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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.



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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.”


Guys on Ice Opens at Riverside Theatre Jan. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:32

Iowa City, IA – Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy, about two ice fishing buddies, opens at Riverside Theatre January 20 and runs through February 19. 

In this manly musical, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin spend their free time in a ramshackle ice fishing shanty outside of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. As the guys anxiously await their opportunity to appear on a popular cable TV fishing show, they scramble to protect their beer from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

They pass the time by fishing, swapping jokes, playing cards, talking about their romantic problems – and occasionally breaking into song and dance about snowmobile suits, beer, and fish.


With songs like “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit” and “Fish is de Miracle Food” Guys on Ice is sure to be a roaring good time that will charm your wool socks off. 

“This show has a cult following like you wouldn’t believe, and rightly so,” said John Watkins, who plays Lloyd. “It's a terrifically written show with fabulous music, a big heart, sidesplitting humor grounded in Ernie, Marvin and Lloyd's candid simplicity, and a halftime show where you can win prizes.”


Book and lyrics are by Fred Alley and music is by James Kaplan. The show is directed by Riverside Theatre Resident Artist and Production Manager Ron Clark, who previously appeared as Marvin in the 2007 and 2009 productions of Guys on Ice. 

Watkins and Randal Sandersfeld play Lloyd and Marvin respectively. Watkins appeared as Lloyd in the 2009 production of Guys on Ice. This is Sandersfeld’s first appearance on the Riverside stage. Ryan Westwood rounds out the cast as the dreaded Ernie the Moocher. Westwood was last seen at Riverside Theatre in End Days.

Guys on Ice also features lighting design by Courtney Schmitz Watson, choreography by Patrick DuLaney and accompaniment by Ruth Baldwin. The show is sponsored by ACT. Ernie the Moocher’s popular “Half-Time Show,” an audience quiz game, features prizes provided by Fin and Feather.

“I think the reason a lot of people don't know about Guys on Ice is that those who do are trying to keep it all for themselves,” Watkins said.

Tickets for Guys on Ice, January 20 – February 19, are $15-$29 with discounts available for those over 60, those under 30, and youth. $15 students rush tickets are available on a first come first served basis 20 minutes before curtain. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online at or in person at the Riverside Theatre Box Office, located at 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA.



Performance calendar:


Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. – Talkback Sunday following the performance

Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Talkback Sunday: January 22, 2012, stay after the Sunday performance on this date to chat with company members and gain behind-the-scenes info about the play.

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