Davis County Players Stage Another Hit With Peter Pan!The Davis County Players were hard at work all fall on their fall musical production of Peter Pan, which was presented at the Iowa Theater in Bloomfield Nov. 14-17. Show times were 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets were available at Perfect Touch Wellness Center in Bloomfield and cost $15 for adults and $13 for children 12-and-under.
Emmy Mote earned the title role of Peter Pan -- traditionally played by a female -- while James Grob took on the role of Pan's nemesis, Captain Hook. The Davis County audience loved the production and was very responsive to the show -- which featured grand costuming and used some camera tricks to make Peter and the children fly,Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play "Peter Pan" and Barrie's own novelization of it, "Peter and Wendy." The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.The show presents the classic story of Peter Pan -- the boy who would not grow up -- as he visits the Darling children and takes them on a magical adventure to Never-Never Land, where they meet Peter's gang of Lost Boys and contend with vicious pirates and try to make peace with Indians. There are several musical numbers, both rousing and enchanting.In the Davis County Players' version -- produced by the Davis County Fine Arts Council and directed by Michelle Grob and Gail Van Mersbergen -- Captain Hook's sidekick and first mate, Smee, was played by Wayne Van Mersbergen. The roles of the pirates were primarily played by adults -- most of them seasoned veterans of Davis County Players' productions -- while most of Peter Pan's gang of "Lost Boys" were played by grade school and middle school children and most of the "Indians" were played by high school children. Caitlin Paddock played Tiger Lily, the Indian princess.Camille Cook played the role of Wendy Darling, while the other Darling children -- John and Michael -- were played by Kolton Strmeler and Brody Humphrey. Kirstina Gratz played their mother, Mrs. Darling.Sarah Deaton will be the Darlings' family maid, Liza, while Taylor Mote will play the grown-up version of Wendy and Morgan Klaus played Jane, the grown-up Wendy's daughter.Victoria Vannoni played Nana, the Darling family's dog, while Katie Downing played Tick-Tick the Crocodile -- Captain Hook's biggest fear.The entire cast was as follows.Read more... Davis County Players Stage Another Hit With Peter Pan!
Singers Wanted For Community Choir Christmas Concert, Children's ChoirSingers are wanted for the adult community choir Christmas concert to be given on Monday, Dec. 23 at the Iowa Theatre. Performance time is 7:30 p.m.Singers high school and older are welcome to join the choir. Lyle Stirling will be the conductor.A children's choir is being formed to perform on the concert as well. Kids who are in 3rd-8th grades are welcome to be part of this choir. They will rehearse in the elementary music room from 3:40-4:45.All interested singers/parents should contact Lyle Stirling at 641-208-6012 for more information or to sign up for one of the choirs.Rehearsal schedules are as follows ...Read more... Singers Wanted For Community Choir Christmas Concert, Children's Choir
Peter Pan Nov. 14-17
Roles Cast For Davis County Players' Production of 'Peter Pan'
Roles have been cast and rehearsals are under way for the Davis County Players' fall musical production of Peter Pan, which will be presented at the Iowa Theater Nov. 14-17.
Emmy Mote earned the title role of Peter Pan -- traditionally played by a female -- while James Grob will take on the role of Pan's nemesis, Captain Hook.
Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play "Peter Pan" and Barrie's own novelization of it, "Peter and Wendy." The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show presents the classic story of Peter Pan -- the boy who would not grow up -- as he visits the Darling children and takes them on a magical adventure to Never-Never Land, where they meet Peter's gang of Lost Boys and contend with vicious pirates and try to make peace with Indians. There are several musical numbers, both rousing and enchanting.
The original 1954 Broadway production, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earned Tony Awards for both stars. It was followed by NBC telecasts of it in 1955, 1956, and 1960 with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the 1960 telecast. The show has enjoyed several revivals onstage. The role of Peter Pan has also been played by Cathy Rigby and Sandy Duncan.
In the Davis County Players' version -- produced by the Davis County Fine Arts Council -- Captain Hook's sidekick and first mate, Smee, will be played by Wayne Van Mersbergen. The roles of the pirates will be primarily played by adults -- most of them seasoned veterans of Davis County Players' productions -- while most of Peter Pan's gang of "Lost Boys" will be played by grade school and middle school children and most of the "Indians" will be played by high school children. Caitlin Paddock will play Tiger Lily, the Indian princess.
Camille Cook will play the role of Wendy Darling, while the other Darling children -- John and Michael -- will be played by Kolton Stremler and Brody Humphrey. Kirstina Gratz will play their mother, Mrs. Darling.
Sarah Deaton will be the Darlings' family maid, Liza, while Taylor Mote will play the grown-up version of Wendy and Morgan Klaus will play Jane, the grown-up Wendy's daughter.
Victoria Vannoni will play Nana, the Darling family's dog, while Katie Downing will play Tick-Tick the Crocodile -- Captain Hook's biggest fear.
The production will be directed by Michelle Grob and Gail Van Mersbergen.
Read More For the Complete Cast.Read more... Roles Cast For Davis County Players' Production of 'Peter Pan'
Emmy Mote Earns Role Of Peter PanEmmy Mote, a sophomore at Davis County High School, landed the role of a lifetime recently when she was asked to play the title role in the upcoming Davis County Players' production of "Peter Pan."The musical will be presented Nov. 14-17 at the Iowa Theatre in Bloomfield, with Michelle Grob and Gail Van Mersbergen directing. The complete cast will be announced in the coming days.Read more... Emmy Mote Earns Role Of Peter Pan
Peter Pan Auditions Held
Auditions were held for the Davis County Players' fall musical production of Peter Pan!
Auditions for all adult roles, the role of Peter Pan and the roles of the Darling children were held on Aug. 19, 20 and 22 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre. Auditions for the "lost boys" and other children's roles were held at the Davis County Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Peter Pan will be directed by Michelle Grob, with Gail Van Mersbergen as musical director. The performances will be Nov. 14-17 at the Iowa Theatre.Read more... Peter Pan Auditions Held
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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