ORANGE CITY— Three nationally-recognized ensembles — Cantus, Kevin Kling and Mermaid Theatre — will perform in Orange City in February and March. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Arts Council recently announced a grant award to the Orange City Arts Council to support the project.
Orange City Arts is adding several local activities to increase the impact of the performances.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grants are being awarded to 22 artists and organizations in 15 Iowa communities.
Cantus, acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the U.S.” (Fanfare), will perform their show, “No Greater Love Than This” on Feb. 18 at the Northwestern College Chapel. The show explores music through the eyes of a soldier, focusing on emotions of war: peace, camaraderie, selflessness, honor, loss.
Students from Northwestern College, Unity Christian High and Sioux Center High will join Cantus in performing Biebl’s Ave Maria. Area veterans and their spouses will receive complimentary tickets to the concert. Assisting in the sponsorship are Northwestern College, De Jong Oil, the American Legion of Orange City and the Staples Foundation: $2million & change.
Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. “A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and Shakespeare,” said Krista Tippet of NPR’s On Being. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. “He shares his special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.”
Kling’s storytelling will be featured Feb. 24 at Trinity Reformed Church, and he’ll do a workshop on crafting stories at Old Factory the morning of Feb. 25. In early February, Jim Schaap will do storytelling workshops focusing on Kling’s work, in high school English classes and at public libraries. Assisting in the sponsorship is Northwestern College.
Mermaid Theatre, of Nova Scotia, uses innovate puppetry, striking scenic effects and original music to present storybook favorites by Eric Carle on March 20 at the Unity Knight Center. “It’s a visual feast for viewers of any age.” (Santa Barbara New Press)
The Orange City Public Library is collaborating by featuring Carle stories during Monday storytimes, with complimentary tickets given to loyal storytime children. Several local art teachers will feature units on Carle-style collage, with an exhibit held prior to the Mermaid Theatre program. A puppetry workshop will be held March 20 for Spalding 7th and 8th grade students, and Lisa Laird will teach a puppetry class featuring fluorescent puppets and black lights. Pockets Full of Fun and the Staples Foundation are assisting with the sponsorship.
The three shows are part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. Advance tickets ($15 adult, $10 student) are available online at orangecityarts.net. Tickets are $18 and $12 at the door.
For additional information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
The Orange City Arts grant is an art project grant of $10,000. Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, art project grants are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
“We are committed to investing in organizations and projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities across the state,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and encourage Iowans to participate in and support the arts in Iowa.”