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Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater Presents: The Land of Lost Toys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:20

Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater continues a tradition of placing imagination center stage with a Joe Link original, The Land of Lost Toys, July 23 – 26 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. When Aunt Peggy is babysitting, her bedtime stories are usually beyond compare. Children and parents alike will be transported into a magical and mysterious world to help Jack and Jill find their way home to Aunt Peggy before it is too late. The Land of Lost Toys is Joe Link’s eighth original production on the Brucemore stage; previous plays include The Incredible Adventures of Captain Spoon, The Forgetful Pirate; The Princess Who Wouldn’t Wear Pink; Tyrannosaurus Fetch; and The Amazing Story Machine. Each year, the Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater promises an engaging performance sure to keep the young audience captivated and the adult audience entertained.

Brucemore’s natural amphitheater provides an enchanting backdrop for this 50-minute performance. Children and their adult chaperones are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; no picnics please. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Gates open at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater is sponsored by US Bank and media sponsored by ImOn Communications. Purchase tickets online at, by calling (319) 362-7375, by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor’s Center, or at the box office the night of the performance.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


‘Pinkalicious the Musical’ Brings Beloved Books To Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 07 July 2014 13:00

Mount Carroll, IL-- The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents an hour-long version of Pinkalicious the Musical, based on the books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann July 8, 10, 11 and 12 at 2:00 pm. All tickets for Magic Owl shows are only $6.00 and partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Each year, these subsidized Magic Owl shows introduce thousands of young people to the joy and magic of live theatre.

The musical tells the tale of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, and her brother --and some dancing birds and flowers--get involved, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.

The cast includes members of TLP’s professional resident company from all over the country including Anastasia Arnold, a recent graduate of Millikin University, in the title role. James Kolditz directs with choreography by Bethany Fay.

Pinkalicious the Musical has additional performances August 5, 7, 8 and 9 at 11:00 a.m. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $6.00 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting The show is appropriate for all ages. Early reservations are suggested, as many Magic Owl shows sell out.


2014 - 2015 Broadway Season at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:32

The 2014 - 2015 Season includes:  JERSEY BOYS, SISTER ACT, GUYS AND DOLLS, BLUE MAN GROUP, and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.  The special add-on show for the season is MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis.

Subscriptions to this exciting season are now on sale!  Prices range from $180 to $315 depending on series package and seating choice.  For more information, call 563-326-8522. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale as each performance date approaches.  

New subscriber orders will be processed in the order they are received after all current subscribers' renewal requests have been processed.  All seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Simon celebrates 50 years since the Civil Rights Act this Independence Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:14

CARBONDALE — July 2, 2014. Heading into the Fourth of July weekend, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“As we prepare to celebrate our country’s 238th birthday, we should take time to look back on the half century since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act,” Simon said. “Today, we should honor the brave struggle of activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders. We have come a long way, but there is still more work to be done to ensure true equality.”

Simon spent part of the day Wednesday, the anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, at Southern Illinois University, where she spoke to international students about American politics and civil rights.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was conceived by President John F. Kennedy, defended in Congress by U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, and enacted under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Signed July 2, 1964, it ensures equality under the law regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law has given Americans a tool to fight discrimination in housing, the job market, the courtroom, and at the polls.

Simon continues to support the expansion of civil rights in Illinois. She spoke out in favor of marriage equality, and celebrated alongside activists as the marriage equality law went into effect last month. The law ensures the marriages of same-sex couples are legally recognized in Illinois.


Volcanoes on the Clinton Showboat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clinton Area Showboat Theatre   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:09

The Children’s Theatre Series at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre opened each of its shows this month, and they will continue to run each Saturday at noon throughout the summer. The latest production, A Sour Study in Lemonade, included the high school students solving a mystery through science experiments. Kate Struble, a freshman at Clinton High School, plays the lab technician at Max’s Lemonade Stand. She explains to the children in the audience how to create ooze, invisible ink, and volcanos by using regular household products. Clayton Melvin, a freshman from DeWitt, plays the owner of the Lemonade Stand that has been sabotaged. His employees, played by Audrey Simpson, Ireland Knapper, and Emma and Cassie Van Zuiden, run a full-scale investigation to solve the mystery. Spoiler alert: there is a volcano that erupts on stage.

The second show of the series is The Beginning of the Armadillo, playing this Friday in a special free performance for Independence Day, and again July 12 and August 2. This charming musical, written by Bill Kincaid of Macomb, Illinois, brings the Rudyard Kipling story to life. Allison Winkel, a junior at Fulton High School, and Matt Espey, a senior at Clinton High School, play the Hedgehog and Tortoise, who try to trick the Jaguar, played by Clinton High junior, Danica Smith. Two more Clinton High School students complete the cast of this exciting new musical: Alice Lind and Savannah Medley.

The first show of the series, A Very Clinton Variety Show, is a vaudeville performance including musical numbers, comedy acts, and sketches outlining the history of Clinton and the Showboat. DeWitt Clinton, played by Kayla Zeimet of DeWitt, even makes an appearance. Hailey Goble, a recent graduate of Clinton High School, helps lead the show as one of the emcees, even helping audience volunteers create an animal symphony on stage. “It’s inspiring to see the high school students taking the lead when the younger children want to get involved,” says Kristin Katsu, Education Director at the Showboat. “It’s different at every show, but they know how to keep the audience entertained.”

Each performance leaves the audience of children with an excitement to create their own theatre at home. The talkback sessions give the children a sneak peak into the world of theatre, connecting their lives to the message of each show. The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre definitely builds a curiosity in the children, giving them a reason to create their own science experiments or lemonade stands or animal costumes. The internship program creates productions that inspire the younger children to become life-long learners as well as life-long theatre patrons.

The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre is located on Riverview Road in Clinton, Iowa, and the interns are from Clinton, Fulton, Camanche, and DeWitt. Haley Appel, Kaela Baker, Liv Clark, Erin Hardigan, and Aiden McMinimy complete the cast of high school students that create these outstanding productions. Children’s Theatre performances take place on the Showboat stage every Saturday at noon. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. To find out about show times and tickets, visit or call the box office today: 563-242-6760.

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