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2018 Uptown Theatre Honors – Gala Celebrating the Arts

Collage of Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole
Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole

The A-Go-Gos, a Mount Vernon Volunteer Organization, proudly present the 2018 Uptown Theatre Honors – An Evening Gala Celebrating the Arts on Saturday, October 20, 2018 starting with a 6:30 pm cocktail hour and 7:30 pm for the show.

This year’s honorees are Johnny Krob, Mickey Woods, James & Catherine Kennedy, Beryl O’Connor and Damon Cole.

Tickets are $20 and an be purchased ahead of time at Bauman’s in Mount Vernon, or you call the Reservation Line (319) 895-8060. Tickets are also available at the door.

Come join us to celebrate these wonderful people and their contributions to the arts!


Starmites – A Rock Musical – performing in the Uptown Theatre

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Starmites is a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical that uses a fantasy world to drive home poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in.

Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands.

Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Starmites’ music and lyrics are by Barry Keating.  It was first presented in 1980.  It opened off-Broadway in 1987 and on-Broadway on April 27, 1989, where it ran for 60 performances. It received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

According to the Starmites website:

With the timeless appeal of THE WIZARD OF OZ and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, yet unique, STARMITES is exciting, touching, and great fun for the entire family.

Show Dates:

With multiple show dates you can pick the day and time that best fits your busy schedule:

  • Friday Oct. 5th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct. 6th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Oct. 7th at 2 pm
  • Friday Oct. 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct. 13th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Oct. 14th at 2 pm

Come see your favorite local actors!

The Cast of STARMITES, in order of appearance:

  • S’up S’up Sensaboi: Jasper Rood
  • Diggety Razzledazzle: Melissa Caminneci
  • Ack Ack Hackerax: Willa Martin
  • Starmite Ensemble: Irish Valentine
  • Spacepunk: Mia Huxley
  • Eleanor Fairchild / Bizarbara: Nikki Scheel
  • Eleanor’s Mother / Diva: Kami Zbanek Hill
  • Shak Graa / Trinkulus: John Zbanek Hill
  • Shotzi: Kelli Massey
  • Balbraka: Jenna Woodwick
  • Canibelle: Lisa Smith
  • Hollaback: Mimi Vukelich
  • Banshee Ensemble: Sydney Myers

Tickets are available at the performance and online.  Purchase tickets online here.

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Your Art Project Paradise – MY Studio – Made by You

My Studio art sign

MY Studio (Made by You Studio) opened for fun creative projects in June 2018.  It is a cozy little space stocked with an extensive variety of art supplies and materials just for you!

MY Studio has already hosted several birthday parties, ladies nights, creative friend gatherings, couple’s art dates, as well as partnered with Cornell College as part of their new student orientation activities. MY Studio has walk in open studio hours on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays, and can be reserved any other time for private events.

MY Studio started as a dream of Andi Spencer’s.  She wanted to have an intentional creative space to make art that could be shared with others.  But a seed of an idea/dream is just a seed until it’s planted.  Enter Andi’s friend Braden. When asked by Joe Jennison about what her ideal business would be, she said “Andi’s Art Studio idea!”

The two friends began having a more serious conversation about the possibilities of bringing this vision to life and in late 2017 the seed was “planted”.  With encouragement from family and friends and a newly available space opening up in the First Street Community Center, MY Studio was born!

MY Studio is a Make it Yourself arts and crafts studio with all the tools and supplies you need to make your creative vision a reality.

MY Studio is the place for you IF:

  • You are feeling inspired and looking for a designated space with a good, creative vibe
  • You’d like to try a new craft, but don’t want to buy all of the equipment you need to get started
  • You need a place to make that Pintrest project that you got all the stuff for and but haven’t gotten around to making yet
  • You’d like to make a personalized gift
  • You’d like to have an art-inspired gathering: birthday parties, team bonding, family projects, time with friends, date night
  • Come with an idea, Andi & Braden are ready to help you make it happen…AND take care of the clean up!

MY Studio is located on the basement level near Yoga Studio C and is easily accessed via the entrance via the North Parking lot.  For more information phone: (319) 331-6205.


