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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Elvis returns to Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa

Joseph Hall's “Elvis Rock 'N' Remember” Tour coming November 12

Joseph Hall, an Elvis tribute performer from Branson, Missouri, will bring three decades of Elvis hits to the Donna Reed Theatre on Saturday, November 12 at 7 P.M.

Hall has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2008, making six television appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists!

He has performed all over the world, from Las Vegas, Nevada to Porthcawl, Wales. He has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today.

“My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley,” says Hall, “and to pay tribute to him with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and, above all else, his fans.”

Tickets are $20-$25 and can be obtained by calling the Donna Reed Theater Box Office at 712-263-3334, sending an e-mail to or by visiting the Donna Reed Museum at 1305 Broadway in Denison, IA.

Donna Reed Festival alumnus to star in forthcoming independent film

Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana was acting finalist in 2000

Santino Fontana, the Tony-nominated Broadway actor who can currently be seen in The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, stars in the forthcoming independent film Galileo, according to

Galileo, according to the industry website, “follows an arrogant heir to a Mexican fast-food franchise that goes hunting for the next culinary big thing. He soon finds himself in a small New Mexican town, where foodies come from all over to salivate over the culinary treats of a local and feisty female chef.“

Fontana has been seen on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, Billy Elliot: the Musical, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cinderella (Tony nomination) and Act One.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Donna Reed scholarship finalist now appearing in two hit shows

Mekia Cox

Mekia Cox plays roles of a strong, independent woman

Mekia Cox is becoming one of the best known actresses in Hollywood. She currently stars in two hit shows—ABC’s Secrets and Lies and NBC’s Chicago Med—and rocks each role like a pro. Although the roles are pretty different, it allows us to see Mekia in a different light each time. She has a great depth of talent and it is a pleasure to see her in different roles each week. Read the complete TVGrapline article.

Cox was a 1999 Donna Reed scholarship finalist in musical theater from Orlando, Florida.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Donna Reed Scholarship Alumnus To Recur In Season 3 Of TV Land Comedy Series

Ben Rappaport    -Associated Press

Ben Rappaport, 2004 Donna Reed Scholarship national finalist in acting

Ben Rappaport (Mr. Robot) has been cast in a recurring role opposite Molly Bernard on Season 3 of Darren Star’s TV Land comedy series Younger.
He’ll play medical intern Max Horowitz, a new love interest for Lauren Heller (Molly Bernard). Max and Lauren went to camp together as kids, and when they run into each other in a bar, they start to rekindle their friendship and develop into something more. Ben will first appear in the third episode of the season, “Last Days of Books”, which airs Wednesday, October 12. Season 3 premieres on September 28.
Rappaport can currently be seen in the second season of USA’s breakout series Mr. Robot recurring as Ollie Parker. He previously recurred for two seasons on The Good Wife and starred in the NBC comedy Outsourced. He is co-starring on Broadway inFiddler on the Roof and will soon appear in Landing Up, a film he also co-produced.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Donna Reed Scholarship alumna joins cast of 'Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 8 - Journey's End'

Kari Wahlgren

Kari Wahlgren, popular voiceover artist

If you are a “Minecraft: Story Mode” gamer, watch for Mevia, the enforcer. You will be hearing the voice of Kari Wahlgren, a 1995 Donna Reed Foundation National Scholar (acting/vocal) from Hoisington, KS.

Journey's End” is the eighth “Story Mode” episode, and the final announced episode thus far. It follows 'Access Denied' (review here), but this time out, Jesse and party seem to be on the cusp of finding their way home.

In Episode 8: 'A Journey's End', with Harper leading them to the world of the Old Builders, Jesse and crew finally have their chance to return home... but it won't be easy, and the stakes are high. You'll need to take on opponents in a series of gladiatorial games to win your freedom, save your friends, and maybe, just maybe, make it back to your own world!

The September 13th launch date included PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon, and even Windows Store.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Donna Reed Foundation Sponsors Tri-City BBQ Costume Contest

Come strut your stuff!

Look ridiculous and win prizes at the 2nd ever BBQ Costume Contest! Get creative and dress up as your favorite meat, animal or anything else BBQ related and you could win! All ages!
PRIZES: 1st- $100 in BBQ Bucks; 2nd- $50 in BBQ Bucks; 3rd- $25 in BBQ Bucks; ALL runners up - $5 in BBQ Bucks
The silliness goes down Sat., Sept. 17th at the Reisz Construction FREE streetside stage at 3:15pm, hosted by the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Check out the full event schedule at:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Billy McGuigan Returns to Denison With New Show

Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premier Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan! 

If you missed him at the Omaha Playhouse in June, you can catch him in October at the Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa.

Billy McGuigan as Buddy Holly