2016 Season

A Miracle on 34th Street

Directors: Katherine Bergman, Janet Bergman

Auditions: September 5, 6,  7 at 7pm

Production Dates: December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

 

A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theater classic The Music Man! Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle On 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Iowa’s own Meredith Wilson.

 

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year old daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed -but when it turns out Macy’s Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

 

Filled with humor, spectacle, and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment, wholesome without being cloying. A star-vehicle for a female actress that features great roles for children, the show is a cast and crowd pleaser. With its built-in audience base, Miracle On 34th Street The Musical is the perfect holiday treat for any theatre!

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Box office opens on Monday, two weeks prior to the show.

Box office telephone: (319) 462-4793
Box office hours: Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon

Best of Enemies

by Osha Gray Davidson

 

Director:  Rick Sanborn

 

Production Dates: April 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

Drama

Based on the best selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is a true story about the volatile relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of hate in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst and best in themselves.

“The play is a window into a darker time in our collective past. Yes, it preaches to the converted, but it reminds us that there are many still waiting – but not wanting – to be converted.”–Times Union

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Box office opens on Monday, two weeks prior to the show.

Box office telephone: (319) 462-4793
Box office hours: Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon

 

Church Basement Ladies – I, A Musical

Book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke
Music by Drew Jansen
Inspired by the books by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran”

Directors: Dawn Marek, Jan Cratsenberg, Donna Wall

Auditions: April 11, 12, 13

Production Dates: July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

You don’t have to be Lutheran to enjoy this musical comedy. This is an homage to the ladies who have kept the various church functions going from their post in the church basement kitchen, preparing food and offering advice.

Stay tuned – We hope to offer a dinner theatre experience for one show, as well.

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Box office opens on Monday, two weeks prior to the show.

Box office telephone: (319) 462-4793
Box office hours: Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon

 

Death Trap

by Ira Levin

 

 

Director: Basilio Light

Audition Dates: July 18, 19, 20

Production Dates: September 30, October  1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

Comedic Thriller

Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.

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Box office opens on Monday, two weeks prior to the show.

Box office telephone: (319) 462-4793
Box office hours: Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon

2014 SEASON

FrUiTcAkEs

Performance Dates: December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Director: Janith Cratsenberg, Victoria Wims

 

Of Mice & Men

By: John Steinbeck

Director: Crystal Kayser

Assistant Director: Justeen Schoner

 Cast:

Lenny: David E. Hein

George: Larry Mann

The Boss: Kent Knopp
Candy: Jason Stover
Slim: Larry Hansen
Curley: Dana Vaughn
Carlson: Richard A. Douglas
Curley’s Wife: Mikala Niemeier
Whit: Jason Rickels
Crooks: Michael Range

State Fair

By: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Show dates: July 25, 26,27, August 1, 2, 3

Director: Barb Andrehsen

 

The Devil’s Disciple

By: George Bernard Shaw

April 4, 5, 6, and 11, 12, 13

Director: Kent Knopp

 

2013 SEASON

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play

Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2013

Butterflies are Free

By: Leonard Gershe

Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2013

CAST

Don Baker – Cameron Thomas
Jill Tanner – Nikki Wims
Mrs. Baker – Shari Miller
Ralph Austin – Jayson Stover

Director: Carole Anne Beaulne

Fiddler on the Roof

Director: William Wims
August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2013

CAST

Tevye, the Dairyman – Rick Sanborn
Golde, his wife – Barb Andreesen
Tzeitel, daughter – Ashley Keenan
Hodel, daughter – Courtney Kayser
Chava, daughter – Emily Bartels
Shprintze, daughter – Caroline McLaughlin
Bielke, daughter – Hannah Hauck
Yente, the Matchmaker – B.J. Moeller
Motel, the Tailer – Cameron Thomas
Perchik, the Student – Andrew Clair
Lazar Wolf, the Butcher – Brad Bartels
Mordcha, the Innkeeper – Julio Martinez
Rabbi – Johnathon Bowling
Mendel, his son – Jake Truemper
Avram, the Bookseller – Len Weaver
Nachum, the Beggar – Dalton Becker
Grandma Tzeitel – Cristi Recker
Fruma Sarah – Carole Anne Beaulne
Constable – Rick Nelson
Fyedka – Chris Bonifazi
Shandell, Motel’s mother – Lisa Corrin
Rifka – Jennifer Beall
Sasha/Russian – Josh Berryann
Yusshel/Russian – David Berryann
Brinka /Villager – Katharine Bergman
Adina/ Villager – Regan Heying
Villagers: AJ Novotny, Dalton Becker, Neysa Klauer, Makayla Tompkins, Karen Weaver, Dave Berryann

G2K Once Upon a Mattress

Director: Carole Anne Beaulne

Night Sky

By: Susan Yankowitz

March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2013

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

Director: Rick Sanborn

CAST

ANNA – Polly Chalstrom, Anamosa
DANIEL – Brad Bartels, Cedar Rapids
JENNIFER – Shannon Williams, Anamosa
BILL – Basilio (Bud) Light, Anamosa
SPEECH THERAPIST – Carole Anne Beaulne, Marion
APHASIC PATIENT – Jim Greene, Cedar Rapids

