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Local students studying at Augustana College will perform in an upcoming opera PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:58

ROCK ISLAND, IL (11/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Opera@Augustana will present Paul Hindemith's

Christine Harb, a Undecided major, is a First Year at Augustana. Harb is from Davenport, Iowa.

Kaleigh Wall, a Art major, is a Junior at Augustana. Wall is from Eldridge, Iowa.

Elyzia Powers, a Undecided major, is a First Year at Augustana. Powers is from Silvis, Ill..

The opera's libretto is by American playwright Thornton Wilder, after his play of the same name. Wilder captures a series of Christmas dinners celebrated by the Bayard family over 90 years and blends them into a one long meal. The tender story follows four generations as they experience birth, death, growth and loss.

"When I listened to it, I found a story that focuses on family during the holidays," said Dr. John Pfautz, director of Opera@Augustana. "It gives us insight into 90 years of a family's holiday dinner, allowing us a glimpse of family traditions, continuing patterns from generation to generation, and lasting family values."

Playing the second-generation father of the Bayard family is Dylan Hinrichs '13, a vocal music education major from Sterling, Ill. One of 11 Augustana students featured in the opera, Hinrichs appreciates the storyline's complexity. "There are a lot of hidden messages lying under the surface of the plot," he said. "Many of the underlying themes are quite controversial and up for different interpretations."

Hinrichs is no stranger to the stage as a performer or as a director. A member of the Augustana Choir and the Augustana Chamber Singers, Hinrichs played Gunther in the Truce of Carols opera last season. He directs a children's choir and performs with an adult church choir. Last summer, he directed a musical for middle-school students.

"The most challenging part of The Long Christmas Dinner is the music," he said. "Hindemith is a 20th-century composer who incorporated several contemporary musical styles, which can be difficult for singers."

The challenging musical score helped convince Dr. Pfautz to present this particular opera. "Pedagogically, it's appropriate that Opera@Augustana presents repertoire that teaches something to the performers as well as the audience. I'm so pleased with how the students have risen to the occasion."

 
Wooden Snowflakes opens Dec. 1 on The Old Creamery Theatre’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:36
Amana – It’s been a long time since cynical Eve has believed in anything, let alone Christmas, Santa Clause, or love. When her car slides off an icy road on Christmas Eve, she finds herself in a different world in the home of Simon, a woodcarver and Christmas believer who wholeheartedly embraces the magic of the season. As the night unfolds, Simon and Eve, believer and nonbeliever, clash time and time again as Eve’s long suppressed wounds rise to the surface to be healed by the love that is Christmas.

Written by Catherine Bush, Wooden Snowflakes opens Thursday, Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 18. The cast consists of Deborah Kennedy and Tom Milligan of West Amana. Rated Theatre PG, Wooden Snowflakes will play on The Old Creamery’s Studio Stage in Middle Amana.

Show times are Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com for more information or to purchase tickets. Group and student rates are available.

Wooden Snowflakes is sponsored by The Gethmann Organizations.

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.

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The Turn of the Screw opens Tuesday November 15 at District Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:34

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS – The old adage “the show must go on” has proven all too true after an accident left actor Lora Adams with a torn ankle ligament. “We seriously looked at doing another show where I could sit, but in the end we decided to push back the opening a few days so I could heal enough to do the show,” said Adams.

The play, which features Adams and Steve Lasiter will open on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm, with additional performances on the 17th, 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 20th at 2:30 pm.  “Ideally, we would have liked to do all 8 performances, but “A Tuna Christmas” is scheduled to open right after on November 25th so we hope that we can fill the seats for these performances,” said associate producer Tristan Tapscott.

“The Turn of the Screw” is being directed by Patti Flahrety, stage managed by Joe Maubach with lighting design by Tristan Tapscott and costumes by Candace Eastman.

The performance on Thursday, November 17th is a fundraising event for the Bettendorf Rotary.

The Turn of the Screw runs November 15, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 20 at 2:30 pm. Admission is $20 general admission, $18 Seniors (60+) and $15 students. The District Theatre is located at 1611 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201. Reservations can be made by calling 309-235-1654.  More information can be found at www.districttheatre.com

 
Raggedy Ann & Andy’s Yuletide Adventure opens Nov. 26 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:18
Amana – Want a sweet treat this holiday season? Come and see The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences production of Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Yuletide Adventure. Help Raggedy Ann & Andy outsmart the witch and have a wonderful holiday adventure in Grandma’s attic.

The show opens Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage.

Written by Gene Mackey and based on characters created by Johnny Gruelle, the cast of Raggedy Ann & Andy’s Yuletide Adventure consists of Kamille Zbanek of Ely, John Hill of Rockford Il, Laura Ambrose of Minneapolis Minn., Jackie McCall of Marengo, Nicholas Hodge of South Amana and Steve Weiss of Central City.

Tickets are $8 per person. Show times are 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com for more information or to purchase tickets. Group and student rates are available.

The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences shows are sponsored by Scheels of Coralville with Mix 96.5 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.

 
Ron Paul Two-Day ‘Restore America Now' Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:16
Ron Paul Two-Day Tour to Include ‘Restore America Now’ MeetingsInterviews, voter outreach, GOP fundraiser, and Thanksgiving Family Forum round out visit
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will return to Iowa for a two-day comprehensive tour consisting of media, voter and GOP outreach activities.

The visit will occur on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19.  Day one of Dr. Paul’s visit will include a live in-studio interview with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson, followed by three ‘Restore America Now’ meetings.  Day two includes a Warren County Republican Party breakfast fundraiser, an editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register, followed by a Thanksgiving Family Forum held by The Family Leader.

“Ron Paul’s latest visit gives our campaign ample opportunity to reach voters directly and indirectly concerning the pressing issues Iowans are facing,” said Drew Ivers, Iowa Chair for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign. 

“A national debt now equal to GDP, and joblessness, are on Iowans’ minds.  Make no mistake Ron Paul will be as forthcoming with the people as he’s been throughout this whole election cycle,” said Mr. Ivers.

Details of the visit are as follows.  All times Central.

Friday, November 18, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Interviewed live in-studio w/ Jan Mickelson
WHO Radio – 1040 AM
2141 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

1:00 p.m.    
Benton County ‘Restore America Now’ Meeting
Pizza Ranch
219 West 4th Street
Vinton, Iowa 52349

4:00 p.m.
Jones County ‘Restore America Now’ Meeting
Lawrence Community Center
600 East Main Street
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

7:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids ‘Restore America Now’ Meeting
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. S.W.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Saturday November 19, 2011

9:00 a.m.
Warren County GOP Breakfast Fundraiser
Indianola Christian Union Church
705 East Euclid Avenue
Indianola, Iowa 50125

11:00 a.m.
Editorial Board Meeting
Des Moines Register
715 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

4:00 p.m.
The Family Leader – Thanksgiving Family Forum
First Federated Church
4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
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