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Wartburg production of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ to be performed in DeWitt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Friday, 25 January 2013 08:22
DeWITT, Iowa — The Wartburg Players and Wartburg College music department are bringing the Cole Porter musical masterpiece, “Kiss Me, Kate,” to DeWitt’s Central Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 2.

A cast of 30 Wartburg students and one chemistry professor will perform Porter’s biggest Broadway hit —featuring a play (William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”) within a play. All tickets are $10 for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

“Kiss Me, Kate” debuted in 1948 as Porter’s first musical with a scripted storyline and won the first Tony Award for best musical. Fifty years later, it won another Tony for best musical revival.

The plot involves the egotistical producer, director and star of a foundering touring company. He recruits his ex-wife, a movie-star diva, to save his musical adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. Mismatched lovers and gambling debts owed gangsters, who  also portray actors in the musical, add to the mischief.

“It’s a big Broadway musical,” said Dr. William Earl, associate professor of communication arts who directs the Wartburg Players theater group. “It’s one of the great war horses of theater with all the elements — terrific music and dancing, gangsters, and backstage and onstage intrigue.”

Describing a recent revival of the musical, a critic wrote, “Cole Porter's unbeatable songs, divas, gangsters, dancing, jokes, and even Shakespeare make ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ all that it is … pure fun.”

Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, associate professor of voice, is teaming with Earl to present the latest in an annual series of Wartburg musicals. A number of the student performers are veterans of the 2010 production of “Oliver” and the 2011 opera workshop. “Kiss Me, Kate” will be performed at Wartburg College Feb. 21-23.

Mariah Driscoll, a freshman from DeWitt, is in the chorus.

Tickets are available at DeWitt City Hall, the Central Administration Building and online at


Fred Graham/Petrucchio:  Christopher Kurt, senior, Independence
Lilli Vanessi/Kate:  Anne Bomgaars, senior, Sheldon
Lois Lane/Bianca:  Cailee Whitefield, junior, San Antonio, Texas
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio:  Gregory DiMarco, junior, Mason City
Harrison Howell:  Denis Drolet, associate professor chemistry
First Man (Gangster):  Maddie Paxton, senior, Milford
Second Man (Gangster):  Jenna Buhr, senior, Cedar Rapids
Harry Trevor/Baptista:  Andrew Tubbs, sophomore, Des Moines
Hattie:  Lauren Matysik, junior, Miramar Beach, Fla.
Paul:  Justin Cervantes, junior, Cedar Rapids
Gremio:  Kyle Harms, sophomore, Independence


Soprano — Emma Hellevik, junior, Medford, Minn.; Mariah Driscoll, freshman, DeWitt; Mackenzie Walsh, sophomore, San Antonio, Texas; Carrie Pont, freshman, Oelwein.
Alto — Erin Gleason, freshman, Platteville, Wis.; Haley Flores, senior, Dysart; Elizabeth Jewitt, freshman, Round Lake Heights, Ill.; Gregena Heard, junior, East St. Louis, Ill.; Alexandria Plumb, freshman, Spirit Lake.
Tenor — Trent Teske, sophomore, New Providence; Michael Sauer, sophomore, LeMars; Koby Edler, sophomore, Fairbank; Chad Nelsen, sophomore, Rock Valley; Drew Peeler, sophomore, Indianola.
Bass — Brady Frieden, freshman, Donahue; Sam Miller, sophomore, Ida Grove; Myles Finn, sophomore, Manchester; Connor Koppin, senior, Mason City; Ben Sande, junior, Adel.

Wartburg Players cast members Christopher Kurt and Anne Bomgaars have the lead roles in ‘Kiss Me, Kate,” the Cole Porter musical that will be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at DeWitt’s Central Performing Arts Center.


For more information, contact Saul Shapiro, Wartburg College Office of Marketing and
Communication, 319 352-8379 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming Performances of Ballet QC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:25
Love Stories


February 16th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Moline, IL





Saturday, April 20th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Adler Theater  Davenport, IA




Ballet Under the Stars


Our Gift to the Community

Friday, June 7th

Saturday, June 8th

Sunday, June 9th

Lincoln Park Theater

Rock Island, IL






Mark your calendar!



* beer, spirits & wine tasting

* silent auction

up close & personal jazz performance "Black Coffee" choreographed by Margaret Huling

March 8, 2013


* Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 2rd Street, Davenport, IA

* $40 per person

* Call in your reservation today!

* 309-786-3779

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Rachelle Mitchell   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:37

Des Moines, IA. Recognition for outstanding academic achievement has been given to Grand View University student Derek Fulton of Bettendorf who was named to the President's List for the 2012 Fall semester and to Amber Bloch, Ragan Duax, and Brian Frick, all of Davenport and each was named to the Dean's List for the 2012 Fall semester.

The students are named to the President's List for earning a grade point average of 4.0 while carrying at least 12 hours of classes.

The students are named to the Dean's List for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying at least 12 hours of classes.

Grand View University, with an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, is an independent, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

E.T. | Summerland | Classes | MORE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:46
" Flawless Summerland Project
takes viewers into brave new world"


"Do not miss The Summerland Project. It's a powerful show with talented actors tackling an original and thought provoking script."

  • Playwrighting Workshop (6th-12th grades)
  • Creating a Character in a Play (6th-8th grades)
  • Intro to Theatre (2nd-5th grades)
  • Stories on Stage (kindergarten and 1st grade)
  • Just Right for ME!  (students on the autism spectrum)
  • 2pm-5pm TODAY: Play in a Day! (3rd-5th grades)


Private Eyes Opens January 18th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QC Theatre Workshop   
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:13

If you enjoyed our debut of RED, join us for our second production...

In this "comedy of suspicion," five characters inhabit multiple layers of a single, often conflicting and absurd story. Through a whirlwind of scenes and situations, the audience members act as detectives, trying to figure out what is real and what is not.

...And the return of "Pay What It's Worth"!

Our "Pay What It's Worth" ticket pricing means you pay what you think our play is worth! At the Workshop, you see the show first, then pay on your way out based on how you would value our work. This philosophy is an expression of one of our most deeply-held beliefs: The audience should have a voice in how much and what kind of theatre is created in its community.

We want to hear from you in many ways: conversations before and after the show, feedback on our facebook page, and yes...even by how much you decide to pay for your evening of entertainment. So make your reservation now, come on by and enjoy the show, and hang around afterward and say "Hi"!

Performances: January 18th - February 3rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

We'll see you at the show!

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