Old Creamery Theatre Company whips up two shows, Iowa style

J. Ranae Ragee

Get out your spoons, put on your best pair of overalls, stir up some tasty, thirst-quenching lemonade, sit back and enjoy the southern hospitality of The Old Creamery Theatre Company in eastern Iowa this summer.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company of Amana and Garrison opened its 24th season of professional theater last month. All the world’s a stage in Amana and Garrison as the Theatre brings audiences a taste of the south Iowa style.

The entertaining characters of Burl, Vera, June and the entire Sanders family clan will appear once again with the return of the fantastic musical, Smoke On The Mountain. It’s set on a Saturday night at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina in 1938.

This popular gospel and bluegrass musical written by Constance Ray and conceived by Alan Bailey is filling the Amana theater with ear-enticing songs and tons of downhome laughter. The Sanders family clan each tell their own story throughout the show and how they came to be what they are.

Smoke On The Mountain is something the whole family can enjoy because it’s an audience participation musical. In fact, the audience is treated as a church-going crowd with some lessons that are learned throughout the show.

“It’s a little bit of country, a little bit of bluegrass, a little bit of gospel and a whole lot of fun,” Amy Wainwright, director of public relations at the theater, said.

Show times in Garrison are 3 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 18.

The other Old Creamery Theatre Company “not to be missed” show will be playing on the Amana stage. Driving Miss Daisy traces the 25-year development of a friendship between Daisy Werthern, a feisty Southern widow, and her proud, soft-spoken chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, who was hired against Daisy’s wishes by her son.

This deep-rooted affection and strong sense of respect takes these two unlikely partners down the path of suspicion and mistrust before arriving at their destination of friendship.

Driving Miss Daisy will be playing through June 18, so don’t miss out on a spectacular play that will leave you feeling very satisfied as a theater-going participant.

Show times at the Price Creek Stage at the Amana Colonies Visitor Center are 3 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 18, 1995.

Tickets for both shows are $14.50 each and are available by phone at (800) 352-6262 or (319) 622-6194.