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Author Elke Ertle speaks on her book Sunday, Sept. 14th @ 2pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:51

WALLED-IN A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom by Elke Ertle

Join us for her presentation, a discussion, & book signing on SUNDAY. SEPT. 14TH -2PM

Elke Ertle will speak on her memories of living in West Berlin during the Cold War. In her memoir, Walled-In, J. Elke Ertle shares what it was like to grow up in West Berlin, Germany, during the aftermath of World War II, a time when the city was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sectors. Initially, forty percent of all structures in the city were destroyed. There was little food or shelter. Many died, but Elke's family survived.

Interweaving history with personal experiences, J. Elke Ertle takes the reader on a remarkable journey into her closely supervised, yet happy childhood, her youthful disillusionment, and her deliberate, albeit difficult decision to choose freedom.

Thank you to our Sponsor!

This event is a part of the programming for GAHC's latest exhibition Berlin: Divided Past/United Future. This exhibit and programming is sponsored by the H. J. Dane Law Firm of Davenport. We are grateful for their generous support in bringing the exhibit and companion programming to the Quad City community.

More info!
Watch Elke's interview with the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lCh0uFDtm4

Find out more about her book here: http://walled-in-berlin.com/

Visit the German American Heritage Center this month and receive a coupon for $2 your $5 Admission to the Pioneer Village Harvest Moon Song & Dance Fest on Sunday, Oct. 5th from 1-5! 7 bands, 3 dance groups, 100 years of rural American Music! Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village- 18817 290th St. Long Grove, IA 52756 Tickets are just $2 for kids!

 
Our Season has started! Community support is going strong... and we'd like you to meet Madeleine! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:50
Demanding rehearsals are underway as our dancers prepare to enthrall and bewitch our audiences with the first performance of the season,Dracula. Please join us at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Avenue, Moline, IL on October 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, you won't want to miss the sensual choreography of this most popular ballet.

The celebration continues after Saturday night's performance. You'll be under the spell of Dracula and want to attend the best Halloween Costume Party of the season. Hosted by Domingo Rubio, aka Count Dracula!  Where you'll "drink" delicious wine and "bite"  tasty snacks... and of course, there will be lots of spook-tacular surprises.  

Costumes are optional but highly encouraged!

Ticket Prices:  $22 - Adult | $12 - 18 and Under
We accept Check or Credit Card.
Call 309-786-3779 to purchase.

 
CITY CIRCLE PRESENTS THE 2014 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:37

Celebration includes 8 new 10-minute plays September 20 and special performances of Sue Gilbert’s Catchin’ the Babies September 18 and 20

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents the 2014 New Play Festival on Saturday, September 20 at 7pm. City Circle will also remount Sue Gilbert’s one-woman play about pioneer midwife Annie MacFarlane on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 20 at 2pm.  The Festival is sponsored by Cedar Rapids-based Heuer Publishing and celebrates emerging voices in theater.

All performances take place at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street in Coralville.  Tickets are $12; packages for both the New Play Festival and Catchin’ the Babies are $20.  Tickets are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at coralvillearts.org, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

The Saturday evening performance will feature eight brand new 10-minute plays by writers with Iowa ties.  The plays present a wide variety of tone, styles, and subject matter.  Some contain adult themes and language.

Boy In A Cage by Catherine Shook, directed by Robyn Calhoun.
An allegory of what can happen when a man’s sexuality is suppressed.

Hot In The Kitchen by Christopher Okiishi, directed by Elijah Jones
A radio cooking show staring high-energy, mildly naughty hosts Phil and Phyllis.

Lovely Wonderful Thoughts by Elizabeth Breed, directed by Mary Sullivan
What if Peter Pan came to a modern-day Darling family?

On the Possibilities of Endings by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Scott Strode
A thoughtful look at the moment before leaving this world.

Shoving It In The Alleyway by Elijah Jones, directed by Patrick Du Laney
A comedic look at a drug deal gone wrong.

The Concentrated Masses by Duane Larson, directed by Adeara Jean Maurice
A farcical look at corporate America.

They Grow Up So Fast by Duane Larson, directed by Scott Strode
A father’s hilarious attempt at sending his son out into the world.

Wednesday Night Witness by Amy White, directed by Liz Tracey
Two boys’ disturbing conversation in the library.

Catchin’ the Babies
As part of the New Play Festival week, City Circle is also presenting a remount of Sue Gilbert’s award-winning play Catchin’ the Babies on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 20 at 2pm.  Catchin’ the Babies was developed through two previous New Play Festivals and is a glimpse into early pioneer life, as seen through the eyes of Annie MacFarlane, a half-Cherokee, half-Irish midwife. In February 2007, Catchin’ the Babies competed in the Iowa Association of American Community Theatres Festival and won Best Play, Best Female Actor, and Best Set Design (Michael Blake).  It is directed by John Harper. 

About the playwrights

Elizabeth Breed is an Iowa City native; her first show was produced at City High when she was fifteen.  She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where more of her plays premiered.  She has performed in both the Iowa City area and in her current home of St. Louis, Missouri.

