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Orpheum Fall Performance Series starts Sept. 19

Ryan Stier

Musician Ryan Stier, will be one of three Iowa singer/songwriters to perform on Sept. 19 at the Orpheum Black Box Theater. Extravision’s alt-folk music focuses on spiritualism, human curiosity and the thirst for learning.

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is pleased to announce its Fall Performance Series. From September through December, visitors will have the opportunity to witness lots of live music performances, a new live-action play, and improvisational comedy.

Fall Performance Series at the Orpheum dates:

  • Saturday, Sept. 19 — An Iowa Songbook
  • Saturday, Oct. 17 — Vijf Wind Quintet
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 Map of My Kingdom
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 — Amy & Adams
  • Saturday, Dec. 19 — Clinton Street Vocal Quartet
  • 26 – Dec. 31 — Instant Comedy: JUST ADD SPAM!

All performances will begin at 7:30 pm and take place in the Orpheum Black Box Theater. Price for each performance is $10; tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 641-844-5921, visiting, or by stopping by the Orpheum Theater Center office at 220 E. Main St. in Marshalltown.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Orpheum will play host to three Iowa singer-songwriters — Dex Walker, Extravision, and Brooks Strause. Dex Walker is a husband, father, writer, and artist who resides in Marshalltown. His songs focus on life’s most universal struggles such as faith, hope, and love. Ryan Stier is Extravision — alt-folk music focused on spiritualism, human curiosity and the thirst for learning. Brooks Strause of Iowa City creates all types of music and recorded eight solo albums.

The Vijf Wind Quintet, which performs Saturday, Oct. 17, also hails from Iowa City. The Vijf Quintet is a reed quintet (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon) with a wide repertoire — contemporary music, pieces from the classical era, romantic, French, jazz, Baroque, and a variety of pieces written originally for the ensemble.

Clinton St. Quartet

On Dec. 19, the Clinton Street Vocal Quartet from the University of Iowa will bring their musical talents to the Black Box Theater.

The Orpheum will host two special performances in the month of November, beginning with Map of My Kingdom on November 7. Map of My Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions. 

The second event of November is a concert by Amy & Adams on Nov. 14. Amy & Mark Adams-Westin have produced five well-received CDs that have garnered national & international airplay. Roots Music Report declared them “…as fresh and entertaining as folk music has ever been.” But Amy & Adams covers a musical territory far wider than folk. They’ve dubbed it Eclectic/FolkRock/TinPanAlley/BluesGrass. The Minnesota-based duo offers an evening of great tunes from the 1920s through the 60s, as well as their own infectious original songs, all wrapped in lush accompaniments and stunning vocal harmonies.

Amanda Mullen

Amanda Mullen is the lead actor in the Nov. 7th play Map of My Kingdom. Map of My Kingdom is directed by Matt Foss, acting and theatre history professor at the University of Idaho.

On Dec. 19, the Clinton Street Vocal Quartet from the University of Iowa will bring their musical talents to the Black Box Theater. The faculty quartet is made up of soprano Rachel Joselson, mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle, baritone/tenor John Muriello, and baritone Stephen Swanson. They will perform some of the best musical theater songs of Stephen Sondheim, arrangements of Old American Folksongs, and delightful medleys of Christmas favorites to bring in the holidays.

The final event of the Fall Performance Series will feature Instant Comedy: JUST ADD SPAM! Marshalltown’s own improvisational comedy group is back for a fifth year of workshops and performances this December. The improv comedy performance is set up like the television show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Be part of the performance team, or just sit back and laugh! Instant Comedy will lead improv workshops December 26 – 29, in the Black Box from 6:30 – 9 pm. Performances are also in the Black Box December 30 & 31 at 7:30 pm.

The Orpheum Theater Center is administered by Iowa Valley Community College District and demonstrates IVCCD’s vitality and commitment to partnering, educating and building our communities.

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