Make ’em Laugh! Physical Comedy Workshop



The best way to make others smile is to start laughing yourself, and this workshop makes that easy!

Learn from international clown and comedy stars Rob Lok and Miss Jane of Allez-Oops and discover just how amazingly expressive your own body can be. Giggle and guffaw through the basics of non-verbal comedy, unlock your inner goofball and get your friends and family roaring with laughter!

Ages: 5 – adult

Date: July 31

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Windmill Park Bandshell

Cost: $10

Allez-Oops! : July 31

Married duo Rob Lok and Miss Jane are ALLÉZ-OOPS! They’re bringing back classic vaudeville acts—with a comedy twist. Having performed in over 35 countries throughout the world and in all types of venues, Rob and Miss Jane understand the need for an engaging and thrilling performance that can be understood in any language and at any age!



Blending circus thrills, deft pacing and spontaneous comedy, this family friendly dialogue-free spectacle will engage all audiences and be a guaranteed crowd favorite with their comic sight gags and visual humor.

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Carpe Olé! Musical Comedy Workshop


International award-winning artists Olé! have a motto: Everyone has talent — we just haven’t always discovered it yet.

They’ll show you how to start, how to get your act together, overcome fear, and develop the confidence to stand in front of strangers and critics.

Find your inner performer and hone your skills at clowning, writing, acting, music, and comedy with international stars!

For performers aged 14 and up. Advanced registration required. Registration closes 48 hours before workshop begins. Attendance is capped at 20 participants.

Date: April 11th, 2019

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Location: The Fruited Plain Café, Sioux Center

Minimum Enrollment: 6

Maximum Enrollment: 20


About The Instructors:

Paul Morocco, Guillermo de Endaya and Marcial Heredia perform together in one of the most zany, unpredictable and spectacular shows in the world. It’s a wonderful celebration of music and comedy, full of surreal invention and fun. Olé comes direct from Spain and has been a favorite on the international stage for over 25 years.

Official Trailer Olé : April 11th, 2019 from Orange City Arts on Vimeo.


Get tickets for the evening performance of Olé! Epic Musical Comedy at the Unity Knight Center in Orange City here!

This performance and workshop is made possible through a partnership between Orange City Arts and Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.

Olé! Epic Musical Comedy: April 11


Called the “Gods of La Guitarra” and “Maestros of Love & Mayhem,” Olé! has a 25 year history of smashing expectations with their unique blend of virtuosic guitar playing and slapstick comedy antics.

Direct from Spain, master guitarists “El Gentleman,” “El Grotesquo,” and “El Macho” fight for their pride while playing, spinning, and throwing their Spanish guitars. Add in ping pong ball battles, juggling, and unexpected explosions, and the result is unforgettable!

A favorite with audiences of all ages, the show is a madcap musical journey through the rhythms of flamenco to salsa and blues to pop, accompanied by a zany comedic style reminiscent of the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges.


The Gipsy Kings meet the Marx Brothers in this hilarious performance like nothing you’ve ever seen!


Olé! Epic Musical Comedy

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Unity Knight Center

Tickets: $15/adults, $10/students

Olé!’s visit to Sioux County is made possible through a partnership with Sioux Center Recreation and Arts.

Extend your experience with Carpe Olé! Musical Comedy Workshop! Click the link to learn more.

Storyteller Antonio Sacre


Antonio Sacre tells stories.

His tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired audiences worldwide to gather their own family stories and become storytellers themselves. His stories have been published in award-winning books and audio recordings and some are now being developed for film and television. His unique views on everything from growing up as a self-described “Leprecano” (a tongue-in-cheek mash up of his Latino and Irish roots) to moving to L.A. after his Hollywood hopeful girlfriend are inspiring, often hilarious, and always honest.



Calling himself “the most successful storyteller you’ve never heard of,” Antonio has performed for 25 years, in 13 countries and 45 states, for over 3 million people. His educational outreach has been instrumental in the lives of thousands of young people who grow up bilingually and strive to reconcile their multi-cultural heritage with their American identity.



