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Dates with a Nut: ACT 1's 2-person play to open March 5

By Vinton Today · 9:28am February 26th, 2015
The next Act 1 production contains several characters, but just two actors. Jim Hilliard and April Seitz will perform the play "Dates with a Nut," beginning March 5. About the play: Written by Thomas P. Johnson, founder of both the Old Creamery Theatre and the Iowa Theatre Artists Company, and his wife, popular area professional actress Meg Merckens, the play has been staged by the couple in four different productions in both Iowa and Wisconsin.

Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School to perform 'Invisible'

By Crystal Coder · 11:39am February 23rd, 2015
The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School Plays will be presenting the original play Invisible this month. Over 45 students grades 6th-8th will take part in the first time on stage performance. These students have worked very hard on stage and off stage on this very important play about how to become an active bystander in the face of bullying.

In Depth - 'Into the Woods'

By Marcy Horst · 10:53am February 20th, 2015
Rob Marshall, director of the silver screen megahit, “Chicago,” brings us another Broadway musical classic, “Into the Woods.” This Stephen Sondheim rather dark adaptation of Grimm’s fairytales will delight Palace patrons, young and old, Friday, February 20 through Thursday, February 6 at 7 pm, and Monday, February 23 at 2 pm.

In Depth: Wednesday matinee set for 'American Sniper'

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 4:19pm February 16th, 2015
We already have several more reservations for showings of "American Sniper" later in the week. To be sure your favorite seat is available, get your tickets online at www.vintonpalace.org or stop at the Box Office any time after 5 pm. There has been so much hype about this movie, the third-highest grossing film of 2014 that continues to top national box office charts, and to be honest, I’ve done my best to avoid every word.

In Depth - Unbroken

By Marcy Horst · 10:37am January 30th, 2015
“Unbroken” opens tonight, January 30, at the Palace and runs through Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm, and Monday, February 2 at 2 pm. “Unbroken” is the inspirational story of American hero Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and decorated World War II veteran who survived being shot down, stranded on a raft in the ocean for months, and imprisoned by the Japanese for years.

Vinton theatre student playing the role of Sara Jane Moore in 'Assassins'

By Dean Close · 10:28am January 23rd, 2015
For her latest theatrical projects, Vinton native Erin Horst spent some time at a shooting range and the 20th Century American History section of the Minnesota State University, Mankato library. Horst, the daughter of Gerald and Marcy Horst, will play the role of Sara Jane Moore, the woman who tried to shoot President Gerald Ford, in a production of the musical entitled “Assassins,” which opens next week at the college’s Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Grandson of Vinton native advances on 'American Idol'

By Dean Close · 2:41pm January 22nd, 2015
A grandson of a Vinton graduate is among the contestants on this season of American Idol. Aaron Bissell of Cedar Rapids, the son Ron and Juanita Bissell of Cedar Rapids, advanced after his first audition. He is also the grandson of Diane (Close) Von Hagen, who graduated from Vinton High School in the 1960s.

ACT I announces cast for Dates with a Nut

By Doug Martens, ACT I Of Benton County · 12:07pm January 19th, 2015
ACT 1 is producing "Dates with a Nut" written by Thomas Johnson & Meg Merckens. Tom, who founded both The Old Creamery and the Iowa Theatre Artist Company, along with his wife and popular area actress Meg, have graciously allowed ACT I of Benton County to produce and perform the play. This will be the first time the play has been performed without Meg in the starring role.

In Depth: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' coming to Palace in 3D

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 8:56pm January 16th, 2015
Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in 3D, reimaging the classic Biblical story of Moses, plays Friday, January 16 through Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm every night, and Monday, January 19 at 2 pm. This epic drama starring Christian Bale, Sigorney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, is rated PG-13 for battle violence, and runs just under 3 hours.

ITS HOT, HOT, HOT at the PALACE! (The heat is back on!)

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 3:56pm January 13th, 2015
January has been busy, busy, AND challenging at the theatre, with awesome movies, frigid temps, and furnace issues. However, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Elwick Electric and our Palace management staff and volunteers, we were only down one night, and your favorite seat is once again as HOT as the popcorn! Just ask Gerald, who knows I NEVER say this (except for that one time he surprised me with cruise tickets), but I’m actually looking forward to February! Bring on the snow and cold, Mother Nature, we’ve got sizzling H...

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