Summer Shorts Festival Coming Aug. 1 and 2The Davis County Players are preparing for their 2014 "Summer Shorts" short play festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at the Iowa Theatre on the historic Bloomfield square in Bloomfield. This will be the fourth installment of the festival, which was first launched in 2010.Seven short plays -- all penned by playwrights from the state of Iowa -- were selected for production on August 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Audience members will get the opportunity to vote for their favorite play, and the winning playwright will receive $100, with additional prizes for favorite local play and favorite play written by an author under the age of 18.As always, there will be additional entertainment, including musical performances by local singers and songwriters, Emmy Mote, Sophia Cook and Stacey McCoy. There will also be some original, down home "Cowboy Poetry," presented by John Pisarik -- always a favorite for the Summer Shorts audience.There will also be artwork by local artists on display in the Kay Burchette Center, adjacent to the Iowa Theatre.All of the short plays are between 5 and 15 minutes long, and the theme this year is "The Phone Call" -- meaning each of the plays has something to do with a phone call.The plays will all be performed by local actors, who are directed by local directors. Once again, the show will be hosted by emcee Gail Wortmann.Plays selected for production this year include:Read more... Summer Shorts Festival Coming Aug. 1 and 2
Davis County Players To Put Their Summer Shorts Back OnAfter taking last summer off, the Davis County Players are back at it again this summer, preparing for their "Summer Shorts" short play festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at the Iowa Theatre on the historic Bloomfield square in Bloomfield. This will be the fourth installment of the festival, which was first launched in 2010.The call for submissions from Iowa authors first went out in February, and seven short plays -- all penned by playwrights from the state of Iowa -- were selected for production on August 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. All of the short plays are between 5 and 15 minutes long, and the theme this year is "The Phone Call" -- meaning each of the plays has something to do with a phone call.Audience members will vote for their favorites, and the winning playwright will receive $100, with additional prizes for favorite local play and favorite play written by an author under the age of 18.As always, there will be additional entertainment, with performances by local singers and songwriters, some down-home "country poetry," and some surprises. There will also be artwork by local artists on display in the Kay Burchette Center, adjacent to the Iowa Theatre.Read more... Davis County Players To Put Their Summer Shorts Back On
Deadline Extended To June 3 For 2014 Davis County Players' Short Play Festival; Theme 'The Phone Call'We got some good short plays, we just didn't get enough of them! The Davis County Fine Arts Council has extended the deadline for the Davis County Players' "Summer Shorts" Short Play Festival. Iowa Playwrights now have until Monday, June 3rd to submit a short play.The theme of this year’s contest is “The Phone Call.” Plays should be in a standard play script format and be between 5-15 pages in length. They should be the author’s original material and not an adaptation. Comedy, tragedy, or somewhere in between – it doesn’t matter, but we are not looking for musicals.The set will be minimal and the stage is small, so it is very unlikely that a play that requires an elaborate set will be selected for production. The play should have at least two but no more than five characters. And this year, the play should have something to do with “The Phone Call.”Iowa writers are invited to submit work for the 2014 Davis County Players’ Short Play Festival, “Summer Shorts,” presented by the Davis County Fine Arts Council. The festival of short plays will take place on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, 2014 at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield, Iowa.Playwrights from anywhere in Iowa are eligible. Several plays will be selected for stage production, with one “Best In Show” -- selected by the audience -- to receive the $100 grand prize. There will also be $50 prizes to the best play written by a resident of Davis County and the best play written by a Davis County student aged 18 or younger.Please be aware that plays that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered, nor will plays by authors with no direct connection to Iowa.Please visit our Web site at http://www.daviscountyfinearts.com for more information about the Davis County Fine Arts Council.To submit a play electronically, email to email@example.com. Subject line: “Summer Shorts.”The Davis County Players company is one of the most well-established community theatre companies in the Midwest and has developed a reputation for bringing high-end and cutting-edge productions to a small town audience. We have successfully produced many Broadway classics as well as new, progressive material and several world premieres. Our audience has come to expect high-quality material, and although it is very open-minded, authors should be aware that material which contains excessive profanity, sex or violence is not likely to be selected for production.Playwrights who have material selected for production will be notified by June 1, 2014. The $100 grand prize winner will be named by Aug. 2, 2014. Please submit your play electronically, in Word or PDF format.Please include a title page and a page that includes all of the playwright’s contact information. More than one submission is acceptable, but please put separate submissions in separate files.$50 prizes will also be awarded to the best play written by a resident of Davis County and the best play written by a Davis County student aged 18 or younger on April 30. Current members on the Davis County Fine Arts Council are eligible to have a play considered for production but are not eligible for any cash prizes.There is no entry fee. By submitting a play, the author is giving the Davis County Fine Arts Council permission to produce that play for the Aug. 1-2 “Summer Shorts” Festival. The author will retain all rights to his or her work.If you have any questions or inquiries, visit our Web site at http://www.daviscountyfinearts.com and click “Contact Us” in the upper right hand corner.
