Inside the Production

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

  • Great Big Stuff!!!

    Img 0043Hey, it seems like there's no news forever, and then all of a sudden everyone announces everything at the same time. We've got information on this year's Cloris Awards for local community theatre, the annual 7-11 theatre festival, the future of Scriptease, and something you may not be aware of called Pecha Kucha!! Check out all the announcements that came out just this week!!

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  • The Summer 10

    Img 0675Days are longer, warmer, and perhaps not quite as full of theatre, but it's also the time for those groups that do their one big show during the summer months. It's a trade-off that means a few more big-cast musicals, plus some special events that only happen while school's out and schedules are a bit clearer. Here's a list of ten shows coming up in the next few months that you can look forward to.

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  • Just Add SPARKLE!

    FancyNancy1Over the last decade, young kids have discovered a new heroine. With over 70 books, and 30 million copies in print, this heroine has now made it to the stage, in the next musical opening this weekend at the Kate Goldman Children's Theatre at the Des Moines Playhouse. Ooo-la-la! Expect an amazing amount of color, flair, and panache (and other French words!) as you enter the world of Fancy Nancy!  And never forget to SPARKLE!

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  • Open Door to Enter

    LungsComing up for 4 shows on April 28-30 is a new entity in Des Moines, the inaugural presentation for Open Door Rep. Their two-hander play is called Lungs, a story of a young couple deciding if they should bring a baby into this volatile existence. And new life and new ways of thinking are what Open Door Rep is all about. Welcome to their new world, and see what awaits....

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  • Leading the Charge

    Img 0516For the next two weekends there will be a one-person show up in Boone, celebrating one of the great men of American history. Bully - An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt presents the life and times of the former President and his escapades. John Hoffman portrays TR, the only character seen in the show. But there's plenty of people involved in ultimately charging up San Juan Hill... and putting on a one-man show.

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  • Easter Eggs

    Img 500Theatre is traditionally slow during the week of Easter. Too many other family and religious obligations make seeing a show difficult, let alone trying to co-ordinate the schedules of the people theatre companies need to actually mount productions for audiences. But the Gentle Guide has found a couple of things going on at Drake... just like finding hidden Easter Eggs. Check out these events happening Friday and Saturday.

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  • Conceived Notions

    WomenPlayingHamletWhen you mention Shakespeare, almost everyone has a specific concept of what you're talking about. But the works of the Bard are both magnificent and flexible, leading us to Women Playing Hamlet. Tallgrass Theatre presents this comedy about expectations and new interpretations, opening this weekend.

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  • ONE Shot to push GO!

    Img 0440An event heralded as ONE might, you would think, be a solitary thing. And yet, the truth is that for the past five years, One Actor One Writer One Week has been the result of the creative efforts of many, many people. Actors are paired with writers, and then, only a week later, they present their creative efforts for all to see... for one night only. Hear from organizer Karen Swanson about this "singular" event.

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  • The Spring 10

    Spring 10Winter weather barely showed up this past year, which really just gave all of us the chance to get out and see more great Iowa theatre. Now Spring is here, bringing with it opportunities to experience a whole new slate of shows. Here are some of the must-see presentations, hidden gems, and other theatre events you may not be aware of... yet! Plus.. a birthday party??

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  • Crazed Creations

    Img 0394Opening this weekend is the long-awaited DM Playhouse production of the Mel Brooks' musical Young Frankenstein. The beloved Gene Wilder movie is a classic, and the movie has become a fantastic and song-filled laugh fest. Numerous local favorites are involved in bringing this show (and monster!) to life, including Charlie Reese as Dr. Frankenstein and Adam Yankowy as his formerly dead Creation.

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  • Moving Time

    Clybourne ParkThis week Grand View University presents their production of Clybourne Park, an examination of how social attitudes change over time, and how different groups handle the issues of race and gentrification. Clybourne Park was written as a response and companion piece to another play, A Raisin in the Sun. And Grand View is fortunate to have a special point of view on both shows from Clybourne Park's director, Des Moines favorite Aaron Smith.

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  • But Wait, There's MORE!!!

    Coming Soon ColorAs announced this past weekend, both Class Act Productions in Altoona and the Des Moines Playhouse proudly presented their upcoming slates for the next year. Featuring everything from flights of fancy to undersea adventure, there is something for everyone happening on the CAP and Playhouse stages in the near future.

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  • Seasons to Love

    Coming soon b&wIt may be only February, but five different theatre companies are ready to announce their upcoming seasons of shows, and we've got them here for you. Somewhere in the next 525,600 minutes one of these theatre companies will present just the right show (or shows!) you NEED to see. This week, find out what the Pyramid Theatre Company, Kata Klysmic Productions, and the Ankeny Community Theatre have in store. And two more groups next week!!

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  • The Clock is Ticking...!

    Tick Tick BOOM!Local favorite Charlie Reese hits the stage again this week, with Tick, Tick,... BOOM! opening at Noce for a two-weekend run. Directed by Megan Helmers, this musical by Jonathan Larson (creator of Rent) tells the tale of a musician at the crossroads of his life, deciding if the clock has finally run out on his composing career. And time moves at a breakneck pace for Charlie and Megan as well, with all the other creative outlets they have.

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  • A Monster Talent

    Img 0388I first discovered the amazing voice and talent of Rebecca Hadley Hunt in a production of Avenue Q at StageWest a few years ago. In a stellar production of some of the best of local theatre, her performance of Kate Monster was still a standout. She'll be appearing this Saturday as the monthly guest artist for Noce's Late-Nite Cabaret (and she's bringing along a couple of terrific fellow performers with her....)

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  • It's All Here

    No Coast lg mapOpening this week at the Viking Theatre at Grand View is the new, original comedy No Coast, written by local Mike Draper (who created RAYGUN in the East Village). Produced by the Goldfinch Theatre Company, directed by Kristin Larson of Grand View, and featuring the "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker, No Coast promises laughs and entertainment with a definite Midwestern bent.

    And you don't need a coast when everything is right here....

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  • Timelessness

    The FantasticksThe Fantasticks ran for 42 YEARS and over 17,000 performances off-broadway. It has become a staple for many groups over the last few decades, and now it is Ankeny Community Theatre's turn. And they, too, want you to know that this story of love and discovery is timeless....

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  • Point of View

    Messiah FrigidaireWhen confronted with new visions, some will see what is, while others will see what they want something to be.  And some will fall back on only what they know from the past. ACTORS in Ames is presenting Messiah on the Frigidaire, about the journeys of various characters faced with such choices... similar to the choices made by the individuals involved, and for ACTORS as a whole.

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  • The Fight is Far From Over

    Img 0302Theatre is at its best when it is highlighting the meaning of our lives, the passion, and the struggle we face every day.  But when the object of that struggle is a nameless, faceless disease, how do you fight it? And how do you get others to help fight what they don't understand?  These are the battles of The Normal Heart, opening at Noce on January 20.

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  • The GhostLight Project


    GhostLight ProjectHere's an invitation to join the Des Moines area theatre community on Thursday, January 19 at 5:30pm at the Des Moines Social Club/Kum & Go Theatre. We're on the verge of a very new and different world, and there are voices that need to be heard. Come shine a light into the darkness this Thursday.

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