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Friday, September 8, 2017

Jared Grimes Shares Music Video for New Single 'Hang Awhile'

Jared Grimes

2001 Donna Reed Foundation national scholarship recipient in dance.


Jared Grimes premieres his 4th single and music video, 'Hang Awhile', and it is sure to get your foot tapping! In the Broadway World known more for his virtuosic tap dancing skills, Jared Grimes has slowly but surely let audiences know why Sammy Davis Jr. and Fred Astaire are his idols. With his energetic pop jazz sound and catchy lyrics, Grimes has proven that he can entertain with more than just his tap shoes. His new song and music video, 'Hang Awhile', excitingly pays homage to past tap legends while providing a new flare reminiscent of artist such as Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown.

Jared is currently choreographing the musical Holler If You Hear Me with Kenny Leon. He is then choreographing 42nd street at Drury Lane Chicago with Michael Heitzman, and then after that, he will be choreographing The Scottsboro Boys with Joe Calarco at the Signature Theater in DC.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

1996 Donna Reed Foundation national scholarship winner cast in pilot

Saycon Sengbloh
Saycon Sengbloh (Scandal) has signed on for a series-regular role in the Fox pilot, “Controversy,” by Sheldon Turner.
In “Controversy,” the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.
Sengbloh will play Ava, a cop who worked her way up to being a detective and is investigating several football players accused of assault.

Sengbloh was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Eclipsed and currently recurs on Scandal.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tonic Sol Fa returns to Denison, IA



A cappella group will appear at Donna Reed Theatre


Tonic Sol Fa, a popular Minnesota-based a cappella group, will appear at the Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa on July 27 for a 7:30 performance.

The trio has established itself as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest and one of the most successful independent acts in America. The group has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad. In addition, CD sales of its own independent releases has passed the two million mark.

The group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Lonestar, and were recently part of Garrison Keillor’s 30th Anniversary celebration of A Prairie Home Companion. 

General admission tickets for the 7:30 pm performance are $20 for adults and $10 for students. They can be obtained by calling the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, Iowa at 712-263-3334 or by e-mail at info@donnareed.org. The Donna Reed Theater is located at 1305 Broadway in uptown Denison, Iowa.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Annie KIDS" Is Coming To Denison, IA, June 12-17, 2017

2017 CMT Production

The popular Broadway musical “Annie” has captivated audiences around the world and now it comes to life during our June workshop.


This summer's Children's Musical Theater workshop production is the popular “Annie KIDS.” This fun-filled week is designed to teach the basics of musical theater to kids in grades K-8 who love singing, dancing and challenges. The workshop runs from June 12 – 16 and concludes with a performance for the public on Saturday, June 17. All events will take place at the high school, 819 North 16th St in Denison. 


Since its meager beginning in 2004, this popular workshop has blossomed under the direction of Allison Rasmussen, a Manilla native and instructional coach at Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools. This is her eleventh year of volunteering to head this workshop production. She is assisted by a dedicated team which now includes former students. All give a week of their time to help stage the production. 

Even local grandparents have discovered a benefit. They can spend a week of quality time with their grandchildren by inviting them for a visit and enrolling them in the workshop. 

Get a registration blank
* call 712.263.3334
* stop at The Donna Reed Foundation, 1305 Broadway, Denison, IA

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cowboy Brad Fitch brings the music of John Denver to Denison, Iowa.

"Cowboy Brad" Fitch, Estes Park, CO

Tribute show is Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm

Join “Cowboy Brad” Fitch as he celebrates the music, messages, and memories of the great John Denver. You will be moved by his renditions of Denver’s classic melodies, performed with reverence, joy, and a lot of fun. From “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to “Annie’s Song,” this is an event not to be missed.

Raised in Estes Park, Colorado, this singer, songwriter and guitarist has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old. He has recorded 19 albums featuring his original music that reflects what he loves about nature and the western lifestyle.

Reserved seating tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Donna Reed Foundation office by calling 712-263-3334 or by e-mail at info@donnareed.org. The Donna Reed Theater is located at 1305 Broadway in uptown Denison, Iowa.

Money raised by the concert will go toward the maintenance and operation of the Donna Reed Theater building.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The kids of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are still friends 70 years later

Al Roker interviews the kids of "It's a Wonderful Life."
It’s been 70 years since the release of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” in which a man named George Bailey sees what his town would have been like without him. At a museum dedicated to the film, TODAY’s Al Roker sat down with the three actors who played Bailey’s children, who are still friends today. Watch the December 19, 2016 Today Show interview.