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Arts at the Ridge Begins on Jan. 31

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 1/17/2013

FORT DODGE – Iowa Central Community College and Willow Ridge will host the second annual Arts at the Ridge beginning on Thursday, January 31, running through Saturday, February 9. The ten-day event is packed with fun events including classes and performances all highlighting the visual, culinary and performing arts.

The headliner of the event will be the dinner theatre, written by Fort Dodge native Kevin Kelleher. This year’s show is titled “Starship Inner Prize” and will bookend the event with four shows to kick-off and wrap-up the week. During the show, the audience will be treated to a five-course meal from the Culinary Arts students under the instruction of Chef Michael Hirst.

“Starship Inner Prize” is a science-fiction adventure/comedy complete with special effects that will make its world premier during Arts at the Ridge. The play follows a futuristic starship captain named Captain Curt who has been dishonorably discharged for a stellar record of incompetence. In a cosmic twist of fate, Captain Curt is called upon to help stop an evil computer program from destroying all forms of life when his ship, the Inner Prize, remains the only one that can help.

Arts at the Ridge will also include several other events showcasing not only Iowa Central’s talented students in the arts, but also local and national artists. These events have helped to expand Arts at the Ridge and offer fun and unique activities for families to attend.

On Sunday, Iowa Central’s Visual and Culinary Arts students will be on display at Willow Ridge. The Culinary Arts students will hold a brunch at Willow Ridge from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for $8.95. The Art and Photography students will have their works on display all throughout the restaurant during the brunch. That evening, a free open reception will be held for the students to showcase their works from 4 – 6:00 p.m. and the Culinary Arts students will provide free hors d’oeuvres.  

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday feature activities throughout the afternoon and evenings. During the day at Iowa Central’s Fort Dodge campus, free workshops will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m. in the Biotechnology and Health Science Building Auditorium.

Willow Ridge will host free entertainment beginning each night at 7:00 p.m. Monday will be “Night at the Mic” featuring selected performers showcasing their vocal talents. Tuesday evening is “Improvisational Theatre” featuring sketch comedy by Iowa Central’s student Improv Comedy team, Blue Light Special, under the direction of Robin Corsberg. Wednesday evening will feature Cabaret performances from the guest artist panel as well as selected performers from the workshops.  

Dinner by the Culinary Arts students will also be available during the performance. The menu will be a continuation of the program’s monthly “World On Wednesday.” Each Wednesday during the semester the program creates and serves the menu at Willow Ridge featuring food from a different region. For Arts at the Ridge, they will expand this program to Monday and Tuesday as well with a Northeast America-inspired menu.


Starship Inner Prize Dinner Theatre

Thursday, Jan. 31 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1 – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2 – 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 7 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.



Guest Artist Workshops:


Monday, Feb. 4th, 2013 11:30am-12:30pm:                                          Cabaret Master Class


Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013 11:30am-12:30pm:                                          Cabaret Master Class

(Pizza-and-soda meet-and-greet with the Guest Artists to follow)


Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 2013 11:30am-12:30pm:                                   “The Business of Art”

 (Includes a special presentation by the Guest Artists)




To be held at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf Course


Monday, February 4th, 6pm 2013:                                                            Night at the Mic


Tuesday, February 5th, 6pm 2013:                                                            Improv


Wednesday, February 6th, 6pm 2013:                                                    Cabaret Performance