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Written by Tyson Danner   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:24

Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop will host auditions for its summer production, Nina Raine's family drama Tribes, on Saturday, February 21 at 5:00pm, with performances scheduled for June 12 – 28. Directed by Augustana College theatre instructor Jennifer Popple, Tribes features roles for three women and three men, ages early 20s through early 60s, with two of the roles requiring some performance of sign language.

The recipient of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Tribes tells the story of a young deaf man born into a hearing family, whose parents – wanting to protect him from feeling like an outcast – prevent him from learning sign language. However, when he meets a young woman who is losing her hearing and is already fluent in sign, deeper questions about family, community, beliefs, traditions, and communication are raised in this smart and moving new work that the Chicago Tribune called “uncommonly fine play,” and the New Yorker magazine deemed “extraordinary.”

Raine's unique drama employs both speech and sign language – with the latter being interpreted for hearing audiences via projected super-titles – and two of Tribes' cast members will be asked to perform sign language in their roles. But while prior familiarity with sign language will be beneficial, it is not required, as rehearsals will be set aside for the actors to focus exclusively on sign.

Female actors are sought for the roles of Beth (50s/60s), Ruth (20s), and Sylvia (20s), and male actors for the roles of Christopher (50s/60s), Daniel (20s), and Billy (20s). Those auditioning will be asked to perform a memorized dramatic monologue of two minutes or fewer and be prepared to read from the script. Rehearsals will begin in early May, with opening night scheduled for Friday, June 12.

Prior to Tribes, the QC Theatre Workshop will present its two spring productions. The first production of 2015 is author Keith Huff's Broadway smash A Steady Rain. Running March 13 – 28, and described by the Chicago Tribune as “a gritty, rich, thick, poetic, and entirely gripping noir” this tale of two Chicago cops and a horrific shooting reunites the team who initiated the Workshop's 2012 debut production of RED: director Tyson Danner and co-stars Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor. In May, the Workshop with partner with Dress for Success Quad Cities to present a benefit production of Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore May 15 – 17.

and other events at the QC Theatre Workshop, 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 Steady Rain Performances

Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Love, Loss and What I Wore


Friday, May 15, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 17, 3pm

Tribes Performances

Friday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 14, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 28, 3 p.m.

Old Creamery Announces 2015 Auditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:39

Old Creamery Theatre Company 2015 Auditions


Saturday January 24, 2015, from 3:30pm – 6:30pm Sunday January 25, 2015, from 3:30pm – 6:30pm


The Old Creamery Theatre Main Stage

39 38th Ave. Amana, IA 52203



Audition by appointment. Appointment may be made beginning January 12, 2015 by calling The Old Creamery business office at (319) 622-6034. Actors should prepare two short contrasting monologues (max. 1 minute each). At least one monologue should be a comic piece (preferably contemporary). In addition to the short monologues, singers should prepare 16 to 32 bars of one (or two

contrasting) song(s) sung a cappella or with recorded accompaniment. (A CD player will be available – no accompanist will be provided but there will be access to a piano). Please bring a current headshot and resume.

Seeking Equity and non-Equity adult performers of various ages (College age and up) to fill paid positions in The Old Creamery’s 2014 Main Stage, Studio, and Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences seasons.

A limited number of performance internships are available.

Internships typically involve onstage and backstage work on our Theatre for Young Audiences productions and/or Camp Creamery theatre workshops. Internships may or may not include performance opportunities providing EMC weeks.

Membership and applicable weeks in Equity’s EMC program are available for regular Main Stage productions only.

(EMC is not available for Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences productions or Studio Stage productions).

One technical internship is also available for a candidate with carpentry and/or  lighting and sound experience.

Internships can begin as early as March, but typically have summer or fall start dates and most require fall availability. All internships include housing plus a $225 per week living stipend. Intern duties involve all aspects of theatre and may include but are not limited to:

performing, costuming, set work, assistant stage management, house management, props, lighting, sound, promotions, assistant teaching, box office, and concessions assignments.

Information regarding the full 2015 season of plays is available on our website at .

If you are unable to attend these auditions, please send a headshot and resume to:

Sean McCall - Artistic Director

The Old Creamery Theatre Company

39 38th Ave.

Amana, IA. 52203

Or electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Christmas at Augustana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Schlouch   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:31

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Augustana College performed its annual 'Christmas at Augustana,' performance on Friday, December 5, and Saturday December 6. More than 300 student musicians shared their talents, in one of the highlights of the Augustana and Quad-City holiday season. From your area this includes:

Liam Baldwin of Davenporyt

Samantha Turner of Rock Island

Taylor Anderson of East Moline

Sydney Crumbleholme of Moline

Brittany Middleton of Davenport

Alecsus Sebben of Rock Island

Andrew Skalak of Davenport

Adam Bengfort of Davenport

Joseph Oliger of Davenport

Payton Brasher of Davenport

Sonja Hurty of Moline

Chelsea Mentado of Moline

Shannon Ryan of Moline

Hannah Griggs of Bettendorf

Leslie Carranza of Rock Island

Jennifer Darby of Moline

Sheila Doak of Rock Island

Emmalynn Tully of Bettendorf

Rebecca Knapper of Davenport

Christine Harb of Davenport

Philip Tunnicliff of Bettendorf

Anthony TouVelle of Bettendorf

Benjamin Knapper of Davenport

Jacob McManus of Reynolds

Jens Hurty of Moline

Erik Whitcomb of Rock Island

Robert Holmquist of East Moline

Benjamin McKay of Rock Island

Biniam Anberber of Coal Valley

Daniel Culver of Rock Island

Charles Bald of Blue Grass

Alyssa Kendall of Davenport

Susan Stone of Rock Island

Shylee Garrett of Vernon Hills

Mariah Logan of Moline

Adam Bengfort of Davenport

Nicholas Clark of Moline

Janina Ehrlich of Rock Island

Samuel Ferry of Rock Island

Corey Jacobs of Rock Island

Tanner Logan of Moline

Kayla Jackson of Rock Island

Ingrid Schneider of Davenport

Andrew Bainter of Coal Valley

Benjamin McKay of Rock Island

Caitlin Thom of Bettendorf

Margaret Ellis of Rock Island

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college 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. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 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.