Jennifer Fawcett is an Iowa City based writer and the Associate Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre.  Her most recent play for WGT, Out of Bounds, was awarded the NEFA National Theatre Project Award.  Other plays for WGT include The Broken Chord (Hancher commission), After Ana (In the Raw Series/Englert), The Toymaker’s War, Atlas Of Mud, Telling: Iowa City (co-written with Jonathan Wei) and Odysseus Iowa (co-written with Sean Lewis).  Her play Birth Witches premiered at Riverside Theatre and was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award.  She was the NNPN Emerging-Playwright-In-Residence at Curious Theatre Company (Denver) and is the winner of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center.  A graduate of the University of Iowa MFA Playwrights Workshop, Jennifer's plays have been produced at the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project (Nashville), The Drilling Company (New York), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), Alcyone Festival (Chicago), Theatre Masters (Aspen/West Palm Beach), the Hatchery Festival (Washington, DC) and in festivals across Canada.

Formally a stalwart of the Iowa City Community Theatre and then a founding member City Circle Acting Company, Sue Gilbert has worked in theatres all over the Midwest as an actor, director, designer, costumer and now playwright.  She has appeared on stage in shows as diverse as The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion in Winter, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Come Back Little Sheba and The Boys Next Door.  Sue is also a historical re-enactor across three centuries teaching children and adults about the lives and skills of our ancestors.  Her work as a re-enactor led to writing Catchin' the Babies, the family stories about her 2x Great Grandmother that became a play.

Elijah Jones is a recent graduate of Iowa City High School.  He got his first stage experience at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and has performed for City Circle and other local theater groups for the last four years.

Duane Larson lives in Cedar Rapids and has previously had plays produced for TCR's Underground Festival and MVLCT's Slices of Life, and has been a member of the Black Dogger's playwriting group. Duane has performed with TCR, MVLCT, ICCT, and Usher's Ferry Theatre, among others.

Christopher Okiishi is a native Iowan and over 20 year resident of Iowa City.  His work has been seen at Riverside Theater (Walking the Wire), SPT Theater (Tales from the Writer's Room), No Shame Theater (including seven "Best of" and one "Best of Best of" events), and Working Group Theater (Was the Word).  His play Faithless was made into an independent film in 2001.  He divides his days between four mental health facilities as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Catherine Shook is a senior at the University of Iowa, focusing on creative writing.  She had her playwriting debut last year at the University’s 10 minute play festival with her piece Just One Puff and recently completed a staged reading of Too Few To Mention for the fall non-mainstage season.

Amy White of Mt. Vernon is a member of the Black Doggers playwriting group and serves on the board of directors of Mt Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre.  Her plays and monologues have been produced locally bu MVLCT, Dreamwell, City Circle and Riverside, and by groups as far as Kansas City and Madison.  Her most recent production was Someone Who Knew Her, based on the 1959 murder of Lisbon teenager Marlene Padfield.  Amy is a volunteer speech coach at Mt Vernon High School and director of the Lisbon Public Library.

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YOUNG FOOTLITERS PRESENTS THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE SEPTEMBER 12-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:50

Young Footliters presents Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the C. S. Lewis novel The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for 4 performances, September 12-14 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 32 local children in 4th grade through 10th grades and is directed by Matt Falduto.  Hills Bank is the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, September 12 at 7pm, Saturday, September 13 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, September 14 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at www.coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

Robinette’s adaptation features the characters of the novel – the four children, the talking animals, the White Witch and her followers, and the great lion Aslan – in a timeless setting that contemporary children can identify with.   Director Falduto worked to create an empowering experience for the children who are in the cast and those in the audience, helping them understand the themes of the story.  For example, he says that as a child, he “loved that Edmund could screw up, find forgiveness, and then become the hero.  To me, that’s a very powerful message for our kids to learn.”  This adaptation also presents a strong, brave Susan and a Peter who finds strength in emotion and empathy, portrayed by real life siblings Emma and David Bluder.

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering children and teens fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment.  Young Footliters aims to produce quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation.

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Clinton Area Showboat Theatre Announces an Eclectic and Exciting 2015 Season Lineup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matthew T. Miller   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:42

CLINTON, IA., September 1, 2014—Clinton Area Showboat Theatre is excited to announce its 2015 summer professional season.

Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will open its 2015 season with Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar). Cats ran on Broadway from 1982 to 2000, won seven TONY awards and remains the second longest running musical in Broadway history. Clinton Showboat’s reimagined production will open June 11.

The second production in the Clinton Showboat 2015 season is the music revue My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The professional company will perform the songs made famous by Sinatra including My Funny Valentine, Fly Me to Moon, The Best is Yet to Come, The Way You Look Tonight, All of Me, The Lady is a Tramp and many more. My Way will open June 25 at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.

The third production in this year’s season is Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Seussical is a musical mash-up of the most famous stories and characters created by Dr. Seuss. This award winning musical is fun for the whole family and will open July 9th.

Steel Magnolias is the fourth title in the 2015 season and is the one non-musical presented this year. This touching comedy was presented on the Showboat stage in 2000 and was adapted into the popular film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Sally Fields. Steel Magnolias will open July 23rd at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.

The final production of the 2015 season is the powerful Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal. Originally appearing on Broadway in 2009, Next to Normal tells the story of a suburban mother dealing with depression and bipolar disorder while struggling to keep her family together. Next to Normal was nominated for eleven TONY awards and is one of only eight musicals in history to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hailed by critics as a “landmark achievement in American Musical Theatre history,” Next to Normal is sure to be the most talked about production of the season and opens August 6th.

Season tickets for all five productions are available on the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre website, www.clintonshowboat.org. The Box Office is currently closed for the offseason but a message can be left at 563-242-6760

The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre is a Professional Non-Profit Summer Theatre located on the Mississippi Riverfront in Clinton, Iowa. Our mission is to provide superior artistic theatre and quality theatre education to the greater Clinton and Quad Cities area.

 

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