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Digging for "Gold" at John Deere Middle School this weekend! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:23
60 John Deere Middle Schoolers are going on a treasure hunt this weekend looking for $300.00 in gold and silver in their backyard

(Moline, IL)  Four fields near the school will be filled with dimes and nickels Saturday morning and by using metal detectors the kids are going to get rich!  It’s all about learning map skills, soil science, writing, data analysis, and graphing when they look for “gold” underground.  The Lights ON for Learning students are calling themselves the “Spartan Treasure Hunters” and the media is invited to interview them, their parents, and the sponsors—they can even hunt!

According to the Site Coordinators of the Lights ON for Learning grant, Chad Potter, the program was developed out of a partnership among the Lights On 21st Century, John Deere Middle,  Minelab USA (which is providing the metal detectors) and Chuck Smalley at SW Supplies and Prospecting.

***The hunt is being held at the John Deere Middle School in Moline (2035 11th Street) on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 am.  The media is invited to witness the hunt in which the students will be using metal detectors to the find hidden treasures.

In addition to the hunt Potter says there will be a “Try It” station which is a mini clinic about metal detecting as a hobby put on by Minelab USA representatives for parents and teachers.  Students will participate in one of four "seeded" hunts to find coins and other interesting items.  There will also be a number of presentations related to the metal detecting hobby.  Potter says the school is going to create a metal detecting club after this initial venture.

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The Last Romance opens The Old Creamery’s 2013 Main Stage season! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:22
Amana – Falling in love again was not something Ralph was expecting. Fate however had other ideas for this lively widower and a different path home one evening leads him to Carol and changes his life.

Don’t miss The Last Romance, a funny account of second chances and the surprises life can bring, opening on The Old Creamery Theatre’s Main Stage April 25. The Last Romance was written by Joe DiPietro and is directed by Krista Neumann of Iowa City. The cast consists of Troy Bruchwalski of Cleveland, OH, Tom Milligan of West Amana, Rachael Lindhart of Iowa City and Licia Watson of Kansas City, MO.

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 are also available.

The Last Romance is sponsored by Cedar Rapids Hearing Center with media sponsors Mature Focus Magazine and KGYM. The show runs through May 26.

Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com 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.

 
Discover the Cinderella in You! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:37

A special event designed to encourage girls and young women to follow their dreams and reach for the stars!

Join Cinderella (BQC dancer Emily Kate Long) prior to the 1:00 performance on April 20, 2013 as she shares her journey to become a professional dancer, the importance of living a healthy, well balanced life, and having the courage to be all you want to be.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of the story of Cinderella and what it takes to overcome obstacles in life to be successful and make your dreams come true.

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Saturday, April 20th

RiverCenter Adler Theatre

11:30am - 12:30pm

(prior to the 1:00 performance of Cinderella)

Doors open at 11:00

$15 per person (children & adults)

Space is limited to 100 participants

Bring your own camera for a photo opportunity

with the Fairies, Pixies & Princesses

Light refreshments will be served

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CALLING ALL QUAD CITY AREA SCOUTS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

SPECIAL PRICING for your groups of

15 or more to attend the April 20th performance of Cinderella!

for the order form

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Pre-Registration is required

Contact Diane at Ballet Quad Cities

to reserve your spot

309.786-3779

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Tickets for the performance of Cinderella are available through the Adler Theatre Box Office

CLICK HERE for details

 
Theatre Cedar Rapids Announces 80th Season Production Lineup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richie Akers   
Monday, 08 April 2013 10:28
April 8 2013 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  For Immediate Release: Theatre Cedar Rapids Announces 80th Season Lineup of Productions.

With great anticipation and several shows projected to play to sell-out crowds, we are proud to announce our 80th Season lineup. Current Members and Subscribers are able to purchase a full season subscription now via mail-in form or the TCR Box Office. In an effort to embrace new technology, current Members and Subscribers will also be able to complete subscription orders online starting May 1st, as will the general public starting June 1st. There has never been a better season to be a subscriber and a donor at one of the nation's top community theatres. Let the magic begin!

Subscription pricing for 8 shows:
  • Adult "Fantastic" Seating $238
  • Adult "Excellent" Seating $213
  • Adult "Great" Seating $173
  • Youth/Student Seating $128

TCR 80th Season MAINSTAGE MUSICALS

Jesus Christ Superstar
- Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. This groundbreaking rock opera explores the last seven days of Christ's life. Filled with struggle, love, faith, and music, this rock opera debuted on Broadway in 1971, and changed the face of musical theatre forever. Superstar was last produced at TCR in 1986.
  • Opens October 11, 2013 through November 2, 2013
  • Rated PG (Note: Some content could be intense for our younger audience members)

Monty Python's Spamalot
- Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, killer rabbits, cows, and French people. Truly, one of the funniest shows to come out of Broadway in a long while. This is TCR's first production of Spamalot.
  • Opens January 24, 2014 through February 15, 2014
  • Rated PG (Note: Although funny, some mild questionable language, situations, adult humor)

