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Auditions for the Classics at Brucemore: Cyrano de Bergerac PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:26

Audition Information

Auditions for the Classics at Brucemore production of Edmund Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 and 27, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brucemore Visitor Center, 2160 Linden Dr. SE. Various roles are available for physically agile males, ages 25 to 40; sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred. This is a cold-reading audition; no advance preparation required.

Cyrano de Bergerac is an unabashed historical romance set in the 1640s featuring a swashbuckling hero. While first and foremost a passionate love story, the plot develops as a comedy with fast-paced action and a tragic ending. The larger-than-life character of Cyrano is the genius hero with a ridiculously long nose and a passion for poetry and love.  Despite his bravado, Cyrano suffers through unrequited love for Roxanne, whose eyes only see the dashing Christian. Many widely known adaptations have been made, including the film, Roxanne, starring Steve Martin.

The Classics performances will be July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20, 2013, with a rain-date scheduled for July 21.  Rehearsals will begin on June 1.  For further information on auditions, contact Brucemore at (319) 362-7375 or Artistic Director James Kern (319) 365-0252.

About the Classics at Brucemore

The collaboration of Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996 launched outdoor theatre in Eastern Iowa and a new venue at Brucemore. The Classics at Brucemore celebrates a rich history of quality live theatre, including Greek tragedy, Shakespearean comedy, and twentieth century American drama. Fully utilizing the natural amphitheater's rich backdrop, actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience members' picnics. Characters from the show often seek help from the audience, creating an evening of hilarious and interactive fun.

About Brucemore

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


Smiddy Invites Residents to Join Citizen Advisory Committees, Attend Upcoming Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:50

PORT BYRON, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) invites residents to attend an upcoming meeting
of his Education, Economic Development, or Senior Citizen Advisory Committees. Advisory committee
meetings are open to all 71st District community members, and residents are encouraged to attend and share
their thoughts. Meetings are held in a roundtable format.

“These committees are an opportunity for me to hear firsthand from the community about the issues that affect
them the most,” said Smiddy. “The insight and perspective I gain from these committee meetings will be
invaluable in helping me best serve this community in Springfield.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at (309) 848-9098,
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.

WHO: 71st District State Rep. Mike Smiddy

WHAT: Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12th - 11:00 am: Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Rock Falls Living Center, 2202 12th Ave.
1:00 pm: Economic Development Advisory Committee, Air Play Sports & Espresso, 115 E. 3rd St., Sterling, IL
4:30 pm: Education Advisory Committee, IEA Hall, 3307 E. Lincolnway, Suite 3, Sterling, IL

Thursday, February 14th - 10:00 am: Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Coe Township Building, 9327 239th St., Port
Byron, IL

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions February 8, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:23
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

Opinions released before April 2006 and available in the archives are posted in Word format. Opinions released after April 2006 are posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).   Note: To open a PDF you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed. PDF format preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. For more information about PDF read: Using the Adobe Reader.

For your convenience, the Judicial Branch offers a free e-mail notification service for Supreme Court opinions, Court of Appeals opinions, press releases and orders. To subscribe, click here.

NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 11–1398


No. 12–0694


Augustana College Theatre Department premiered The Bock-Eye PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:52

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/06/2013)(readMedia)-- In continuation of its 2012-13 season, Balancing Acts, the Department of Theatre Arts at Augustana College premiered The Bock-Eye, January 25-27 and February 1-3.

Students who performed in the play include:

Calvin Vo, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in English and theatre arts, performed as A God.

Rowan Crow, a first year from Coal Valley, Ill., majoring in liberal studies, performed as the Mother and Bacchae.

The Bock-Eye is a bold and bawdy postmodern adaptation inspired by Euripides' Greek tragedy The Bacchae. Written by acclaimed American playwright Tommy Smith, The Bock Eye is an interesting blend of old and new-a retelling of an ancient story, but with a strong contemporary attitude. This incredible story of dark revenge is sure to thrill.

Returning guest director Saffron Henke compares the new adaptation of the play as follows: "The theme of The Bacchae might be 'Don't mess with Dionysus or you'll get it', but the theme of The Bock-Eye is more like 'That dark Dionysian thing inside you will come out, no matter what you do,' and even The God himself is not safe from it. Overall, Tommy [Smith] was very true to the original play, doing an almost line-by-line condensing of the material, with the exception of an added prologue, and different ending."

Dramaturg Gregory Donley '14, a theatre arts and classics major from Silvis, Ill., added "Dionysus is clearly a cruel and angry god in both works, but Tommy Smith adds a tongue-in-cheek humor to the character, without detracting from his power. Pentheus is also unchanged, and remains a generally foolish king who cannot resist his own morbid curiosity towards the practices of the cult. Though much of the tone is changed, the songs written and sung by the chorus serve as a very strong connection to the style of Greek theater."

For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication at (309) 794-7833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

The Arc Hosts Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:06
The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will host its 2013 “Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors’ Gala” this Saturday, February 9, 2013. The tournament will be held in the Event Center at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island. Proceeds of this charity gaming event of Texas No Limit Hold’Em Poker benefits programs and services for 325 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc’s Texas Hold’Em Tournament & Sponsors Gala is sponsored by CBS4/WHBF-TV and Jumer’s Casino & Hotel.

The Arc’s 2012 champion Ryan York, Davenport, Iowa, returns to defend his title. York’s placement in last year’s tournament qualified him for a seat in the Main Event of the July World Series of Poker at The Rio in Las Vegas. The “QcKid” made The Arc proud,  advancing as far as Day 3 of nearly 6,600 players, ranking him among the top 300 players in the world! Sponsors ($100+ contributors) will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about York’s WSOP experiences at the High Rollers Champagne Brunch at 10:30 am prior to the opening session. The odds are worth the stake, with a reasonable buy-in and capacity limited in the tournament’s two sessions.

Buy-in is $60 with a $30 re-buy opportunity in the first hour of play. The event features two sessions – the first at 12 pm and the second at 4:30 pm. Admission is only guaranteed for players who pre- register at , through Facebook at The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, or via phone (through noon on Friday) at 309-786-6474. Each session will play to 10 winners and the 20
finalists will compete in the Final Round beginning at 9 pm. The tournament pays to the top 20 places, with the champion winning at seat at the World Series of Poker.

Founded in 1952, The Arc promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities, through a variety of support services.


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