Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Donna!

Donna Reed on the set of The Donna Reed Show.

Donna Reed Foundation invites you to help us celebrate

Monday, January 25, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 pm CST
6:00 pm - Special screening of This Is Your Life
Donna Reed Theater
1305 Broadway
, Denison, IA 51442

Please join us on Monday, January 25, 2016 between 5:00 - 7:00 pm for an open house birthday reception for Donna Reed at the Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts in Denison, Iowa.

Stop by for light refreshments and a special screening of the half-hour long television show,
This Is Your Life which aired March 26, 1958.

The show, hosted by Ralph Edwards, surprised Donna with guests that included her parents and siblings, her best friend from high school, her high school chemistry teacher and her one-room schoolhouse teacher.

For our out-of-town friends and fans, please help grow our birthday card collection for Donna Reed with any favorite memories you have for her, her films/shows, encounters, and experiences with anything Donna (including participation in her Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts workshops, events, scholarships, parades, etc - anything is welcome!)

You can send greetings to the Donna Reed Foundation, 1305 Broadway, Denison, IA 51442 or email contact us at our special birthday email address. Excerpts and cards may be displayed at this or future celebrations.

Monday, January 11, 2016

“Living Rushmore” Brings Four “Presidents” to Denison on January 30th at 7:00 pm

Four nationally accomplished Presidential historians together on stage as Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt

Living Rushmore cast at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Spend an evening with four of our most be-loved Presidents the weekend before Iowans meet in the Iowa Caucuses to support their favorite candidate for the next President!
“Living Rushmore” will feature four of the most nationally accomplished presidential impersonators together on one stage, giving their views on our democracy and the presidency. 

This presentation has only been done a handful of times across the country and this will be the first time ever in Iowa. It's part of our 2015-2016 American Icon Series. 

Fritz Klein, from the Lincoln Institute in Springfield, Illinois, appears as Abraham Lincoln. Klein bears a striking physical resemblance to Lincoln. He blends Lincoln’s humor with his great humanity. You are guaranteed to walk away with a genuine sense that you have been with Lincoln himself. 

Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He continues to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the world's living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Gib Young from Huntington, Indiana, is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. A fortuitous meeting with Fritz Klein, our Lincoln interpreter, convinced Young to become a professional interpreter himself. Besides the physical resemblance to Theodore Roosevelt – circa 1915 – he has been able to develop the voice and movements of his subject to a high degree. 

Carl Closs from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is a former educator and senior business executive who has dedicated his retirement toward helping children and adults discover George Washington. He is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts that parallel the challenges and situations we face today.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance of “Living Rushmore” are $20.00 and can be obtained by calling the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, Iowa at 712-263-3334 or by e-mail at The Donna Reed Theater is located at 1305 Broadway in uptown Denison, Iowa. For more information, visit our website at 

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