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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

Uptown Theatre Honors 2019

collage of photos of the honorees
From left to right: Doug Hanson, Amy White, Ed Sauter, Fred and Marion Lehman, Dale Beeks.

The 2019 Uptown Theatre Honors is an evening Gala celebrating the arts.  It is on Saturday, September 7, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm with a cocktail hour and the show will begin at 7:30 pm.

This year’s honorees include Dale Beeks, Doug Hanson, Fred and Marion Lehman, Ed Sauter, and Amy White.  The honors gala will include tribute speeches, live musical numbers, a photo opportunity and much more.

“These honorees are the people that continually make our community a great place to live, work and visit,” said Lisa White, Chair of the Uptown Theatre Honors volunteer committee. ”We hope all of the community will show up and show their appreciation for these six honorees and their many contributions to our communities.”

The annual Uptown Theatre Honors, Mount Vernon’s version of the Kennedy Center Honors, began five years ago through fundraising team the A-Go-Gos. The 8-person fundraising group is responsible for raising $17,000 for the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre through the 2013 “Frank Benesh Memorial Uptown Theatre Telethon A-Go-Go!” The group also organized 2014’s “Las Vegas Karaoke Bingo A-Go-Go” and 2015’s “Frank Benesh Memorial Save the Traver Tapes Telethon A-Go-Go!” This year the A-Go-Go volunteer team merged into the CDG volunteer pool, making the Uptown Theatre Honors a CDG event.

“We are thrilled to partner with the A-Go-Gos to continue this important Mount Vernon-Lisbon tradition,” said Joe Jennison, Director of the CDG. “It seems fitting that an event honoring supporters and participants in local art and culture should be a part of CDG’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

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

COST:
Tickets to the event are $20 and include a wine-and-appetizer reception with the honorees beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Reservations for the event are available through an online form.  Attendees will be asked to pay $20 at the door.

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

LilFest Presents – Suzie Vinnick – Roots and Blues Music

Performing April 12 @ 7:30 pm

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Serving up a set where it shows she’s a long way from getting jaded and losing her mojo, this girl most likely to…has more chops than the meat department at the Costco warehouse.  Blues, folk, rock?  She’s got a toe in all those waters and handles them all with the ease of wrapping them around her little finger.  A real blast of fresh air, this set hit’s the target every timeout.  Killer stuff throughout.
– Midwest Record

Tickets

$5 Student / $20 Gen. Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  Purchase tickets online: Suzie Vinnick Concert or buy tickets at the door.

Questions? Nancy at 518-576-9513 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com or check out www.LilFest.org

More About Suzie Vinnick

www.suzievinnick.com

General Information

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Audience members bring beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center Sippy Cup ($5)

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.

More About Lilfest

www.LilFest.org

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


Meet Me Where They Play the Blues – Eddie Piccard Jazz and The Busch Brothers

poster for Eddie Piccard Jazz concert

“Meet Me Where They Play the Blues!” That is the invitation from jazz musician Eddie Piccard.

The Eddie Piccard Quartet and the Busch Brothers will once again join forces at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon on Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 pm.

The program will likely include “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” “The St. Louis Blues,” “The Salt Lake City Blues,” and many other blues songs and traditional jazz numbers.

“The blues is quintessentially American,” Eddie says. “The music grew out of the songs of Afro-American slaves and field hands in the South. The blues contains so many emotions, including joy, sorrow, and determination. The words may at first sound down, but the music always brings you up.

We love playing for the audience that comes to the Mount Vernon events, and we know people will love hearing this music. It’s classic.”

TICKETS
Tickets for the performance are $15 and can be purchased at Bauman’s Clothing Store in Mount Vernon (319) 895-8692. They can also be bought at the performance.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.


Eddie Piccard Jazz plays hot traditional favorites and cool Shearing melodies, as well as warm Latin tunes.  Eddie will be on piano and vocals, Craig Dove on bass, Jon Wilson on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on guitar.

For this show they will be joined by the Busch Boys–Marty on trombone, Larry on trumpet, and Luke on clarinet.

The “Busch Boys”  are very happy to join the Eddie Piccard Quintet for this evening of music.  Larry Busch is a veteran of the Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and the Al Pierson Orchestras.  He has been leading his own big band for many years and is currently the leader of the Dixieland Allstars.  Trombonist Marty has toured with Al Cobine, Johnny Mathis, Dick Jurgens, The American Vintage Orchestra, and the Larry Busch Big Band. Luke  has played with the Dixieland Allstars, the Mad City Funk, and his own SKA band.

Eddie Piccard Jazz and the Busch Brothers


logo for eddie piccard jazz

Eddie Piccard grew up in eastern Iowa, and began playing music on his grandmother’s piano. He left for larger venues in Chicago, Florida and on the west coast. But he came back to Iowa in the 1980s and has become a jazz icon in eastern Iowa since returning to his home state. Iowans remember fondly the jazz club Eddie and his wife Dallis opened on Mount Vernon Road in the 1990s. But Iowans weren’t the only ones to frequent Eddie’s place. Travelers from other states came to this club for the chic décor and the unforgettable nights of music. Jazz musicians stopped by, too, after finishing up a gig in the area. The club was forced to close because of road widening. Eddie now plays regularly all over eastern Iowa, as well as in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

Rich Martin’s career began in college where he was a drummer and a vibist. He took an extended break from performing to teach at Cornell College. But the music called him back and he began sitting in with Eddie’s trio fifteen years ago, while still teaching. He is now a full-time member of the group.

Dave Richter comes from Dubuque to perform in Meet Me in New Orleans. He is well-known in northeast Iowa as an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and banjo player. He performs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area.

Tim Crumley performs frequently with the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, as well as a number of regional ensembles, including Ashanti, The Rusty Johnson Group, and the John Shultz Trio. Tim is a lyrical and sensitive drummer who is always engaged and engaging.

Beaker Brothers’ Halloween Concert

Doors open at the Uptown Theatre Friday, October 26th at 7:00 pm to mix and mingle with your friends and other costumed party goers.  The actual concert will start at 8:00 pm.

Yes you guessed it, costumes are strongly encouraged!  Help spread the word, let your friends know of this great way to enjoy Halloween with some live music.

BYOB if you use an Uptown Theatre cup – Each cup costs only $5.00.   Rumor has it that there will be free popcorn too!

Tickets are $15.

From their Facebook page:

We’re stoked to get back to the First Street Community Center.

This is a great venue for a party.

It’s short notice, we know, so help us spread the word. Costumes encouraged. BYOB, just pour it into a Community Center cup, ($5), and drink right in the theater!

Last time, it turned into a dance party with Beakers Freakers boogying on the stage with us. Fun!

For more info see the Beakers Brothers Band Facebook event page.