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Austin Pyrtle cast in Culver-Stockton's musical theatre production of "Urinetown" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Lanier   
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:47

CANTON, MO (09/25/2014)(readMedia)-- Austin Pyrtle, freshman musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa, has been cast in Culver-Stockton College's musical theatre production, "Urinetown." This 2001 comedy noir satirizes social systems of all types and finds them all wanting. Capitalism, social responsibility--even the very nature of freedom--all are called into question in the face of unintended consequences. Follow your dreams, the idealists urge--but be careful what you wish for. Pyrtle has been cast as Old Man Strong.

Performances run Thursday, October 2 through Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on October 5 at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Black Box Theatre in the lower-level of the Performing Arts Center on the C-SC campus. Dr. Haidee Heaton, professor of theatre, directs this production with musical direction by Dr. Elliot Jones, professor of music.

This event is part of the College's Academic and Cultural Events programming, and is open to the public. "Urinetown" uses a full orchestra, and therefore requires a ticket fee of $8, with $6 for seniors and $5 for students. For further information and ticket reservations, call the C-SC Fine Arts Office at 573-288-6346.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:24

Xanadu is a 1980s Roller Disco Glitter Explosion!


City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the Broadway hit musical Xanadu for six performances October 10-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Adapted from the Universal Pictures cult film by Douglas Carter Beane and featuring music by Jeff Lynne (of the Electric Light Orchestra) and John Farrar, Xanadu follows the journey of the magical and beautiful Greek muse Kira, who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.  The musical adaptation contains all the great Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John music from the film, plus four additional classic songs.

Xanadu was a surprise hit on Broadway and one of the best-reviewed musicals of 2007.  The New Yorker called it “ridiculously brilliant” and The Washington Post called it “the most infectious show to land on Broadway since Spamalot.”

Director Christopher Okiishi promises a top-flight comic cast of City Circle veterans and newcomers for this production, including Victoria Vaughn as Kira and Skyler Matthias as Sonny.  “This hilarious musical is loosely based on the cult classic film, but has a brand new, much better script that actually makes sense,” says Okiishi.  “It’s like a mash up of Percy Jackson and Dance Fever.  Or Clash of the Titans and Donna Summer with some Queen thrown in.  Only much, much funnier.”

The production will feature a special appearance by members of the Cedar Rapids Rollergirls and Iowa City Roller Derby teams and is sponsored by TheLuxeZone and Mike & Jan Finlayson.

With its message of following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for the whole family.  (Contains one instance of profanity.)

Performances are October 10-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets ($12-$27) are available at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

City Circle Acting Company is a community theater organization in residence at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public.  Upcoming City Circle productions include A Year with Frog and Toad (December 12-21) Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (February 13-15), and Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement Opens October 9 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:03

Amana- The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, opens October 9 and runs through November 9 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back in this all-new musical! Join the fun as they run a food booth at the county fair, teach one of their own how to drive and help their very nervous Pastor make it to the alter on time for his wedding! Whether you’ve seen them before or are brand new to the basement kitchen, you’ll have fun watching the ladies dish it out!

The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement is inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. The cast includes Katie Colletta as Beverly, Kay Francis as Vivian, Sean McCall as Reverend, Carrie SaLoutos as Karin, and Nikki Savitt as Mavis. Directed by Curt Wollan.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18.50 for students. Sponsored by Lebeda Mattress Factory. Media Sponsors are Z102.9 and Mature Focus Magazine. The Church Basement Ladies in: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement is Rated G. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico celebrate 30 years! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Riley   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:43

Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico would like to invite you to their 30th Anniversary Celebration  November 29, 2014 at the Camden Center located at 2701 1st Street in East Milan, Illinois.  Doors open at 6:00 PM with Dinner starting at 7:00 PM.

Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Real Guadalajara of Chicago with DJ Rebelde during intermissions.   Also performing will be the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and a special appearance from our Alumni.

Tickets for this special occasion are $25, with proceeds going to Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico. There will be a limited number of tickets available.

For tickets or more information please contact Jessica Munos at 309-792-8947 or Beatriz Camarillo (espanol) at 309-762-0949.

Brief History:

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF) is a traditional Mexican Folkloric dance group that was founded by Arnulfo Camarillo in 1984. Originally created as a small project for a Mother’s Day event, QCBF has thrived for 30 years and is a Non-Profit Organization (501c3) which is committed to sharing the beautiful culture of Mexico, through music and dance.

QCBF has performed all over the nation, including such places as Arizona, Minnesota, Indiana and all over the Midwest.  QCBF performs a variety of traditional folkloric songs from over 20 different states of Mexico. Currently there are 55 dancers ranging in age from 4-18, and the group has always had a strong base of committed parents and volunteers assisting in performances and practices.

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Beaudry Returns to Artistic Director at Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:20

Mount Carroll, IL--The Board of Directors of Timber Lake Playhouse has announced that current Executive Director, James Beaudry, will be returning to the position of Artistic Director for the theatre company’s 2015 summer season. The company is beginning a search for a new Executive Director, who will work with the board of directors, overseeing all business operations of the company which just completed its 53rd summer in Mount Carroll.

Tina Stretton, Manager of Theatre Operations announced her departure following a very successful summer season that critics said “sets the bar incredibly high.” Looking at the growth of the company, a task force made of board members, audience members, regional business leaders and consultants recommended an evolution in company leadership to help keep the artistic quality high while improving audience services and the financial stability of the institution. Beaudry is pleased with the upcoming changes.

“The Company is committed to positive change to manage our growth and improve audience experience. We’ve outgrown our own operations--which is a great problem to have--but it’s still a problem until it’s solved. I’m thrilled that the Board of Directors is taking steps to see TLP grow to new heights,” Beaudry said.

“It’s been a privilege to call TLP my artistic home for almost fifteen years. I’m excited to be able to focus all of my efforts once again on the creative work of the playhouse, so we can continue to offer the spectacular work that our audiences expect--with both inventive stagecraft like our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and by bringing in the best talent from around the country as we did with Les Miserables.”

The Board of Directors hope to fill the new position by November 1, 2014 following a national and regional search. Information about the job and the company can be found at

Timber Lake Playhouse serves 20,000 patrons a year in Northwest, Illinois, and is the oldest continuously operating summer theatre in the state. The company receives support from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the theatre building. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1974.

TLP’s 2015 summer season includes Hairspray, The Big Meal, Peter Pan, Greater Tuna, Big Fish and Big River. Children’s shows include Pinocchio and James And The Giant Peach. Season passes for all six shows are only $119 and are available now at 815-244-2035 or at Gift certificates and group sales are available year round.


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