Storyteller Antonio Sacre

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Tickets: $15/adult, $10/student, $5/NWC student

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Antonio’s visit to Orange City is made possible through a partnership with the Northwestern College Theatre Department and will include a matinee performance for area school children as well as in-classroom workshops and outreach opportunities for area schools. Please contact for more info on how to get your school involved in this incredible opportunity.

Special thanks to partner Northwestern College Theatre Department and the Northwestern College Theatre Patrons for making this amazing event possible.

Poetry with Steve and Trish

Four-week class. June 11-July 2.

Steve Mahr and Trish Sandbulte are taking on a new challenge– teaching anyone and everyone to write poetry!  Learn how to use literary tools like alliteration and assonance, allusion and metaphor. Build your own poems that are rooted in your story.  Discover your voice, your beat, and spit your poem in front of an actual audience.

Steve Mahr has written poetry for nearly ten years, and performed at poetry slams in Chicago, Vermillion, Des Moines, and Orange City–winning several.  He has worked hard at discovering an original voice to his poetry and has coached others from kids to adults on how to engage their story and rewrite it into poetry that is all their own.

Trish Sandbulte teaches English at MOC-Floyd Valley High School, entertaining and inspiring young poets every year.

The class meets Thursday evenings, June 11-July 2, at 7pm at Old Factory Coffee Shop.

Registration fee is $25 prior to June 4, and after June 4: $35.

Register by sending name, email address, phone number and payment to Orange City Arts, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041. For more information, see, or contact Janine Calseek at 707-4885 or

Onstage Orange City: Tuey Wilson

ORANGE CITY – “I think he’s nuts. Or he’s one of the X-Men and does this show to pass the time.”

That’s Tuey Wilson’s favorite quote from a fan. This comic stunt juggler from St. Cloud is bringing his nuttiness in Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:00pm.

Wilson’s show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series. Sponsors are Diamond Vogel Paint and Four-Way Roofing of Alton.

Wilson grew up skiing, skateboarding and waterskiing, all perfect for this self-described “introverted show-off.” His life changed when a friend loaned him professional juggling equipment… and he checked out jugglers at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair. So when he considered college and career options a few months later, he decided to set his sights on becoming a professional juggler.

He succeeded, and has been a crowd favorite at the Renaissance Fair for more than three decades.

Wilson likes performing stunts that involve the whole body. Rather than simply standing still while throwing things, he now has some bizarre skills: rope walking, ball spinning, balancing on a ladder, manipulating objects on mouthsticks, and more. At age 50, he mastered balancing on a ladder… on a rope… on fire!

In addition to manipulating props, Wilson also builds them, for himself and other professional jugglers. His ball-spinning mouthsticks are considered by many to be the best in the world.

Wilson – who is an unlikely blend of “regular guy” and “quirky oddball” — presents a blend of family-friendly comedy, jaw-dropping skills and danger.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press said, “Modern people, TV-addled, sensation-drenched, hard to engage. Right?… Two minutes into Tuey’s act, they were goggling like tots.”

Come early for the family safety fair – 3:30 to 6:30. See a fire truck, walk through a giant inflatable heart to see how the heart works, check out the Sanford/ Great Plains Zoo express, and more.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email

family safety fair

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Diamond Vogel Paint & Four-Way Roofing of Alton

Charlie Brown moves indoors!


ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City’s Wed., August 6 show will be a SchoolHouse Company show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Because of rain, it will be held at the Unity Christian Knight Center.

The musical theatre production will be at 7:00pm August 6, at the Knight Center, 216 Michigan Avenue SW.

It will also be presented August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park in Sioux Center.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is an average day in the life of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown — from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, his moods ranging from wild optimism to utter despair, with his best friends — both human and not.

It’s a familiar story and a fun musical, said Lois Estell of The SchoolHouse Company. “It’s our first official musical. We’ve done shows with music in them, but this year the majority of the show is sung or has underscoring. Best of all, we have an orchestra pit!”

