Willow Creek Theatre Company

An Iowa City based theatre company dedicated to creating new opportunities for working artists.

01/27/2024

Iowa City's resident professional improv team hits the Willow Creek stage TONIGHT!

Lady Franklyn specializes in long form improv. Watch them take your suggestions and transform them into an hour long story full of heart, fun, and laughter!

Get $2 off your tickets if your purchase them ahead of time!

Tickets can be purchased using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

01/22/2024

Willow Creek's Improv Conservatory kicks off its second year TONIGHT!

Haven't signed up yet? Lucky for you, spots are still available! Unsure if you want to want to commit to a whole season, but are interested in seeing what it's like? We're allowing walk-ins tonight only! Pay what you can (or want) at the door, and give it a try!

If you're spontaneous enough to try something new on a Monday night, you're spontaneous enough for improv, and all are welcome. Class runs from 6-9pm at Willow Creek Theatre, located at 327 Gilbert St. Iowa City. Make sure to arrive early, and ready to have fun!

For more information, or if you'd like to sign up for the season, please use the following link:

https://forms.gle/zLi3qNa7pfxEYUFN7

01/20/2024

Lady Franklyn is back TONIGHT with their first show of the year!

Blizzards can only stop the fun for so long! Lady Franklyn, Iowa City's resident professional improv team, returns to the Willow Creek stage tonight in their normal weekly slot of 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:00.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

01/19/2024

SPRING SEASON STARTS MONDAY!

Improv Conservatory is starting the first season of our second year, and we can't be more excited to dive in! If you're looking for new friends, new skills, or new reasons to get out of the house, Improv Conservatory is the perfect way to celebrate the new year!

Our curriculum is tailored each season to guarantee every class is fun and engaging for students of all skill levels. So whether you're a veteran performer, or have never improvised a day in your life, there's a spot for you this season!

As a special bonus, all current conservatory students receive free admission to any standard improv show at Willow Creek Theatre that is headlined by a Willow Creek house team, (such as Lady Franklyn). Depending on the show schedule, that could be as high as a $200 value included free with enrollment.

To sign up, use the following link:

https://forms.gle/uf1wUscSTVnNVin37

01/09/2024

Make sure to sign up before it's too late!

Improv Conservatory is starting the first season of our second year, and we can't be more excited to dive in! If you're looking for new friends, new skills, or new reasons to get out of the house, Improv Conservatory is the perfect way to celebrate the new year!

Our curriculum is tailored each season to guarantee every class is fun and engaging for students of all skill levels. So whether you're a veteran performer, or have never improvised a day in your life, there's a spot for you this season!

As a special bonus, all current conservatory students receive free admission to any standard improv show at Willow Creek Theatre that is headlined by a Willow Creek house team, (such as Lady Franklyn). Depending on the show schedule, that could be as high as a $200 value included free with enrollment.

To sign up, use the following link:
https://forms.gle/uf1wUscSTVnNVin37

Willow Creek Improv Conservatory Application 01/01/2024

Start your year off right with the most fun you can have on a Monday night!

Improv Conservatory is starting the first season of our second year, and we can't be more excited to dive in! If you're looking for new friends, new skills, or new reasons to get out of the house, Improv Conservatory is the perfect way to celebrate the new year!

Our curriculum is tailored each season to guarantee every class is fun and engaging for students of all skill levels. So whether you're a veteran performer, or have never improvised a day in your life, there's a spot for you this season!

As a special bonus, all current conservatory students receive free admission to any standard improv show at Willow Creek Theatre that is headlined by a Willow Creek house team, (such as Lady Franklyn). Depending on the show schedule, that could be as high as a $200 value included free with enrollment.

To sign up, use the following link:

https://forms.gle/uf1wUscSTVnNVin37

Willow Creek Improv Conservatory Application This 12 session course will provide students with a deep dive into the world of improv. Built to support the development of new and experienced improvisers alike, this conservatory program is designed to build a community of improvisers committed to achieving their highest potential in the art form....

12/17/2023

One more chance to catch the holiday fever with Frankenstein's Christmas Carol! Today at 2:30pm!

If you missed the holiday hijinks last weekend, never fear! Frankenstein’s Christmas Carol runs for another three performances: tonight and tomorrow at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:30. Victor’s icebox is definitely empty, so BYOB!

12/16/2023

Today's the day to submit your production team applications and/or cast auditions for our 3rd devised show: 2 Important 2 Earnest!

If you've never heard of devising before, it's a theatrical process where the cast and crew collectively write the show they will be performing over the course of the production process. Willow Creek has created two devised productions over the last two years, and both have stood out not just for the quality of the shows, but for how fun they were to make!

