Inside the Production

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

  • Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards Showcase

    Showcase logo sizedThe future of Musical Theatre is in great hands... because there are literally hundreds of Iowa’s best high school performers about to descend upon the Des Moines Civic Center to share their talents and dreams. On Monday June 3, students from schools all over the state will be singing and dancing together at the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards Showcase, and soon some will even get a chance to strut their stuff in New York under the lights of Broadway.

     

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  • The Friendly Hour

    Friendly Cast bwThere’s a new face in the area theatre scene. TheatreMidwest presents The Friendly Hour, opening May 9 and running for one weekend at the Viking Theatre at Grand View University. With a focus on representing life in the midwest and giving voice to women and other under-represented groups, the organization’s choice of inaugural presentation is telling.

     

    The Friendly Hour is the story of a women’s group in South Dakota, and is taken from 70 years of history and the records of their meetings. We see the changes in society and in attitudes through the cast of five women (one of whom plays multiple roles). Growth, compassion, challenges, and simple connection are all on display, as these women face battles large and small through the years. Usually alongside a tasty lunch....

     

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  • Sunday on the Rocks

    62d23418 8a25 42d1 9d32 f6da1a506c06Next weekend is the final show of the Drake school year. Sunday on the Rocks by Theresa Rebeck features four women, each with their own problems (and differing approaches to life), learning from each other and learning about themselves. Directed by Adam Yankowy, the show has been a window onto the world of challenges and struggles any woman could face in the future... and how to face them with friends and understanding.

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  • Ella Enchanted

    Allyson EllaThe story of Cinderella is typically one of the first stories told to children when they’re very young. European versions can date back to The Brothers Grimm and beyond, and many variants have been created up to our present day. One of the newest of these is entitled Ella Enchanted, and the Des Moines Playhouse is presenting this modern musical take on the classic story beginning Friday, April 26.

     

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  • Treasure Island

    Treasure IslandDes Moines Young Artists’ Theatre loves introducing the adventure of theatre to new performers and audiences. Their production of Treasure Island (beginning next week at the Stoner Studio Theatre) opens the classic Robert Louis Stevenson pirate adventure to young women, complete with a female lead character and a completely female design team. But it’s not just about the fact that “Girls need adventure too!” It’s just as much about family and connection.

     

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  • Closer

    Closer logoA compass will help find your path. But it has four principal directions, all different, all moving away. Now imagine 4 characters, each trying to find their path towards love, each searching for a way that will bring them to reach someone. Yet all are unsuccessful because the others are in a different direction than they know. Like those four points on the compass, people are eternally moving apart, and yet they’re trying, so desperately, to become Closer.

    In the award-winning play Closer by author Patrick Marber, four strangers continually orbit each other’s lives, trying to figure out where they belong (and with whom), and yet never quite achieving happiness. It’s all about the journey, lust and longing, and the ways we poor humans search for connections to someone else, and then sometimes sabotage it when success is there for the taking. Open Door Rep is known for bringing challenging and thoughtful material to the area, and Closer is no exception.

     

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  • Kiss Me Kate

    5e6404d5 7633 43ce 80d1 dc7d2cab8cf9Ankeny Community Theatre is presenting the musical Kiss Me Kate, opening Friday, April 5. This tuneful Cole Porter musical combines backstage romance, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and multiple storylines. The tales of feuding former spouses, the young starlet trying to find love and still keep her options open, and gangsters trying to make sure debts are paid all combine with song and dance galore.

     

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  • Gruesome Playground Injuries

    Gruesome pairYou know it’s going to be a different show when you send off an email with the subject line “Gruesome Pictures for Guide.” And yet that’s what I got to do this week. Iowa Stage presents the play Gruesome Playground Injuries beginning Friday April 5 at the Social Club’s Kum & Go Theatre. And yes, this show might be just as odd as it sounds… because it’s a love story. And love hurts….
     
    In Rajiv Joseph’s two-character play, we see Kayleen and Doug at various moments in their lives. They meet as children, and begin a rather unique relationship that runs through their intermittent time together… primarily in medical facilities as one or the other is getting care for the various physical and emotional injuries they suffer.
     

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