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Donuts for donors: Hardacre Theater benefactors get sweet treat Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hardacre Film Festival   
Friday, 10 January 2014 14:38

Nonprofit preservation group teaming with local businesses to save historic theater

TIPTON, Iowa—The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association (HTPA) is teaming with a local restaurant to reward donors working to save the historic Hardacre Theater.

Tiffiny’s Tipton Bakery is giving away free donuts, rolls and crescents Saturday morning, Jan. 11, to people who’ve donated to the HTPA’s online campaign to save the Hardacre Theater. The crowdfunding campaign through the website Indiegogo has raised more than $10,000 in two weeks. It must raise $60,500 to meet the purchase price by Jan. 31, which will be supplemented with a $40,000 matching donation from an anonymous party.

A “donation station” will also be set up at the bakery for participants to join the funding drive. HTPA members will be present to help community members donate.

The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn more at thehardacre.org.

What:    Hardacre Theater Preservation Association donor reward event

Who:    Members of the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association and Hardacre donors will be available for interviews.

When:    Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

7 a.m. to Noon

Where:    Tiffiny’s Tipton Bakery

405 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA 52772

Contact: Will Valet

Vice President, Hardacre Theater Preservation Association

319/325-3974

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William Penn University announces academic honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber Lake   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:05
Oskaloosa, Iowa - William Penn University is pleased to announce that Carmen Christina Wetzel of Bettendorf,  Louise D. Hill and Nannette L. Sims of Davenport, and Nathan Alexander Gray of Rock Island have been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2013 semester. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must complete at least 12 hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.5-3.89 on a 4.0 scale.

William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa offers both post-secondary and adult education programs. Founded by Quakers in 1873, we strive to provide a vibrant learning community where all students grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually through academic, creative and athletic pursuits. For more information, visit the university's website at www.wmpenn.edu or call 1-800-779-7366.

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Old Creamery Theatre Announces 2014 Auditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing - Old Creamery Theatre   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:49

Amana-The Old Creamery Theatre is seeking Equity and non-Equity adult performers of various ages (college age and up) to fill paid positions in the professional company’s 2014 Main Stage, Studio, and Theatre for Young Audiences seasons.

WHEN: Saturday, January 25 from 1pm – 5pm and Sunday, January 26 from 2pm – 5pm
WHERE: The Old Creamery Theatre Main Stage, 39 38th Ave Amana, IA 52203
WHAT: Auditions are by appointment only. Appointments can be made beginning January 6, 2014 by calling The Old Creamery business office at 319-622-6034. Actors should prepare two short contrasting monologues (max. 1 minute each). At least one monologue should be a comic piece (preferably contemporary). In addition to the short monologues, singers should prepare 16 to 32 bars of one (or two contrasting) song(s) sung a cappella or with recorded accompaniment. (A CD player will be available – no accompanist will be provided but there will be access to a piano). Please bring a current headshot and resume.

A limited number of performance internships are available. Internships typically involve onstage and backstage work on Theatre for Young Audiences productions and/or Camp Creamery theatre workshops. Internships may or may not include performance opportunities providing EMC weeks. Membership and applicable weeks in Equity’s EMC program are available for regular Main Stage productions only. (EMC is not available for Theatre for Young Audiences or Studio Stage productions).

One technical internship is also available for a candidate with lighting and sound experience.

Internships can begin as early as March, but typically have summer or fall start dates and most require fall availability. All internships include housing plus a $225 per week living stipend. Intern duties involve all aspects of theatre and may include but are not limited to:
performing, costuming, set work, assistant stage management, house management, props, lighting, sound, promotions, assistant teaching, box office, and concessions assignments.
Information regarding the full 2014 season is available at www.oldcreamery.com.