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Meet the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Clockwise from bottom left are Amanda Vander Stelt as Sally; Drew Lemke, Charlie Brown; Tanner Van Wyhe, Linus; Trevor McMahan on doghouse, Snoopy; Zach Wright, Schroeder; Hannah McGarvey, orchestra director; and Lois Estell, Lucy.

The SchoolHouse Company is drawing from both the Orange City and Sioux Center artistic pool, said Estell, plus bringing in Chris Haak from Sioux Falls to play flute, clarinet and alto saxophone. Haak switches  between the instruments at a moment’s notice, she said. “He makes it look so easy!”

Actors are Drew Lemke as Charlie Brown; Amanda Vander Stelt: Sally; Lois Estell: Lucy; Tanner Van Wyhe: Linus; Zach Wright: Schroeder; and Trevor McMahan: Snoopy.

Orchestra members are Hannah McGarvey, director; Pam DeHaan, piano; Chris Haak, reed; Ashley Wielenga, strings; Lexy Kraayenbrink, bass; and Braden Jahn, percussion.

The free show is 90-minutes long.

The SchoolHouse Company has presented theatre in Orange City and Sioux Center for the past six years.

The Onstage Orange City event is sponsored by the Pizza Ranch Restaurant and Onstage Orange City contributors, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza Ranch will offer concessions: pizza by the slice, cactus bread, soda, water and candy.

The Sioux Center production is sponsored by the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location in Orange City is the Unity Christian Knight Center August 6 and Centre Mall in Sioux Center August 8. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email

Meet the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Clockwise from bottom left are Amanda Vander Stelt as Sally; Drew Lemke, Charlie Brown; Tanner Van Wyhe, Linus; Trevor McMahan on doghouse, Snoopy; Zach Wright, Schroeder; Hannah McGarvey, orchestra director; and Lois Estell, Lucy. The musical production will be featured August 6 at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, Orange City and August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park, Sioux Center. The Onstage Orange City show is sponsored by Pizza Ranch and the Orange City Arts Council. Sioux Center Recreation & Arts Council sponsors the August 8 show.


Onstage OC Sponsors & Cosponsors 2014

Center Fresh Eggs

CIVCO Medical Solutions

Community Bank Alton/ OC

Diamond Vogel Paint


Four-Way Roofing of Alton Iowa State Bank

Joe’s TV & Appliance

Northwestern Bank

OC Sanitation

Orange City Area Health System

Orange City Communications

Pizza Ranch Restaurant

Quatro Composites™

Revival Animal Health


Van Engelenhoven Agency

ViBella Jewelry


Onstage Orange City Contributors 2014

Ag Partners, LLC

The Bike Store

Boonstra Kirby Co.

Casualty Insurance

Culligan of Sioux County

D & L Plumbing & Heating

Art & Doris De Hoogh

DeZoete Winkel

Dutch Mill Corporation

David L. Gohman, OD

Headquarters for Hair

Joiner & Zwart Dentistry

Motor Inn of Orange City

Neal Chase Lumber Co.

Northwestern College

Oolman Funeral Homes

Orange City Chiropractic
Orange City Dentistry, Inc.

Premier Communications

Rensink, Pluim & Vogel,

Attorneys at Law

Siouxland Travel & Tours

Stange Chiropractic Clinic

Weber Law Office

Jan Wilbeck

Woudstra Meat Market


Summer Suites 2014

ORANGE CITY – UPDATE July 18: Summer Suites will be held outdoors!

The Orange City Arts Council’s annual celebration of flowering gardens and music – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2014 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 18 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The “progressive concert” will feature cellist Hannah McGarvey, storyteller Jim Schaap, and ventriloquist Lisa Laird.

Hannah-McGarveyHannah McGarvey invites Summer Suites guests to immerse themselves in the world of tango from Argentina and Brazil.