Andi Spencer

Andi Spencer and kids working on an art project at MY Studio

Andi Spencer has lived in Mount Vernon with her husband Jaime and their two children, Connor and Fiona, for 11 years.

Her love of art started at a very early age. She grew up in Grinnell where she took as many art classes as she could while in school and then as a student at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. She loved to draw and paint and make things with her dad’s wood working tools.

She was also fortunate to have access to a variety of art experiences with artists in Grinnell who opened their studios to her and encouraged her and helped to develop her artistic abilities. The idea for MY Studio really stems from that experience. Andi’s desire to have an intentional space to make art as well as a space that could be shared so that others could have that experience as well.


Braden JP Rood

Braden Rood at MY Studio in Mount Vernon Iowa

Braden JP Rood hails from Mount Vernon. After graduating from MVHS she went to University of Northern Iowa and majored in Theatre Performance. She lived in New York for four years to pursue an acting career.  In 2002 she moved back to Iowa and married her husband, Anton and they settled in Mount Vernon with their three boys: Jasper, Atticus & Chester.

Along with MY Studio, Braden also works at the University of Iowa as a teacher and Standardized Patient. She is heavily involved with Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre as well as volunteers for various community groups including: MVL CDG, Mount Vernon Schools, Hallmark and MVAAC. She is proud to call Mount Vernon her home and is thrilled with the prospects of MY Studio.

The Green Door – HUGEGANTIC Downsizing Sale

When: Sale Begins Thursday, September 13 @Noon

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Who: The Green Door

What: Enormous Downsizing SALE!
Antiques, home decor, small furniture and display pieces, pottery, pictures and paintings, AND men’s and women’s End of Season clothing (J Jill, Converse, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Abercrombie, Cabbi, Banana Republic, J Crew, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Carhart, Coach, Land’s End, Free People, Brooks Brothers, Rag and Bone, etc)

Where: First Street Community Center, Mt. Vernon, on 2nd Floor, around the corner.
Note:  We have devoted one entire room to 50% markdowns

Why: We are DOWNSIZING!!!!!!!

Farmers Market – FREE Live Music – Leah Woosley and Braden Rood

Come out to the Mount Vernon Farmers Market this Thursday the 6th of September from 4:30 – 6:30!

Not only will you get a chance to purchase fresh produce from local farmers you know and trust, but, we will be hosting live music by Leah Woosley & Braden Rood!

Come on out and support your local farmers, get some great fresh produce, and a FREE live music show by two fun local musicians.

Check out the YouTube video below to hear a sample:

Auditions for Starmites – Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre

Starmites Auditions

Announcing auditions for the MVLCT Fall Show Starmites

When

Sunday, August 5th at 7pm
Monday, August 6th at 7pm

Where

Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center

How

Prepare a minute of any song, to be sang acapella or bring a karaoke track if you want! This show is silly and over the top (think comic book come to life), so be ready to have fun! All casting is extremely flexible. See a part you’d like to play? Show us what you got! Can’t make it to auditions? Email gruesomejoe@gmail.com to set something up!


About the Show

Starmites
Written By: Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid)
Directed By: Joseph Williams
Music Director: Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Show dates: Oct. 5 – 7th, 12th – 14th

Starmites, a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical, uses a fantasy world to drive home sweet and poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in. Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built a an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands. Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Character Breakdown

On Earth:
Eleanor Fairchild: An outsider who escapes the cruelty of high school by losing herself in the world of her favorite comic book heroes, the Starmites. She dreams of one day becoming a super hero herself. (Also plays Milady and Bizarabra – Must be able to distinguish between all three characters.) Think: Sarah from The Labyrinth mixed with Max from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35
Scripted Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Eleanor’s Mother: An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze. (Also plays Diva.)
Gender: Female or Male (plays female)
Age: 30+

In Inner Space:
Milady: Eleanor’s confident, self possessed alter ego and superhero of Innerspace. This girl could rule the universe, she just doesn’t know it yet. (Also plays Eleanor and Bizarabra). Think: Eleven from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35

The Starmites: The over the top main characters of Eleanor’s favorite comic books. A band of space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:

