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.

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.