The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts
The American Icon Series 2011-2012
July 16, 2011 - Frank Sinatra
September 10, 2011 - Eleanor Roosevelt
October 1, 2011 - Barbra Streisand
December 2-3, 2011 - It's a Wonderful Life - Live Radio Play
February 3, 2012 - Abraham Lincoln
Please join us every evening at 7:00 pm at the
Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts
for a series of unforgetable experiences with American
Icon performances of Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barbra Streisand,
Abraham Lincoln, and It's A Wonderful Life.
The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts presents its new
"Americon Icon Series" featuring five "Chautauqua-style" events
from July, 2011 to February, 2012. The performances include two concerts,
two historical re-enactments, and a live radio play.
The Life and Times of Sinatra
An autobigraphical tribute, in story and song, to Frank Sinatra.
Saturday - July 16, 2011
Music historian and singer, Tim Tracy, performs his historical tribute, in story and song, to the most
enduring performer of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra. From birth to legend, Sinatra was part of the fabric
of American life. Mr. Tracy's concert will share the unforgettable music and remarkable life stories of the
Sinatra you only thought you knew. His life, his loves - his way!
Eleanor Roosevelt - "In War to Peace"
Mrs. Roosevelt comes to life. Share her remarkable life in this Living History portrayal.
Saturday - September 10, 2011
Scholar and actress, Susan Marie Frontczak, portrays former First Lady and United Nations
Ambassador, Eleanor Roosevelt, in a series of vignettes giving audiences glimpses into her public and
private personae. Find out how the First Lady felt about the individual's role in a world torn by war, and
how she both affected, and was affected by, a world at war. Then, follow her in peacetime to the United
Nations and her pursuit of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant
development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. Ms.
Frontczak creates a remarkable living history and brings Eleanor Roosevelt to life for her audiences!
Then and Now... The Artistry of Barbra Streisand
Enjoy this award winning impersonation of Barbra Streisand.
Saturday - October 1, 2011
Award winning tribute artist, Carla DelVillaggio, recreates the excitement of the high energy vocals, and
the purity of beautiful ballads in her tribute to the greatest of all singing actresses, Barbra Streisand.
Whether costumed in the iconic sailor suit from the sixties, or the elegant gowns of more recent concerts,
Ms. DelVillaggio skillfully sings the classic Streisand songs from the beginning of her historic career
right up to today. From the hair down to the trademark nails, Carla is "Simply Streisand"!
"It's A Wonderful Life" - The Live Radio Play
You 've seen it on the screen, now witness this live stage adaptation of the movie.
Friday, Saturday - December 2-3, 2011
It's A Wonderful Life, Frank Capra's iconic movie, starring icons Donna Reed and Jimmie Stewart, has
thrilled audiences on the big screen and on television for decades. Now, a live stage adaption of the story
comes to the stage of the Donna Reed Theater featuring actors from Donna Reed's hometown of Denison,
Iowa. An iconic setting for this live American Icon Series performance.
"It's A Wonderful Life"
Special theater screenings of the original film.
Sunday - December 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Please join us as we host 2 screenings of the forever, quintessential
American film classic. This film only gets better with age,
so treat yourself and the entire family to the joy of watching
Donna and Jimmy Stewart together on the big screen.
An Evening With President Lincoln
Hear the thoughts and wisdom of Mr. Lincoln through one of the nation's premier Lincoln actors.
Friday - February 3, 2012
Considered one of the nation's foremost Lincoln actors, Richard F. (Fritz) Klein makes Lincoln and the
Civil War history of our nation come alive. With his wealth of knowledge and insight into Lincoln's
behavior and mannerisms, even his speech patterns, Mr. Klein's portrayal of our 16th President will make
you feel as if "he'd just stepped out of a time portal from the 19th century." You've seen him on the
History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, and C-Span - now come and see
Mr. Lincoln in person!