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Auditions for Area Musicians and Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:09

Mount Carroll, IL--Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional, non-profit summer theatre of northwest Illinois, will hold auditions for qualified musicians for their summer season on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 pm at the theatre in Mount Carroll, Illinois.  Auditions for children for the theatre’s upcoming production of Les Miserables will follow at 4:00 pm.

The 53rd summer season of Timber Lake Playhouse will include the musicals Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, Les Miserable and Shout! The Mod Musical. All musicals at TLP utilize paid area musicians. Auditions for Bass (upright & electric), Woodwinds, Percussion, Guitar, Brass and Strings will begin at 2:00 pm. Musicians will be seen in 10 minute appointments. They should be prepared to play a selection of their choosing. They might be asked to sight read from one of the shows. For an appointment, please call the theatre at 815-244-2035. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd in Mount Carroll. Performance dates and rehearsal schedules can be found at

Auditions for the roles of Gavroche, Young Cosette and Young Eponine in Les Miserables will begin at 4:00 pm. The playhouse is seeking a boy aged 8-12 for Gavroche who is a very strong singer and is comfortable on stage. Girls ages 8-10, who are strong singers and very comfortable on stage are encouraged to audition for Young Cosette and Young Eponine. All children should bring a song to sing in the style of the show. They may sing from the show, as well. An accompanist will be provided. These roles are not paid, but a travel stipend may be arranged. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Please call the theatre at 815-244-2035 to sign up for auditions.

Additional auditions for children for Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and adults for Young Frankenstein will be held in May. Performers and musicians must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals. More information is available at Timber Lake Playhouse programs are supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


City Circle Acting Company Announces 2014-15 Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:00

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville announces its 2014-2015 season, featuring exhilarating musicals, exciting family-friendly fare, and farcical comedy.  All performances will be held at City Circle’s home theater, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville.

Subscription packages will be available beginning Wednesday, March 19 through the CCPA box office at 319.248.9370 or at Single tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 2.

The season includes:

The Mystery of Edwin Drood. June 20-22. Each summer, City Circle invites teenagers from across the area to participate in a full musical production.  This year’s teen show is The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  a musical full of adventure and rollicking fun – where the audience gets to choose the ending! Patrick Du Laney directs the musical, which was adapted by Tony-award winner Rupert Holmes from Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel.  (Rated Theater PG)

Hair. August  1-3. Return to the Summer of Love with the ultimate rock musical, directed by the University of Iowa’s John Cameron. Hair tells the story of three young friends finding their way in 1960s America, as they struggle with identity, family, allegiance to country, and the allure of sensual pleasure.  Book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni , with music by Galt MacDermot.  (Rated Theater PG-13)

Around the World in 80 Days.  October 10

-19. Join Phineas Fogg as he races the clock to circle the globe in this Steampunk-inspired comedy adventure for the whole family that includes stampeding elephants, thundering typhoons, and runaway trains.  Directed by Patrick Du Laney, adapted by Mark Brown from the classic novel by Jules Verne.  (Rated Theater G)

A Year with Frog and Toad. December  12-21. Directed by Liz Tracey, this heartwarming musical tells the story of a year in the life of forest neighbors Frog and Toad and their many woodland friends.  Based on the beloved books by Arnold Lobel and adapted by Willie and Robert Reale, this musical will charm audiences of all ages.  (Rated Theater G)

An Evening of Farces: Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. February 13-15.

Black Comedy places us in the apartment of an aspiring artist as he's about to meet both his fiancee's father, and a famous art critic.  When the power goes out, complications arise. The Real Inspector Hound is an absurdist parody of a country-house murder mystery. When two pompous theater critics get mistakenly involved in the whodunit they're supposed to be watching, the audience gets caught up in the twists and turns of a play within a play.  Both playwrights have won Oscars and Tony Awards. This is a hilarious two-in-one evening you won't want to miss. Directed by Liz Tracey and Krista Neumann.

Into the Woods. April 23-May 3. Christopher Okiishi directs this audience favorite. Follow a childless Baker and his wife as they struggle to meet the demands of a vengeful witch so that they may have their hearts’ desire—a child of their own. On their journey in and out of the woods, they meet a woman fleeing a ball, a girl with extraordinary hair, a cow-sick boy, a sweet-loving granddaughter, a couple of princes, and at least one giant.  Music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.  (Rated Theater PG)

Luther College junior Lis Athas to perform in 'La Dispute' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:16

DECORAH, IA (03/12/2014)(readMedia)-- Luther College junior, Lis Athas of Blue Grass, Iowa, will perform as Katherine Mesrou in Luther's Visual and Performing Arts production of "La Dispute."

Inspired by Pierre de Marivaux's prose comedy originally written in 1744, Luther's adaption of "La Dispute" explores the nature of love, betrayal, passion and seduction in a unique social experiment. Eight young adults, isolated from the world, are paired together in attempt to discover if it is possible to create a perfect love with no risks or doubts.

The performances, held in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus, are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, March 12-13; 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 14; and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Athas, the daughter of Mark and Vickie Athas of Blue Grass, is majoring in theatre and management at Luther. She is a 2011 graduate of Davenport West High School.

Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults, $5 for children five and under, and can be purchased at Luther's ticket website,, by calling the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357, or by visiting the Luther Ticket Office, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

"La Dispute" will be directed by Bobby Vrtis, Luther assistant professor of theatre.

Vrtis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Longwood University and a master's and doctoral degree in theatre from the University of Oregon. At Luther, Vrtis teaches classes in several areas of theatre including acting, directing, improvisation and clowning.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

MHS Spring Musical this Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:27
Moline High School students put their spin on the popular 1950's play that portrays an ambitious window washer seeking to climb the corporate ladder.  The show is being held Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm....and on Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm.

** The elaborate set is a story in itself**  Each musical Brad Chumbley, from Custom Builder, in Moline creates the set and volunteers countless hours.  This year he had help from students from area schools.  His daughter graduated from Moline years ago but he continues to volunteer.  This year part of the set spins around and what was a wall becomes a window to the outside of an office.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name.

Iowa Tourism Office launches ad campaign, updated web site to inspire travel to Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica O'Reily   
Friday, 14 March 2014 07:47

(DES MOINES) — The Iowa Tourism Office has kicked off its spring advertising campaign with television and digital ads designed to inspire travelers to visit Iowa.

Television ads are now airing in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Omaha. Digital ads are being served up on websites such as, TripAdvisor and Expedia as well as Google search.

“Travelers spend nearly $8 billion in our state annually and generate more than $300 million in revenue for the state,” said Gov. Terry Branstad. “Iowans are humble, but it’s important that we show off our state, promote what we have to offer and encourage our neighbors to visit.”

“This campaign is targeted to metro areas within easy driving distance of Iowa,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Less time traveling to Iowa means more time to actually enjoy it. Our ads showcase several locations across the state, but they really represent just the tip of the iceberg. There’s no shortage of unique museums, shops, restaurants and hotels in Iowa where travelers can make lifelong memories.”

The $1.5 million combined ad buy will run from March to June of this year.

Iowa Tourism Office also recently completed a major overhaul of web site,, adding several news pages meant to inspire potential travelers with a range of interests, from history and culture to hunting to outdoor recreation to wine and beer. The ad campaign is intended to drive traffic to were travelers can immerse themselves in learning more about destinations in the state.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $345 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


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