If you are unable to attend these auditions, please send a headshot and resume to:
Sean McCall - Artistic Director
Old Creamery Theatre
39 38th Ave, Amana, IA 52203
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The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The Company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

 
WINTER PRODUCTIONS AND AUDITIONS AT THE QC THEATRE WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyson Danner   
Monday, 06 January 2014 15:34

As we collectively enter a new year, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop is ringing in 2014 with a trio of exciting events: an area premiere by guest artists from Iowa City; auditions for this spring's production of a recent Tony Award winner; and the opening of the latest show in the Workshop's 2013-14 season – the lead casting for which will be determined by the flip of a coin.

On Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, the Workshop will present 7:30 p.m. performances of the debuting drama My Sister, written by University of Iowa Adjunct Professor Janet Schlapkohl. Moving between an apartment and a cabaret in 1934 Berlin, this 90-minute original work tells the story of twin sisters (played by Elizabeth & Emily Hinckler of Iowa City) trying to survive and realize their dreams as the world collapses around them, and explores perceptions of disability played against the backdrop of history.

Directed by Maria Vorhis, an Artistic Associate with Iowa City's renowned Working Group Theatre, the two-character My Sister is a passion project for author Schlapkohl, who earned a 2012 MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa, and is the founder of Combined Efforts Theatre – a non-profit organization purposefully inclusive of actors with disabilities. The QC Theatre Workshop's Artistic Director, Tyson Danner, says he's delighted for the chance to co-present this debuting work to local audiences.

“There is nothing more thrilling than helping to bring a new script into the world,” states Danner. “The response to our first world premiere, last summer's A Green River, was beyond our wildest dreams, and that kind of support is enabling us to seek out many other original works to produce right here in the Quad Cities. It's our hope that these debuting plays will continue to find success long past their Workshop productions, as we saw with Augustana College's December presentation of A Green River.”

On Saturday, January 25 at 1 p.m., the Workshop will host auditions for the company's springtime presentation of Venus in Fur, David Ives' erotic comedy that was Tony-nominated for Best Play in 2011, and earned star Nina Arianda the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. A hilarious and mysterious tale of role reversal, power shifts, and sexual gamesmanship, Ives' juicy two-character tale was a critical and commercial smash, and the Workshop's production of the show will require one woman who can play early- to mid-20s, and one man who can play 20s to 30s. Those auditioning should prepare a monologue of two minutes or fewer and be prepared to read from the script.

“Dynamism, power, and sexiness of Venus in Fur's kind are rarely seen on stage,” says Danner, who will direct the May production. “It's safe to say that even the most avid theatre fans have seen nothing like it.”

And the Workshop's winter wraps up with Sam Shepard's modern classic True West, a dramatic comedy about contentious brothers and elusive identity running February 21 through March 9. (Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.) With widely respected area-theatre veterans Jason Platt and Angela Rathman featured in its cast, True West will star Jeremy Mahr and Mike Schulz as warring siblings Austin and Lee, and in a unique twist, the central casting will be determined mere minutes before each performance, with an audience member flipping a coin to see which actor plays which role.

“Not only are we presenting audiences with this incredible play,” says True West director Danner, “but we're essentially presenting two different versions of the play. We're hoping that audiences have as much fun seeing the different takes on True West as we are working on them.”

As with the Workshop's previous productions, all its 2014 shows will be presented under “Pay What It's Worth” ticket pricing that finds patrons seeing the play first and paying on their way out, a policy that allows viewers to determine what the experience was worth to them personally, and that allows a wholly accessible theatrical experience for patrons regardless of financial means.

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My Sister performance schedule

Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.

Venus In Fur auditions

Saturday, January 25, 1 p.m.

True West performance schedule

Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 23, 3 p.m.

Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 2, 3 p.m.

Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March, 3 p.m.

 
City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Monday, 06 January 2014 09:29

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for its production of Jesus Christ Superstar, January 12th from 1 pm -8pm at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S Ridge Dr. in Coralville. The show is directed by Liz Tracey. Kent Keating is the music director.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the ground breaking rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is loosely based on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life, as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

This is a big cast and all ages are welcome to audition. Those auditioning should bring 30 seconds of a song to sing that shows of your voice and acting ability.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at www.citycircle.org. Walk ups are always welcome. For more information call Liz Tracey at 712-249-6214.

Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed April 4-13 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

 
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