Ankeny Community Theatre

  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown book reportGood Grief!! Ankeny Community Theatre is presenting the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown beginning Friday, December 7. All the familiar characters are here, singing and dancing their way through their eternally young and innocent world. Whether it’s Snoopy extolling the virtues of Suppertime or Schroeder spreading the word about Beethoven Day, everyone can find Happiness with the Peanuts gang.

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  • Shadow of a Doubt

    436102ba 5303 4f9b 9ba3 dbde2291f7efAnkeny Community Theatre presents Doubt – a Parable as part of their Studio Series from April 26 through 29. Set in a Catholic School in 1964, it concerns the possible actions of Father Flynn (played by Brad Church). Flynn is the priest in charge of the school… and some are concerned about his behavior towards one of his students. It becomes not just a battle for one student or one career. It’s about how all of us have to decide how we put our faith in others, and in ourselves.

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  • The Spring Dozen for 2018

    0f4aa9b6 1b1a 4015 833a 91914c0942d8Warmer weather heralds a new list of productions on the horizon. Typically I feature ten upcoming shows for the season, but there are so many great shows in the next few months that I expanded the list to twelve (and still ended up combining a few!) The hard part is finding time to see them all! Here’s a list of some of the terrific theatre coming your way very soon here in Central Iowa!!

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  • Behind the Curtain

    Bce684c2 ecd5 44c2 a271 e5d9afb14bd9Lots of things going on in the local theatre scene lately, but many of them may not be apparent to the typical patron in the fifth row seat. Most of what is happening is behind the scenes, but it affects what kind of shows you’ll be seeing and where they will happen. So here’s a bunch of different news items that you might want to be aware of.

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  • The Winter 10

    Img 0360It’s about to turn chilly again here in Iowa, which is one more excuse to find a nice comfy theatre and go see a show! Here at the Gentle Guide, we’ve scanned the next three wintery months to find some of the performances you just might want to start making plans to see. There’s a large variety, from musicals and parodies, to dramas both classic and new. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s something you’ll love coming up in central Iowa.

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  • Embracing the Chaos

    Cea76fd6 489b 45b0 ab38 fe0f43071665Some theatre productions are designed like a carefully oiled machine - perfectly planned, and executed with no faults or error. Others are more welcoming of their imperfections, and use those moments as inspiration and creativity. But all theatre people have had that one show that seemed to be where disaster is the default for the show, where mistakes and mishaps are all you can see. And what you hoped to be a shiny present becomes A Christmas Chaos.

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  • Casting a Spell-ing Bee

    Img 0883Ankeny Community Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee beginning October 6. This popular musical features quirky characters and delightful songs, and lets its cast be truly offbeat and memorable. The characters try to be letter-perfect, but their portrayals call for anything but serious and staid performances.

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  • The Fall 10

    Img 0879As the leaves start to turn and the weather changes, local stages start to heat up. Lots of theatre companies love to kick off their new seasons in the fall, meaning lots of terrific offerings to grab your attention. Here are some of the spotlight productions this fall you'll want to see!

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  • Unnecessary Necessities

    Img 0773Starting August 4th, Ankeny Community Theatre has assembled all the elements needed for a night of comedy. Misunderstandings, a set with a multitude of doors, physical pratfalls, clothes that keep being strategically removed, and a completely Unnecessary Farce. The Guide talked to a few of the principals about the science of the art of making people laugh.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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