Our 2016-2017 Season


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Iola Community Theatre and The Bowlus Fine Arts Center proudly announce that "I'm Talk'n Jazz!", a new live jazz show, will play September 9, 10, and 11. The show will feature the music of the original crooners Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and others.  The show is a full stage production written and performed by the leading lady Sabra Aguirre, plus a cast of outstanding local singers.

The show will also feature accompaniment by the award winning musicians of the Iola Mustangs Jazz Band, under the direction of Matt Kleopfer.  The list of songs includes:

I Won’t Dance
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye
The Best is Yet to Come
The Lady is a Tramp
New York, New York
Happy Days are Here Again / Get Happy
Fly Me to the Moon
Lush Life
Feeling Good
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)

Auditions were
July 31 & August 1
Bowlus Fine Arts Center

Show dates are
September 9 & 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM
September 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Bowlus Fine Arts Center

Written, Staged and Directed by Sabra Aguirre


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Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage — with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare.  BECKY'S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

"Perhaps the highest praise that can be given to Steven Dietz's praiseworthy new comedy is that it's funny. Not ironic.  Not hysterical in a slapsticky kind of way.  Just gently and consistently funny—right up to the point that it's touching, and then even a little bit after that.  BECKY'S NEW CAR takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret." — Variety

"... Steven Dietz's warm and amiable new comedy is the perfect two-hour escape from the endless political campaign, stock market collapse, and other daily woes of modern life.  You won't see a comedy this good on television or in the neighborhood multi-plex." — Talkin' Broadway

"BECKY'S NEW CAR is that perfect blend of hilarious comedy and substantial weight, a story about choices and consequences that could believably happen to anyone." — Broadway Hour

Auditions were
October 2 & 3
At the Warehouse Theatre

Show dates are
November 4, 5, 12 at 7:30 PM
November 13 at 2:00 PM

Warehouse Theatre

(Adult Content)

Written by Steven Dietz

Directed by Angela Whitmore

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Dramatists Play Service.
440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-683-8960 Fax: 212-213-1539, www.dramatists.com


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A no-nonsense American family buys an old mansion in rural England, scoffing at warnings of a fierce and violent resident ghost.  The spirited Americans - Mother, Father, young Virginia, and her mischievous little twin brothers - may have found their match in the equally spirited and clever ghost, who is determined to scare them out or worse.  He's outnumbered, however, and in the end, kind-hearted Virginia helps him fulfill the terms of the legend that allow him release into the afterlife.

"It's a pleasure to take the kids to see something that diffuses fear with humor, such as The Canterville Ghost...definitely a ghost story with a difference...and a particularly fine one." Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

Auditions were
January 2 & 4, 2017
At the Warehouse Theatre

Show dates are
February 3, 4 & 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
February 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Warehouse Theatre

Adapted by Marisha Chamberlain

From the Story by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Mandy Moyer

Produced through special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Playscripts, Inc.
7 Penn Plaza, Suite 904, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 1-866-NEW-PLAY (639-7529), www.playscripts.com

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A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards - including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four, fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way.  The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special.  Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year With Frog And Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family!

Auditions were
February 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM &
February 20 & 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM

At the Warehouse Theatre

Re-Scheduled Show dates are
April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 PM
April 30 and May 7 at 2:00 PM

Warehouse Theatre

Music by Robert Reale
Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale

Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel

Originally Presented on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel,
Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz and Roy Furman

Directed by Angie Whitmore & Mandy Moyer

Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684, www.MTIShows.com

"One Night Stand Series"

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ICT will continue the series of free "Coffee House" concerts at the Warehouse Theatre, 203 S. Jefferson.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided, but seating will be limited. (A free-will donation will be accepted to cover costs).

Plans for future "One Night Stands" are being developed.  If you have suggestions, please contact us.