Les Misérables
- Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. An international smash-hit that quite possibly is the most popular musical in the world, Les Misérables is the moving story of Jean Valjean and his struggle for redemption and peace. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France and the French revolution, this popular masterpiece promises to be one of TCR's biggest undertakings ever.
  • Opens June 20, 2014 through July 19, 2014
  • Rated PG (Note: Some content could be intense for our younger audience members)


TCR 80th Season MAINSTAGE PLAYS

Miracle on 34th Street
- Adapted from the novel by Valentine Davies and based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture. Based on one of the most heartwarming holiday films, Miracle on 34th Street follows a man who claims to be Kris Kringle while he works as Macy's Santa. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers, and touches the heart of everyone he meets. However, not everyone believes in Santa Claus, and Kris ends up in court, where the Spirit of Christmas prevails. TCR last produced this classic in 1998.
  • Opens November 29, 2013 through December 21, 2013
  • Rated G (Note: Perfect for the ENTIRE family)

To Kill A Mockingbird
- Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee. Based on the renowned novel by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird is the story of Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town in 1935, who, along with her older brother, is, being raised by her widowed, lawyer father, and their strong-minded housekeeper. As Atticus defends a young Black man wrongfully accused of a grave crime, Scout learns about prejudice, compassion, justice, and love. This play was last produced by TCR in 1999.
  • Opens March 21 , 2014 through April 12, 2014
  • Rated G (Note: Attention span for younger audience members)


80th Season GRANDON STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

Underground New Play Festival
- Playwrights TBA. This will be TCR's fourth Underground Festival and the third Underground New Play Festival. As we continue to produce this exciting showcase for new work, the submissions get better and audiences continue to clamor for these never-before-seen short plays, one-acts, and full-length productions.
  • Begins September 12, 2013 through September 22, 2013
  • Ratings TBA
Neil Simon's Jake's Women
- Neil Simon. Jake faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual women. Jake's women include his dead first wife, his daughter now and back then, his bossy sister, his opinionated analyst, his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and a prospective third wife. TCR last did this show in 1997.
  • Opens November 1, 2013 through November 23, 2013
  • Rated PG (Note: Subject matter and attention span for elementary-aged audience members)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf
- Ntozake Shange. This groundbreaking choreopoem is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry. This is the first time TCR has presented this show.
  • Opens February 21, 2014 through March 15, 2014
  • Rated R (Explicit language and subject matter)
God of Carnage
- Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award, this play is a brutally entertaining and hilarious story of two sets of Brooklyn parents brought together for a meeting regarding a playground altercation between their eleven-year-old sons. This is the first production of God of Carnage at TCR.
  • Opens April 25, 2014 through May 17, 2014
  • Rated R (Note: Explicit language and subject matter)

80th Season SPECIAL EVENTS at TCR

2013/14 TCR Curtain Raiser
A retrospective and entertaining evening, with a goal of "raising the curtain" while previewing the new season.September 6, 2013


DIVAPALOOZA: Estrogen Force Field
A new DIVAPALOOZA show you won't want to miss. Imagine Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Bette Midler all together on one stage. That, in a nutshell, is the experience of DIVAPALOOZA. The ladies in this trio have each garnered well-deserved comparisons to their more famous counterparts: Janelle Lauer tears it up as the explosive rhythm & blues powerhouse; Jane Pini is the embodiment of a true 60's rock & roll acid queen; Lynne Rothrock hits the perfect balance between elegant, beautiful vocals, and saucy, hilarious stage banter. A band of the finest musicians accompany this talented group. There is something for everyone - rhythm & blues, jazz, musical theatre, rock & roll, folk, and country. On stage at Theatre Cedar Rapids September 13 & 14, 2013


Music Man Concert with Orchestra Iowa
- Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson. 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 boy's 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. A full production of this show was last mounted at TCR in 1992. On stage at the Paramount Theatre September 26-29, 2013 Rated G (Note: Concert, perfect for the entire family)

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Middle Schooler to read Essay at Jewish event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 08 April 2013 10:12
(Davenport, IA)  Rachael Cupp, an Edison Junior High school student and a participant in the Lights On program there, wrote an essay as part of  the “Children and the Holocaust” essay contest sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad Cities Area.  (www.holocausteduqca.com)

The essay was to be about a child/youth who was caught in or witnessed the events of the WWII Holocaust.  And, by telling the story, the writer was to also share how this made the Holocaust more meaningful to him/her.  Rachael writes about Syvia Perlmutter whose family was forced to live in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.  Syvia was 4 years old when the war began and 10 when it ended. In her essay, Rachael shared what a typical day was like for Syvia and the “ongoing nightmare” of finding “safer” places and hiding from the Nazis.  According to Rachael, learning about Syvia has helped her to realize how “fortunate I am” and to complain less about the mundane things of daily life.

Rachel, an eighth grader, will have the honor or reading her essay at the YomHasoah Holocaust Remembrance event being held at Temple Emmanuel in Davenport Sunday evening, April 7th (1115 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport) at 7:00 pm.    This special event each year highlights the importance of remembering the Holocaust so such horrors will not occur again.


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