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The Iowa Theatre Blog may be gone, but I do want to let you know about a new endeavor I am embarking upon. For the last few years, I’ve been working in children’s theatre, mostly with Young Footliters. I wrote and directed a number of shows for them and it’s been fantastic.
So this summer I’ve decided to offer theatre classes to kids from 1st through 8th grade!
You can also follow my blog where I will post various theatre related thoughts that enter into my brain. Right now I’m doing a series on theatre games. What’s your favorite theatre game? Head over there and tell me in the comments.
Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Brian Glick, one of the founders of Revival Theatre Company in Cedar Rapids. Debuting in 2014, Revival quickly established itself as a strong theatre performing classic musicals as well as rare gems. Next up for them is Sunday in the Park with George. I really enjoyed reading Brian’s inspiring descriptions of powerful theatre moments and I know you will, too.
Today’s TOP FIVE is from Patrick DuLaney, a professional actor who calls Iowa City home. One of the most fun parts of the TOP FIVE series is saying, “Oh yeah, I saw that one!” I get to say that twice while reading this list. How about you?
Today’s TOP FIVE is a little different. Rob Cline has been reviewing shows in the corridor for many years. I thought it would be interesting to have him give us a TOP FIVE from the reviewer’s chair. I think you’ll really enjoy this one. Check it out.
The first new TOP FIVE comes to us from Ed Kottick, who has created many concert versions of shows in the Iowa City-Coralville area with his partner in music, Josh Sazon. As you’ll read below, he’s been a part of a number of great shows over the years. Enjoy!
Check out this Top Five from Braden JP Rood! And then be sure to come back Monday for the first in a new series of Top Fives!
Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Braden JP Rood who takes us to a beautiful little town called Mount Vernon. I’ve been a fan of Mount Vernon for years, ever since a few of us drove there to create the Black Doggers playwriting group in the home of Joe Jennison back in 2006. (Joe had a black dog that we weren’t allowed to touch.) It’s home to Cornell College, the annual Chalk the Walk festival, and, of course, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre. If you find yourself wondering what to do sometimes, I’d say check out Mount Vernon. It’s a great place to be. And now Braden’s TOP FIVE!
Today you can check out Monica Leo’s Top Five. And remember to check back on Monday for a whole new series of Top Fives!
Today’s TOP FIVE is all about puppets! Monica Leo, founder of Eulenspiegel Puppets has been creating shows since the 1970s. If you’ve never been to the Owl Glass Puppetry Center in West Liberty, you need to do so. And in case you think puppets are just for kids, let me assure you that there are shows aimed at us older folks, too. For instance, you could check out their annual Puppets and Pastries: Dessert Theatre for Adults. But for now, read Monica Leo’s TOP FIVE!
Today we’re reposting Rob Merritt’s Top Five. Be sure to check back Monday, July 30 for the first brand new Top Five!
Today’s TOP FIVE comes from Rob Merritt, who should be familiar to both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids audiences. He wrote the play The Summerland Project for one of TCR’s Underground Play Festivals, and it became a bit of a sensation, garnering a mainstage production and is now being turned into a movie. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, you can check out a current production at the Olathe Civic Theatre Association in Kansas. It runs through June 21. But for now, let’s check out Rob’s TOP FIVE. (Spoiler alert – The Summerland Project made the list…)
For our second re-post, here’s Chris Okiishi’s Top Five! New Top Fives are less than a week away! Be sure to check back on Monday, July 30.
Today’s TOP FIVE comes from someone known to pretty much anyone who does theatre in Iowa City/Coralville – Chris Okiishi. While Chris’ theatre home is City Circle, his impact on the theatre community extends far further. Chris is always willing to help out his fellow theatre artists with advice, props, scripts, and so much more. If you need to know who in town has a certain skill, ask Chris – he probably knows someone. So it is with much pleasure that we present Chris’ TOP FIVE shows. (Note that loveable scamp that he is, he cheated and includes more than five shows. Pretty sneaky, Chris.)