Sponsored by ACES, Diedrichs & Associates, KWWL Television, Tony's La Pizzeria, Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy. Directed by Liane Nichols
This easy to digest entertaining musical features the reverential retelling of the Gospels of Matthew and John in a contemporary southern setting, set to bluegrass, country and gospel music. The award winning musical is based on the book "The Cotton Patch Gospel of Matthew and John" by Clarence Jordan and was adapted by Tom Key and Russell Treyz. The breezy, sweet music and lyrics by Harry Chapin are stirring and infectious. This show is full of charm that oozes from every moment. It's entertaining and inspiring, it will lift your spirits and renew your hope. Highly acclaimed by critics and public alike.
"... turning a whimsical Bible lesson into an exuberant country-western hoedown." - NY Times
"Rollicking, foot-stomping, hand-clapping new musical." - The Messenger
Over The River and Through the Woods
Aug 5, 6 & 13, 14.
Sponsored by KWWL Television. Co-sponsored by Sandee's. Directed by William G. Dawson
With the theme of family relationships at the heart, Joe DiPietro’s hilarious and endearing hit will make you laugh until you roar and it will wrap its warm arms around you during its more touching moments.
Set in New Jersey in 1994, the play is about Nick, a young, single Italian-American who announces to both sets of grandparents that he has been offered a dream job in Seattle. Devastated by the news, his doting, salt-of-the-earth grandparents, with whom he has dinner every Sunday, cook up a plot to keep him from leaving the nest.
"No matter what kind of family you have, everyone can relate to this show." - showbizradio.net
"Full of fun and laughter...poignant moments...energetic." - American Chronicle
To the Cast and Crew -- I just wanted to say I hope you have a great run with my play. It is, indeed, very much based on my grandparents, so the show is very near and dear to my heart. I hope you make'em laugh a lot and cry a little... All best wishes for a great run, Joe DiPietro
Sponsored by 1st National Bank, KWWL Television, Western Home Communities. Directed by Old Creamery Theatre founder - Thomas P. Johnson.
This play by Joseph Kesselring is a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre and centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. The two women are assisted in their crimes by their nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and who frequently blasts a bugle and yells ‘‘charge’’ as he bounds up the stairs. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a theater critic, discovers the murders and a third nephew appears after having just escaped from a mental institution. In his adroit mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse as he pokes fun at the conventions of the theater.
"Swift, dry, satirical and exciting...full of chuckles" - NY Times
"...clever and lovable...one of Broadway's all-time biggest hits" - nytheatre.com
MOST RECENT CAST - Arsenic and Old Lace
Meg Merckens*, Liane Nichols, Amy Garretson, Joe Frenna, Tad Klenske, Joel Zummak, Jonathan Hudspeth, Craig Cohea, Greg Kerr, Marshall Nielsen, Eric Bertch, Dennis Downs, Mickey Fishback. (*-appears courtesy of Actors' Equity) The role of Mr Witherspoon will be played by a different mystery guest artist for each performance.
Mystery Guest Artist for Sept 30 is: ? BILL SHEPHERD (music professor, big band leader)
Mystery Guest Artist for Oct 1 is: ? JOHN C. LUZAICH (Oster Regent General Manager)
Mystery Guest Artist for Oct 2 is: ? RICK COLEMAN (KWWL Sports Director)
Mystery Guest Artist for Oct 6 is: ? JERRY HARRIS (The Western Home Communities)
Mystery Guest Artist for Oct 7 is: ? JOHN C. LUZAICH (Oster Regent General Manager)
Mystery Guest Artist for Oct 9 is: ? JIM COLOFF (93.5FM The Mix, and 9 other stations)
This new show by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto was so successful, it ran back to back Christmas seasons at Chanhassen Theatre in Minnesota. Burnt-out social worker Karol Elliot is having a crisis of Christmas spirit. When heading home on a lonely Christmas Eve, she shares her groceries with a homeless man who decides to show his thanks and rekindle her holiday cheer…by breaking into her apartment later that night insisting that he’s Santa Claus. Before long, Karol begins to wonder; is this bearded stranger more than what he seems? This witty and tuneful holiday romp is perfect for the whole family and sure to get laughs from anyone who’s ever lost (or found) their holiday spirit.
"proves all is bright this holiday season." - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
"a delight for the whole family...witty and tuneful holiday favorite." - theatreinchicago.com
"A tall cool club soda after a quart of egg nog." - Kansas City Star
Based on the Guthrie Theater recent hit, this comedy by Nikolai Gogol hinges on a case of mistaken identity. A lowly impoverished young civil servant is mistaken by the members of a small town for a high-ranking government inspector. The town's governor and the leading government officials fear the consequences of a visit, should the inspector observe the extent of their corruption. The impostor makes the most of the misconception, weaving elaborate tales of his life as a high-ranking government official and accepting generous bribes from the town officials. After insincerely proposing to the governor's daughter, he flees before his true identity is discovered. The townspeople do not discover their mistake until after he is long gone and moments before the announcement of the arrival of the real government inspector.
"One part farce, one part slapstick, with a dash of musical theater, this naughty, frothy play is wholly entertaining." - Star Tribune, Mpls.-St. Paul
"...keeps the laughs rolling" - talkingbroadway.com
This wonderful comedic cast includes: Andrew Bouska, Doug Johnson, Marshall Nielsen, Linda Stamp, Joslyn Siems, Linda Wiges, Gary Chambers, Eric Landuyt, Darryl Torrin, Jason Carter, Brett Schilling, Chad Hackenmiller, Craig Cohea, Toni Wood, Joy Thorson, Howard Barnes, Chris Hansen, Jestin Hoffman.