Happy Holidays -- Trumpet Blossom Café PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trumpet Blossom Cafe   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:34

TRUMPET BLOSSOM CAFÉ :: 310 E. Prentiss St. :: Iowa City, IA :: 319-248-0077

Happy Holidays from Trumpet Blossom--

We’re excited to be hosting some fun gatherings this month. We’d love to see you here!
Thanks for sharing this dynamite Iowa winter with us,
Katy Meyer, chef/owner

--Pete Balestrieri Annual Xmas Party:
--New local tofu from Ethan Brown
--Gifts for the Holidays
--Holiday Hours

Our good friend, Pete Balestrieri, is putting together his annual Christmas party! Please join us for a night of live music from a handful of local musicians as well as stories from Christmas past and plenty of holiday cheer.

Feel free to get in touch with Pete if you’d like to play a tune or two the night of the event:

Our friend at Wake Up Iowa City (a local coffee roaster & maker of Cobra Verde), Jarrett Mitchell, has teamed up with Coralville’s Backpocket Brewery to produce the awesome Wake Up Iowa Coffee Stout. Lucky us! Join us for a half-barrel in our cooler that we’re saving just for you til the night of the party.

Jarrett, in true entrepreneurial style, has plenty of his patented fun planned for the evening. Join us to try a pint (or two, or three) of this unique and limited-edition beer and hang out for the shenanigans. Also, Jarrett requested we make chili cheese fries that night so be sure to enjoy an order of those!

As you probably already know, sourcing locally-made ingredients is a top priority at Trumpet Blossom so it really makes us happy when a new product is made available that’s produced right here in Iowa City. And this one is especially exciting for us because one of the co-owners of the company is a former employee, Ethan Brown, who joined us way back at The Red Avocado shortly after his 17th birthday. We’re looking forward to purchasing & working with this locally-made tofu very soon. Please read on to learn more about their venture.

Trumpet Blossom Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list who enjoys delicious made-from-scratch meals that also happen to be good for you & the environment. Gift certificates are available in any amount and we’re happy to mail them anywhere you wish. You can purchase them in person here at the restaurant or head to our website:

We have a small number of Trumpet Blossom tees for sale too—screen-printed here in Iowa City by White Rabbit!

In addition to our gift certificates and tee-shirts I’m also pleased to offer many of my Grandma’s hand-made items for sale. She is the creator of our popular cloth napkins and also the skilled crafter of quilts, handbags, purses, dish cloths, “burp cloths” for babies, and cloth coasters. She lives just over the Mississippi in Illinois and has been sewing for 70 years. Please stop in and take a look at her creations which occupy a special place in my restaurant. And believe me when I say that you can’t find a better made product at a better price! There are plenty of seasonal items for sale as well as unique gifts that fit any décor year-round.

Holiday Hours:

Open Wed. Dec. 24th 11am-2pm

Closed Thurs. Dec. 25th

Open Fri. Dec. 26th 5pm-10pm

Closed for a short winter break Thurs. Jan. 1st-Wed. Jan. 7th

Open normal hours otherwise

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Megan Flanagan   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:15

A Year with Frog and Toad is a delightful family-friendly musical;
The Holiday Cabaret Offers “Naughty” and “Nice” Entertainment


A Year with Frog and Toad

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville and Hills Bank will present the Broadway hit musical A Year with Frog and Toad for six performances December 12-21 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Adapted from the beloved books by Arnold Lobel by Willie Reale and Robert Reale, this heartwarming musical tells the story of a year in the life of forest neighbors Frog and Toad and their many woodland friends.


Lobel’s stories of the worrywart Toad and the perky Frog are brought to life in lively songs and charming scenes.  Through the course of their year, Frog and Toad awake from hibernation, plant gardens, swim, have picnics, bake cookies, fly a kite, rake leaves, tell stories, and celebrate Christmas before hibernating again.  They have comic interactions with Birds, Moles, a Mouse, a Snail, and a Squirrel.  The New York Times calls the script, “bright, bouncy, altogether lovable.”

The cast features Joe Mosher as Frog, Ken Van Egdon as Toad, Brett Boden as Snail, and Renee Zukin, Heidi Bibler, Katherine Boothroyd, and Kristina Rutkowski as the forest animals.  This production is directed by Liz Tracey, who previously directed the hit production of Jesus Christ Superstar for City Circle.  Wesley Habley serves as music director.  Lead sponsorship is provided by Hills Bank and Trust.

Performances are Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm December 12-21 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets ($12-$27) are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).  ACT is sponsoring 100 free tickets for youth under 18 for the December 12 performance; these free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling or visiting the box office.

Holiday Cabaret – Sugar & Spice

City Circle is again presenting a Holiday Cabaret featuring music, dance and comic performance by local artists celebrating the season.  Performances are Saturdays, December 13 and 20, with a “Nice” cabaret of warm family fare at 7:30pm, and a “Naughty” show at 10pm featuring more mature material.  Performs include Broadway veteran Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia,  Christopher Okiishi, Ryan Shellady, Ellen Stevenson, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Elijah Jones, Paula Grady, Young Footliters, and more.  Tickets are $10 for one performance, or $15 for both, and are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

City Circle Acting Company is the community theater program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public.  Upcoming City Circle productions Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (February 13-15), and Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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