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How to Take Your Talent from the Playroom to the Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:58
Young Phenom Offers Tips for Tweens and Teens
with Big Dreams

If you have a vision and a talent, don’t ignore it. At least that’s what Sydney Rose, 20, has learned.

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 23 on the national radio Top 40 chart in Sep, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

“I’ve been in love with music all my life,” says Rose ( “I’ve learned it’s an important part of who I am and you can’t ignore that, no matter what your age.”

Rose grew up honing her singing skills, then learning guitar (“My first chord was D”) and dancing. She overcame any lingering shyness about performing before audiences by joining two other girls in a pop/dance group called Rosemadayne.

But when it came time to attend college, she decided it was best to put her dream on a back burner.

“I was afraid,” she says. “I wanted to experience college without the pressure of a music career, but I actually felt more pressure without my dream and I knew I had to nurture that passion that is so a part of me.”

That’s when she wrote her newest album, “Rise,” an up-tempo celebration of life. It’s getting airplay on radio stations across the country, a development that never ceases to amaze and delight the rising star.

“Listening to myself on the planet 96.7 right at this moment!!!” she posted recently on Twitter (@itssydneyrose). “This is surreal!!!! #bestdayeverever.”

Rose offers tips for other young people who are determined to follow their dreams:

• Get your support team together: Whether it’s parents, other family members, friends or teachers, you’ll need people who encourage and help guide you. Coaches, mentors or instructors can help you improve – because no matter what your talent and how much of it you’ve got, you can always expand your abilities with help. Depending on your age, that may require financial and transportation support. “I started voice lessons when I was a tween, and to this day I get intensive voice training,” Rose says. “But the more skills you have, the better, so I also started working on dance when I was 13 years old. No matter what type of creative talent you have – singing, acting, writing or painting – if you want to become a professional, you need training.” Anyone who is supportive in your life, including friends, other family members and teachers, are reminders of why dreams matter to you.

• Set realistic goals: You may dream of being in the movies or on TV, but don’t expect to start there! “I happily performed at bar and bat mitzvahs (bonus! – I met my manager through those), book stores, Best Buy stores, and at my vocal school,” Sydney says. “These were great opportunities to get used to being in front of live audiences and learning how to interact with the audience.” The smaller goals are there for you to reach the bigger ones – Rome was not built overnight, she says. Those who are supportive will remind you of the big picture.

• Remember, it’s OK to be scared: Doing something for the first time can be really scary, and it’s perfectly normal to be nervous. But don’t let that stop you from getting out there and trying! “From experience, I know that almost anything that seems scary the first time gets much easier, and less scary, every time you do it,” Sydney says. “Don’t let fear keep you from ever taking the next step.”

• Have fun! “With ‘Rise,’ I wrote songs that are fun and upbeat. I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this for the rest of my life, I have to have an amazing time. Right?’ she says. Part of what has helped the album’s success is that she was genuinely happy and having a good time when she recorded it. No matter what you’re doing, your true emotions tend to color your work – they’re hard to hide, so work with them.

About Sydney Rose

Sydney Rose is a 20-year-old recording artist who has worked toward her success the old-fashioned way – through training, practice and dedication. She credits great coaches for helping her develop her talent for singing, dancing and songwriting, and she has become a rising star on the pop music circuit. Her new album, “Rise,” is now available on iTunes.

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds release statements on 9/11 anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:46

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statements to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“We must never forget the terrible atrocities of that fateful day, and we must continue to promote this great experiment that is America. Iowans answered the call of duty on 9/11, and have every day since. As our Iowa military service members so bravely responded with their determination, I hope all Iowans will take time today to remember the sacrifices of our service members and their families.” – Gov. Terry E. Branstad

“Today we remember those who perished in the deliberate, violent attack on our nation. The terrorists hoped to tear a hole in the fabric of our ideals, but instead Americans responded with a strengthened resolve as a united country. I encourage all Iowans to take a moment, remember those we lost, and pledge their time and energy to make this country a better place for all who reside within its borders.” – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds


Auditions at Riverside Theatre Sept. 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 10 September 2012 14:06

Iowa City, Iowa - Riverside Theatre will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 15, 1-3 p.m.

The 2012-2013 season has one role available in The Exit Interview (male actor, 20s-35). This raucous comedy by William Missouri Downs is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

It will begin rehearsals December 19, 2012 and open January 25, 2013.

Actors (either male or female) may also audition for Walking the Wire, which will be cast in November following final selection of monologues.

Those wishing to audition are required to prepare one contemporary monologue (2 minute maximum) and bring a headshot if not already on file.

To schedule an audition please call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672. Box office hours are Noon to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on the 2012-2013 season, contact Artistic Director Jody Hovland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Iowans Deliver Copy of Ryan Budget to Ben Lange PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Congress - Jeff Giertz   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:57
Lange says he won't reveal position on Ryan Budget until he's done reading bill

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA -- A group of concerned Iowans delivered a copy of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget to Ben Lange’s campaign headquarters today, urging Lange to finish reading the bill so he can give Iowa voters a straight answer on whether he supports the plan or opposes it.
Lange already supports the key proposals in the Ryan Budget, including provisions that would turn Medicare into a voucher program and end Social Security’s guaranteed benefits to gamble retirement savings on the stock market.  But Lange says that because he hasn’t read the entire Ryan Budget, he can’t say whether he’d vote for it or against it.
Mike Olson of Cedar Rapids said, “Back in March, Ben Lange said he started reading the Ryan Budget.  But since he hasn’t finished yet, we figured he might have lost his copy.  So we’re delivering a fresh printout to Ben’s office so he can finish what he started and give Iowans a clear answer on whether he supports the Ryan Budget or not.
“We know Ben supports the big ideas in the Ryan Budget, like turning Medicare into a voucher program and privatizing Social Security.  But with all his talk of political courage, we think Ben should level with Iowa voters and just tell us if he’d vote for the Ryan Budget bill or against it.”
The Ryan Budget can be downloaded at the following link:  The full bill itself, H. Con. Res. 34, can be downloaded here:
Lange has said repeatedly he supports phasing out Social Security and Medicare’s guaranteed benefits for workers under age 55 – proposals taken practically word-for-word from Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposals.
Yet for months, Lange has refused to say whether he’d vote for or against the Ryan Budget, saying he can’t take a position because he hasn’t read the bill:
  • In March, Lange said in St. Donatus that he would take a position on the Ryan Budget when he “completed” reading it.  VIDEO:
  • In July, Lange told Iowans in Marshalltown he hadn’t “read every aspect of [Ryan’s] budget plan."  VIDEO:
  • Finally, last week, Lange told the Des Moines Register editorial board that “I haven’t read his [Ryan’s] entire plan.  That’s why I always say to folks I haven’t signed on whole cloth either way to it.”  VIDEO:
For more information on Lange’s avoidance of taking a position on the Ryan Budget, visit

God of Carnage opens on The Old Creamery’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:50

Amana - God of Carnage, a dramatic comedy by Yasmina Reza opens Thursday, Sept.20 at 3 p.m. on the Studio Stage at The Old Creamery Theatre in Middle Amana.

Translated by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage focuses on two couples as theymeet one evening to discuss a playground scuffle between their sons. As the eveningwears on, differences between the couples become more apparent and nerves shatter inthis thought provoking play.

The cast of God of Carnage consists of Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio; Jackie McCalland Sean McCall of Marengo and Carrie Houchins-Witt of Coralville. Winner of the2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage is rated Theatre R for adult language

Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. For more information or to reservetickets call The Old Creamery Theatre at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit the website at
The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre foundedin 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live,professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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