Spare Change Theatre

Short Play Fest 2014

Performances: Workshops:
March 28, 7:30pm March 29, 10 am - 12 pm: Improvisation for the Comically Disinclined
March 29, 7:30 pm March 29, 1 pm - 3 pm: The Character and The Body
March 30, 2:00 pm March 29, 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Stage Combat for Beginners

Performance Tickets: $7
Workshops: $5
All-Festival Pass: $12
These performances are not suitable for children.

Spencer Community Theatre welcomes audiences this weekend to a quirky collection of 5 short plays. A smattering of bank robbery, a fabulous wizard, the Spanish-American war, and a tasteful cross-dresser all collide in an evening where nothing’s certain, everything’s a little strange, and there’s sure to be a brand new story in ten minutes or less.

Directed by Cara Gerlock, Kylan Ranslow, Kella Klinker-Simonin, and Matt Brandenberg, these five plays include pieces by award winning playwrights Will Eno and Christopher Durang as well as beautiful short pieces by new playwrights. The event is casual, and tickets for the entire evening of performances are $7.

The Ballad of 423 & 424 by Nicholas C. Pappas, Directed by Cara Gerlock
In a series of snapshots of the daily interaction of two neighbors, this romantic comedy follows the painfully introverted writer Roderick as he struggles to connect with his sunny next-door neighbor.  Romantic Comedy
The Bully Composition by Will Eno, Directed by Kylan Ranslow
Become part of a historical recreation when a photographer and an assistant put you right inside the picture in this thought-provoking comedy.  Abstract Comedy

The Dungeons and the Dragons by Kyle John Schmidt, Directed by Cara Gerlock
An elf, a warrior and a wizard battle an evil necromancer in an enchanted village . . . while their real-life counterparts face other battles as teenagers in rural America.  Dark Comedy
Naomi in the Living Room by Christopher Durang, Directed by Matt Brandenberg
Naomi, a woman with a BIG personality and very particular ideas about housekeeping takes her eccentric son and troubled daughter-in-law on a whirlwind emotional journey through the living room.  Dark Comedy
Welcome to Acceptance by Terryl Paiste, Directed by Kella Klinker-Simonin
In this comedy with an unexpected ending, a career bank robber meets a bank teller who will not be robbed again.  Comedy

The Short Play Festival also includes three workshops on Saturday, March 29. 

SCT is proud to present “Improvisation for the Comically Disinclined” from 10 a.m. until noon, led by SCT Managing Artistic Director Evan Hilsabeck.  This workshop, suitable for actors and non-actors alike, will explore the basic improvisation techniques that underpin everything from Whose Line is it Anyway to Saturday Night Live.

The second workshop, led by seasoned theatre practitioner Marta Barnard, will explore character development through physicality—yoga, psychological gesture, and movement.  Barnard, who brings a wealth of experience to her workshops, has acted with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Germinal Stage.

The basics of stage combat will be explored during the third and final workshop, which runs from 3:15- 5:15.  Cara Gerlock, who has training in both stage combat and fight choreography, will teach workshop participants the techniques of safe stage combat.  Participants will explore how to safely stage and implement unarmed stage combat techniques as well as the basics of swordplay.  This workshop is ideal for both actors and directors. 

Participants of all workshops are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing which allows freedom of movement. Each workshop costs $5 at the door, or free admittance with a Short Play Festival pass. Workshops are open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. 

Bold Briefs: A Short Play Festival opens Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.  Performances also run Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 and Sunday, March 30 at 2pm. All performances are general admission and tickets are $7. These performances contain adult themes and are not suitable for children. For more information please call the SCT Playhouse at (712) 262-7336 or visit us online at

Our Address:
  PO Box 1225
518 1st Ave E
Spencer, IA
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Business Offices Tue. to Fri. 10 am to 5 pm
Box Office Hours (when open) Tue. to Fri. 11 am to 5:30 pm
       Saturdays of Performances 11 am to 2 pm
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SCT Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Spencer Community Theatre is a magical place where performers, patrons, and volunteers are transformed by the creative experience. SCT encourages multi-generational and diverse participation in the artistic process. We are inspired by your past, proud of our present, and anticipate our future as a vibrant pillar of the cultural life of our community.

Mission Statement
Spencer Community Theatre serves as an instrument for community enrichment and education by offering the public the most fulfilling live theatre experience possible.

Spencer Community Theatre's programs are made possible in part by grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Leadership Partners, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Renaissance Initiative Grant, Clay County Community Foundation, the Basil and Mildred Deegan Children's Theatre Endowment, and the Dvergsten Family Foundation. 



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