Monday, October 29, 2012

THANK YOU! From A Nightmare on Main Street

haunted house

Our Premiere Haunted House " A Nightmare on Main Street' is now just a happy memory. I had no idea what was really involved when I started this project rolling. But it was worth it in the end. We converted our 22 x 160' building into one awesome haunted house. Before I go much further I have to say that it would not have happened without the hard work and hundreds of hours of volunteered time of Bernie and Roann Kofron and James Hubers. You people are amazing!

We had 17 rooms in our haunted house:
 Spider Den
 Zombie Cage
Acme Mask Factory
Portrait Gallery
Fur Maze
Electric Chair
Children of the Corn
Dracula's Resting Place
Hansel, Gretel and the Witch
The Butcher
The Dot Room
Zombie Nursery
Birthday Party
House of 1000 Corpses
Captain Spaulding
and finally- The Girl from the Well

There were over 35 people working in the event each night from taking tickets, to acting as safety people, to the persons dressed to scare- and over 700 people walked through our house.

If it wasn't for the generous support of these people, and our sponsors, this haunted house might never had happened.

I need to thank our sponsors too- the money/materials you donated helped tremendously and we would not have been able to create such a good house without you!

Anytime Fitness
Carroll Broadcasting
Carroll Cycle Center
Commercial Savings Bank
Computer Concepts
Dr Gene Glass
Greteman Agency
Greteman Chiropractic
Haley Implement
K & D Painting
Options Ink
Piranha Club
Pro Auto
haunted house
Wittrock Motors

In the end I am not sure who had more fun- the people walking through the house or those of us who were scaring them.  We are already planning next year's house and it promises to be even better than this year. We are even trying to figure out a little kid loop of not so scary stuff so they can enjoy it too. I will admit I was very surprised at the number of small children who went through the house and didn't seem to be forever scared by it. But then I wasn't the one putting them to bed later either.

So THANK YOU to everyone who helped us create this event!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Nightmare on Main Street

This fall the CAC/CCT decided to do things a bit differently- no play.  With the help of some dedicated volunteers ( a HUGE  shout out to James Hubers) we are transforming our building into a 14 room haunted house. We are getting close to having all the rooms planned out and several of them are finished. I don't want to give anything away but we have some pretty cool special effects and totally unexpected scenes in the works.

I had no idea how into Halloween James is. Maybe I should be a bit worried? He has come up with some pretty "interesting" ideas for the haunted house. I must admit I am having waaay to much fun with the black lights!

The response we have had from the business community has been amazing.

Anytime Fitness
Carroll Broadcasting
Carroll Cycle Center
Casey's General Store
Commercial Savings Bank
Computer Concepts
Dr Gene Glass
Greteman Agency
Greteman Chiropractic
Haley Implement
K & D Painting
Options Ink
Pro Auto
The Piranha Club
Wittrock Motors

The above mentioned businesses and individuals have donated money, materials or resources to help us create the ultimate haunted house.  THANK YOU! We could not have done this without their support. Please support them!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Nightmare on Main Street

Things are coming together very well for our first ever attempt at a haunted house. We have been kicking around making a haunted house for a few years and this year I met a couple of amazing people who were a huge help during Harry Potter this summer. So now I am cob-web deep in making a haunted house.

The response from the community has been wonderful. We have collected over $800 in sponsorships from area businesses so we could afford to purchase things we need to make this haunted house the best ever. We also have a couple of businesses who have donated materials and in-kind items for the haunted house.

So far we have 7 rooms designed, built and almost finished. My favorite thing to do is to "decorate" scenes when we do shows. So I am in my element decorating these haunted rooms. We are still looking for some more actors and safety people to be in the haunted house during its four night run. If this is successful I am pretty positive that this will become an annual event.

For more information please check out

Friday, September 14, 2012

Be there and help SCARE!

CAC/CCT is creating a Haunted House in our building. This a FUNDRAISER for building repairs, insulation and upkeep. We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with all parts of the Haunted House. We have Sponsors lined up with cash and in-kind donations and we have room ideas!. Now we need people for characters, safety, construction, make-up- costumes. The dates of the Haunted House are October 24th and 25th 7-9PM and October 26th and 27th 7-10PM. Please come to our meeting! Be There and Help Scare

Monday, September 3, 2012

There's an angel among us!

