production also features Jessica Sheridan, Joe Goodall, Jessica Denney, and Mike Schulz as significant figures in Erik's life. “So while there are some intense moments, there's also a great deal of love and humor in the play. I actually hope people find themselves laughing a lot during the course of the show.”
Taylor, whose character is seen at many different ages over a two-decade period, is himself no stranger to the process of working on debuting scripts, as the actor appeared in five original theatrical productions as a student at the University of Iowa.
“Being part of a premiere really pushes you to re-attach to the role of storyteller,” says Taylor, “because it's the only time the story itself is being developed along with the production. And it's very rewarding to be part of something that's never been done before. There's a higher sense of ownership for all of us, especially since this process has involved so much improvisation.”
As for the role he has been entrusted with, Taylor says, “I love the challenge of bringing clarity and specificity to Erik's journey. It's extremely challenging to cover a 20-year arc, a harrowing struggle with civilian stresses, and the suffering of a modern American soldier all within the script's stream-of-consciousness structure. Aaron has done tremendous work, and being able to give breath to Erik through his words is quite an honor.”
A Green River is also a considerable technical challenge, with the show's sprawling riverfront set, lighting, and original sound effects and music – composed by Randolph himself – contributing greatly to the show's tone.
“We are focused on using the technical elements to heighten the psychological state of Erik's character,” says Sheridan. “We want the audience to not only witness, but feel, the stress Erik is under. And we're really pushing ourselves as artists in terms of expanding the experience at appropriate moments. We're holding nothing back in our design options.”
Adds Randolph, “The play is about blending very natural things with very surreal things, and I'm trying to blend sound and music so there's a constant flow between reality and memory.
“I kind of have this sword-forging mentality about how I like to work,” he continues. “When you make a sword, you shape the metal into place only to heat it back up and fold the metal again. By doing this over and over again, you end up with something that's effective and strong. And hopefully, that's what we're making here.”
A Green River will be staged at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, IA) Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 14, with show times at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to the play's adult language and violent scenes, this debuting drama is recommended for mature audiences, and as with the QC Theatre Workshop's previous productions, the show will be presented under the company's unique “Pay What It's Worth” policy, allowing audience members to determine their own ticket prices following each performance based on the quality of their theatrical experience.
For reservations and more information on A Green River, please call (563)650-2396 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and visit and
A Green River performance dates:
Friday, July 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 – 3 p.m.
Friday, July 12 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 – 3 p.m.
QC Theatre Workshop
1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804
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Theatre Cedar Rapids Call for Actors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:40
July 1, 2013 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Theatre Cedar Rapids will hold auditions for the upcoming musical production of The Music Man in Concert at:
  • 6pm to 9pm MONDAY July 8th       (Kids)
  • 7pm to 10pm TUESDAY July 9th   (Adults)
  • 7pm to 10pm WEDNESDAY July 10th   (Adults)
Those wishing to audition only need to attend one of the times.

With an expected chorus of 80 local singers and performers, this is a collaborative event between Theatre Cedar Rapids and Orchestra Iowa, in an evening of incredible singing with classics such as: "76 Trombones" "Shipoopi" "Goodnight My Someone" and other favorites from one of the greatest and most beloved musicals of all time.  To be performed at The Paramount Theater with Orchestra Iowa and Conducted by Maestro Timothy Hankewich September 26-29, 2013.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare music selections in advance based on the part but may be asked to sing any of the selections listed. Prerecorded accompaniment will be used for auditions; these tracks are available online at the Theatre Cedar Rapids website.

Roles and audition numbers:



  • 76 Trombones or Till There Was You


  • Good night My Someone


  • 76 Trombones, Goodnight My Someone or Wells Fargo Wagon


  • Wells Fargo Wagon


  • Shapoopi verse 1 and refrain


  • Wells Fargo Wagon or Gary, Indiana

**Pick a Little" ladies, Mayor Shinn, Eulalie Shinn, Ms. Paroo etc. will all be chosen out of the CHORUS cast.

More About THE MUSIC MAN...

An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. 

This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. 

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.

Director & Music Director: Cameron Sullenberger

Choreographer: Alisabeth Von Presley

Assistant Director: Brian Glick

For more information on this show, the roles available, or to check out a script, call 319-366-8592 or go to All auditions will take place at Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd Street SE.

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