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Live Music – Kevin Burt – Heartland and Soul

We are thrilled to announce that we will have Iowa’s very own internationally recognized Blues and Soul Singer/Songwriter, Kevin Burt performing live in the Uptown Theatre on Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm.

Iowa-based Kevin Burt’s vocals, blues songwriting and music arrangements are absolutely amazing – extremely powerful, rich, warm, expressive and exploding with SOUL!

For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.

Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl.

He is a 2018 International Blues Challenge Winner in 3 categories:  1st place Solo/Duo, best Solo/Duo guitarist, & best Harmonica Player award.  Recently also a 2019 Blues Music Award Nominee for Debut Album.

Kevin performs between 325 and 400 shows a year, and he holds nothing back night after night and audiences love that – and they return again and again for more!

Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one delivers this brand of music better than he does. After listening to Heartland and Soul, one should have no problem seeing why he took all the top honors at the blues competition – this guy is a real winner. –  Living Blues

In this day and age where celebrity status is often conveyed on people with little discernible skills or talent, it is refreshing when the spotlight finally lands on someone who has worked hard, paid their dues, and actually deserves recognition for their talent. Such is the case with Kevin “B.F.” Burt, the singer and multi-instrumentalist who created quite a buzz on Beale St. in Memphis during the first three days of this year’s International Blues Challenge, winning 3 awards !! – 1st place in the Slolo/Duo category, the Cigar Box Guitar Award for best guitarist in Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for best harmonica player!” – Mark Thompson, BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

Kevin’s talent, character (and luck, he would tell you) have taken him to the top of the industry. His new Heartland and Soul album was recorded with the nationally known top sidemen. D’Mar Martin on drums, Jon Otis (Johnny Otis’ son!) on percussion, and the bassist to the stars, Jerry Jemmott! Grammy award winning Jemmott is a true living legend, playing on so many timeless soul, blues, & jazz classics, from B.B. King’s “Thrill Is Gone” to Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” to Aretha Franklin’s “Think”.

He has also won many awards and played many festivals, both solo and with his band – The Instigators. His awards include Best Entertainer in Iowa City (three times) Best Band in Iowa City (three times) Iowa Blues Challenge Champions, Named as one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge Competition.

In addition, Kevin is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. Governor Chet Culver gave this honor to him in February ‘09. Kevin is a registered artist, and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council.

He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple: education through entertainment.  His program has been going strong since 1994. Kevin continues this work as well as his community work with children and the arts.


Tickets

$20 Gen. Admission/$50 VIP Seating/Student $5. Door or via the web – https://kevinburt.bpt.me

Questions:  Call  Nancy Emrich Freeman, 518-576-9513


Kevin Burt’s Website

http://kevinburtmusic.com/index.html

For further information, high-res photographs, interview arrangements, contact Nicole Brown Burt Via Facebook; or Nancy Emrich Freeman by text or phone, 518-576-9513.


LilFest Music Series at the Uptown Theatre

Photo of LilFest - Bear LogoThe LilFest Series brings world quality performances to intimate concert settings which are best for both the audience and the performer. Kevin Burt follows in the footsteps of performers like Freebo, Ellis Paul, Tim Grimm, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Claudia Nygaard, Chuck Mitchell, Dave Moore, and Suzie Vinnick.

LilFest brings extraordinary music into an intimate setting, with an opportunity to meet the musicians, hear a great performance, listen, laugh, have a memorably musical evening.

Re-use or buy an Uptown Theatre sippy Cup ($5) from the Uptown Theatre, fill it with your beverage of choice, and stroll right in.

**  Audience members are invited to reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.  **

The Hundred Dresses – Live Theatre by MVLCT


Author: Eleanor Estes

Playwright: Mary Hall Surface

Come and enjoy the fall children’s production of The Hundred Dresses, a play by Mary Hall Surface adapted from the classic 1943 children’s book by Eleanor Estes, directed by Braden JP Rood.  Wanda Petronski just wants to join the fun of having friends like everyone else. But in 1930’s small town America, a Polish immigrant doesn’t easily fit in.

Wanda struggles to fit in with the other girls in her grade and seeks comfort by creating drawings of beautiful dresses which she keeps at home and shows to no one.

