Thursday, September 18, 2014

James and the Giant Peach Cast

Waterloo - "The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has cast 20 local, talented actors in roles for its upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach. James is miserable. His aunts are cruel, he has few friends, and very little to do. All this changes when he receives a mysterious bag of glowing green crocodile tongues from a little man who promises fabulous, marvelous things. Join us as James and the creatures in the giant peach escape the ordinary and journey into the extraordinary.

The cast for the show is:

Auditions for City Circle and Young Footliters

Coralville - City Circle and Young Footliters both have upcoming auditions.

"Was the Word" September 21

Iowa City - "As the fall season sweeps right into Iowa City without much warning and temperatures begin to drop, things at Was the Word are just heating up!

This Sunday at 7PM marks the very first show of our brand new season, and we've rounded up the usual scaramouches, singers, and storytellers to kick it off.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Actors Needed for Ad Campaign

Iowa City - "This fall, Goodwill of the Heartland will be launching a new donation drive campaign. The campaign will feature both print materials and a television ad campaign. We are looking for people with acting experience for both a photo shoot and TV ad campaign. We will compensate participants with $50 gift certificates to our stores. If you’ve shopped Goodwill, you know $50 in our stores could be comparable to $500 in other stores. The certificates can be used personally, or perhaps for the costuming needs of the theatre organization they are affiliated with. With multiple participants, this could add up quickly.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Shrek Cast

Cedar Rapids - After almost 100 amazing performers auditioned for TCR's upcoming holiday family production, Director Casey Prince, Musical Director Ben Schmidt, and Choreographer LD Kidd are proud to announce the cast of Shrek the Musical. Expect a production that is hilarious, fun for all ages, and above all, magical in a way only TCR can deliver.

Waterloo Community Playhouse Seeks Technical Director

Waterloo - WCP has announced its search for a new technical director.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dollar Dog Reading of Housebroken

Iowa City – On Sunday, September 14 at 6:30pm Megan Gogerty will read the first act of her new solo show, Housebroken. This is the first reading in this season’s Dollar Dog Reading Series, a collaborative effort between Riverside Theatre and Working Group Theatre to publicly share scripts early in the development process.

Evie's Waltz Opens Sept 19

Izzie Sorenson, Kaisi Haarstad, Creighton Fox
Cedar Rapids - The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to be among the first college theatres in the country to present the timely thriller Evie's Waltz. The play will be staged Sept. 19-21 and 25-27 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Sept. 21 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Blackhawk Children's Theatre Offers Fall Classes

Waterloo - Black Hawk Children’s Theatre is offering fall classes in its “Come Get Dramatic with Us!” line-up. Sessions have been designed to meet the needs of different age groups. Sessions include:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Red an Intriguing Mix of Heady and Visceral

Jim Van Valen and Christopher Peltier
By James E. Trainor III
Photo By Bob Goodfellow

Iowa City - Upon walking into Riverside during its current production of John Logan's Red, one is first struck by how the stage looks like a working art studio (set design by Kevin Dudley). Strike that: it is a working art studio. During the course of the one-act play, the actors have a lot of stage business centered around painting: mixing paint, putting together canvases, priming, cleaning. I mention this because Red is a lofty play, full of big ideas, and it would be easy to get lost in the cerebral realm of talking about art. So much the better that the actors have this great set to play with, so they can get their hands dirty with the messy, gut-wrenching business of making art.

Red tells the story of the Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko (Jim Van Valen) and his young assistant Ken (Christopher Peltier). Rothko is at the height of his fame, but he is losing patience with the commercial art world; the action of the plot has him struggling to create a mural for the newly-build Four Seasons restaurant. Van Valen's Rothko is soulful and intriguing; he really transforms into this man who, though a giant in his own time, was more and more an artifact in the swiftly-changing New York of the late 1950's. Van Valen's passion and nuance as Rothko comes to realize his time has passed is part of what makes this piece so effective.