Inside the Production

Here you will find articles, interviews, and information about the people and shows coming up in central Iowa.

  • Fun Home

    Fun Home artworkIowa Stage kicks off their second season next week with a production of Fun Home. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, it is a surprising show of emotional depth and richness of character. Told as a memory play, it is the true story of author/artist Alison Bechdel and her years growing up. We see her at three different ages, examining her own coming of age and her relationship with her family.

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  • The Fall Dozen for 2018

    95c3fe5e 4193 4c3d 9ae5 fc6ba2585347It’s time for another preview of the coming fall theatre season in the area. Here’s some of the fantastic productions you might want to check out coming soon! With everything from farce to  mystery to award-winning musical and drama, you’ll find it here at the Guide. Go enjoy it all!!!

    Here’s what’s happening locally in the next few months:

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  • 7-11 Theatre Project 2018

    A4b04895 b7f0 4cd1 bbfd c68960c052d1The 7-11 Theatre Project is now over a decade old, and still surprising people. Various groups sign up for the event, and they get a week to create a completely new, original theatre piece on a brand new set they’ve never seen before, performed in competition for prizes and awards.

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  • Death of a Salesman

    0297e7dc f2ee 441c b10a 8942f7f74118A “classical education” is a bit of a cliché, but here’s a theatrical twist on it. Opening next weekend is Death of a Salesman from Roosevelt Repertory Theatre, a new group made up of Roosevelt High School teachers, students, and other creative individuals from the area. Birthed out of their Advanced Theatre class, it’s a chance to explore this incredible play from a variety of points of view and experience levels.

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  • Setting the Standards

    209ae16c 4abb 455e 9b74 d0f1a1ad9d5bThis weekend is the annual Cloris Awards ceremony, spotlighting the best of community theatre in Central Iowa. While it’s a great time to gather and celebrate the amazing productions and talent that have graced local stages over the past year, it’s also a time to join together, reflect, and plan for the future. There’s one project in particular that all theatre organizations in the area will hopefully address, to make certain that our quality and growth continues.

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  • Late-Nite Cabaret: Charlie Reese

    095ac4a9 bb38 4c8a 995e d1a0b8378c9eAlmost exactly two years ago, Noce Jazz/Cabaret started their Late-Nite Cabaret series. Once every month or so, they feature a cabaret evening with one of Des Moines best theatre performers in a setting reminiscent of New York’s 54 Below and other intimate concert spaces. Their first choice for this experiment was local favorite Charlie Reese, who returns to the Noce stage next week for another musical visit, full of laughter, music, and fun.

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  • Intimate Apparel

    9d5144aa 01d9 4ddc b92b 5f612c3f8dc9Next Friday at the Stoner Theatre, Pyramid Theatre Company opens their production of Intimate Apparel. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel is a show that Pyramid’s Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson had been wanting to present to Des Moines audiences from the very start of the organization’s history.

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  • King Arthur’s Quest

    4cc0fb97 2029 43eb 8258 fae21f725777The quest for theatre groups in the summer is typically about how to get children involved. Whether it’s a big summer musical or some type of theatre instruction, it’s all about the youth. This year, Carousel Theatre in Indianola is partnering with Missoula Children’s Theatre to create King Arthur’s Quest, with two performances on August 11th. And like all good quests, it has been a satisfying adventure so far….

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  • Six-on-Six: the Musical

    3dbf74e4 9c49 4567 b9ba c55e529e81ffThere’s a rich history of girls’ basketball here in Iowa. Since almost a century ago, the month of March meant the Iowa High School Girls’ Basketball tournament, and the unique game of six-on-six basketball. Playwright Robert John Ford grew up here in Iowa, and although the six-on-six version ended in 1993, that wildly popular sport is part of his history. His theatrical creation, SIX-ON-SIX: THE MUSICAL, opens next weekend for a new run at the Staplin Center in West Des Moines.

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  • Bring It On! - the Musical

    93770e61 7614 4ccd b793 aaeed8bf9958High energy, amazing stunts, and great music all come together in Bring It On! – the Musical. Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMAYT) presents the show starting July 27 in the Stoner Studio Theatre at the Civic Center. The world of competitive cheerleading is set to music, and the new storyline is sure to wow audiences, who will definitely be cheering by the end of the performance!

