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Love at the County Fair

Everything’s special about LOVE AT THE COUNTY FAIR, a play involving several love stories, on stage in the Iowa City area July 30 and 31, 2010.

A troupe of students and others, with and without special needs, will perform this original stage play. It is written and directed by Janet Schlapkohl, an Iowa City schools’ theater director and founder of the Combined Efforts Theater.

True to the county fair theme, the play will be performed 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.

And here are some more pictures of the 2010 Iowa County Fair, plus from a July 20 first rehearsal at the open air farm “theater,” to get you in the mood.

This is the second summer season for the Combined Efforts group, and follows eight years of presentations during the school year.

In addition to producing a show, this non-profit theater program has the unique goal of bringing together talented performers and backstage crew of all ages with and without special needs. All participants seek the joy and challenge that theatre performance provides in the creative spirit of collaborative effort. Plays are original and include music. The most recent productions were “Zombie Hotel” (summer 2009) and “A Carol for Our Time” (December 2009).

Dates and times. Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m..

Location: 3418 Osage Street, SW, Iowa City, Iowa.

Directions: From Riverside and Highway 1, go west 3.3 miles on Hwy 1, take a left at the first green street sign — “Maier Avenue SW” — (gravel), go 1.0 mile and take a right on Osage Street. The Country Camp Farm is 0.1 mile, the first and only property on the road. http://thecountrycamp.com.

Reservations: Call 319-354-3369 and leave a message. Tickets: $5.00 adults, $3.00 students, children under five are free. (Tickets also available at the door.)

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