Orange City & Sioux Center arts councils to cosponsor “The Nutcracker”

ORANGE CITY/ SIOUX CENTER — It’s a winter wonderland. Snowflakes drift onto the stage, over the flowing ballerinas dancing to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. It’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Quad Cities, is coming to the Unity Christian Knight Center stage in Orange City Saturday, December 19, thanks to the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts, along with Orange City Arts.

Ballet Quad Cities will do two performances of the celebrated holiday classic, on December 19.

Thirty-nine local children will be able to participate in the performance with the cast of 20 dancers from Ballet Quad Cities.

The residency with Ballet Quad Cities will also include a school assembly on December 18, featuring the first act of The Nutcracker; plus workshops for elementary children, a master class for dancers, a lighting design workshop for college students, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session.

Iowa Public TV has broadcast Ballet Quad Cities performances several times, including their performance of The Nutcracker.

“The magic… is in the exquisite visual feast, bringing this beloved holiday tale to life,” wrote Jonathan Turner of Quad Cities Online in December 2014. “The enchanting dream of The Nutcracker was reimagined again by the wondrous wizards of Ballet Quad Cities.”

Tickets will be available in the fall.

For names of local dancers to participate with Ballet Quad Cities, click here.

For information on September workshops & auditions, click here.

For more information, see balletquadcities.com and http://orangecityarts.net/event/ballet-quad-cities-presents-the-nutcracker/

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

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Onstage Orange City line-up announced for 2015

ORANGE CITY — Kelley Hunt, Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion – they’re all part of the line-up for the sixth season of Onstage Orange City.
The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City’s Windmill Park for summer 2015.
The series will feature 14 Wednesday nights of entertainment, plus three shows the evenings of Tulip Festival.
Orange City’s own Usual Suspects will perform the Thursday night of Tulip Festival — May 14, followed by Now Serving 7 Friday and Damon Dotson Saturday.
The regular Wednesday evening Onstage series starts May 27, with Orange City’s Got Talent — open to talent from area towns. Those interested in being part of the show must sign up to audition by May 12 at orangecityarts.net/octalent .
Onstage Orange City artists in June, July and August include the Rusty Wright blues band, Tropicante and its popular Latin beats, magician Eric Michaels, and Craig Ebel and the DyVersaCo Polka Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest with one of the country’s youngest drummers.
Moon_Hooch_2240_by_Shervin_LainezMoon Hooch will take the stage June 3 with saxophones and percussion, coming to Orange City after locals heard them on National Public Radio. “There is not a band harder to describe or easier to enjoy than Moon Hooch. They are energetic, joyful, relentless and, best of all, original,” said a quote from the Wall Street Journal.
July 22 brings Omaha Street Percussion, featuring pots, pans and trash cans as their “unorthodox” percussion instruments.Omaha Street Percussion Buckets2014
And local blues favorite Kelley Hunt of Lawrence, Kansas, returns on July 1. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion six times, and The Onion of Denver said, “Hunt delivers her socially charged lyrics with a voice that’s part powerful gospel yearning and part bawdy soul shouter.”
Kelley Hunt 2Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe; and Festival Latino. The Orange City Public Library is celebrating 100 years with a special night of carnival activities, food and magic July 15. The final event, August 26, will be Arts on Central, featuring local artists and performers filling Central Avenue.
Summer Suites, the Orange City Arts Council’s progressive evening of music, gardens, stories and sweets, will be on June 10. The show will feature duo The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, an area flute choir, a violinist and several working artists… in three backyard gardens. It’s the one ticketed event of the series.
Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council, fund the shows, so they’re free to the public. Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Summer Suites begins at 6:30 and Tulip Festival shows at 7:30.
For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers will be inserted in The AdVisor May 5, and will be available at the Arts Council office and various businesses.

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Winners announced at “Klompen with the Stars”

ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the Stars was a “huge success,” according to producer Vern Eekhoff and Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. It brought six duos to the stage of the packed Northwestern College Chapel Saturday, March 21 for a northwest Iowa version of Dancing with the Stars.

The judges and the crowd together selected the winning teams. The winning duo was Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua; runners-up were Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg. Of the almost 500 attendees, 403 people cast votes, via cell phone or paper ballots.

Other dancing teams were Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese, Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton, Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover, and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach (pictured above).