If you've been wanting to try something new, or want to experience a wholistic theatrical process, this is the production for you! Submit your application and/or audition materials using the following link by the end of the day. Don't worry if you don't have materials for every position you may be interested in. Part of the fun of devising is getting to try new aspects of theatre without sacrificing your opportunity to do what you really love. Please check all roles you'd have interest in helping out with!

https://forms.gle/7sd5VeSonmnb6Dum9

Show description:

That's right, Oscar Wilde's beloved classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, is finally getting the sequel you've all been waiting for! Now when creating a sequel of old works for modern audiences, you have to be willing to update the material. Looking around at what best encapsulates modern tastes, we noticed the Fast and Furious franchise has 12 movies, and figured therein must lie the recipe for success. This production, written and performed by the cast themselves, will have all the quips, intrigue, action, and car chases you've come to expect from Oscar Wilde and/or Dominic Teretto. Oh yeah, it's also a musical.

12/15/2023

If you missed the holiday hijinks last weekend, never fear! Frankenstein’s Christmas Carol runs for another three performances: tonight and tomorrow at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:30. Victor’s icebox is definitely empty, so BYOB!

12/11/2023

Just five more days to submit your production team applications and/or cast auditions for our 3rd devised show: 2 Important 2 Earnest!

If you've never heard of devising before, it's a theatrical process where the cast and crew collectively write the show they will be performing over the course of the production process. Willow Creek has created two devised productions over the last two years, and both have stood out not just for the quality of the shows, but for how fun they were to make!

If you've been wanting to try something new, or want to experience a wholistic theatrical process, this is the production for you! Submit your application and/or audition materials using the following link by 5pm on December 16th to be considered for the ensemble.

https://forms.gle/7sd5VeSonmnb6Dum9

Show description:

That's right, Oscar Wilde's beloved classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, is finally getting the sequel you've all been waiting for! Now when creating a sequel of old works for modern audiences, you have to be willing to update the material. Looking around at what best encapsulates modern tastes, we noticed the Fast and Furious franchise has 12 movies, and figured therein must lie the recipe for success. This production, written and performed by the cast themselves, will have all the quips, intrigue, action, and car chases you've come to expect from Oscar Wilde and/or Dominic Teretto. Oh yeah, it's also a musical. See less

12/09/2023

It’s the weekend! And what better way to relax and forget about the trials of the work week than by coming to Frankenstein’s Christmas Carol tonight at 7:30? We’re BYOB, so don’t forget to include your favorite drink in the fun!

12/08/2023

TONIGHT!!!! The Creature is ready to proudly present Frankenstein’s Christmas Carol! Our first show will be at 7:30pm, so make sure you get your tickets early. As always, we’re BYOB, so get your spiked eggnog and mulled cider ready to go!

12/06/2023

Our first full year of Improv Conservatory has come to an end, and we couldn't be more impressed with everyone who's participated! Strangers have become friends, nervous public speakers are loving being loud and silly, and boring Monday nights have become the highlight of the week!

Make sure to join us for our second year, starting on January 22nd with our spring season! Register now using the link below:

https://forms.gle/eXLtd5GEPy1wCuAj7

12/05/2023

Willow Creek's first holiday show opens this weekend! This world premiere by local playwright Brigid Martin is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!

About the show:

Victor Frankenstein’s Christmas is off to a great start... or it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that his most-recent experiment has escaped from the lab and has taken up residence in his apartment. With a nosy landlady constantly poking around his place and a Creature that wants to learn the meaning of Christmas, is this a secret that Victor is willing to keep? Or will it be a secret that keeps him?

Tickets to this family-friendly show are $20 general admission, $15 for students and children (with code STUDENT), and kids 5 and under are free (with code KIDS)! As always, BYOB!

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

12/01/2023

Production Team Applications and Cast Auditions are now open for our 3rd devised show: 2 Import 2 Earnest!

Submit your application and/or audition materials using the following link by 5pm on December 16th to be considered for the ensemble.

https://forms.gle/7sd5VeSonmnb6Dum9

Show description:

That's right, Oscar Wilde's beloved classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, is finally getting the sequel you've all been waiting for! Now when creating a sequel of old works for modern audiences, you have to be willing to update the material. Looking around at what best encapsulates modern tastes, we noticed the Fast and Furious franchise has 12 movies, and figured therein must lie the recipe for success. This production, written and performed by the cast themselves, will have all the quips, intrigue, action, and car chases you've come to expect from Oscar Wilde and/or Dominic Teretto. Oh yeah, it's also a musical.

12/01/2023

Come enjoy the result of all the fun our Improv Conservatory students have had this past season tonight at 7:30pm, and also be treated to a set from Iowa City's only professional long form improv team, Lady Franklyn!

Purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time using the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 11/28/2023

It's Giving Tuesday and we could use your support!

Willow Creek is coming off our most successful year yet, and it's all thanks to your support! Whether it was the creation of our first full length musical, Just a Matter of Time, which featured 19 original songs, producing our largest show ever with Macbeth, or the growth of our local improv scene, which included the first full year of Improv Conservatory and the addition of our new house team, Mochi, Willow Creek has been pushing the boundaries of what most thought possible for a small nonprofit theatre.

Despite this year of success, your support now may be more critical than ever. Our facilities need major improvements in order to continue to house all of these incredible programs as they continue to grow. At the same time, Facebook, which has been our primary source of donations, has changed their policies to not allow for monthly donors. Monthly donors have been crucial for the long term financial health of our company, and so we have created a Patreon in order to allow for uninterrupted support.

