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Comedy night hosted by Child Abuse Prevention Services

Laughter to fill Orpheum Thursday

April 22, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The laughs will be overflowing in the movie house at the Orpheum Theater as Child Abuse Prevention Services hosts Stand up for Children Comedy Night.

The night will feature the local improv group "Instant Comedy Just Add Spam," Marshalltown High School student and comedian Carl Giannetto and the headliner, comedian Toby Kid, who is from Ogden.

It will also serve to raise awareness for CAPS and what they do during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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The improv group “Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” will perform as part of the Stand up for Children Comedy Night Thursday at the Orpheum Theater. Pictured during a past performance, from left, are Sean McFarlin, Will Cook, Michael Goldberg, Toni Proescholdt and Lauren Grabau.

"The overall goal is to have a great night celebrating families and children and to find humor in some typical family situations," said Laurie Gowdy, community awareness director of CAPS. "We will also tell a little about what we do here at Child Abuse Prevention Services and the programs we provide to the community."

Gowdy said often people think about the downside of child abuse and her agency is about the positive side of prevention - which is what they want to focus on Thursday.

The night of comedy might be not be appreciated by the younger crowd, Gowdy said.

Fact Box

If you go ...

WHAT: Stand up for Children Comedy Night

WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Orpheum Theater, 220 E. Main St.

The improv group will open the night performing at 7 p.m., with Giannetto hitting the stage at 7:20 p.m. and Kid at 7:35 p.m.

"It's kind of a nice mix of local talent and a comedian (Kid) who has been all over the world," Gowdy said.

Tickets are $10 and available at the CAPS office at 811 E. Main St. in Marshalltown. There might be limited tickets at the door the night of the show, but that is not guaranteed.

CAPS will also host a Stand up for Children rally at 12:15 p.m. Friday on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn.

For more information or to get tickets for the comedy show, call the Child Abuse Prevention Services office at 641-752-1730.



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