The event also featured emcees ABC’s Jenna Rehnstrom and Life 96.5’s Lauren Banik; judges Luanne Christensen, Dan Sikkema, Rebecca Donahue and Jim Schaap; and professional dancers Gordon and Kate Bratt of Mill City Ballroom, St. Paul. IMG_4844 KLOMPEN Kate & Gordon Bratt(right) Show producer was Vern Eekhoff, and committee members were Olga Alvarado, Mark Volkers and Janine Calsbeek. Tech crews were students and staff from Orange City, Sioux Center, Northwestern College and Dordt College.

The event, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, raised funds for a new mural in downtown Orange City, the summer Wednesday night outdoor series Onstage Orange City and Ballet Quad Cities presenting The Nutcracker Dec. 19. “It was a great community-building event,” said Calsbeek, “and it makes many other things possible — terrific arts events — in 2015.”

Corporate sponsors of Klompen with the Stars were Diamond Vogel Paint, Orange City Area Health System and Northwestern Bank. Additional sponsors were Cardinal Therapeutic Massage, Hair Clinic, Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Northwestern College, Old Factory Coffee Shop, Bella Ruse, State Farm, Celebration Media Services and Woudstra Meat Market.

IMG_3356PHOTO above: Leah Hayungs presents her mom Lori with flowers and a hug following the announcement of the winners of Klompen with the Stars in Orange City Saturday, March 21. Pictured are the dancers (left to right) Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach; Sarah Wittenberg and Dan McCarty (runners-up); Yesenia Cazares; emcee Jenna Rehnstrom of KCAU-TV; Yesenia’s dance partner, Lee Stover; Leah and Lori Hayungs, and Lori’s dance partner Thai Hua; backstage emcee Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 Radio; Valerie Heaton and Jason Alons; and Marissa Wiese and Jonny Craig. The event was a fundraiser for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects — a mural, Onstage OC summer shows in the park, and The Nutcracker, to be performed by Ballet Quad Cities.

PHOTO below: No wooden shoes clomped at this Orange City event, there were just six crowd-pleasing dances, and funds raised for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects. The competing dance teams March 21 were (left to right) Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese; Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton; Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg — runners-up; Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover; Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua — first place winners; and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach. (Photo courtesy of Doug Calsbeek, Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

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OC Arts schedule for 2014-2015

2014-15 Arts in ORANGE CITY

Aug 1 & 2 Missoula Children’s Theatre: King Arthur’s Quest. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Auditions for children July 28. Performances: Fri 7:30p, Sat 2:00p

Wednesdays Onstage Orange City thru Aug 20 in Windmill Park. Aug 27 show at Northwestern’s Green. 7:00p

Fri Oct 3 Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist from New York, OC Public Library, 7:00p. 

Fri Oct. 10 Paulo Padilha and Group: Beyond Onstage series. The swing & rhythm of urban Brazil, with humor! Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Oct 5-10.

Oct 27-Nov 20 Memoir class, eight afternoon sessions taught by Barbara Turnwall. Old Factory Coffee Shop.

Nov 22 Watercolor workshop taught by award-winning artist Judy Thompson, OC Area Health System Downtown campus.

Nov 13-22  Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition in conjunction with NWC’s production, The Power & the Glory, Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Deadline for entries: Oct. 13.

Dec The SchoolHouse Company’s annual Christmas show

Fri Jan 16 Shanren: Beyond Onstage series. Fusing indigenous Chinese with modern music. Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Jan 11-17.

Sat Jan 31 Contra Tiempo: Beyond Onstage series. Urban Latin dance theatre from LA, performing Full Still Hungry. Unity’s Knight Center, 8:00p.

Sat Feb 7 An Evening of Dance featuring local dance teams, Unity’s Knight Center, 7:00p.

Sat Feb 21 Map of My Kingdom by Iowa’s poet laureate Mary Swander. Featuring Cora Vander Broek Brumlow (pictured) of Chicago. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre, 7:30p.

Sat Mar 21 Dancing with the Stars featuring local celebrities and Gordon & Kate Bratt of the Twin Cities. Prairie Winds Events Center, 7:30p.

Sat Apr 11 Cinderella by Des Moines Metro Opera: Beyond Onstage series. Comic opera & Rossini’s finest music. Northwestern’s Chapel, 7:30p.

Mon Apr 20 Harlem Quartet: Beyond Onstage series. 2013 multi-Grammy award winner. “Contagious enthusiasm.” Northwestern’s Chapel, 7:00p

May – Aug  Onstage Orange City & Summer Suites. Wednesdays. Windmill Park 7:00p unless otherwise announced.

