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Festival of Trees & Breakfast with Santa at the CCPA Saturday Nov 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by meg   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:25

CITY CIRCLE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS THE 2014 FESTIVAL OF TREES AT THE CORALVILLE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS NOVEMBER 29

 

Holiday Kick-Off Celebration Also Features Breakfast with Santa

 

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will host the 2014 Johnson County Festival of Trees on Saturday, November 29 beginning at 6:30pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville.

This annual event features live and silent auctions of artistically decorated trees and wreaths created by local artists and organizations.  2014 donors include the City of Coralville, Cabinet Style, Karen Chappell,  Rick Crooks, Jan Finlayson Designs, Bret Gothe, Hands Jewelers, Harvest Oil, The Iowa Children’s Museum, David Lair, Lensing Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Liberty Iron Works, TheLuxeZone, MidWestOne Bank, New Song Episcopal Church, Nolte Academy, Northwest Mutual, Toyota/Scion of Iowa City, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Velvet Coat.

In addition to the auction, the event features heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and performances by City Circle, Nolte Academy, and boogie-woogie pianist Chase Garrett, and dancing onstage to Rod Pierson’s band.  The popular grab bags will again feature exciting prizes!

Tickets ($25 or 10 for $200) are available at coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Recreation Center.

Breakfast with Santa
Families are invited to join Santa in the CCPA lobby for pancakes, fruit, juice, and coffee on the morning of November 29 at 9am or 10am.  Saint Nick’s helpers will have crafts, and each family will get to take a picture with Santa, which will be emailed the next day, perfect for holiday cards!

Tickets ($8) are available at coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Recreation Center.

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 include A Year with Frog and Toad (December 12-21) 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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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells Opens November 29 On the Old Creamery’s Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:53

The Old Creamery Theatre presents Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells, the 2014 holiday Theatre For Young Audiences show. Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells hits the Main Stage on November 29 and runs through December 13. Performances are on November 29 at 10:00 am and at 1:00 pm, December 6 and 13 at 10:00 am, and December 11 at 7:00 pm. Adapted by Allison Gregory from the book by Barbara Park.

It’s time for the holiday party and Secret Santa gift exchange in Junie B. Jones’ first grade classroom. But Junie can’t seem to find the spirit of giving anywhere. Find out what happens in this holiday treat for the entire family!

The cast includes Keegan Christopher, Katie Colletta, Joshua Jones, Natalie Schmit, Michael Sheridan, Hannah Spina, and Dion Stover. The director is Sean McCall.

Tickets are $9 and everyone gets the opportunity to meet the cast after the show! Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells is sponsored by Scheels and the media sponsor is 96.5 Kiss Country. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at www.oldcreamery.com. Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells is rated G.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

 
Alexis Lotspeich helps present Pulitzer Prize-winning drama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Monday, 17 November 2014 12:12

PELLA, (11/12/2014)(readMedia)-- Davenport native Alexis Lotspeich will perform in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole" at Central College. This funny and heartbreaking play delves into how people grieve through laughter, anger, tears and the gamut of human emotions. The story centers on Becca and Howie Corbett, who have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. "Rabbit Hole" charts the characters' bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places -- and a path that will lead them back into the light of day. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-22 in Kruidenier Theatre at Central College.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at www.central.edu.

 
Jennifer Garner among inductees to Hall of Fame at Timber Lake Playhouse’s Annual Dinner; Company kicks off a season to Dream Bigger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:12

Mount Carroll—Timber Lake Playhouse hosted its annual donor appreciation dinner on Saturday, November 8th at the Plumtree Lodge at Lake Carroll. Since 2008, the event has included the induction of notable members of the TLP family into the company’s Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees included film and television actress, Jennifer Garner, three-time board member and former president, Diane Olds, original company member and former managing & artistic director, Gary Vitale, and longtime benefactors, Drs. Norman and Carmelita Teeter.

Robin Wilhems Saar, TLP board president, hosted the evening, which included a surprise video message from Ms. Garner for the TLP sponsors. Speaking of the family dynamic, Mrs. Olds, who served as board president in 2006 and 2007, spoke first, talking about the positive influence Timber Lake had on her children and thousands more in the Northwest Illinois region.

Artistic Director, James Beaudry spoke for the Teeters, who are residents of Tennessee. In a phone conversation, Dr. Norman Teeter—a native of Mount Carroll--mentioned that it wasn’t until he was living in London and became an avid theatre goer that he realized the significance of TLP to the cultural and economic life of the region. The Teeters have made significant gifts to the playhouse over the years, underwriting living spaces for the actors, a new sound system, and upgrades to the public areas.

Mr. Vitale spoke poignantly of the fact that, after 54 years, TLP is still here. Recently retired as a professor from Benedictine University at Springfield, Mr. Vitale discussed a litany of theatres and theatre schools from his distinguished career that are no long in existence. With pride beaming from his face, as he acknowledged founding artistic director Andrew Bro and founding board member Dorthea Rahn in attendance, he affirmed with a smile, “But Timber Lake Playhouse is still here!”

Jennifer Garner began her career at TLP while still a student at Denison University in Ohio, performing in shows like Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and Fiddler on the Roof. Her recorded video message was a surprise for those in attendance.

Board member Mike Shore of Freeport, who planned the event, was among those surprised attendees. He said, “It was a lovely gesture on the part of Jennifer to record a special video for the evening. As a former company member, myself, I thought it was great for our contributors to hear her stories about her first professional job at TLP.”

“She said something that I think hits home with most of our performers. Comparing the experience of working at TLP to a residency in medicine, she explained that it takes you to a new level when you have to open a new show every two weeks. You have to get over your fears and just do it. And there’s nothing better,” Shore recalled. “Speaking from the heart, she mentioned the ways TLP helped her grow as a young actress, and she reminded all us why TLP is important for audiences--but also for the company members who start their careers at this special place each summer.”

Beaudry added, “All of our inductees spoke of the importance of TLP in one way or another—to the region, to families, to artists. And both Jennifer and Gary said that our survival as a professional theatre company for 54 years is something of a miracle in itself. But, yes, we’re still here!”

The evening also included a look back at last summer’s shows, financial reports from the board of directors and a preview of 2015’s “big” season. In addition to some special events, the 54th Season at Timber Lake Playhouse includes Peter Pan, Hairspray, Big Fish, Greater Tuna, Big River and The Big Meal, as well as Pinocchio and James and The Giant Peach for kids.

TLP is currently selling “I Made Peter Fly” shirts through indiegogo.com to fund the flying effects in Peter Pan. 2015 subscriptions, gift certificates and sponsorships are available. More information can be found at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the office at 815-244-2035.

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A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol Opens November 20 on the Old Creamery's Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:24

Amana- A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, opens November 20 and runs through December 14 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. There are three special matinees Friday, November 21, Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13. All special matinees are at 2:00 pm.

It’s Christmas Eve 1943 and listeners to WOV Radio out of Newark, New Jersey settle in for a one-of-a-kind telling of the classic Dicken’s story A Christmas Carol. Come see what happens behind the scenes as the Feddington Players try to save the show from one disaster after another in this delightful holiday comedy filled with the music and the spirit of Christmas.  A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is by Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenberg.

The cast includes Keegan Christopher, Katie Colletta, David Q. Combs, Tim Daugherty, Jeff Haffner, Joshua Jones, Carrie SaLoutos, Michael Sheridan, and Dion Stover. Sean McCall is the director.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. Sponsored by Cottage Grove Place. Media Sponsor is WMT-AM. A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is rated Theatre G. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at www.oldcreamery.com.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

 
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