This summer was busy for the CAC/CCT with Harry Potter in June and then our high school and college summer shows in the black box in July. 

This summer was HOT. As in extremely warm. The air conditioner in the black box decided to quit during the worst of the summer heat in July. I was proud of our cast of "Collective Dating" for going on with the show in spite of the lack of AC. We had fans running and doors open and cold water available for the audience and actors. I think every one in the place lost about 5 pounds each night. The shows were great and the actors did a wonderful job. We warned the audience that the ACwas broken and we didn't have the $1300 to get it fixed. We had a donation jar for the AC and garnered $185- which we were extremely grateful for! But it wasn't enough to get the job done.

During the two weeks between shows we got a phone call from an anonymous person who said- call and get the AC fixed and I will have a check for you for the amount by the end of the week! The cast of "Fresh Brewed" was very appreciative of the cooler climate for rehearsals and the audience was too!

So- THANK YOU to the angel who heard about our plight and gave us the money to get the air conditoner fixed. Thank you from all of us at the Black Box Studio Theatre!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Collective Dating

The first in our Summer Theatre Series is this week at the Black Box Studio located at 311 N Main St (South of Rancho Grande) Friday July13th and Saturday July 14th at 7:00 PM

Collective Dating is a wacky collection of romantic comedies based on the world of dating. From cavemen to the Internet, from an uptight, upright dating service to one that knows no bounds, Collective Dating is a wild ride of fun.

All seats are $5.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

AUDITIONS! Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice

Things are heating up for summer at the CAC/CCT. If you are interested in theater and want to get involved we have opportunites for all ages this summer from 10- adults 

The CAC/CCT will be producing and directing the Carroll Youth Theater this summer. CYT is for area youth who are between the ages of 10 and 15. Laura Comito, founder of the CYT is back in the director's chair!

Carroll Youth Theater – “Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice” a parody by Jeannette Jaquish
Ages: 10 to 15
Audition Dates: 
Tuesday May 15th    6:30-8:00 p.m.        Thursday May 17th   6:30-8:00 p.m.
Rec Center Theater

Fee: There is no audition fee.
However, upon receiving a part, each cast/crew member will be required to pay $30.00. This fee covers the cost of a t-shirt and cast party and one script.

 Audition/Crew forms are available in the Rec Center office, the front desk or online  You need to fill out your form and bring it with you to either audition. Auditions are held on a first come-first serve basis with 5 to 6 people auditioning at a time. Auditions may range from 5 to 15 minutes. Everyone who wants to audition will get a chance and we won’t leave until everyone auditions. The production will need a cast of at least 32 with room for extra parts if we need them.

PARENTS: Youth Theatre would not be possible with you.  I will need help behind the scenes with costumes, props, sets and stage managers. If you can volunteer your time to make this the best production ever please indicate it on the audition form. This is great way for families in the Carroll area to work on a project together.

Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm – 6:30 p.m. (beginning Tuesday, May 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm)

Production Dates:
Thursday June 28th 7:00 pm
Friday June 29th 1:00 pm
 Friday June 29th 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 22, 2012

CONCERT April 11, 2012!

Winners of the first ever ROCK THE CAMP contest hosted by TobyMac and Camp Electric, Cloverton propelled onto the music scene in 2011, scoring the #1 most downloaded song in the history of KLOVE radio for their first single "Take Me into the Beautiful."  The video and single "The End is the Beginning" was recently released from their brand new EP.

The opening act for this concert is Jenny Wailes of Jefferson! Jenny has an amazing voice and this concert is sure to ROCK!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tickets: $10 general admission/$20 VIP**

Doors open at 6:30 PM for the main event
Music starts at 7:00 PM with local artist Jenny Wailes

**VIP Cloverton Package includes:

5:45 PM Start (doors open at 5:30 PM)
Front Row Seating
Private Acoustic Set
Meet and Greet/Q & A session
Poster Signing

To buy tickets online  The End is the Beginning video

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Nit Wits

Kuemper Catholic High School presents
“The Nit Wits”
 Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m
 Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m
 and Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. 

 Cost is $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


History Boy Theatre Co.