When Maddie’s best friend Peggy starts to tease Wanda, Maddie knows it isn’t right. When the teasing doesn’t stop and the Petronski moves to get away from the town’s prejudices, Maddie is wracked with guilt. She soon realized that allowing her friend to be a bully can be just as bad as acting that way herself.

Determined not to let her fear get the best of her again, Maddie braves the scorn of her classmates and stands up to them, making an unlikely friend in the process.

Set in a small town during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the play is based on the classic 1943 award-winning children’s book by Eleanor Estes. Poverty, bullying, immigration, and the redemptive quality of art are the timeless themes explored in this story for all ages.


GREAT NEWS! We will have ASL interpreters at our final performance, October 13th!


Show Dates & Times

  • Friday, October 4th at 7 pm
  • Saturday, October 5th at 7 pm
  • Sunday, October 6th at 2 pm
  • Friday, October 11th at 7 pm
  • Saturday, October 12th at 7 pm
  • Sunday, October 13th at 2 pm

Cost

Seats vary from $10 – $15

The Hundred Dresses tickets are on sale at the door or on MVLCT’s web store – so you can pick yours up early!

Visit shop.mvlct.com to purchase your tickets online.


This is a Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre production

Dance Arts Iowa Registration is Open

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Dance Arts Iowa Registration for 2019-20 is now open!

There is also a “Open House / Registration Day” where you can to meet the teaching staff and tour the studio on Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00-3:00 pm, initially meeting in the library of the First Street Community Center.

Find more information about all of the classes offered in Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish Step, Musical Theater, Poms, Creative Movement and Tumbling in our website’s Calendar and more detailed descriptions of the dance disciplines offered in the drop-down menu entitled: “Class Info” on our website.

Registration Information:

Class Schedule 2019-2020

Dance Arts Iowa Registration Form 2019-20

Debit Form

Fee Schedule 2019-20

Amy Friedl Stoner – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

August 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Go Your Own Way

The Music of Fleetwood Mac

After the smashing success of her revue of the music of Carole King, Amy Friedl Stoner returns to the stage with a new show chronicling the hits and heartbreak of rock superstars Fleetwood Mac.

Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac grew from humble English beginnings to capture the hearts and attention of fans worldwide. The band has gone on to sell over 100 million albums and chart numerous #1 hits, culminating in their 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Stoner, joined by Music Director Luke Viertel and band members Brook Hoover, Tim Crumley, AJ Plummer, and Blake Shaw will present a night of the band’s most memorable songs alongside a history of one of the 20th century’s most successful bands.

TICKETS:  $25
Can be purchased at the performance or before at Bauman’s in downtown Mount Vernon, or call 319.895.8060

2 Ukulele Workshops and a Live Concert

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Leah Woosley Music has arranged for YouTube sensation and online instructor Tyler Austenfeld to stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa on August 4th, 2019 and teach 2 ukulele workshops.  You can learn more about Tyler at his website: TenThumbsPro.

  1. The first workshop, @ 2pm is Beginner- Past the Strum Pattern, is geared towards beginners, so if you have a uke and just started playing or have been wanting to learn, this will be great for you!
  2. The second workshop, @ 3pm is Intermediate Rhythm, this will be perfect for more advanced beginners/ intermediate players.
  3. The FREE concert will follow starting @ 5pm and is open to the public.

Cost:  Tickets are $20 when paid in advance or $25 at the door.  The ticket price includes both workshops.
*  For tickets before the event – email leahwoosleymusic@gmail.com

Showtime:  Be sure to come to the live performance at 5:00 pm – Leah will be the opening act, and then Tyler will take over. This performance event is open and free to the public (however a suggested $5 donation would be greatly appreciated).

More information can found about the workshops here.

This event will be held in the First Street Community Theater, Mount Vernon, Iowa


More info about each workshop session (written by Tyler)

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Tyler Austenfeld

Beginner Level Work Shop – Past the Strum Pattern

This beginner level lesson is designed to help beginners learn how to count music and how it relates to the strum pattern. It starts with half notes, than quarter notes, eight notes, and lastly 16th notes. Each is provided with strum patterns of the down up equivalency. This is dedicated to beginners looking to level up to the pre-intermediate and/or intermediate level.

