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‘Robin Hood’ Tumbles To TLP Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:03

Mount Carroll, IL-- The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents a new telling of the Robin Hood tale, designed specifically for young audiences. Each year, TLP, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, produces a spring show for schools in the region, offering thousands of young people their first exposure to live theatre. This year, the company has opened up ticket sales to the general public, as well.

The Commedia Robin Hood by Lane Riosley will be performed at the Playhouse from Wednesday, May 7 through Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day. Associate Artistic Director--and long-time TLP favorite--Courtney Crouse, directs a cast chosen from auditions around the country. All tickets for Robin Hood are only $5.00, as this program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In The Commedia Robin Hood, a merry troupe of actors — Columbine, Arlequin, Punchin and Rosetta — tackle, tumble, trick and trip their way through the tale of Robin Hood with fantastic abandon.  Get ready for action-packed clowning with puppets, stilts, singing, patter verse and fun mock-combat in this unforgettable adaptation.

Commedia dell’arte, Italian for ’comedy of the professional artists,’ was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries.  At that time, all performances were unscripted and held outdoors, with simple props and inventive scenery.  The influence of commedia dell’arte is evident in much of our contemporary comedy, most notably in those great comedy artists of the 20th century, the Marx Brothers.

Some performances are already sold out, so advance tickets are suggested. Walk-ups to a sold out show will still be accommodated with folding chairs. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting The show is appropriate for all ages.

The Commedia Robin Hood is produced through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service.


City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for HAIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:56

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for the concert version of  the rock musical HAIR on Saturday, May 10 from 10am -3pm at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street in Coralville in the Schwab Auditorium.. The show will be directed by John Cameron from the University of Iowa's Theatre Department.

Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song similar in style to that of the show. Bring your own sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks will be Sunday, May 11, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Location TBA.

Rehearsals will begin June 18 and typically run 7 to 10pm Sunday through Thursday evenings.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Walk ups are always welcome but we honor scheduled times first. For more information call Liz Tracey at 712-249-6214.

HAIR will be performed at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts August 1 at 7:30, August 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, and August 3 at 2:00 pm.

Dr. Seuss with an Odyssey twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:43
(Rock Island, IL)  The "Lights ON for Learning" Drama Club students at Washington Junior High school are putting a twist on the Odyssey....a Dr. Seuss twist.

The play is called The SeussOdyssey and was written by Don Zollidis.  It is about Odysseus and his adventures, but put to the familiar rhyming of everyone's beloved Doctor Seuss.  It is a play for all ages, with bright colors, props, and scenery.  Admission is free, although donations are always accepted.

The performances are Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm in the school gym.  The media is invited to both performances to interview the students/director.  For more information contact the director...Jennifer Hoeper cell phone number (563)271-5954.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:00

Young Footliters presents Vera Morris’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for 4 performances, May 9-11 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 34 local children in 1st through 8th grades and is directed by Dave Helmuth.  Westport Touchless Autowash in the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

“When you re-imagine a folk tale like Hansel and Gretel, you want to give performances that feel new and inspired—something you haven’t seen or heard before. The kids in our cast have consistently surprised us with their humor and creative ideas for bringing the characters to life. Familiar characters like the Witch have a new, humorous energy, and new characters like the moving trees make Hansel and Gretel’s world feel more colorful and magical. I’ve been thrilled with the kids’ enthusiasm for making the show funny and entertaining. Every night they have new ideas,” says assistant director Tara Acton.

Director Helmuth says of this production, “The trees are alive.  They sing, dance, and tell jokes.  This is no ordinary fairy tale.  This show will keep you laughing and laughing - fun for the whole family.”

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering children and teens fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment.  Young Footliters aims to produce quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation.


Becoming a Maverick PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:26

5 Rules for Becoming an Intellectual Maverick
Life Requires More Than a Whisper of Wisdom, Says Venture Capitalist

No matter how well our lives may be going, many of us seem to be at our wit’s end when it comes to attaining that next level of success, but there is a solution to this challenge, says world-traveling entrepreneur Julian Pencilliah.

Whether we want to improve our relationships, spiritual development, emotional well-being, health or monetary ambitions, we so often find that we’re our own greatest enemies, says Pencilliah, author of “The Jetstream of Success,” (

“You see it time and time again – individuals rise out of the most devastating circumstances and transform their lives into greatness,” he says. “If you’re in a place where you feel that life’s closing in on you, and you have a pressing urgency to transform your misfortune into a positive opportunity, then you must embrace the fact that realizing your potential is a process.”

How does one start this process? Become a student of your own history and become an intellectual maverick, says Pencilliah, who reviews the attributes that must be developed to make progress possible.

•  Irrevocably change your world. Piece together an ever-fuller understanding of yourself with the intention of reinventing yourself a thousand-fold. We should always aim toward exponential achievements, with the wisdom of knowing that we are not chasing the achievement, but rather chasing the consciousness of who we need to become in order to materialize our success.

•  Think with sophistication. This is your capacity to become more strategic in your approach to life. This simply means that you need to become more process-oriented, rather than goal-oriented. Intelligence is knowing what’s required of you. Sophisticated thinking is the process of making successful decisions over a lifetime.

•  Exceed probability amplitudes. Achieving success in any arena of your life is framed within your ability to eliminate innate weaknesses and biases. History tells us that not all greats have off-the-chart IQs, nor are they born with limitless freedom. In fact, it’s the triumph over less-than-favorable circumstances and a determination to achieve that often builds the character necessary for success. Great individuals set out to achieve outstanding results, and make their decisions within intellectual criteria. All the greats have engaged a higher impulse, a higher bandwidth, and an inherent strength.

•  Smile with radiance. Life is beauty in every direction, but we are often unable to see it if we are too consumed with our lives. The simple truth is that you can touch more of the beauty of life only by touching your own beauty. If you look through the lens of love, gratitude and contribution, then you will be able to see and touch more of the infinite beauty that makes life on Earth a heaven. Learn to smile like sunshine every day and brighten up your world.

•  Get lucky. “I would love to tell you that your destiny is written in the stars, but it is actually written within the confines of your interpretation of life,” Pencilliah says. “Luck has more to do with self-engagement than any random twist of fate. Be bold and champion your life to exceed the probability amplitude of any statistic of luck.”

We are all endowed with the ability to achieve success in any facet of our lives; success is framed within the definition of the analytical tools and emotional disciplines necessary to champion your life forward, he says.

“Above all, I live by three simple words: compassion, love and gratitude,” Pencilliah says. “We need to act on these three words daily. Doing so will irrevocably change your world.”

About Julian Pencilliah

Julian Pencilliah, (, is the author of the new book, The Jetstream of Success, (, which is an Amazon Top 10 e-book best sellers in the self-help category. As a venture capitalist, he has taken a bold approach to life, which includes 20 years of accomplished business acumen. Whether it’s going face-to-face on a dive with great white sharks in the depths of the Atlantic, racing Formula One cars throughout the world or being on a game drive with Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Pencilliah’s lifestyle has served as a platform for him to draw analogies to connect with readers. This allows the reader to stitch together an ever-fuller understanding of their self, enabling progress toward their ambitions.

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