Working Group Theatre presents Out of Bounds for One Show Only

outofbounds*Working Group Press release*

Coralville – Working Group Theatre has just finished touring Out of Bounds to schools across Iowa and is now bringing the show to the Coralville Performing Arts Center for one performance only: Saturday November 14 at 2pm. Continue reading

Riverside Offers Summer Workshops for Kids

riverside_logo*Press Release from Riverside Theatre*

Iowa City – Riverside Theatre offers a variety of theatre training classes for students, grades 3-12, taught by professional actors. All classes take place at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City. Full details at or 319-338-7672. Tuition assistance forms are available by calling 319-338-7672 or emailing Continue reading

Footliters’ Pinocchio – Only Two Performances This Weekend!

Coralville – The Young Footliters will present Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, as adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller, this Friday April 17 at 7:00 PM and Saturday April 18 at 2:00 PM at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The production features performers in grades K-4 and is directed by Jean Grewe. Tickets are $5 for youth and $7 for adults.

According to director Jean Grewe, “It has been a total joy and blessing working on this show! The kids are acting, building the sets, and working as running crew; they have really been involved in every part of the show, and are having a great time doing it! And the parents have really stepped up as well – costumes, props, set, working backstage, helping in the Green Room, you name it, they did it!”

Tickets are available through the CCPA Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Black Hawk’s Cast for Cat in the Hat Announced

Waterloo – The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has cast 9 local young artists in their upcoming production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Production dates are April 17 & 24 at 7 pm and April 18 & 25 at 2 pm.

Julia Corbett is cast in the title role of THE CAT. She is a 9th grader at Peet Junior High. She is making her debut here at Black Hawk Children’s Theatre although she has acted previously with the Parabola Youth Theatre Group. Julia enjoys studying language and music.

Erin McRae will take on the role of KITTEN #1. She is in the 6th grade at Cedar Heights. She was most recently seen on-stage in Seussical as one of the Wickersham Brothers. She has also appeared in Twelve Dancing Princesses and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Emma DeGroote is a 5th grader at Lincoln Elementary. She will be playing the part of KITTEN #2. She was most recently seen in last fall’s production of James and the Giant Peach. Emma also takes piano and dance lessons.

Sylvia Brown loves music and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She will be playing SALLY. Sylvia’s favorite subjects in school include English and Spanish.

David Randall will be playing the role of BOY. This will be his 5th time performing at BHCT. David is a 6th grader at Blessed Maria Assunta Middle School. His favorite football team is the Seattle Seahawks and David also enjoys playing dodgeball.

Joelle Wessels, a 4th grader at Orchard Hill will be playing the role of KITTEN #3. She has participated with the UNI Children’s Choir for two years. This will be her debut at BHCT.

Emmy Hewitt will be playing THING 2. Emmy is a student at Hoover Middle School in 7th Grade. She loves to sing show tunes and hang out with her friends. Emmy hopes to perform professionally in the future.

Joel Ochoa will be fooling around on stage with Emmy as THING 1. Joel has been involved with the OPUS Honor Choir for five years. He runs cross country and loves Netflix.

Annie Brown makes back to back appearances on the BHCT stage after performing as a QUEEN’S MINON in Snow White. For Cat in the Hat, she will be playing the role of FISH. Annie is a 6th grader at Southdale Elementary loves singing and making crafts.

Black Hawk Children’s Theatre Offers Classes

Waterloo – The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has announced that they are adding two new classes to their spring schedule. All classes will be held at the WCP/BHCT Walker Building, 224 Commercial Street in Waterloo.

Get Into Character for 7-­10 year-­olds
Fridays, March 27-­May 1 from 4:30-­5:30
Students will explore theatrical choices through dramatic play and improvisation while developing on­stage skills and confidence.

Yes, and….Improv for Beginners for 11-­16 year­-olds
Thursdays, April 2­-May 7 from 5:00­-6:00
Come enhance your creativity and team working skills through the wonderful world of improvisation! Students will explore the basic ideas behind improv through exercises and games. Develop stage presence as well as good communication skills, and a respect for other performers and their creativity, while having fun and laughing along the way.

To register for either class, call the Black Hawk Children’s Theatre at 319-235­0367 or go here.

4th Room Offers Shakespeare Workshop

Coralville – Fourth Room Theatre is pleased to announce a workshop for youth aged 15-21, to be held March 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library. Led by local theatre educator James E. Trainor III, this class will explore the text and performance of Shakespeare for young actors. Students will analyze and perform scenes, gaining a deeper understanding of the language and imagery. This workshop is offered FREE to the public. Space is limited, so please register via email to

Workshop leader James E. Trainor III has been teaching theatre to young actors since 2006. He has a Bachelor of Special Studies in Playwriting from Cornell College. He helped develop the Just Right for Me program at TCR, which is designed specifically for actors on the autism spectrum. During the week he works as a Special Education Associate for the Iowa City Community School District. He will be assisted by Rachel Korach Howell, Fourth Room founding member and director of this summer’s Free Classics production.

WHAT: Youth Shakespeare Workshop
WHEN: March 21, 2014, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Coralville Public Library

Nutcracker opens tonight

Iowa City – The Englert Theatre and Nolte Academy of Dance will present The Nutcracker on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday, December 4th at 2pm.

The Englert is proud to once again host a unique and highly entertaining version of this beloved Christmas classic. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

This holiday classic comes to life with performances by dancers from Nolte Academy of Dance and other local studios. The performances will feature a professional, live 30-piece orchestra of local musicians, conducted by Carey Bostian.

Tickets are available now online at, or by calling the Englert Box Office at 319-688-2653.

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm

$22 Adults
$18 Students & Seniors
$16 Children (12 and under)

Raggedy Ann and Andy opens Saturday

Amana – Want a sweet treat this holiday season? Come and see The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences production of Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Yuletide Adventure. Help Raggedy Ann & Andy outsmart the witch and have a wonderful holiday adventure in Grandma’s attic.

The show opens Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage.

Written by Gene Mackey and based on characters created by Johnny Gruelle,
the cast of Raggedy Ann & Andy’s Yuletide Adventure consists of Kamille Zbanek of Ely, John Hill of Rockford Il, Laura Ambrose of Minneapolis Minn., Jackie McCall of Marengo, Nicholas Hodge of South Amana and Steve Weiss of Central City.

Tickets are $8 per person. Show times are 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for more information or to purchase tickets. Group and student rates are available.