David VanCleave

  • It Takes Two

    2a58b17c ce60 4861 b88b 537989ab899dDes Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMYAT) has been going strong now for a decade, presenting interesting and challenging shows for young performers anywhere from elementary age to those just about to enter college. They’re having a pair of fundraising events to showcase some of their stellar youth alongside a few of the bright lights of other theatre groups here in Des Moines. The show is called Duets, and performances are April 22 and 29 at Noce Jazz/Cabaret.

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  • The History of Butterflies

    C4070fdf 9deb 49b6 be4a 5eb70a25c406Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre has never shied away from stories with hard truths. I Never Saw Another Butterfly (opening at the Stoner Theatre on February 9) is about one of the harshest events of human history, the World War II internment of German political and religious prisoners. In the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, thousands lost their lives and families were torn apart. And still hope persisted, thanks to... butterflies.

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  • Music Weaver

    25d88e63 5896 415b 9fff 35bbfd3f0bbeThe Late-Nite Cabaret at Noce this weekend features local favorite Taylor Anne Weaver, performing for her second time in the theatre-oriented singing slot. Taylor has been incredibly busy this year with a significant number of ventures, and now gets to add one more. And while a great many people know how to sing, few can do it as well or as satisfyingly as Taylor. It’s been a part of her whole life, and this Saturday night she gets to share it again with everyone.

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  • The Most Talented Kids in Town

    05f0a67f 7907 4218 9ad8 900dd02d617eHairspray Jr. is the inaugural production for Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMYAT) in their new performance home at the Stoner Studio Theatre in the Civic Center. While the huge cast is excited about playing there, it’s really about the fun and joy of Hairspray Jr., the family they’ve all created, and the show’s message of equality and acceptance that’s more important than ever.

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  • Getting Schooled

    Img 0751Sometimes you don’t know exactly how deep the talent pool is here in Des Moines, especially among the youth in the area. But you throw out the net, and you’re pleasantly surprised with what you find. And sometimes, you learn how amazing these kids can be, and you get schooled yourself. That’s been the journey for David VanCleave, director of the new production of School of Rock at the DM Social Club, opening July 21.

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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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