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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:49

Iowa City, IA – January 10, 2012 –

Riverside Theatre announces auditions and interviews for its 2012 Shakespeare Festival Apprentice Company on Saturday, February 4.  Full-time apprenticeships are open to undergraduate, graduate students or others seeking a professional experience in the areas of acting, directing and stage management.  Interested applicants should schedule an audition (actors) or interview (directing and stage management positions) at Riverside Theatre on Saturday, February 4, 2012 by calling 319-338-7672.  Complete information on the Apprentice program and application requirements is available at

The Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival hires a company of 14 professional actors as well as a 10-member Apprentice Company to produce two classical plays which run in repertory.  2012 will mark the Festival’s 13th season in Lower City Park, and will feature productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice.  The 8-week apprentice contract period is May 15- July 9.  All apprentices receive $75/week as well as housing for non-local interns.  Training includes weekly master classes with company members and guest artists.

For more information, please refer to or e-mail Jody Hovland, artistic director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Murder Rides Again opens at the Ox Yoke Inn Feb. 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:41

Amana – Saddle on up for a wild ride and get some mighty fine grub while you visit the Old West during The Old Creamery Theatre’s production of Murder Rides Again.

The Old Creamery Theatre and the Ox Yoke Inn will once again partner to bring you a comic murder mystery that will leave you laughing till the cows come home. Complete with a saloon girl, school marm, card shark, the Marshall and his deputy and one mean outlaw with an itchy trigger finger, Murder Rides Again opens on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at the Ox Yoke, Amana.

Written by James Daab, Murder Rides Again runs through March 3 and features some of your favorite Old Creamery folk including Ian Zahren, Sean McCall, Amber Snyder, Deborah Kennedy, Nicholas Hodge and Jackie McCall. Show dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 3 through 19; Tuesday, Feb. 14; Saturday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, March 3. All shows begin at 6 p.m. with seating opening at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 per person for dinner and the show. The special menu for Murder Rides Again comes with soup, salad, your choice of entrée, beverage, and dessert. Call the Ox Yoke, Amana for reservations 800-233-3441.

The media sponsor for Murder Rides Again is City Revealed Dining Guide.

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.



News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by Rob Merritt   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:18

CEDAR RAPIDSTheatre Cedar Rapids will hold auditions Sunday and Monday (Jan. 15 & 16) for “The Wedding Singer,” the Tony Award-nominated musical that performs March 9-31.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. each night at the theatre, located at 102 Third St. SE. Auditioners are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song of their choice. Due to the ‘80s theme of the show, the directors encourage auditioners to choose a song that was popular in the 1980s. No accompanist will be provided, so be comfortable singing the song a capella.

Auditioners will be also asked to dance and to read from the script, and are encouraged to wear clothing that’s comfortable to move in. If needed, callbacks will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Directed by Leslie Charipar with music direction by Janelle Lauer and choreography by Patricia Offt, “The Wedding Singer” is a musical comedy based on the movie starring Adam Sandler. The story of a wedding singer in 1985 New Jersey who goes berserk after his own fiancée leaves him at the altar, the musical version received multiple Tony nominations during its 2006 Broadway run.

For more information on the show, specific roles or general audition requirements, call (319) 366-8591 or visit


The Big Dance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Doxsie   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:01
A dozen top high school show choirs from three states will descend on Davenport North’s Paul J. Holzworth Auditorium on January 21st for one of the Midwest’s premier show choir invitationals, The Big Dance.

The 15th annual event will include preliminary competition from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and finals competition beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Among the competing schools will be Bettendorf, Davenport Central, Davenport West, Iowa City High, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Western Dubuque, Herscher (Ill.) and Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson. Also included will be exhibition performances by North’s own choirs, Northside Establishment and Center Stage.

Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children and seniors.

For more information, contact:
Ryan Riewerts, North vocal music director       (563) 388-9884
Don Doxsie, The Big Dance co-chair      (563) 320-5002
Gale Doxsie, The Big Dance co-chair     (563) 320-5820

Morthland presents check to E.H. Spencer Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:47
Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) will present a charitable donation to the E.H. Spencer Foundation with Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley.  A press conference will be held 10AM January 12 at Morthland’s District Office, 4416 River Drive, Moline, IL to present the foundation with the check. The E.H. Spencer Foundation serves those who are “coping with physical or mental limitations due to aging, chronic or terminal illness, dementia diseases, and the caregivers serving this population.”

WHO:  State Representative Rich Morthland and Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley
WHAT: Press Conference presenting a monetary donation to the E.H. Spencer Foundation
WHEN: 10:00AM CST, January 12, 2011
WHERE: State Representative Rich Morthland’s District Office, 4416 River Drive, Moline, IL

“I am honored to able to support a charitable organization in our community,” Morthland said. “Thank you also to AT&T and Mayor Dennis Pauley for partnering and supporting the E.H. Spencer Foundation.”


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