Inside the Production

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

  • Late-Nite Cabaret: Charlie Reese

    095ac4a9 bb38 4c8a 995e d1a0b8378c9eAlmost exactly two years ago, Noce Jazz/Cabaret started their Late-Nite Cabaret series. Once every month or so, they feature a cabaret evening with one of Des Moines best theatre performers in a setting reminiscent of New York’s 54 Below and other intimate concert spaces. Their first choice for this experiment was local favorite Charlie Reese, who returns to the Noce stage next week for another musical visit, full of laughter, music, and fun.

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  • Intimate Apparel

    9d5144aa 01d9 4ddc b92b 5f612c3f8dc9Next Friday at the Stoner Theatre, Pyramid Theatre Company opens their production of Intimate Apparel. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel is a show that Pyramid’s Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson had been wanting to present to Des Moines audiences from the very start of the organization’s history.

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  • King Arthur’s Quest

    4cc0fb97 2029 43eb 8258 fae21f725777The quest for theatre groups in the summer is typically about how to get children involved. Whether it’s a big summer musical or some type of theatre instruction, it’s all about the youth. This year, Carousel Theatre in Indianola is partnering with Missoula Children’s Theatre to create King Arthur’s Quest, with two performances on August 11th. And like all good quests, it has been a satisfying adventure so far….

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  • Six-on-Six: the Musical

    3dbf74e4 9c49 4567 b9ba c55e529e81ffThere’s a rich history of girls’ basketball here in Iowa. Since almost a century ago, the month of March meant the Iowa High School Girls’ Basketball tournament, and the unique game of six-on-six basketball. Playwright Robert John Ford grew up here in Iowa, and although the six-on-six version ended in 1993, that wildly popular sport is part of his history. His theatrical creation, SIX-ON-SIX: THE MUSICAL, opens next weekend for a new run at the Staplin Center in West Des Moines.

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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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  • Hamlet

    0dec7200 b430 427b ac9e 0b9c496b8b78Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, and arguably one of the most well known in all of English literature. Making this work accessible to younger performers and audiences can be a great challenge, and yet that is the goal for Class Act Productions (CAP) in Altoona. This year’s CAP Classic production of Hamlet coincides with the city’s Altoona 150 celebration, and takes place in Haines Park beginning July 26th.

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  • Gilligan’s Island - the Musical

    26b55470 181b 49a4 8322 b068d777352aYou can sit right back and hear a tale of a fateful trip beginning July 13 when Carousel Theatre of Indianola presents the Iowa Premiere of Gilligan’s Island – the Musical


    The seven castaways are all there, with misadventures galore, plus a few songs along with the laughs.

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  • Mamma Mia!

    24fb7863 36b2 4a26 a46e c12f2df7055aTime to take a trip! The Greek island of Kalokairi is the setting for the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of supergroup ABBA. You don’t have to go all the way to Greece, but you do have to travel a bit more than usual to see this Des Moines Playhouse production, opening July 13. While the Playhouse goes through its final stages of remodeling, the show goes on the road to the Staplin Center at Valley West High School in West Des Moines.

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