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Free Concerts Continue This Spring in West Branch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:28

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Grab a friend and pack a picnic… because the music is lively and free! This year’s “Music on the Village Green” kicks off with the award-winning West Branch High School Jazz Band on Monday, May 19.

Following the May 19 performance Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in cooperation with Main Street West Branch, invites visitors to a series of special musical events each Thursday night in June.  The weekly performances feature bluesman Kevin “B.F.” Burt (June 5), folk blues duo Joe and Vicki Price (June 12), mariachi musicians Las Guitarras De Mexico (June 19), and contemporary country performer Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart (June 26).

The concerts are free and begin at 7:00 p.m. at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

The outdoor concerts will take place on the village green at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street in historic downtown West Branch.  The village green provides a classic small town setting in which to enjoy an evening of free entertainment.  There is ample parking nearby, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or ground blankets. In inclement weather the performances will be moved to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, 210 Parkside Drive in West Branch.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

‘Robin Hood’ Tumbles To TLP Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:03

Mount Carroll, IL-- The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents a new telling of the Robin Hood tale, designed specifically for young audiences. Each year, TLP, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, produces a spring show for schools in the region, offering thousands of young people their first exposure to live theatre. This year, the company has opened up ticket sales to the general public, as well.

The Commedia Robin Hood by Lane Riosley will be performed at the Playhouse from Wednesday, May 7 through Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day. Associate Artistic Director--and long-time TLP favorite--Courtney Crouse, directs a cast chosen from auditions around the country. All tickets for Robin Hood are only $5.00, as this program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In The Commedia Robin Hood, a merry troupe of actors — Columbine, Arlequin, Punchin and Rosetta — tackle, tumble, trick and trip their way through the tale of Robin Hood with fantastic abandon.  Get ready for action-packed clowning with puppets, stilts, singing, patter verse and fun mock-combat in this unforgettable adaptation.

Commedia dell’arte, Italian for ’comedy of the professional artists,’ was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries.  At that time, all performances were unscripted and held outdoors, with simple props and inventive scenery.  The influence of commedia dell’arte is evident in much of our contemporary comedy, most notably in those great comedy artists of the 20th century, the Marx Brothers.

Some performances are already sold out, so advance tickets are suggested. Walk-ups to a sold out show will still be accommodated with folding chairs. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting The show is appropriate for all ages.

The Commedia Robin Hood is produced through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service.


City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for HAIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:56

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for the concert version of  the rock musical HAIR on Saturday, May 10 from 10am -3pm at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street in Coralville in the Schwab Auditorium.. The show will be directed by John Cameron from the University of Iowa's Theatre Department.

Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song similar in style to that of the show. Bring your own sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks will be Sunday, May 11, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Location TBA.

Rehearsals will begin June 18 and typically run 7 to 10pm Sunday through Thursday evenings.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Walk ups are always welcome but we honor scheduled times first. For more information call Liz Tracey at 712-249-6214.

HAIR will be performed at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts August 1 at 7:30, August 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, and August 3 at 2:00 pm.

Dr. Seuss with an Odyssey twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:43
(Rock Island, IL)  The "Lights ON for Learning" Drama Club students at Washington Junior High school are putting a twist on the Odyssey....a Dr. Seuss twist.

The play is called The SeussOdyssey and was written by Don Zollidis.  It is about Odysseus and his adventures, but put to the familiar rhyming of everyone's beloved Doctor Seuss.  It is a play for all ages, with bright colors, props, and scenery.  Admission is free, although donations are always accepted.

The performances are Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm in the school gym.  The media is invited to both performances to interview the students/director.  For more information contact the director...Jennifer Hoeper cell phone number (563)271-5954.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:00

Young Footliters presents Vera Morris’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for 4 performances, May 9-11 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 34 local children in 1st through 8th grades and is directed by Dave Helmuth.  Westport Touchless Autowash in the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

“When you re-imagine a folk tale like Hansel and Gretel, you want to give performances that feel new and inspired—something you haven’t seen or heard before. The kids in our cast have consistently surprised us with their humor and creative ideas for bringing the characters to life. Familiar characters like the Witch have a new, humorous energy, and new characters like the moving trees make Hansel and Gretel’s world feel more colorful and magical. I’ve been thrilled with the kids’ enthusiasm for making the show funny and entertaining. Every night they have new ideas,” says assistant director Tara Acton.

Director Helmuth says of this production, “The trees are alive.  They sing, dance, and tell jokes.  This is no ordinary fairy tale.  This show will keep you laughing and laughing - fun for the whole family.”

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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