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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Continuing a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday February 18th, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows are performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Continuing a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday January 21st, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows are performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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Auditions for MVLCT’s Production of Middletown by Will Eno

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre (MVLCT) will be having auditions for their production of Middletown, by Will Eno on January 15 and 16, 2017, in Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center on the Uptown Theatre stage.

Auditions will be held both nights starting at 7pm.

Direct from the MVLCT.com website:

… We are looking for actors as well as technical crew–so if you are interested, please stop by on either night!

Middletown is a quirky dark comedy that explores the somewhat bizarre universe of small town America, and, of course, existential dread and all the accumulated experiences that make our “lives” what they are. Folks that have great comedic timing and understand script text that is very conversational and “back-and-forth” will be perfect for any of these roles…

Visit MVLCT.com for information about the play, the possible roles for this performance, access to a portion of the script, and more information!


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Free Kids Music and Puppet Show by Balderdash Ditty – Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Kicking off a series of monthly kids puppet shows, Balderdash Ditty will be performing FREE for kids on Saturday December 17th, there will be 2 shows: 10:30am and 11:30am in the Uptown Theatre.  Come join the fun!

The shows will feature performances by Balderdash Ditty, which is composed of Mount Vernon residents Dale Beeks, Kim Benesh, Braden Rood and Emily Beeks.

The presentation will be interactive, based on a theme, with music and puppets for children accompanied by an adult.

This series of shows will be performed on the third Saturday of each month through April. There will be two performances each day, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Dates of upcoming shows are Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15.

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Shakespeare Comedy – Twelfth Night, or What You Will – MVLCT

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Twins separated at sea! Cross-dressing! Servants and fools in charge! No one knows how to stage an Upstairs, Downstairs kind of dramedy like William Shakespeare.

– MVLCT Facebook event page

 The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is pleased to announce performance dates for The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”.

The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned.

Disguising herself as a young man and is called ‘Cesario’, as such she enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino then uses ‘Cesario’ as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia.

Olivia, however, falls in love with ‘Cesario’, as she does not realize the Duke’s messenger is a woman in disguise. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino.

Meanwhile, Sebastian, who also survived the shipwreck, arrives on the scene, to add confusion and a bit of mayhem that must be seen and enjoyed in person.

A cast and crew of dedicated artists and actors from throughout the cultural corridor will perform at the Uptown Theatre on July 21-23 at 7:30 PM and on July 24 at 2 PM.

Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s summer production of Twelfth Night will be the first of Shakespeare’s plays staged by the local group. (Julius Caesar was produced by Open Arenas Theatre in Mt. Vernon in 2012.)

Tickets are $12 and may be reserved by calling 319-535-2030.


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Live Theatre – The 39 Steps – a Cornell College Student Theatre Council Production

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Cornell College’s Student Theatre Council Presents: The 39 Steps

Performances: April 14-16 at 7:30pm
Cost: FREE
Where: The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre

When Richard Hannay’s guest turns up dead, all evidence points to him. To clear his name and figure out the mystery of the 39 steps, Hannay bursts into a thrilling adventure.

Four actors play 33 parts in this hilarious and fast-paced show.

The 39 Steps was originally a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Very loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, the film is about Richard Hannay, who becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies called The 39 Steps from stealing British military secrets. After being mistakenly accused of the murder of a counter-espionage agent, Hannay goes on the run to Scotland with an attractive woman in the hopes of stopping the spy ring and clearing his name.  – Source: Wikipedia

Cast
Hannay: Rachel Foster
Annabella/Margaret/Pamela: Sarah Grace Clark
Clown 1: Matt Hamma
Clown 2: Katherine Glenn

Director: Nick Barnes
Stage Management: Jane Mulkerin & Cait Van Lancker
Light Board Operator: James Cannon
Front of House: Anna Genrich

This performance has a director-suggested “PG-13” rating.


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Nashville, via Iowa – Chad Elliott & Claudia Nygaard – April 2nd

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The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is proud to host award-winning singer/songwriters Chad Elliott & Claudia Nygaard performing as part of the LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  This performance will take place April 2nd from 8pm – 10pm.

Photo of Claudia NygaardA California native living in Nashville, Tennessee, Claudia Nygaard is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.

Claudia has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and was chosen one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York.

Photo of Chad ElliottChad Elliott, of Coon Rapids, Iowa, joins Claudia in a new pairing. He has recently recorded “Wreck and Ruin” in Nashville with platinum record producer Ken Coomer, and drummer of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Steve Earle’s band.

His Americana song-style and extraordinary voice puts him on the road for 200 performances a year; often with greats like Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey.

BOTH PERFORMERS are back in Mount Vernon by popular demand after previous performances here. Their virtuosity, talent and stage presence will take your breath away, and then their song ideas, humility and personality will bring you back to your senses.  It doesn’t get much better than this.

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center. This series brings world quality performances to an intimate concert setting. Claudia and Chad follow in the footsteps of performers like James Lee Stanley, Nathan Bell, Barefoot Wonder, Guy Mendilow, and Radoslav Lorković.

The LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series artists include: The Sweet Potatoes, Eric Taylor and Phil Heywood.

Suggested contribution is $15.00.  Subscription Sponsorships for the series $80 each ensures center-front section seating if received by April 1.

TICKET QUESTIONS: Nancy Emrich Freeman, 847-256-0000.

For further information, additional high-res photographs, interview arrangements: http://www.ChadElliott.net, www.ClaudiaNygaard.com or email to: Nancy@LilFest.com.


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Tonight – Classic Country Music by Johnny K and the Playboys – A Ray Price Tribute

Picture from the Wikimedia Commons, By WSM Radio - The Essential Ray Price: Columbia Country Classics, Public Domain

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre will have some good old Classic Country Music played live by Johnny K and the Playboys with their Ray Price Tribute Show.

The performance is March 26th (tonight) from 7pm – 9pm.

Admission is only $5.

You are welcome to bring your own pop, wine, or beer, but you must drink it in a $5 theater cup which are available for sale at the concert.


Featured Image By WSM Radio – The Essential Ray Price: Columbia Country Classics, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30138878


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