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  • Hamlet

    0dec7200 b430 427b ac9e 0b9c496b8b78Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, and arguably one of the most well known in all of English literature. Making this work accessible to younger performers and audiences can be a great challenge, and yet that is the goal for Class Act Productions (CAP) in Altoona. This year’s CAP Classic production of Hamlet coincides with the city’s Altoona 150 celebration, and takes place in Haines Park beginning July 26th.

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  • Gilligan’s Island - the Musical

    26b55470 181b 49a4 8322 b068d777352aYou can sit right back and hear a tale of a fateful trip beginning July 13 when Carousel Theatre of Indianola presents the Iowa Premiere of Gilligan’s Island – the Musical

     

    The seven castaways are all there, with misadventures galore, plus a few songs along with the laughs.

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  • Mamma Mia!

    24fb7863 36b2 4a26 a46e c12f2df7055aTime to take a trip! The Greek island of Kalokairi is the setting for the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of supergroup ABBA. You don’t have to go all the way to Greece, but you do have to travel a bit more than usual to see this Des Moines Playhouse production, opening July 13. While the Playhouse goes through its final stages of remodeling, the show goes on the road to the Staplin Center at Valley West High School in West Des Moines.

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  • Summer Dozen 2018

    17f0678c f6e3 474f b687 f17ae7453389Here’s our seasonal listing of some of the theatre shows and events to be on the lookout for in the upcoming months. Many of these will get articles here on the Guide as we get closer to their openings. Summer is a great time for big splashy shows and outdoor events, so there should be something for everyone on this year’s list. Go out and enjoy!!

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  • The Comedy of Errors

    2c5ba0df f1dd 48a6 a14e 75d74ccdb79cDMACC Ankeny has started a new tradition of Summer Short Shakespeare. Free for the public, it is an edited version of one of Shakespeare’s plays, performed outdoors and running about 75 minutes. For some of the students, it can be their first exposure to the Bard and his works, and it’s also a nice bite-sized chunk for patrons unfamiliar with his work. Opening next week, this year’s production is The Comedy of Errors.

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    23b1d4f5 c0c3 47f7 bcaf 8d9407bdbdf8One of the highlights of the summer theatre season is the annual Shakespeare on the Lawn presentation from Iowa Stage at the Salisbury House and Gardens. This year’s production (running June 13 - 17) is the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet. Such iconic characters in such a classic venue means much work and dedication from those two lovers, and Taylor Millar and Benjamin Sheridan can’t wait for their opportunity at these roles.

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  • Hands on a Dream

    93d17066 0876 47e3 88d8 6c30291c3130Hands on a Hardbody, presented beginning June 8 up in Jefferson, is truly the American Dream in action: the musical is about ten people trying to win a brand new truck. The truck in question represents different things to each contestant, and winning would make their dreams come true. Like those Texas residents in the contest, History Boy Theatre Company has big dreams in the most unusual of places.

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  • Watching the Clock

    C34a36ad d0e9 47b9 b493 29f631c53d87Like so many other movie properties, Dolly Parton’s 1980 comedy 9 to 5 has now been turned into a full-fledged musical. ACTORS up in Ames starts their work day with the show on June 7 and runs for three weekends. Like any group of workers (and the characters in the show) there is a wide variety of experience involved in putting it all together. And in this case (like so many other theatre endeavors), you don’t just punch a time clock….

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  • It’s a Wonderful Wife

    F0080626 7c48 43d0 b2f7 80dcde31c6ddChicago performer Jamie Shriner arrives at the Kum & Go Theatre at the Des Moines Social Club next week with her original one-woman musical Wife Material. She wrote it after eloping in January 2017, and discovering matrimony isn’t so much about the “wife” part, but about the “material” part… and figuring out exactly what you need to be made of to make it all work. Especially when your hubby is an ocean away….

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  • Always Faithful

    Ef7e45a1 f680 4a87 846d 6bf822d38a37The Marine Corps official motto is “Semper Fidelis”, which is Latin for “Always Faithful.” In Newton Community Theatre’s upcoming production of A Few Good Men, the military code of conduct in the Marine Corps is examined in detail, and it’s not a place where everyone would be comfortable. But comfort isn’t the goal, it’s about being true to ideals and honor. Not everyone can live up to that, but it’s still worth striving for.

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