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Calling all women: staged readings at the Orpheum

January 9, 2013

This February, the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will bring social issues to the stage as it presents the award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," in the Orpheum black box theater.

This episodic play will feature monologues that will be read and performed on stage by you. The Call to Women to come and read for roles and sign up will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Orpheum Black Box Theater.

All women interested in being involved with this project should be prepared to tell a story about a woman who has had a strong influence on their life. Women should also be prepared to read material provided. Role assignments will be posted and emailed by Jan. 19. The rehearsal period is Feb. 213. Rehearsals are planned around the participant's schedule and time limitations. Not all women will be required to be at all rehearsals.

The main goal of the event is to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women. All proceeds from the event will go to the Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center.

"DVA/SAC is thrilled to be the recipient of the proceeds of V-Day events at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown," said Starla Elsberry, volunteer coordinator at DVASAC. Elsberry was the Tama and Poweshiek County Career and Development Center coordinator at IVCCD for four years before joining DVA/SAC. "As a non-profit organization, funding is always a significant factor as demand for services has increased. In addition, the need for volunteers will grow exponentially as the agency's limited financial resources are stretched even further. The Orpheum's selection of DVA/SAC will help to increase community awareness of the need for funds and volunteers in this area."

DVA/SAC is a local non-profit agency that provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Marshall, Tama, Jasper and Poweshiek counties. The purpose of DVA/SAC is to help victims deal with the aftermath of these traumatic experiences. Services provided can include one- on-one counseling, advocacy in legal, medical, or law enforcement matters, support groups, as well as accompanying victims to police, hospital or court appointments.

"I can't express my thanks enough to the Orpheum Theater, for helping DVA/SAC continue to provide quality services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Elsberry. "Anti-bullying campaigns such as Marshalltown's 'Not in Our Town' have done a great job of raising awareness of bullying and violence in our community. By empowering them to move forward and heal, victims become survivors!"

Performances are set at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center. For more information go to

This project is an Orpheum Performance Series production and is funded in part by a generous grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, individual and corporate contributors. The Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District.



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