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The Fox on the Fairway opens at The Old Creamery Theatre Sept. 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:31

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Amana – It’s time once again for the annual golf tournament between rival country clubs. A large bet is wagered on the outcome with the winner seeming to be the one who can cheat the best. The rulebook goes out the window, while the laughs roll in during The Fox on the Fairway, a brand new comedy by Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.

The Fox on the Fairway opens Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage in Amana and runs through Oct. 7. The cast consists of Ryan Gaffney of Manchester, Amber Snyder of East Amana, Alan Knoll of St. Louis, Deborah Kennedy and Tom Milligan, both of West Amana and Marquetta Senters of South Amana.

Tickets for The Fox on the Fairway are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats are still available. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit us online at Student rush tickets are $12. No reservations accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. Rated Theatre PG-13, The Fox on the Fairway will keep you howling until the last putt gets sunk!

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Local students participate in summer program at Purdue University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Purdue News Service   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:17

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (08/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.

The participants included:

Lauren Zust of Bettendorf, IA

Madison Schmid of Bettendorf, IA

Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) is Purdue's program for new undergraduate students to receive academic advice and create their initial course schedule. Incoming students select their one-day STAR session and come to Purdue's West Lafayette campus to conduct this and other important business.

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity and innovation. It's a place for those who seek a first-class education balanced by the drive to make their ideas real.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue's role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that's without rival.

Riverside Theatre to Host Behind the Scenes Open House Sunday, Aug. 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:02

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, is celebrating the opening of its 32nd Season with an Open House on Sunday, August 26, 2-4 p.m.

Peek behind the stage curtain before the 2012-2013 season starts with True West. Riverside Theatre will open the doors to areas of the theatre you don’t typically see when you come for a show.

Start out in the Scene Shop, where sets for all of the productions are built, and take a tour that includes the backstage area, the green room, and much more.

There will also be a rehearsal of Sam Shepard’s True West in progress during the Open House, from 2-4 p.m. Get a glimpse of a Gilbert Street show in the making as director Ron Clark works with the actors on this acidly comic masterpiece.

For the Open House enter the Scene Shop directly via the alley that runs behind the building/parking lot, or go to the Riverside Theatre lobby.

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

For more information call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.


Employee of 34 years receives national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Coppock   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:30
August 20, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa -

Joan Sammons, 80, from Cedar Rapids was awarded the Spotlight Award from the American Association of Community Theatres.  She was presented with this award by Rod McCullough, past president of the AACT at the Theatre Cedar Rapids Ovations Ceremony, an annual event to recognize TCR volunteers.    "Joan represents the highest level of commitment to the theatre she has served and, thus, the community she lives in.  AACT is pleased to be able to recognize Joan and Theatre Cedar Rapids," commented McCullough in his remarks to the 250 person audience.

Sammons recently retired from Theatre Cedar Rapids after working over 33 years in various positions throughout the organization.  At the event, Sammons was also named a Fed Hedges Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  This TCR award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a life-long commitment and passion for theatre and the performing arts. "For years Joan was the theatre's administrative staff in its entirety - accountant, receptionist, box office manager. Though she professes to not be a "theatre person," she was, in truth, more of a community theatre person than most of us.  She was the community theatre's essence.... always so incredibly warm , welcoming and committed to volunteers and patrons alike, that I always felt she embodied what this community theatre is all about," said J David Carey, TCR Finance Director and longtime friend of Sammons.  "Her day to day presence will be missed but her positive influence on this organization and the thousands of people she inspired serves as her legacy."

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is the national voice of community theatre. As part of that responsibility, AACT seeks out and recognizes the efforts of the most important aspect of community theatre:  the people who come together to make it happen. AACT evaluates award nominations from the communities that support over 5,000 theatres in the U.S.

For more information, contact:

Theatre Cedar Rapids
Julie Coppock

TLP Presents An Evening of Art & Music PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Parsons   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:30
Mount Carroll, IL--Although the mainstage season for Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) is coming to a close, the theatre is pleased to announce an upcoming off-season event, An Evening of Art & Music.

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An Evening of Art & Music will take place at Brick Street Coffee, downtown Mount Carroll, in conjuction with Brick Street Days on Saturday, September 1st from 3pm to 8pm.  The evening will include local TLP performers from 3pm-6pm featuring:

2:30pm: Joe Morrow, Mount Carroll, will be kicking off the event outside of the coffee shop on his acoustic guitar. Joe was a participant in the TLP Arts & Music Festival last season. He has performed locally in several events.

3pm: Susie Rogers, Mount Carroll, played Ren’s mom in Footloose this season at Timber Lake Playhouse. She appeared onstage at TLP in West Side Story starring Sandra Santiago in 1980. She is a member of the New Spirit Band and owner of Red Rudy Inn in Mount Carroll.  Juliene McCormick will be accompanying by piano, Bill Foley on guitar and Ron Deyo on harmonica for An Evening of Art & Music.

3:30pm: Levi Skoog, Chadwick, has appeared in TLP productions of Footloose, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up and many others, including a featured role in Children of Eden in 2011. He is a freshman at Milledgeville High School and performs at the Woodland Arts Academy. He is a member of the Triple Threat Team at WAA and was selected to perform at the Waterfront Stage in Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL. He will be performing with Natailie Old who teaches dance at WAA and was Elle Woods in Legally Blonde this summer at Centennial Auditorium Summer theater Academy.

4:00pm: Carissa Heath, Mount Carroll, is a concession stand worker and usher at TLP. She played Maria in the Sound of Music at WCHS in the spring. She will be attending Knox College in the fall, majoring in psychology and minoring in art. Carissa went to IMEA her Junior year for choir.

4:15pm: Liesl Meador, Mount Carroll,  One of the ensemble of Footloose, Played Elsa in the Sound of Music at WCHS in the spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Most Outstanding choir member as a Freshman. Liesl won the 1st timer in a Play award in 2011.

4:30pm: Ben Rogers, Savanna, was in the ensemble in Footloose at TLP this past summer. He played Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at West Carroll High School last spring. He plays at least 15 different musical instruments and was a National Anthem Finalist for the IMEA Honors Choir. He sang the National Anthem at a semi-finals softball game in June.

4:45pm: Katie Woods, Savanna, was in the ensemble of Footloose this season at TLP. She played Luisa in the Sound of Music at WCHS this past spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Best Concert Choir Student of the Year her Sophomore year. Katie made it to Junior IMEA once and Upstate Illini Festival twice.

5:00pm: Brad Field, Mount Carroll, appeared in Guys and Dolls and Footloose this season at TLP. He performs with Northwest Illinois Theatre Coalition and last appeared as in the Mike Craver musical, Oklahoma Hale and Damnation. Brad is Technical Director of the West Carroll School District.

5:30pm: John Chase, Mount Morris, appeared in TLP productions of Oklahoma!, Sunset Boulevard and Working. This Spring, John returned from a short tour to California and Wisconsin with his wife, Beth, performing their 2-person version of The Cotton Patch Gospel that will be sampled at An Evening of Art & Music. Upcoming dates for their 2013 Spring Tour are at John premiers a new musical in October, One More For the Road- A Johnny Mercer Tribute. His other local theatre credits include Performing Arts Guild of  Mt. Morris,  Byron Theatre, Pecatonica Playhouse, and Rockford’s Starlight Theatre and Artist Ensemble.

The evening will end with an open mic from 6pm-7:30pm with a guest appearance from TLP's Magic Owl to close out the event. TLP Board member Andy Shaw will be emceeing the event. Admittance is free and donations for the 2013 season will be accepted.

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