Inside the Production

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

No Box Necessary

522557e4 815e 43b2 91f5 a6e7813d193eHedwig and the Angry Inch is a journey unlike almost any theatre experience out there, and in the hands of Kata Klysmic Productions, their presentation is likely to be creative, unusual, and anything but mundane. In other words, combine Hedwig and Kata Klysmic, and (as Director Emily Davis puts it) you’re not just thinking “out of the box.” You’ve completely removed the box from the equation!!

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The Von CAP Family Theatre

7e2614d5 4d2d 4609 9730 90ef4e20925eYes, I know it’s the story of the Von Trapp Family Singers featured in the beloved favorite The Sound of Music. But when CAP-Altoona (Class Act Productions) puts on a show, it’s always a family affair. Their upcoming production (starting February 16) is, as usual, filled with kids.... many of whom have gotten their parents and other loved ones involved as well. 

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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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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 Icing on the Sledgehammer

1aad550a d51c 4357 8c94 40437e3f61d8The suspense-thriller Misery (based on the book by Stephen King and subsequent Oscar-winning movie) is the latest offering by the Des Moines Playhouse. Opening January 26, this stage adaptation features some of the best and most experienced talent in the city, bringing to life a tale of obsession and desperation. Micheal Davenport, Preshia Paulding, and director John Viars combine to create an intense journey into a world of tension and terror.

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Designing a Dream

A7ae5b9b 203c 4961 99af da6cd5b5a1adTallgrass Theatre Company opens their production of Stop Kiss on January 19. A riveting and emotional play with great characters and social relevance, the show is also this year’s Dream Project at Tallgrass, Stop Kiss marks the first time in the history of the Dream Project that the featured show was chosen from a proposal by the design team. Designers Ty Klobassa and Erica Spiller saw an opportunity to put their vision in place and create a unique and special presentation.

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Iowa Proud

51d550c7 b8bc 40bd b0d9 5f67c18c0c72For those who have grown up here, Iowa has always been a special place. Playwright and composer Robert John Ford has lived and worked here in Iowa for years, and his observations have resulted in UTOPIA. Written with a keen eye and loving humor, UTOPIA presents sketches and songs sure to bring a knowing smile to audiences near and far.

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Theatre for the Young in Years

3e45e4f4 6a7d 4f81 9177 05ec6b0f877dWe all started our theatre passion somewhere, and it’s wonderful when it can start with the very young. The Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre at the Des Moines Playhouse presents the first new production of 2018 with Elephant & Piggie:  We Are in a Play! The children’s book characters are brought to life with music and dance (and even some audience interaction). It’s a great way for the very young (and their loved ones) to come and experience a show.

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