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“Check Out Combined Efforts Theater”

Iowa Theatre Blog [source]
July 19, 2010

CET – Combined Efforts Theater, which was originally called Combined Efforts Drama, was founded in 2002 by Janet Schlapkohl.

From their website:

Ms. Schlapkohl was a special education teacher at City High School in Iowa City, Iowa. She also assisted in directing school plays. She observed that many talented students who would benefit from the experience of performing were unable to do so. Combined Efforts Theater was created to provide that opportunity for students with and without special needs.

Many seasoned performers have joined the effort, and found it both fun and rewarding. It was subsequently expanded to include other members of the community of all ages with the 2009 productions of “Zombie Hotel” (summer) and “A Carol For Our Time” (December).

In 2010 it took the name Combined Efforts Theater, and assumed Section 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit theater group. The plays have each been original works, written and directed by Ms. Schlapkohl in collaboration with a growing number of volunteers.

Their next show is There’s Love at the County Fair written and directed by Janet Schlapkohl. It will performed July 30 and 31 at 6:00 PM at the Country Camp Farm.

More from their website:

True to the county fair theme, the play will be performed in a tent at the Country Camp Farm the weekend following the Johnson County Fair – complete with lemonade, hot dogs and cotton candy.

Here is truly a love story for every generation, as well as a rivalry between the owners of the towns’ two grocery stores, Monty’s and Kaplet’s. Add to that a Renaissance group turned boy band, rival stage mothers and their talented daughters, a lemonade swilling police chief, a former children’s show star and his stuffed raccoon, yodelers, hog callers, a Goth girl, singing, dancing, a pie baking competition, and much more.

For tickets, call 319-354-3369 and leave a message. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 students, and children under five are free. Tickets also available at the door.

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