Will improve your

  • Ability to count music
  • Ability to strum a ukulele
  • Ability to create your own strum pattern
  • Ability to analyze a songs strum pattern

​Intermediate Rhythm Past the Strum

In this lesson we attempt to explore some of the Ukulele’s more interesting rhythmic aspects. It explores different rhythmic concepts that I have gathered over the years.

Will improve your

  • Jimi Hendrix Style A Shape Fills
  • General Fingerpicking Ideas
  • The 6th interval as a rhythm tool
  • Double stop rhythm
  • Chord Fragment Rhythm – Riffs for rhythm

This event is brought you you by Leah Woosley Music and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

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Leah Woosley

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Love and Information – Live Theatre

Logo for the play "Love and Information"

By: Caryl Churchill

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.

In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

PERFORMANCES:  July 19, 20, 26 and 27th @ 7:30pm.  Matinee performance Sunday, July 21st at 2pm.

COST: Adults: $15, Seniors $ 14, Minors (under 18) $12.
* Tickets sold online at MVLCT.com or you can purchase at the door.

Rated PG-13 for some language and situations.


The following video and quote is from the MVLCT Facebook page:

Love and Information is unlike any show MVLCT has ever produced. Take a peek at the behind the scenes process with director Grant Freeman, and our amazing cast.  Huge thanks to the uber-talented Oliver Crocker for his work on this preview.

NOTE: You have to “un-mute” the video to hear the audio.  The control to do this appears in the bottom right part of the screen after you hit PLAY.

Come out & support your favorite local actors!

CAST LIST:
Gabriel Lessing
Uri Lessing
Gerald Wickham
Garrett Herring
Len Struttmann
Tristan Maynard
Jordan Hogan
Jasper Rood
Mary Blacharski
Bettina Brakeman
Lisa Smith
Braden Rood
Micaylee Stumbo
Amy White
Justeen Schoner

For more information check out the MVLCT website

ROOTS – A New Play Festival at the Uptown Theatre

Tonight @7:30, running from March 8th – 10th

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots. This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.

With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.

Each play is listed below with their cast.

Please come out and support your favorite local actors, writers and directors!

All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey
The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.
CAST:  Lisa Smith, Elijah Webster

Home by Eva Giacomo
Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.
CAST:  Jordan Ray Hogan, Kate Margheim

Past Tense by Barbara Lau
CAST:  Michelle Hinz

Some Surprise by Amy White
A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the 1920s … with Puppets
CAST:  Allyssa Jubeck, Maria McAlexander, Amy White

Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider
Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.
CAST:  Amanda Bishop, Nicole McAlexander

Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard
The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.
CAST:  Kaylynn Burgin, Jasper Rood, Elijah Webster

Weeding by Brian Tanner
Life Lessons in Gardening.
CAST:  Michelle Hinz, Jordan Ray Hogan, Jasper Rood, Boede Stoops, Steve Weiss

Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones
A father & son confront the past.
CAST:  Craig Jarvie, Tristan Maynard

This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman
A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.
CAST:  Kim Benesh, Bill Croghan, Grant Freeman, Braden JP Rood, Amy White

Memory by Chris Okishi
Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.
CAST:  Shauna Daub, Lisa Smith

Untitled Interview by Tony Craine
An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.


For more information please see their website:

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MVLCT – Auditions for Roots – A New Play Festival

Auditions are coming up for MVLCT’s Roots: A New Play Festival. 

When: January 20 & 21 at 7:00 PM

Where:  Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center

What to bring:  Yourself!  All auditions will consist of cold reading and performing A/B scenes.

Show Dates: March 7,8,9, & 10

What is the Roots Festival? 

This year’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots.  This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.  With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.  A breakdown of plays and characters is listed below:


All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey 

The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Home by Eva Giacomo

Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Ping Pong by Barbara Lau

Gender and race come to the forefront when an adopted daughter learns about her heritage.

1 Male Actor

2 Female Actor


Some Surprise by Amy White

A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the1920s … with Puppets

1 Actor


Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider 

Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.

2 Female Actors

1 Male Actor


Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard

The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.

2 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Weeding by Brian Tanner

Life Lessons in Gardening.

3 Male Actors (all 12 years old)

2 Female Actors


Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones

A father & son confront the past.

2 Male Actors


This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman

A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.

2 Male Actors

3 Female Actors


Untitled Interview by Tony Craine 

An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.

I Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Memory by Chris Okishi 

Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.

2 Female Actors