A recent graduate from Biola Univeristy in cello performance, McGarvey plans a program featuring music from South America’s most well-known composers. Listeners will get a chance to hear tango music by Astor Piazzolla, songs of the Argentinian gaúchos by Alberto Ginastera, and folk-influenced Brazilian pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

McGarvey, of Alton, is actively teaching private lessons and working as a freelance musician in northwest Iowa, and plans to attend graduate school in the near future to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology.

Lori Vande Brake is McGarvey’s accompanist.

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird, of Orange City,  was honored to be asked to be a featured performer at the International Ventriloquism ConVENTion in July.  Other performers include Jeff Dunham (seen on David Letterman and The Tonight Show) and Terry Fator (winner of America’s Got Talent, season two).  So Laird is doing her adult ventriloquism show first at Summer Suites. Kids will love it too!

Fourteen years ago, Laird was drawn into the world of puppetry by her sons Matt and Dan, and completed several levels of training. She worked with puppets in the preschool classroom until ’08, and now travels full-time as a family entertainer with Pockets Full of Fun.

She has received four Gold awards as well as first place in the Axtell Video Contest in ’13, and has performed at various conferences sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions.

Jim Schaap

Jim Schaap

James Calvin Schaap – Jim! – will read and tell stories at the third garden. Schaap has been writing all kinds of things for almost 40 years. This summer a collection of his newest stories will come out, Up the Hill, folk tales from the cemetery of a small Dutch town in northwest Iowa. “That’s all we’re saying, really,” said Schaap, “but if you’ve never heard a story that features Calvinist zombies, you will soon.”

Schaap recently left Sioux Center after 37 years of teaching at Dordt College. He and his wife moved to rural Alton.

Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Marilyn Mayberry, Shay and Jackie Davis, and Dale and Jill Pluim.

The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards.

Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students. If purchased June 13 or before, tickets are discounted, at $7.50 for adults and $5 for students at the Orange CIty Arts Council office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers.

For more information, contact Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or


And more info… about the gardens for Summer Suites!

The progressive concert/ garden tour – with desserts at each location – will be held at the backyards of Marilyn Mayberry, Dale and Jill Pluim and Shay and Jackie Davis, all in Orange City.

IMG_6191Dale and Jill Pluim’s yard features birch trees, a large maple tree, evergreens and lilacs. A red playhouse/ storage shed sits at the edge of the shady property, complementing the Pluim home. It’s an intimate setting. Ventriloquist Lisa Laird will do a program for adults, but children will enjoy the show too!

Shay and Jackie Davis live on the northwest edge of town, on a property that reminds them of their childhoods. Jackie grew up on a farm, and Shay’s childhood home was like their Orange City home. “When I went out the front, I was a city kid. The back, a farm kid,” he said.

Their front yard features perennials: day lily, bleeding heart, spiderwort, sweet william, columbine, coral bells and a variety of hosta. In the back is a two-tired deck and a large yard with mature evergreen, maple and cottonwood trees. Behind their tree border is a creek and cornfield, and their own zipline. IMG_6303

Their latest addition are homemade outdoor “lights,” attached to the side of their home – created with the help of Mariah and Makenna, with mason jars, pebbles and candles.

Author and storyteller Jim Schaap will entertain the audience at the Davis yard.

The third garden is Marilyn Mayberry’s, a large yard filled with ash, spruce, locust, amir maple, pagoda dogwood and Japanese lilac.  Marilyn has planted 17 trees since moving to her home about 18 years ago.

Fritz Kroese was the artist of her backyard patio, created last summer from a picture Marilyn found. There’s a two-sided pergola with Italian wedding lights, stamped concrete and a water rock fountain. “This is the only water front I’m going to have,” she said with a smile.IMG_6172

Marilyn’s garden also features Siberian iris, witch hazel, key lime hydrangea, and pachysandra.

Cellist Hannah McGarvey, accompanied by Lori Vande Brake, will perform at Marilyn’s place.

Rain location for Summer Suites is the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.