The Davis County Spectrum Center of the Arts Presents "Celebrating Youth And Music"The Davis County Spectrum Center of the Arts will present "Celebrating Youth and Music" on Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield.There is no charge, a free will donation will be accepted.The Davis County Children's Choir will be presenting the musical "School Daze." Other ensembles will include outstanding performers from the Middle School SEIBA Contest, high school vocal and instrumental ensembles, selections from "Middle School Musical," a vocal solo by Christopher Gingerich.Read more... The Davis County Spectrum Center of the Arts Presents "Celebrating Youth And Music"
The Reviews Are In!Some comments from opening night of Dixie Swim Club! Final chance to see it is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre!
Read more... The Reviews Are In!
- "Hey everyone! You don't want to miss this show! And if you enjoyed it Friday night, there is no crime in coming back and seeing it all over again!"
- "Dixie Swim Club is an excellent show by Davis County Players. I saw it last night with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a road trip to Bloomfield for outstanding fajitas, a very good Margarita, and this show. Tonight is your next chance. Eat, laugh, enjoy!"
- "Really enjoyed the show."
- "What a wonderful audience for "Dixie Swim Club" tonight."
- The show was wonderful! Everyone did a terrific job!
- It was awesome!
- " Loved it! You all did an amazing job!"
- "WOW !! What a hilarious show. All five of you ladies should be very proud. It was great !! So funny!"
- " Loved it, loved it, loved it!"
- "Once again, great job, loved your characters, and each of you did GREAT!! Congratulations! So proud of you!"
- " ... a lot of guys missed a GREAT show!!! He thinks they should record the basketball games and go see your show!!"
- "We had a FANTASTIC opening night for "Dixie Swim Club"!! Thank you to everyone who came to see the show! Your laughter gave us so much energy!"
- "Dixie swim club was fabulous tonight!!! Great job ladies! You must clear your schedule and come to the show ... at 7 at the Iowa theater!!! You won't regret it! Be there!"
- "You were great - such an enjoyable evening-thank you for all your hard work."
- "You were great! Loved the couch scene with Dinah and Lex! That's friendship!"
- "I had a great time last night! Amazing friends, yummy fajitas and a play that was absolutely hilarious! My sides still hurt :~) from laughing so hard! A night in Bloomfield was exactly what I needed!"
Davis County Players to Present Play "The Dixie Swim Club"The Davis County Players present the play "The Dixie Swim Club," written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, on Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th, at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield. The production will be directed by James Grob. Tammy Roberts will be assistant director. Show time is 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Perfect Touch Wellness Center in Bloomfield or at the door the nights of the shows.The Cast of Characters is as follows:
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- DINAH ... Terri Williams
- LEXIE ... Cathy Roberts
- SHEREE ... Michelle Grob
- JERI NEAL ... Josie Drummond
- VERNADETTE ... Joanna McCoy
Bluegrass Show is Saturday night at the Iowa TheatreThe 12th annual Bluegrass Music Show will be held Saturday at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield.The show begins at 7 p.m. and will feature Lori Kink and Junction 63. The bands Blue Steel Rail and County Line Bluegrass will also perform.Read more... Bluegrass Show is Saturday night at the Iowa Theatre
DC Middle School Presenting Musical at Iowa TheatreThe Davis County Middle School will present the musical Adventures of a Comic Book Artist, by Pat Lydersen and Wendy Woolf, Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21, at the Iowa Theater in Bloomfield at 7 p.m.Read more... DC Middle School Presenting Musical at Iowa Theatre
Davis County High School To Present "Murder In The Knife Room"
One murder, ten suspects. Who killed Mysterious Host? Could it be Respected General? What about Wealthy Dowager? Or maybe it was Santa Claus. The mystery unfolds as Inexplicably Omniscient Inspector takes on the most thrilling and baffling murder case in the history of thrilling and baffling murder cases!
