Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ConcertIA presents An Evening of Opera

Coralville - Shari Rhoads and Chaz'men Williams-Ali will guide you through an evening with Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Bizet, Delibes, and Gounud. Perfect for opera lovers and novices alike! This concert is a fundraiser for the March 2015 production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Tickets are $10-$25, with a $75 "Gold Ticket" that includes a post-gala reception at TheLuxeZone and "after-glow" casual concert with the artists. Tickets are available online, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Rec Center.

Source: CCPA Newsletter

Auditions for Don Giovanni

Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre announces auditions for the adult chorus of the January 2015 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Paramount Theatre. To request an audition time and an application, please contact Virginia Michalicek before October 2 at the Opera Office, 319-365-7401 or

Cedar Rapids Auditions for the Adult Chorus of Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Date: Thursday October 2, 2014
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Coe College Choir Room (Marquis Hall #201), 1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Into the Woods Murky Yet Powerful

by Genevieve Heinrich
Photos by Shannon Struttmann

Janelle Steichen as the Baker's Wife
Cedar Rapids - Fairy tales are more than just the cornerstone of Theatre Cedar Rapids 81st season. They are, perhaps, the cornerstone of Western society. There's no flippancy in my statement... much of what we learn as children, during our peak formative years, comes from the lessons taught in these perennial bedtime stories.

At least, it used to.

Into the Woods is composer Stephen Sondheim's exploration of where we went wrong. He asked the question - familiar to us now, but just beginning to burst into the world's consciousness in the mid-1980s, when this was written - "What happens next?" The Disney-fied, sanitized happily ever after was no longer enough, and Sondheim joined the ranks of contemporary authors like Charles de Lint and Jane Yolen in insisting that these characters were (and always had been) more than just archetypes. With James Lapine (who wrote the book) he delves into the realities of these characters' lives, and pursues the ways that the same ambitions that got them what they wanted continued to affect their lives.

Theatre Cedar Rapids has assembled a formidable crew to tackle this ambitious musical. The set for this show (Scenic Designer: Bret Goethe; Scenic Artist: Daniel Kelchen) was a true stand-out. It's beauty was nothing short of magical, between the colors and the few simple but highly effective moving elements and above all else, the moon. Also contributing to the stunning visual effects were (with a few minor exceptions) the costumes, by Joni Sackett.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Auditions for Camo! The Musical

Iowa City - ICCT announces auditions for its upcoming production Camo! The Musical

Directed by Janet Schlopkohl and Krista Neumann
OPEN AUDITIONS: Monday, September 29th 6:00-9:00pm and Tuesday, September 30th 6:00-9:00p.
Location: Iowa City Public Library
123 S Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Meeting Room B

***Auditioners should prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song, followed by a cold read.***

Xanadu Opens October 10

Victoria Vaugnh  and
Skyler Matthias
Coralville - "City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the Broadway hit musical Xanadu for six performances October 10-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Adapted from the Universal Pictures cult film by Douglas Carter Beane and featuring music by Jeff Lynne (of the Electric Light Orchestra) and John Farrar, Xanadu follows the journey of the magical and beautiful Greek muse Kira, who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. The musical adaptation contains all the great Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John music from the film, plus four additional classic songs.

Crew for James and the Giant Peach

Waterloo - The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has secured several local citizens as crew members to work behind the scenes during its upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Auditions for Seussical

Waterloo - "WCP announces auditions for its upcoming production of Seussical

Friday, September 19, 2014

City High Reaches Out to Ferguson Thespians

Iowa City - "Following the tumultuous events in Ferguson, Missouri this fall, City High Drama is jumping in to help Ferguson high schools send students to the Missouri Thespian Festival in October to continue to have a voice and an impact in the dramatic arts. City High Drama director Troy Peters communicated with the fine arts coordinator for the Florissant-Ferguson school district recently, describing some of City High’s past productions, such as Mayberry and Medea, which have given minority actors opportunities to get on stage and discuss issues of race. “We’ve never shied away from these important issues, and the schools in Ferguson were wanting some ideas for how to help heal the wounds and promote a hopeful future through the arts,” says Peters. “The African-American students in Ferguson say they feel like the ‘raisins in the rice’ when they attend these state festivals, but they know it is important to continue to have a voice in that arena, and to create something positive out of what has happened in their community.”

The Mist and Magic of Brigadoon

By Genevieve Heinrich
Photos by Emily McKnight of

the ladies of the village
Iowa City - Every hundred years, or so the story goes, a village emerges from the mists of the Scottish highlands and lives out a single day of its existence. This is a village that, by all appearances, manages to pack more life into each of those days than humanity is able to in that whole century. This seems so true that a young world-weary idealist from the United States of the 20th century is smitten by its charms, and those of one of its inhabitants. Still, not all in this hamlet is as pristine as it seems and, despite its happy ending, Brigadoon touches on some serious themes along the way. Issues of self-determination and profound disconnection weave throughout this show's lilting melodies.