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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:02

As part of its 2014 tour, OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, a program of Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., will perform a reduced version for five singers of Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Love on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street in Coralville.

Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love mixes love, jealousy and mysterious libations in a romantic comedy. Young Nemorino is in love with the wealthy but fickle Adina. When Sergeant Belcore also sets his sights on Adina, Nemorino turns to visiting “doctor” Dulcamara for an “elixir of love,” guaranteed to turn Adina’s head and win her heart. Heads turn, but who wins her heart? The Elixir of Love lasts approximately 2 hours with an intermission, and is sung in English with piano accompaniment.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $8 for youth ages 12 and under.  Tickets may be purchased by phone at 319.248.9370, online at, and in person at the CCPA box office and the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe members are handpicked from nationwide auditions of more than 800 singers to share their love of opera with audiences of all ages. The talented young performers of the 2014 OPERA Iowa troupe are: soprano Bevin Hill of New York, NY; mezzo-soprano Stephanie Schoenhofer of Lima, OH; baritone Zachary Ballard of Roslindale, MA; tenor Joshua Weeker of Kettering, OH; and bass Alex Soare of Schaumburg, IL. The music director is Scott Arens of Ann Arbor, MI and the technical director is Thomas Plummer of Crown Point, IN.

Des Moines Metro Opera, founded in 1973, is an independent, non-profit, professional opera company dedicated to bringing world-class opera productions and vital performing arts education to central Iowa. In addition to providing mainstage productions, Des Moines Metro Opera is responsible for OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, which brings opera to classrooms across Iowa and to nearly 24,000 students, OPERAtion Opera Community Outreach Program, which works with more than 30 human service agencies to provide opera to underserved and at-risk audiences, the Apprentice Artist Program, one of the largest singer-training programs in the country, and two new programs: The Design and Production Internship Program, a training program for students within the theater arts who wish to expand experience and gain the skills necessary for a successful professional career; and Raising Voices -Rising Stars program which gives high school musicians the opportunity to explore career opportunities from the rare vantage point within a professional opera company.

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; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Broadway Season is almost at a close at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:48

Need more Broadway in your life?  Only two more shows in the Lujack Lexus Broadway at the Adler Theatre 2013-2014 season, Million Dollar Quartet and Hair.  Stay under the same roof while enjoying Pre-Show Dinners!  Check out details below.

Sunday, March 16, 7:00 pm
Million Dollar Quartet
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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.
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Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 pm
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The rock musical that sparked a revolution and ignited a generation is back! All the original hits and new songs rediscovered from the original production - all played live by The Tribe.  This new production returns to its rebellious provocative roots! HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the turbulent 60s that changed America forever. For Mature Audiences.  While many find this show suitable for young adults (13 and older), parental discretion is advised. There is a dimly lit 20-second scene with nudity that is non-sexual in nature.
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Musical production benefits Hardacre Theater efforts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hardacre Film Festival   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:07
‘The Last Five Years’ to be performed Feb. 22–23

TIPTON, Iowa—The Cedar County Stoplight Players’ production of the two-person musical “The Last 5 Years” will perform Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23,  at the Tipton High School auditorium. All proceeds from the production  to go to Hardacre Theater Preservation Association and its efforts to  renovate Tipton’s historic Hardacre Theater.

The Saturday, February 22 performance is at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday, February 23 performance is at 2:30 p.m.  Both performances will be held at the Tipton High School auditorium.  The play features adult themes and language. All tickets are $10.
The  play features Tipton-area native Tracy Pelzer-Timm and Des Moines  native Adam Nardini as a couple who fall into and out of love, with a  stage design that acts as a split screen separating their romantic  trajectories. The  story explores the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein  (Nardini), a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt (Pelzer-Timm), a  struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which  Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show  at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order  (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not  directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their  timelines intersect.

The  musical, written by Jason Robert Brown, was directed by Janet Whaley,  with musical direction by Julie Thomas and technical direction by Brad  Goetz.

For more information about the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association, go to


Rock Island Library Events Focus on Logging, Historic Bridges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:24

More History Events at Rock Island Library

(Rock Island, IL) Local history buffs still have two opportunities this month to catch up on free history presentations at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

River of Logs: 19th Century Logging, 6:30 pm, Thurs., Feb. 20. In an illustrated talk based on her chapter in the 2004 Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi, Gayle Rein describes logging in Wisconsin and Minnesota and the rafting of logs down the Mississippi River to lumber companies in the Quad Cities area.  She includes many photos and stories from the early logging camps and rafting.

Historic Bridges, 6:30 pm, Tues, Feb. 25. We cross over them every day, but how often do we think about the history of the bridges under our tires? Illustrated presentation by Professor Curt Roseman on the major bridges on the Mississippi and Rock Rivers in the Quad Cities. Collectively, the bridges represent a great variety of styles and histories.  Included are truss, arch, and suspension bridges. Several QC bridges are historically significant, including one span that was built in 1868 and the first railroad bridge to span the Mississippi. His talk includes stories of how and why these bridges were originally conceived and built.

For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website at, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.

Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.


Dean's List announced for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Platteville Public Relations   
Friday, 14 February 2014 14:57

PLATTEVILLE, WI (02/14/2014)(readMedia)-- University of Wisconsin-Platteville announced its 2013 fall semester Dean's List. Students receive this academic honor in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Education must achieve a 3.75 grade point average and students in the College of Engineering, Math and Science must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Among those who made the Dean's List were,

Ryan Cady from DeWitt, IA,

Thomas Farrell from Rock Falls, IL,

Sarah Jacobs from Leclaire, IA,

Micah Klahn from Wheatland, IA,

Brandon Lane from Donahue, IA,

Erin Litterst from Milan, IL,

Hannah McManus from Reynolds, IL,

Eric Neirynck from Rock Island, IL,

Dugan Repass from Sterling, IL,

Allison Wells from Moline, IL,

UW-Platteville, founded in 1846, is located in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin, near the Iowa and Illinois borders. The University, the fastest-growing four-year school in the 13-college University of Wisconsin System, enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduate students.

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