C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus to visit Historical Building Saturday
Opening night for hilarious, irreverent theatrical production "Caucus! The Musical"

For immediate release Dec 27, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” Bus Tour Hits Campaign Trail to Track Action in 2008 Presidential Election

 SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2007

6:30-8 p.m.  The C-SPAN CAMPAIGN 2008 BUS will be parked at 600 E. Locust Street in front of the State Historical Building. The bus will be open to the public on opening night of “Caucus! The Musical.”

 (DES MOINES) – Theater meets politics when the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus stops at the State Historical Building 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday for opening night of “Caucus! The Musical.”

The 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN’s comprehensive political coverage, touring state capitols and traveling to major political events such as the Iowa caucuses. Since its January 2007 launch, the bus has been to 22 state capitals and 50 schools, where 200 elected officials, 2,500 teachers and 12,400 students have been on board.

The Des Moines event, in partnership with Mediacom, is part of the bus’s inaugural “Road to the White House” tour, named after C-SPAN’s renowned political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.

“Caucus! The Musical” is a hilarious, irreverent and oftentimes politically incorrect look at the Iowa caucuses and how an undersized state plays an oversized role in the presidential nomination process.

 The play is about an Iowa farmer and his family who become the darlings of the national media because they represent the “typical Iowa caucus-goers.” Of course, the major presidential candidates realize they must do anything to win their votes!

 As the stakes become higher, the family becomes more fractured and the candidates become more desperate... until a very chaotic gathering provides a moment of clarity for everyone. Anybody who has spent time in Iowa during “caucus season” will recognize and laugh along with all of the colorful characters and hilarious situations in which they find themselves.

Group and single tickets are on-sale at Iowatix.com, by phone at 515-277-3727 and at all Iowatix outlets. Special public preview performances are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Visit www.caucusthemusical for more information.

Visitors also will be able to tour “Caucus Iowa,” a 10,000 square-foot interactive museum exhibit. The exhibit documents the history of the Iowa caucuses, demystifies the caucus process for national and international audiences, and presents a more comprehensive and realistic image of Iowa.

C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America's cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 91 million households, C-SPAN2 in 84 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 15 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit www.c-span.org or www.myspace.com/campaignbus2008.

 The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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