Davis County High School will present the play "Murder in the Knife Room," by Jonathan Rand, this weekend --- Thursday and Friday, March sixth and seventh, at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield. Shows start at 7 p.m. both nights and tickets are $5.
Theme: "The Phone Call," DCFAC Calls For Submissions From Iowa Writers For 2014 Summer ShortsIowa writers are invited to submit work for the 2014 Davis County Players’ Short Play Festival, “Summer Shorts,” presented by the Davis County Fine Arts Council. The festival of short plays will take place on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, 2014 at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield, Iowa.Playwrights from anywhere in Iowa are eligible. Writers are asked to submit unpublished material by May 15, 2014. Several plays will be selected for stage production, with one “Best In Show” -- selected by the audience -- to receive the $100 grand prize. There will also be $50 prizes to the best play written by a resident of Davis County and the best play written by a Davis County student aged 18 or younger.The theme of this year’s contest is “The Phone Call.” Plays should be in a standard play script format and be between 5-15 pages in length. They should be the author’s original material and not an adaptation. Comedy, tragedy, or somewhere in between – it doesn’t matter, but we are not looking for musicals.The set will be minimal and the stage is small, so it is very unlikely that a play that requires an elaborate set will be selected for production. The play should have at least two but no more than five characters. And this year, the play should have something to do with “The Phone Call.”Please be aware that plays that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered, nor will plays by authors with no direct connection to Iowa.
Singers Terry Smith, Bob & Shelia Everhart Performed At Iowa Theatre
Singer-songwriter Terry Smith, along with Grammy-nominated recording artists Bob & Sheila Everhart, performed at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the event were $10.
Music, Laughs and Thrills as Fine Arts Council Walked Down Memory Lane at The Davis County Fair
The Davis County Players of the Davis County Fine Arts Council hosted a very special event on Saturday, July 15 2013 at the 150th Davis County Fair. The annual fair got under way on Wednesday, July 10, and ran through Sunday, July 14. Featured entertainment included Casey James and Billy Blackjack in concert on Thursday night, while Joie Chitwood's Auto Thrill Show was featured entertainment on Friday night.
On Saturday, July 15 at 5 p.m. in the Show Pavillion, the Davis County Players of The Davis County Fine Arts Council presented the Historical Pageant -- depicting the last 50 years (1963-2013) of the Davis County Fair.
Entitled "Back To The Fair" -- themed after the classic hit movie "Back To The Future," hosted by parodies of characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown -- the pageant included historical moments and featured musical impersonations of some of the great musical acts that have performed at the Davis County Fair over the last 50 years, including Hank Williams, Jr., Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbit, Foghat and many others.
Admission was free to this to this one-time only Davis County Fine Arts Council event.
Davis County Children's Theatre Presented "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring"
Theatre-goers came prepared for mystery and intrigue as the Davis County Children's Theatre presented a spoof on everyone's favorite mystery detectives when the group presented "The Mysterious Case of The Missing Ring," written by Janie Downey Maxwell, on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield.
The delightful plot went as follows: The royal ring is missing, and the queen won’t sleep until the royal detectives (all 13 of them!) find it. You’ve never met a more eclectic and eccentric group all in one play — including Maximum Smarts and Agent 98 with their Umbrella of Silence; Wiley Jones and his bumbling assistant, Oliver; Ms. Scarlet (who carries a candlestick and lead pipe in her purse but is ironically “clue”-less!); Bob the Southern Sheriff with his invisible dog; Inspector Change with a proverb for every occasion; the Professor (who’s always right, of course); Nancy and Jamie (clever girl detectives); Kat, who’s afraid of germs and even her own shadow; two tedious note-taking detectives; and Gypsy Rose the Fortune Teller.