June – July   Classes in arts & theatre

 

 

BEYOND ONSTAGE SEASON PASS DISCOUNT UNTIL OCT. 1: $35 adults, $20 students. After Oct. 1, $45 adults, $30 students

NEW! Purchase season passes at Dove Christian Bookstore or ONLINE at orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage. Or send name, address, email, & ph # with check to Orange City Arts Council.  Individual tickets: $10 & $7. Children 5 & under free.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP PERKS 2014-15

• A free OC Arts Council tote bag – to all new members ($30 contribution or more)

• To donors of $100 or more: several artists are offering discounts on the purchase of their work. AND $100+ donors receive complimentary tickets to select OCAC events. Donate $1000 & receive two free season passes for Beyond Onstage.

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Beyond Onstage 2014-2015

The 2nd season is even better than the first. Season passes may be purchased at Dove Christian Bookstore or Orange City Arts Council. Season passes may also be purchased online: orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage.  $35 for adults for five shows; $20 for students. After October 1, season passes are $45 adult, $30 student. (At the door: $10 adults, $7 students, children 5 & under are free.) Shows at Unity Christian Knight Center and Northwestern’s Christ Chapel.

Oct. 10: Paulo Padilha & Group from Brazil

Catch the swing and rhythm of urban Brazil! Highly acclaimed as a musician and clever lyricist with a mischievous sense of humor, Padilha’s songs take interest in everything from mother-in-law as muse to philosophic ramblings on art. A little samba, a little pop—you’ll dance all the way home!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zp0pQh-MlQ

Jan. 16: Shanren from Yunnan Province, China

Shanren, fusing indigenous music from southwest China with modern styles from around the globe, they’ve received critical & popular acclaim in Asia, Europe & North America. Both Paulo Padilha and Shanren are sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council & Arts Midwest World Fest, that brought the popular Le Vent du Nord & Baladino here!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwxeFqefZhc

Jan. 31: Contra Tiempo from Los Angeles

Contra Tiempo brings together salsa, Afro-Cuban, urban & contemporary dance-theatre to create Full Still Hungry. Opening night at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was sold out. “Emotionally charged choreography, sharp cultural commentary & an unrelenting sense of humor.” (pictured) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8xdk13eLBQ

Apr. 11: Cinderella

From the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa has performed in 40 states, Japan & China… and will present the delightfully romantic comedy, Cinderella. Hilarious characters & situations set to Rossini’s finest music, it’s comic opera at its most exhilarating best!

Apr. 20: Harlem Quartet

The New York Times used the word “panache” to describe the Harlem String Quartet’s recent performance: “a flamboyant confidence of style.” Their recording with Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner. “A new attitude to classical music… fresh, bracing, intelligent.” “Contagious enthusiasm.” harlemquartet.com

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Onstage Orange City: Watoto Children’s Choir

ORANGE CITY – The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will present their energetic music and dance show in Orange City Wednesday, June 11 at Windmill Park.

The 7:00pm show features original and vibrant African music with dance routines and life-transforming stories. The program is entitled “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.”

The show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City summer series, and is sponsored by  Orange City Communications.

The globally-acclaimed choir was born from the holistic care program, Watoto, initiated to serve a variety of needs of the African people, especially those of children orphaned as a result of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. “We share a message of transformation,” said Watoto founder Gary Skinner, “telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women.”

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents, and all live in Watoto Children’s Villages.

“It’s a concert of hope,” said Skinner, and he and the choir desire to reach audiences “with the message of Christ’s healing power,” he said.

This tour began in Argyle, TX in mid-January and the 22  children and 10 adults will travel for six months, visiting Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa, ending their tour in late June in Colorado.

Since the tour’s inception in 1994, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with an opportunity to broaden their world view. They have done shows in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S., and have performed for everyone from royalty and national leaders to the ordinary person.

The June 11 concert is free, but an offering will be received for Watoto.

Thanks to Living Water Community Church for assisting with the event.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net. Watoto’s site is watoto.com/choir.

 

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, Facebook or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)

Onstage OC: Festival Latino

The fun begins at 5:00pm with activities: face painting, fingernail painting, a kid’s zone with a clown and a bouncy castle, mural painting, a piñata design contest, and more! Mexican food will be sold. A Latino musical group will perform at 7:00pm.

It’s Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park at 7:00pm Wed., July 16.

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Staples, Center Fresh Eggs, ViBella Jewelry & CASA

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)