Our Patreon account also comes with the added benefits of perks for those who sign up. From stickers, to apparel, all the way up to free admittance to any Willow Creek produced show! Through our Patreon, we will be able to express our appreciation for our supporters better than ever before.

Use the following link to learn more: patreon.com/willowcreektheatre

Frankenstein's Christmas Carol Volunteering 11/28/2023

Want to get into the holiday spirit by lending a helping hand? Volunteering at one of our performances of Frankenstein's Christmas Carol is the perfect chance! Sign up to volunteer with us and see the show for free!

Frankenstein's Christmas Carol Volunteering Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Frankenstein's Christmas Carol! Please select the slots you are interested in volunteering for. Volunteers will be able to see the show for free on the date they choose to volunteer for. Please email [email protected] with any questi...

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 11/20/2023

IT’S ALIVE! The cast and crew of Frankenstein’s Christmas Carol are hard at work creating some holiday magic during rehearsals! You’re not going to want to miss the festive fun, starting December 8!

11/14/2023

Tickets are now on sale for Frankenstein's Christmas Carol! This fun-filled, festive comedy is perfect for anyone who is young at heart and looking to get into the holiday spirit. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and children, and kids 5 and under get in free!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frankensteins-christmas-carol-tickets-759149706207?aff=oddtdtcreator&fbclid=IwAR1GCjLMvX7hk8ciONbHcQ_0PheQWCwh8xFHc4AAMhzVTbMzKy2e4l8Srq4

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 11/09/2023

We have two teams of hilarious student improvisers returning to the Willow Creek stage TONIGHT!

First up, we have Paperback Rhino at 7:30 pm (Doors at 7).

Then immediately following them with be Great White Narcs at 9 pm (Doors at 8:30)

Get your tickets at the door or through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

11/04/2023

TONIGHT!

Chicago improv team takes the Willow Creek stage to bring their show AV Club (AFTER DARK) to Iowa City for the first time!

AV Club (AFTER DARK), is a show for movie buffs, wherein each night they create 3 brand new cinematic masterpieces in front of audience's eyes. Using titles created by the audiences, they select from tropes such as "Stoner Buddy Comedy" and "Strong Female Lead" to create these new films from scratch. YOU will choose which movie has an 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and deserves a place in the cultural zeitgeist!

Opening for them is local student team Janice!

Get your tickets at the door or through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 10/29/2023

We're Iowa's home for all things improv!

Coming up this Saturday we have Grease Wind & Fire!

Just 5 goofballs residing in Chicago, IL, who met at the Second City training center. Sometimes covered in Grease, they perform a weekly show at Clash on Clark, and have performed at the Annoyance Theatre, iO, Logan Square Improv and a host of seedy bars around Chicagoland.

Their form is called AV Club (AFTER DARK), which is a show for movie buffs, wherein each night they create 3 brand new cinematic masterpieces in front of audience's eyes. Using titles created by the audiences, they select from tropes such as "Stoner Buddy Comedy" and "Strong Female Lead" to create these new films from scratch. YOU will choose which movie has an 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and deserves a place in the cultural zeitgeist!

Opening for them is local, all female/nonbinary team, Janice!

Student tickets are $10 at the door with a student ID.

Doors open at 7PM.

Then on Sunday we'll have open auditions for our short form house team Mochi!

Auditions are open to all, regardless of experience. Just come ready to have fun and be silly!

Mochi will practice Sundays from 1-3 PM at Willow Creek Theatre (327 S Gilbert St. Iowa City). Show dates will be decided after the team has been selected. Shows will most likely start on a monthly basis, but grow to a weekly basis. Team members will also split 30% of ticket sales for every show they perform in.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions!

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 10/28/2023

Grab a slice of RIP cake (raspberry lemon marble cake) free with your ticket tonight!

While supply lasts, get it before it's gone!

Photos from Willow Creek Theatre Company's post 10/28/2023

We've got the fire lit for Lady Franklyn Campfire Fright! It's a Halloween extravaganza!

Make sure to come early (doors open at 7pm) to grab seats around the fire and enjoy improv inspired by true scary stories told by local community members!

Save $2 by getting your tickets early: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367?fbclid=IwAR2i49qWUIol0rbrnht0fV0GCecSPLO1ov7uSit2-T9M0n7XefKIr-iA-bA

10/24/2023

Get ready for a spine-chilling evening around the blazing campfire with Lady Franklyn Campfire Fright—an unforgettable in-person experience!

Join us for the most hair-raising event of the season, the Lady Franklyn Campfire Fright. Prepare to be scared out of your wits & rip your sides with laughter as we gather around the crackling campfire while community members share personal bone-chilling tales that will inspire our improv. Whether you're a horror aficionado or a scaredy-cat, this event promises to send shivers down your spine! And all the laughter you are able to handle. So grab your friends and come join us for a night you won't soon forget! Fear the funny!

Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door.

Seating is general admission, so make sure to get there at 7 PM as doors open in order to get your seat around the campfire.

You can find tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willow-creek-theatre-company-29306198367

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