History Boy Theatre Co, your regional professional theatre located in Jefferson, IA is seeking actors and musicians for their upcoming production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  BBAJ is a powerful rock musical depicting the story of America’s first political maverick.  A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States – who cares if he didn’t have permission. 
Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, March 17th at 4:00 or by appointment.  Appointments can be arranged with Angie at 515-370-4306 or  All auditions must be completed prior to March 17, 2012.  Performers should bring 16-32 bars of any song - a capella or provide your own accompaniment.  All performers must have strong rock voices.  Come prepared to read and move. Auditions held at 115 S. Wilson, Jefferson, IA.  Character descriptions available at 
Rehearsals for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson begin April 2nd with performances June 8-10 & 15-17. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fiddler on the Roof!

I LOVE this show and will be headed to Jefferson this weekend to see it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still crazy after all these years......

 Yep. Why? because after a long absence ( I would say it's been at least 18 years) I have resumed the mantle of "Director" of the Carroll Youth Theatre. This is a program that I started when I was a junior in highschool. The orginal idea behind youth theatre was that all the kids who participated would be involved in all aspects of the play. Not just acting. There is more to producing a play than memorizing lines. I will be returning the program to its roots and these kids will learn a lot.

So- this summer I will be directing a delightful play written by Jeannette Jaquish called (drum roll please)

Harry Potter and the Obnoxious Voice

It is a parody based on the works by JK Rowling. I have a copy of the script and I have read it and it is brilliant! I am a huge Harry potter fan....

 Harry is once again locked in his room where Dobby & an inebriated Winky come to him with a warning to save not his life but at least his career. At Hogwarts things are weirder than ever, Snape is furious at Ron's spilled potion, Hagrid doesn't think Harry''s "hearing voices" thing is funny, Dumbledore has lost his meal ticket, Malfoy has a fancy-schmancy new "mission", time is twisting, the house elves battle Peeves and whisper about "The Master".

All the details about auditions will be found in the Rec Center's Summer Program booklet which will come out in late March.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Murder at Mardi Gras

February 24th and 25th the Community Theatre will be presenting an audience interactive murder mystery at the Santa Maria Winery. We are still looking for two men and one woman to be in the show. If you are interested or need more information please contact me.

The Scene: The Grand Ballroom of the DuPre Chateau on the evening of the Krewe of Midas Masquerade Ball
There is a mystery afoot in the Big Easy- The Krewe of Midas King, Pierre DuPre, has been murdered, strangled with a set of Mardi Gras beads.  Pierre was always suspicious of those looking to sink their claws into his fortune. Was it the greed of those around him that put old Pierre in the grave? His beloved family members, friends and neighbors have now become suspects in this Garden District murder.

Mathew Gator” Crovitz: A boy from the Bayou who worked his way through law school; He is madly in love with Alexis DuPre. (Costume: A preppy college outfit mixed with a fisherman/outdoors man outfit. Props: a net, fishing pole and some law books.)

Alexis DuPre: Pierre’s socialite daughter; a southern belle and reigning “Magnolia Queen” at Dixie University. (Costume: a ball gown, tiara and sash)

Bourbon DuPre: A jazz musician from the French Quarter. (Costume: A tuxedo or simply slacks and a flashy vest over a button down shirt and a bowler hat trumpet or a saxophone. Or you can go all out and wear an outrageous Mardi Gras costume with gold, green and purple.)

Melissa F. DuPre:  Pierre DuPre’s new wife from Las Vegas. (Costume: A flashy outfit that is as trampy as it is tacky. A feathered boa is a must)

Connika Gothika:  An eccentric novelist and Pierre DuPre’s next door neighbor. (Costume: all dressed in black with long black wig and dark makeup and jewelry)

J. Stephen Peek: The DuPre family attorney and Pierre DuPre’s closest friend and confidant. (Costume: A simple suit and tie and a briefcase)

Cayenne Pepper: The DuPre family chef and aspiring TV star. (Costume: White coat, apron and a chef’s hat. Cooking utensils and a cookbook)

Elise St. Gresch: The young and attractive live in maid at the DuPre Chateau. (Costume: French maid or a little black dress with a white apron and a feather duster)