Inside the Production

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

  • Willkommen

    Img 0364January at Drake University means J-Term, an intense, single-month session where students fit an entire "semester" course into a full-time daily experience.  For some, that means putting on a musical in about two weeks worth of rehearsals.  This year, the production is Cabaret... and you're all Willkommen (Welcome) to the Kit-Kat Klub.

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  • The Winter 10

    Img 0360After a nice holiday break, theatre is back in force in the area. Here's some of the shows the Gentle Guide wants to make sure you take notice of for the rest of the winter months.  Ten shows between now and the beginning of spring (plus one FREE show you shouldn't miss!)

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  • What You Want

    StageWest 20Yes, "What You Want" is a song title from Legally Blonde: the Musical. But it's also something StageWest and Repertory Theatre of Iowa want to know. Help them out by taking their survey, answering their questions, and letting your voice be heard about the future of theatre in Central Iowa.

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  • "What's Your Damage?"

    Img 0310In Heathers - the Musical, the audience is presented with a wonderfully wild depiction of high school, and the costs involved with being popular.  It's a dance we've all had to navigate in our youth, although hopefully not to the extremes shown at Drake University this weekend (November 17 - 20) at the Harmon Fine Arts Center.

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  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare

    Comedy of Errors SimpsonFace it, Shakespeare is not always the most accessible work. Language and setting are sometimes a struggle, so placing a show in a new and different arena can often create a bridge to understanding. Simpson College is doing exactly that with their production of The Comedy of Errors, taking place this Friday through Monday (November 18-21) in Indianola.

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  • High School Musicals

    IHSMTA 2016This weekend is a HUGE one for many of the various High Schools in the area.  Students have been working hard, getting ready to present their work to friends and family... and ultimately, some may make it to New York!  ​

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  • The Next Generation

    Elf Jr. CAPIt looks like it's time to spotlight the amazing number of young people involved in theatre these days. There are a number of groups specializing in shows that introduce kids to the wonderful world of plays and musicals, and many of them are presenting shows this weekend.

     

    Photo - Class Act Productions Altoona

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  • "The doctors tell me I will die, but I mustn't. I have too much to live for."

    These Shining LIvesBased on real events, These Shining Lives chronicles the stories of women who work at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, IL in the 1920s. The initial euphoria of a dream job quickly dissolves as the women find themselves in a heartbreaking life and death struggle for dignity and respect within a system that values profit more than safety.

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  • Doubling Down on StageWest

    StageWestLogoStageWest recently sent out an update concerning their funding drive, with their goal of $50,000 to keep running for the rest of the calendar year.  Included was news of a generous "challenge gift" opportunity to help move towards that number.  Read further to see how to support this worthwhile organization....

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  • "...to be the best teacher and artist I can be."

    Karla KashKarla Kash is many things, and all of them extraordinary.  She is head of the B.F.A Musical Theatre program at Drake, a prolific director for theatre groups all over the area, and an actress who has performed coast-to-coast and around the world.  And she's singing this Saturday at Noce's Late Night Cabaret.  

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  • JRB and Eden: Bridges and 13, Maureen (and Green!)

    JRBTony award winner Jason Robert Brown is playing THREE shows at the Temple for Performing Arts Nov. 14 and 15, performing songs from his Broadway shows and his own recordings. And his guest, for the first time with him in concert, is Broadway star Eden Espinosa! From Bridges of Madison County to Parade to 13, and from Wicked to Rent, this is a powerful show!

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  • Catching up with Des Moines Backstage

    DMBackstage WestSideStoryJust checking in with the Des Moines Backstage Podcast.  The FOURTH episode went up earlier this week, talking about the Des Moines production of West Side Story that's due to open shortly. Check out Kyle Bochart's interview with the two leads and the costume designer of the show. 

    (Image courtesy of DM Community Playhouse)

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  • StageWest Needs Help to Survive

    StageWestLogoStageWest Theatre Company has been existing on a month-to-month financial basis for awhile now, and recently put out a call for help.  Funding is needed desperately in order to keep the doors open and stage lit past the month of October.  

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  • Life is a Cabaret at Noce

    Noce KaraokeOne part of the New York Theatre scene had never really been transferred to Des Moines... until this year.  While New York has wonderful small nightclubs like 54 Below, Des Moines now has Noce Jazz Cabaret - which features a new way to experience your local theatre favorites, and even become part of the show yourself!

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  • Stage Lives Matter

    Dr. Wanda EverageThis Sunday September 18 at 2pm the public is invited to a Community Conversation on Diversity in Des Moines Theatre. Sponsored by the Des Moines Directors' Group and the Iowa Arts Council, the event is free to all.  Moderated by former vice-provost at Drake Dr. Wanda Everage, the discussion will cover diversity and inclusion in issues such as play selection, casting, volunteer opportunities, outreach, and staff and board of director positions.  

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  • Facilities and Faculties

    John Pomeroy of Drake U.John Pomeroy, Chair of the Drake University Theatre Arts Department, recently told of happenings over the summer and upcoming possibilities for changes at the University. These included the dedication of the William S.E. Coleman Studio Theatre, future potential improvements in facilities at the Harmon Fine Arts Center, and two new adjunct professors for beginning Theatre Arts students.

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  • Debut of Des Moines Backstage Podcast

    Kyle BochartListen to a brand new podcast all about local theatre.  Host Kyle Bochart and this week's co-host Josh Visnapuu talk to the cast and director of StageWest's Hand to God, opening this weekend.

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  • Death of a Salesman: Electricity and Intensity

    Image 8DM actor Mark Gruber talks about taking on the iconic role of Willy Loman in Repertory Theatre of Iowa's September production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

     

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  • Ready for Act I, Scene I

    Viking TheatreHere we go!  As we launch A Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre, here's what you'll be able to see now and in the near future.  Show listings, articles, and more!

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