The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts
The American Icon Series 2012-2013
September 21, 2012 - Glenn Miller Orchestra
October 12, 2012 - George Washington Carver
November 30, 2012 - It's a Wonderful Life - Live Radio Play
December 1, 2012 - It's a Wonderful Life - Live Radio Play
February 9, 2013 - "Here's Johnny!"
March 23, 2013 - An Iowa Songbook
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 the Glenn Miller Orchestra, George Washington Carver,
Johnny Carson, a Celebration of Iowa SIngers and Songwriters,
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 September, 2012 to March, 2013. The performances include two concerts,
a live radio play, and two living history re-enactments, all featuring
icons with Iowa ties.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
A Big Band Concert.
Friday - September 21, 2012
Alton Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa! The present Glenn Miller
Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing
an average of 300 live dates a year around the world. The Glenn Miller
Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is the most sought after big band
in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements.
Don't miss this special engagement at the Donna Reed Theater!
Tonight's performance sponsored, in part, by Hy-Vee
Listening to the Still Small Voice: The Story of George Washington Carver
Friday - October 12, 2012
Written and performed by Paxton J. Williams, this one person play was first
performed as Paxton's undergraduate capstone project in the Honors Program
at Iowa State University. G.W. Carver was one of the most inspiring and
enigmatic renaissance American men of the 20th century - from Civil War-era
Missouri to Carver's laboratory to the halls of Congress, you will
see the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumph of the scientist,
educator, and artist known as the "Wizard of Tuskegee".
Here's Johnny! - a live re-enactment of the Carson Show
Saturday - February 9, 2013
Jim Malmberg was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has lived in Phoenix, Arizona, since 1981. He's a former award-winning anchorman and reporter who was
honored for both his news documentaries and investigative reporting. When
people ask Jim why he left television news for a career impersonating Iowa
native Johnny Carson, he explains that his decision was determined by what
can only be described as his uncanny resemblance to the "King of Late Night"
both in sight and sound.
"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 - November 30 and December 1, 2012
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 16, 2012 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 Iowa Songbook - A Celebration
of Iowa Singers and Songwriters
Saturday - March 23, 2013
Iowans have left an impressive musical legacy throughout the years.
Icons like Andy Williams, Meredeth Wilson, Roger Williams, the Everly Brothers,
and more have given America some of its most memorable tunes. Join Western
Iowa entertainers in this celebration of Iowa's music history.