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  • Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work logoThe magical tunes of George and Ira Gershwin have been staples for years, but it was only in the last decade that they’ve been brought together as the framework for the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. Drake produces their fall semester extravaganza beginning next weekend, featuring song and dance galore, and laughs that never go out of style.

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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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  • Lonesome of the Road

    955a54d3 0674 4eb7 97ed 273d5b6bd92bThis year’s mainstage musical at Drake is Runaways, playing Thursday through Sunday, November 16-19. Taken from interviews with real life people impacted by the phenomenon, Runaways describes the experiences of those who find themselves far from their original homes, whether by choice or circumstance. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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'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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  • "...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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  • 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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