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ACT I to Present "Meet Me in St. Louis" August 5-8

Lauren Hartkemeyer, Newelle Dalton, and Ellie Groom rehearse Rehearsals are well underway for ACT I of Benton County's first mainstage musical since the pandemic. "Meet Me in St. Louis" follows the antics of the Smith family on the brink of the World's Fair in 1903-04. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (played by real life couple Nathan and Alyssa Groom of Urbana) and their five children, along with the entire cast, will sing and dance through life, love and the trolley ride during early 20th century St.

The Enchanted Bookshop Brings Smiles to the Palace

Dr. Doolittle is talking to the Cats On Saturday, and again on Sunday, The Enchanted Bookshop was performed by actors from the Little Vikes Drama Camp 2021 sponsored by ACT I of Benton County.Letters went out in April to area parents inviting their children to participate in the 2021 Little Vikes Drama Camp. The camp began with orientation on June 2. At the end of camp, campers were given their casting assignments for The Enchanted Bookshop Musical.
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VINTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT MURAL RECEPTION

The Vinton Public Library Board of Trustees invites you to join us in recognizing the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts and their work at the Vinton Public Library.Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 5:30pm-6:30pm Vinton Public Library Children’s DepartmentEnjoy meeting the artists and admire their wonderful mural, while enjoying refreshments.

Valory to now be shown on Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Coming to Vinton on May 29th, a locally made movie here in Benton County *Please note the change in date and time. After some glitches in preparing the short film for showing it is now ready to be shown on Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m.Information about the movie is below.Valory is a short film about a young boy living out in the rural Midwest countryside who finds a ship in a bottle in the cornfield by his house with a neighboring friend.

Union's "Into the Woods" cast to be featured on IPBS July 9th

Union Students to be featured on IPBS July 9th at 8:30 p.m. Union's cast of the Spring musical "Into The Woods" traveled to Des Moines on June 3rd to receive their awards and record their performance for the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards Showcase.  The entire cast was awarded "Outstanding Musical Production" and "Outstanding Ensemble".  3 students received "Outstanding Performance in a lead role"-Ty Fleshner, Madelon Rathe and Samuel Klein.

Veteran's Night Concert June 25 with Aaron Tippin

Friday night, June 25th, 2021, Aaron Tippin will honor local members of the military at a Veterans Night concert. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.Each veteran will have the opportunity to walk across the stage at the concert, being escorted to the front of the stage as Scott Sanborn (Emcee) will announce each veteran's provided information.

Union High School’s “Into The Woods” production earns 9 Statewide awards

Union High School’s spring musical production of “Into The Woods”  received 9 Awards this year Union High School’s spring musical production of “Into The Woods” recently was informed by the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards that they are the recipients of 9 awards for this year’s production. Union has participated in this educational program for the past 7 years.The production was awarded 2 major group awards. First “Outstanding Musical Production” was awarded to Union as the highest honor the production can achieve.

Vinton Shellsburg High School to Present Broadway Revue This Weekend

The Show Goes On will be presented Friday and Saturday Evening at 7:00 p.m. The Vinton Shellsburg High School Drama Department will be presenting The Shows Goes On: Songs and Scenes From Broadway this weekend. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with general admission seating. Masks will be required for the audience and we will follow social distancing guidelines.

Palace and ACT I bring live entertainment to the Palace May 7th and 8th

The Palace in cooperation with ACT I and the Schmidt Brothers is pleased to announce a live concert at the Palace.  The concert is planned for May 7th and 8th starting at 7 pm.  Tickets will be available at the door for $10 and seating is limited to 70 each night to honor social distancing.   We recommend wearing a mask out of respect for others.

Union High School Music Department to Present spring musical “Into The Woods”

Union High School to present the musical, Into the Woods Into The Woods” brings the Brothers Grimm to the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and how the choices we make affect our lives. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two [st] off on a journey to break the curse.
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