Space Punk: The hero, captain of the Starmites, and the heart throb of the Universe. He’s an 80’s heart throb, but totally a feminist. (Think: A cross between Steve Harrington from Stranger Things and David Bowie).
Gender: Male
Age: 18 – 35

S’up S’up Sensaboi: The organized and methodical member of the group. He/she plays by the rules.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Digetty Razzledazzle: The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his/her feelings. Raps Hamilton style.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Ack Ack Hackerax: The tough one. He/she is second in command.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Shak Graa: Flamboyantly fabulous High Priest Of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace. (Also plays Trinkulus)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Trinkulus: A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as guide to the Starmites. (Also plays Shak Graa)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Diva: Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace (the name says it all), but also a loving and worried mother of Bizarbra. Think: Tina Turner combined with Winnie from ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Also plays Eleanor’s Mother.)
Gender: Male or Female (will play female)
Age: 30+

Bizarbara: Awkward and shy daughter of Diva and the mirror opposite of Eleanor, she spends her days getting lost in comic books about earth and day dreaming of leading an ordinary life. (Also plays Eleanor and Milady).
Gender: Female
Age: 18+

The Banshees: These ladies are the Destiny’s Child of Inner Space and henchmen to Diva. Together they rock one of the most epic songs of the show, Ravenous. All Banshees will have lines/solo if the choose. (Think: The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus).

Gender: Any
Age: Any

Shotzi: Diva’s sergeant of arms.
Balbraka: She delights in terrorizing the Starmites.
Canibelle: She delights in devouring the Starmites.
Maligna: She delights in torturing the Starmites.


For more information on this and all of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre productions click on their logo below:

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Live Theatre – Julius Caesar – The Mississippi Delta version – by the MVLCT

What do voodooism, prohibition, boxing, and plenty of blues music have in common?

Come on down to Mount Vernon and find out with this summer’s production of Julius Caesar. Set in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1931, this new take on an old classic blends Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Queen’s spiritualism with the Chicago Mob’s mentality to create a production unlike any you’ve seen before.

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tells the tale of power and corruption at the hands of supposed leaders. As Julius Caesar prepares to take the throne, a group of conspirators plot to overthrow this potential dictator in order to preserve the Republic. As the show progresses the limits of power, the strength of brotherhood, and the quest for vengeance are all tested.

Show Dates & Times

  • Friday, July 20th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 21st at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 22nd at 2pm
  • Friday, July 27th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 28th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 29th at 2 pm

Cost

Seats vary from $12 – $15

The Cast

Come and show your support for the cast of the 2018 production of Julius Caesar:

Brutus – Nicole Klostermann
Cassius – Taylor Sedlecek
Antony – Stacey Jaegar
Casca – John Hill
Caesar – Scott Humeston
Octavius – Jasper Rood
Lucius – Sophia Andrews
Soothsayer – Quinnie Rodman
Decius/Messala – Logan Natvig
Cinna/Titinius & Others – Zach Vig
Portia/Pindarus & Others – Eva Giacomo
Calpurnia & Others – Lisa Smith
Metellus/Lucilius & Others – Mary Blacharski
Trebonius/Clitus & Others – Garrett Herring
Artemidorus/Servant & Others – Lynaea Kiefer
Cicero/Cinna the Poet & Others – Steve Weiss


This is a Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre production

Live Music – FREE – Outdoor Concert – James Kennedy and Friends

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James Kennedy & Friends

THE DATE HAS CHANGED to Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, come and enjoy the outdoors with some live music from local favorites James Kennedy and Friends!

This is an instrumental group based in the Midwest. Fronted by versatile guitarist James Kennedy, they play a mix of classic hits, jazz/blues, Latin and original songs – using their instruments and years of training to bring the music to life.

The eclectic sounds of James on guitars, Catherine Lawson on the 5 string electric/acoustic violin, Matt Alles on electric bass and Eric Madison on percussion/drums creates an uncommon blend of tunes both familiar and unique at the same time.

Bring a lawn chair, a cool drink and some snacks, kick back and sit for a spell with us.


This event is sponsored in partnership by the MVAAC and Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

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