As they scour the Queendom in search of the royal ring, the chatty maids follow the harried queen around while the devious butler spouts suspiciously evil laughs every time a clue goes awry. In this fast-paced, madcap mystery, you’ll find delightful comedy for all ages in every quirky character ... and a surprise ending that rings true!
The play was directed by Joy Orwig, Tricia Stremler and Josie Drummond. The talented young cast of actors played the following characters:
Middle School presented "Romeo and Harriet"
The Davis County Middle School produced the musical "Romeo and Harriet" Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield.
Tickets were $5 adults, $4 kids/seniors.
The book is by Charlie Lovett, with music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur. The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado.
This comedy is a musical a spoof on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in modern day New York City, the clerks of the swanky Montague Department store and the second-rate Capulet’s Discount Mart meet often to trade insults. The heirs to the separate retail empires, Romeo and Harriet, fall in love, but the ending will surprise you!
Davis County High School's Seussical A Huge Success
The Davis County High School music and drama departments presented the musical "Seussical" Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8, at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield.
Seussical is a musical that brings together creatures and characters from over 15 of Dr. Seuss's favorite stories. Many of them have never met, but in this musical they come together and create Seuss magic. Some will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures, and some will save the world. The shows were a blast and the Iowa Theatre was filled both nights.
This musical is for the whole family and teaches those important lessons children and adults alike need. Dr. Seuss believes in helping a friend, in not giving up, in keeping a promise. He believes in the value and dignity of others, in working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world, and the pure power of imagination.
This musical appealled to all age levels, and with the fun costumes and songs, the students will have fun performing it and that audiences will quickly find themselves lost in the world of Seuss.
Cast of Characters:
Free Weekend At The Iowa Theatre A Big Hit!
For our 2013 Grand Opening, the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield offered a free movie and free popcorn to the general public the weekend of Jan. 25-27, and the theatre was packed, with hundreds coming each night! The movie was Parental Guidance, appropriately rated PG. Show times were 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The free weekend was offered as a thank-you for the community for helping the Davis County Fine Arts Council raise the funds to acquire and install our new digital projector, and also a thank-you to the community for its years of support. People of all ages were invited to come on down to see Parental Guidance and enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds of our new digital projector!
Fine Arts Students Recognized
Several Davis County students were recognized at the Jan. 10 Davis County Fine Arts Council meeting for their outstanding work and achievements. DCFAC member Joy Orwig led the meeting and presented the awards of achievement. The following students, along with the teachers who nominated them, were awarded for their outstanding work and achievements:
“Kiss Me Kate” an outstanding production
The musical "Kiss Me, Kate" was presented at the Iowa Theatre Nov. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. by the Davis County Players, sponsored by the Davis County Fine Arts Council,
The musical combined Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” with music and lyrics by the great composer, Cole Porter, to create what some critics refer to as an “instant success with every cast and audience.” “Kiss Me, Kate” played for 1,077 performances on Broadway and was the recipient of five Tony Awards for best musical, best produced show, best script, best score, and best costumes.
Audience voted for favorites at Third Annual Davis County Summer Shorts Play Festival
With the summer of 2012 being one of the hottest ever, the Davis County Players put on some shorts.
On Aug. 3 and 4, the Davis County Fine Arts Council presented its Third Annual Summer Shorts Play Festival at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the air-conditioned Iowa Theatre on the east side of the square in Bloomfield.
Seven short plays by Iowa authors were presented by The Davis County Players, and in a new twist, the audience at the shows was asked to vote for their favorite play, and the playwright of the winning play won the $100 prize.
The call for submissions from Iowa writers went out in February, seven plays were selected, and the Davis County Players spent the summer putting together what is certain to be another fantastic show.
'Kiss Me Kate' selected as Davis County Players fall musical
The Davis County Players have announced that “Kiss Me Kate” has been selected as the fall musical production and will be produced at the Iowa Theatre November 8-11.
Tryouts for the production have been set for August 27, 28 and 30.
Joanna McCoy will be the stage director while Lyle Stirling will be the musical director for the show. The cast is made up of 15 men and 7 women. Lyle and Joanna will also be looking for musicians as well as help in other areas -- including sets, lights, costumes, sound, choreography, artwork, promotions, etc. Please come to tryouts if interested.
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