Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre

  • Lost Girl

    E717c828 e1ec 45af ac60 f7defcd9b0ccDes Moines Young Artists’ Theatre presents Lost Girl, opening next Friday September 20 at the Franklin Jr. High building. Their first show of the season, Lost Girl is essentially a sequel to the classic Peter Pan story, set six years after Wendy returns to the nursery and her home. But the setting, and the story told, are very different from J.M. Barrie’s original tale. Written by Kimberly Belflower, this new work is all about moving on, growing up, and becoming more than just a part of someone else’s story.

    (And stick around until the end of this article, there’s a special surprise from DMYAT and the Guide!)

     

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  • 13 - the Musical

    F321a44f b59b 436a 80df 19491db6662eI am constantly amazed at how well our next generation of young performers have learned and developed in the theatre world. Growing up is hard enough, and being a creative person isn’t always as rewarded as those who are good at sports or other endeavors. And yet, thanks to groups out there like Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre, there is opportunity and a welcome home for many. DMYAT’s newest production of 13 - the Musical in the Stoner Studio Theatre opens this weekend, and shows off a new crop of great performers.

     

    787f2699 ea4c 47e2 bef7 324649f628bbThis isn’t the first time that DMYAT has done a production of 13 - the Musical. They first mounted the show in 2013, and one of the cast back then was Glori Dei Filippone... and her younger sister Frankie Filippone is part of the current version. I’m happy to say that 2013 version of 13 - the Musical was the first show I ever saw at DMYAT, and I’m constantly amazed at the superb talent and opportunity afforded so many through this organization.

     

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  • Dog Sees God

    Dog Sees God logoChildlike innocence often gives way to angst and adolescence, as young people grow and find their own identity in our complicated world. Even the most centered and known personalities are trying on identities and searching for meaning and purpose, let alone finding love and connection. In Dog Sees God, cultural icons go through this process, with surprising and dramatic results.

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  • Legally Blonde Jr.

    Legally Blonde Jr.The path to success, let alone love, is sometimes difficult. The trick is to find your own way. Starting October 26, Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMYAT) presents Legally Blonde Jr. Based on the movie and the hugely successful Broadway show, the path of heroine Elle Woods is both an inspiration and an affirmation for many of the young women involved in the show.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Gift of Knowledge

    Img 791Adolescent Anarchy is one of the more unique theatre groups in the Des Moines area, comprised of all youth. Now under the auspices of Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre, their summer production is The Giver, based upon the best-selling book by Lois Lowrey about a society where knowledge is a precious commodity... much like the knowledge gained by the young artists of Adolescent Anarchy.

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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 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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