Friday, July 25, 2014

Trubblesume Tymes a Frolicking Evening

Iowa City - Combined Efforts' summer shows would not be what they are without the beautiful location that is the Country Camp, a small farm at the edge of Iowa City that is an ideal setting for promenade theatre. Nature blessed the company of Trubblesume Tymes at the Faire with a beautiful breezy night tonight, not too hot and not too cold, the perfect weather to appreciate a nice night in the country with the fun set pieces that make up Tymes. Equally important are the people themselves; at Combined Efforts everyone is included, and this cast has a very warm feeling, welcoming the crowd in, singing and making jokes, brimming with the fun of performing. The people and the place combine to make Tymes something halfway between community theatre and a local Renaissance Fair.

Davis County Summer Shorts Festival

Bloomfield - "The Davis County Players are preparing for their 2014 "Summer Shorts" short play festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at the Iowa Theatre on the historic Bloomfield square in Bloomfield. This will be the fourth installment of the festival, which was first launched in 2010.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Trubblesume Tymes at the Faire Opens July 25

Kathy Mossman and Darling
photo by Laura Schlapkohl Johnson
Iowa City - Suspicion, banishments, a witch and love collide in this rollicking farce when something of her Majesty’s goes missing. Puppeteers, Roma dancers, jousts, peasants, a pony, chickens and confused royalty are all part of Combined Efforts Theatre's Fifth Annual Outdoor Promenade Theatre.

July 25th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. at The Country Camp.
Tickets available on site
Adults: $10.00
Ages 5-13: $5.00
Under 5: Free

Seating is provided or, if you prefer, bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Source: Combined Effort Theatre

Is He Dead? Opens July 24

Mount Vernon - Tickets are on sale for Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre's summer production, Is He Dead? by Mark Twain. This hilarious farce, adapted for modern audiences by David Ives, runs July 24 - 27 in the First Street Community Center's Uptown Theatre at 221 1st St. E. in Mt. Vernon. Shows run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available in advance at Shepley Pharmacy and Lisbon Public Library. You may also call our reservation line at 319-535-2030 to reserve a ticket and pay at the show.

Auditions for Xanadu

Coralville - "Come audition for the musical comedy event of the fall! Xanadu features all the great music from the terrible 1980s movie, but with a fresh, new, actually coherent script!

Featuring the music of the Electric Light Orchestra, the Tubes, Olivia Newton-John, and Gene Kelly, this musical is a mash up of Greek Mythology and 80's Disco culture.

There are roles available for a wide variety of singer-actors. Visit for a list of characters and the audition sign-up form. Email director Christopher Okiishi with questions or to see a perusal script.

For the audition, prepare a short comedic monologue (less than 1 minute) and one verse/chorus of an 80's pop song; bring sheet music in the correct key. Roller skating ability is a plus!"

Source: CCPA Newsletter

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hay Fever Is an Ideal Summer Treat

By Andrew Juhl

Cedar Rapids - I’ve always considered Hay Fever to be one of Noël Coward’s best comedies. The play is breezy and ultimately trivial, with one-dimensional, self-indulgent characters. Coward himself once remarked that this play had “no plot at all and remarkably little action,” yet Hay Fever continues—almost 90 years after its original debut—to connect with audiences.

Part of its appeal might lie specifically in its aforementioned triviality and simplicity. The play doesn’t make heavy demands of its audiences. There’s nothing to analyze, there’s no real meaning to be found. It can just be watched and enjoyed, like the best mindless summer entertainment. Another appealing aspect, to be sure, are the hapless shenanigans in which its characters continue to find themselves embroiled, which require a strong ensemble, good chemistry, and anything-but-hapless comedic timing.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

TCR Underground New Play Festival Announces Playwrights, Scripts, and Directors

Cedar Rapids - With over 40 of the highest quality scripts submitted to date, this made decisions very difficult. In its fifth year, TCR’s Underground New Play Festival features the work of playwrights who are from Iowa and/or have a connection to Iowa. Past years have included short plays, one-acts, and full-length comedies and dramas. Additionally, new directors and actors are encouraged to apply and audition for the festival, making this event as fresh and interesting as anything that we do at TCR.

Dreamwell Announces Auditions for Uncle Vanya

Iowa City - Dreamwell Theatre announces auditions for Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by David Mamet. Auditions will take place on Thursday, July 17th from 6:30-9 at the Iowa City Public Library, and on Saturday, July 19th from 1-4 at the Coralville Public Library.

WCP Hosts Opening Night Delights and Dinnertainment

Waterloo – The Waterloo Community Playhouse will be producing Les Misérables July 11­-26, 2014. As part of the production they are offering two additional ways to enjoy live theatre in the Cedar Valley.

On opening night, July 11th, they will be hosting an Opening Night Delights reception following the show. The reception is being catered by Hy­Vee and will have a French flair. The reception is included with the price of your ticket and is open to all people attending the show on that evening. Patrons will have a chance to meet and greet the cast and crew of the show.

On Friday, July 18th, WCP will be hosting Dinnertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meal is catered by the Riverloop Market and will include your choice of Ribeye Steak or Salmon, choice of baked potato or baked sweet potato, salad, green beans, bread/butter, pie/ice cream and your choice of coffee or water. Cost of the meal is $14.99 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the box office at 319-291­-4494.

For tickets or further information, please call the box office at 319-291-­4494 or visit us at

Source: WCP press release

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Show Added to TCR's Les Miserables

Cedar Rapids - Theatre Cedar Rapids has added a performance to Les Miserables' production schedule. More information here.