Friday, February 28, 2014

Casting Call for "Dear Donna" Production

Letters from WWII soldiers to Donna Reed

Actors needed for play at Donna Reed Theatre

The Donna Reed Foundation is seeking a cast and crew for its March 23 production of “Dear Donna.”  The play consists of actual letters Donna Reed received during WWII. The actors will read the letters on stage, portraying the feelings and emotions expressed by soldiers so far from home.

The production, directed by Tim Tracy, calls for a cast of five men and one woman. The actors ideally will be WWII “soldier age” from 18 to 40.

Auditions will take place in both Denison and Carroll. On Tuesday March 4, auditions will be at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison at 7 p.m. On Thursday, March 6, auditions will be at the Carroll Community theater’s Black Box Theater at 7 p.m.

“Dear Donna” will be performed at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison.

More information can be obtained by contacting Tim Tracy at 712.830.7669 or

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

First Friday Films: "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

"Lions, and tigers, and bears!           Oh, my!"

Where-The Donna Reed Theater
When- Friday, February 7,2014
Time- 7:00 pm
Cost- $5.00
Concessions will be available

Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character make-ups and special effects in a film up to that time.

It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow". The song was ranked first in the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs list.

Watch the original trailer.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Donna Reed Festival Alumna Launches National Tour

Scholarship finalist Amy Heidemann part of Karmin tour 

 Karmin, the American pop duo of Amy Heidemann (2004 Donna Reed Scholarship vocal finalist) and Nick Noonan, kicked off their "Pulses" headline tour in Baltimore, MD on January 28. This run sees the platinum-certified duo hitting major markets across North America through the end of February.

They are best known for their song "Brokenhearted," which reached the top 20 in the United States, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and the song "Hello", which reached number one on the Dance Billboard Chart in the U.S.

They were known previously for their rise to fame through their YouTube covers, including Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass." Their original song "Take It Away" was used in promos for the 2011 NBA Finals. Rolling Stone recently named Heidemann as the winner of their "Women Who Rock" contest.