2012 SEASON

Sound of Music

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSELL CROUSE
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers”
by Maria Augusta Trapp

Directed by: Julie Schultz

Nov. 30, Dec, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 2012

CAST

Maria – Lora Jean Bowers
The Mother Abbess – Stephanie Martinez-Shaffer
Sister Berthe – Stephania Rickels
Sister Margaretta – Carole Ann Beauline
Sister Sophia – Karen Weaver
Captain Georg von Trapp – Dave Medin
Franz – Kyle Langhurst
Frau Schmidt – Jessi Patterson
Liesel – Emily Dirks
Friedrich – Dawson Medin
Louisa – Abby Merrill
Kurt – Daniel Medin
Brigitta – Emily Schultz
Marta – Samantha Bennett
Gretl – Maura Rauch
Rolf Gruber – Dana Vaughn
Elsa Schraeder – Nancy Dearborn
Max Detweiler – Gerald Morrison
Baron Elberfeld – Julio Martinez
Herr Zeller – Jayson Stover
Admiral von Schreiber – Rick Sanborn
Sister Sophia – Karen Weaver
Sister Grace – Susan Wilcox
Sister Bertha – Stephania Rickels
Sister Katerina – Heather Keck
Sister Dovora – Shannon Williams
Sister Eunice – Rylea Manternach
Soldiers – David Richardson
Soldier/Party Guests- Harrison Shaffer

Buried Child

By: Sam Shepard

Oct. 26, 27, 28, Nov. 2, 3, 4, 2012

CAST

Dodge – Jon Day, Anamosa
Halie – BJ Moeller, Newhall
Tilden – Josiah Sanborn, Anamosa
Bradley – Larry Mann, Anamosa
Vince – Cameron Thomas, Marion
Shelly – Meaghan Beaulne, Marion
Father Dewis – Matt Kumley, Monticello


Brigadoon

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe

August 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2012

Director: Bob Assink

CAST

Tommy Albright, American traveler – Cameron Thomas
Jeff Douglas, American traveler – Basilio “Bud” Light
Charlie Dalrymple, propective groom – Nick Walters
Jean MacLaren, prospective bride – Emily Bartels
Fiona MacLaren, Jean’s older sister – Courtney Kayser
Meg Brockie, flirtatious dairymaid – Stephanie Martinez
Harry Beaton, madly in love with Jean – Larry Mann
Andrew MacLaren, bride’s father – Terry Shaffer
Archie Beaton, Harry’s father – Julio Martinez
Mr. Lundie, schoolmaster – Lyle Fisher
Maggie Anderson, loves Harry – Carole Anne Beaulne
Jane Ashton, Tom’s NY fiance’ – Meaghan Beaulne
Stuart Dalrymple – Brad Bartels
Frankie the Bartender – Mimi Lake
Elizabeth Bruce – Patricia Cook
Angus MacGuffie – Jim Greene
Elsie Dalrymple – Piper Jackman
Lynsey Dean, Fishmonger – Ashley Kerslake
Scottie MacGuffie – Keigon Keck
Sandy Dean – Harrison Shaffer
Malcolm Macgregor – Dana Vaughn
Gillian MacGregor – Bridget Ahlrichs
Violet MacGregor – Jennifer Beall
Ainsley Dalrymple – Katharine Bergman
Iris Dean – Kayla Sue Caryl
Laurel MacGregor – Amber Clifton
Charolotte Mason, Barfly – Mimi Lake
Kate MacGuffie – Ashley Keenan
Boniface Feydeaux, Barfly – Rick Sanborn
Widow Burns – Susan Wilcox
Aunt Fannie MacGhee – Grace Zimmerman
Bagpiper – Jim Jenkins

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Self Help for Dummies

By Todd McGinnis, T. Gregory Argall

April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2012

Director: Rick Sanborn
Assistant Director: Crystal Kayser

Produced by special arrangement with the Authors and with PlayingAfterDark.com

Cast:
Dr. Enbridge: William Wims, Cedar Rapids
Jerry: Neal Caraway, Springville
Mrs. Quakenbush: Denise Bales, Anamosa
Chastity: Shari Miller, Mt. Vernon
Mrs. Winters: Kathryn Williams, Anamosa
Matt: Jim Greene, Cedar Rapids
Michael Sage: Alex Smalley, Cedar Rapids

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2011 SEASON

 

Little Women

December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2011
Adapted by Peter Clapham
From the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Director: Jan Cratsenberg [Monticello, Iowa]
Assistant Directors:
Steve Nassif (Anamosa); Mary Burrack (Morley)

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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2011
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Rick Sanborn [Stone City, Iowa]

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None of the Above

June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2011
Written by Jenny Lyn Bader
Director: Matt Kumley [Monticello, Iowa]
Assistant Director: Bob Furino [Delhi, Iowa]

 

Last Five Years

March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2011
Book, music, and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Director: Brian Glick [Olin, Iowa]
Music Director: Alex Shields [Cedar Rapids, Iowa]


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