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Enjoy the Magical Storytelling of Small Miracles at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:37

Iowa City, IA – November 7, 2011 – Original holiday stories sure to warm your heart.

Get out of the cold and enjoy an evening of heart-warming holiday storytelling with Riverside Theatre’s production of Small Miracles, a moving, one-man show by Resident Artist and Production Manager Ron Clark, November 25-27.

“It’s a nice thing to do on a holiday weekend with family and friends,” Clark said.

Small Miracles takes the audience on a nostalgic, heartfelt journey as Clark shares his recollections of growing up in a small Iowa town where the mayor/street cleaner doubled as Santa, a courageous dog, a 10-cent silver bell that became a family heirloom, a terrifying audition for the fifth grade Christmas pageant, and his stint at a department store Santa.

“It’s about as sentimental as you can get,” Clark said.

Clark’s vivid storytelling will captivate you and bring to mind your own fond memories. This show is perfect for the whole family.

“The joy of performing this piece comes from the collective memory between me and the audience. As I look at the audience I see a connection not just between me and the audience, but in the joy of the recollections of holidays past,” Clark said. “In a perfect world I would have my own children and grandsons gathered around me for these stories.”

In addition to Small Miracles, Clark’s writing for the theatre includes the plays Kindred Hearts, Grocery Stories, and Coffee and Hope, as well as many monologues over the years for Walking the Wire, Riverside’s annual monologue festival.

Clark, a professional actor and director, founded Riverside Theatre in 1981 along with Jody Hovland and Bruce Wheaton. Clark graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1980.  In addition to his work at Riverside, Clark is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College.

Small Miracles features original composition by Dan Knight and lighting design by Zachary Begley and Rachel Dudley.

Tickets for Small Miracles, November 25-27, are $20 with discounts available for those over 60, those under 30, and youth. 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.

Small Miracles is sponsored by Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services.


Get your 2012 season tickets now at The Old Cr eamer y Theatr e PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:36
Amana – Let us entertain you in 2012 and save you some money too! Season ticket packages are available now through June 1, 2012! Call the box office or visit the web site for money saving season ticket package options 800-35-AMANA or

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. For a complete list of our 2012 season offerings, call us or go online.

A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:31
new holiday show. Christmas Eve takes a strange turn as Gunner falls through the ice on his Skidoo and is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, in the form of folk singing legend Sven Yorgensen no less. Whether you are new to Bunyan Bay or you are visiting again, you’ll be laughing long after the fruitcake ferments.

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol opens Thursday, Nov. 17 on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage in Amana and runs through Dec. 18.

The cast consists of James Fleming of New York; Amber Snyder of Memphis, Tenn.; Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio; D. Allan Boettger of Cedar Rapids and The Old Creamery’s Marquetta Senters of South Amana. Directed by Sean McCall, with musical direction by Tim Daugherty, A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol is rated Theatre PG-13. Books and lyrics are by Phil Olson with music by Paul Olson.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. While walk-ins are always welcome if seats are available, reservations for this show are highly recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for more information or to purchase tickets. Group and student rates are available.

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol is sponsored by Rockwell Collins with Z102.9 as the media sponsor.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 40 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2011 season media sponsor.

Have a Monstrously Good Time at Young Frankenstein PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:24

A Message from Mel Brooks:

Dear townspeople,

It’s true—35 years ago I created a monster, and now he’s roaming loose around the country. In fact, he’s heading straight for your village. What do you want from me, an apology? You should be thanking me! Sure, sure, he has the body of a Ford Edsel and the brains to match, but nothing’s funnier than that big dumb lug “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in my newest musical, Young Frankenstein. This show has all the great gags from the original movie, plus some new zingers, music, and dancing we threw in just for fun. And for a limited time only, you can see it performed in living color! If you enjoyed The Producers, you’re just the kind of sucker who will like Young Frankenstein. So go, get your tickets. Laugh at the monster, and thank me later.

Mel Brooks

Top Ten Reasons To See Young Frankenstein


No. 10 – Go green … in complexion.

No. 9 – You keep fantasizing about meeting someone tall, dark, and gruesome.

No. 8 – It’s been a while since you took in something "cerebral" at the theater.

No. 7 – Facebook keeps suggesting you reconnect with Abby Normal.

No. 6 – You’ve been meaning to brush up on your classic literature.

No. 5 – Mother wants to introduce you to a nice doctor she met. "He's got a good Jewish name," she says.

No. 4 – You have a closet full of pitchforks and torches and nowhere to go.

No. 3 – We hear Transylvania is lovely this time of year.

No. 2 – This could be your last roll in the hay until 2012.

And the No. 1 reason to see Young Frankenstein...


Tickets are as low as $31.50!


Young Frankenstein
Sunday, November 13; 7:00 pm
Adler Theatre

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Is Colonel Davenport's home haunted? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:39
Rock Island Junior High afterschool students are going to try and figure out if Colonel Davenport’s home is really haunted

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN--Students in the Lights on for Learning program at Edison Junior High are performing the play entitled, “IS THE JOINT HAUNTED?”, this Friday, October 28th at 1:45 pm in the school gym.

On July 4, 1845, Colonel George Davenport of Rock Island was murdered in his home by robbers looking for gold and paper money. The Davenport Mansion was the first fine home built in the area.  In the years that followed, it fell into disrepair. Eventually the home was saved by a not-for-profit group, the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation, a group founded to save and restore the historic house. Because Davenport died a violent death, many have long wondered whether the house might be haunted. Recently, a local paranormal society decided to investigate.
This play is the story of how that investigation went and is written by local playwright, John O’Shea, a former Assistant States Attorney for Rock Island County and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Moline, IL. O'Shea is the author of thirteen published plays.  He retired in January of 2000 after serving twenty six years on the bench. Don has been active in Community Theater since 1967, as an actor, singer, director, producer and playwright.

Since retirement from the bench, he has directed plays at Edison Jr. High School, and Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL; Seton Jr. High in Moline, IL; and at Sherrard High School, in Sherrard.  He has also directed community theater at the Quad City Music Guild, and for the Riversong Players.  Don is also a paid political op ed writer for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, where his opinion pieces appear twice each month.

The media is invited to attend the play and interview O’Shea, the Lights ON students who participate in the after school drama club and their teachers.

WHO:  Edison Junior High Lights ON Drama Club
WHAT:  O’Shea play, “Is The Joint Haunted?”
WHEN: , Friday October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm
WHERE:  Edison Junior High 4141 9th Street    Rock Island

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