Inside the Production

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

  • Catch Me If You Can

    PilotStew Catch MeWe’ve all wished for life to be different at times. Big or small, simple or complex, people often want most what they don’t already have. But what if you figured out how to live that other life? Repeatedly? Would it be enough? That’s part of the journey in the musical Catch Me If You Can, opening March 22 at the Des Moines Playhouse.
     
    Based on the award-winning movie and book, Catch Me If You Can is the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. He was famous for successfully (and illegally) impersonating an amazing number of people. He “became” a doctor, an airplane pilot, and numerous other individuals (without training or expertise). He also ended up forging millions of dollars worth of checks and living the high life, before ultimately being caught. He then morphed into an expert for the FBI, to help them catch others who try to get away with the kind of impersonations and crimes he committed.
     

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Cuckoo cast cheerTo maintain the kind of theatre schedule I have with the Gentle Guide, some would call me crazy. But I’m as sane as can be, just very passionate about what I’m doing. There’s another kind of crazy out there, and it’s still a question of who is sane, and who might not be. Welcome to the state hospital, the nurses and patients, and Carousel Theatre of Indianola’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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  • Mary Poppins

    Mary and children NewtonIt’s a Jolly Holiday once again, as Newton Community Theatre mounts their production of Mary Poppins. Beginning Friday March 8 and running for two weekends, this family favorite brings together all the classic characters from the beloved Disney movie, plus a few more from the original P.L. Travers books, all to delight audiences with merry tunes and sparkling dance.

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  • Fuddy Meers

    Fuddy Meers logoDMACC Ankeny has been constantly building up their theatre program since the arrival of Program Chair Carl Lindberg in the Spring of 2017. Since then, they’ve expanded into offering more classes and shows per year, co-productions with Grand View University, entering the annual 7-11 Theatre Project, and a “Shortened Shakespeare” presentation outdoors each summer. Their next production is Fuddy Meers, opening at the DMACC Ankeny Black Box Theatre on campus March 1.

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  • Sense and Sensibility / The Lion in Winter

    Kerry SkramIt’s Valentines week, so I get to talk about a theatre person with a tremendous heart. Kerry Stram is an activist, a mother, and, above all, passionate about theatre. And she shows that passion with two projects both opening next Friday. As an author, she adapted Sense and Sensibility as a play, being presented up in Ames for ISU Theatre. And as an actor, she’s starring in The Lion in Winter at the Kum & Go Theatre for Iowa Stage.

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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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  • The A-Sisters Cabaret

    The A-SistersUSO Tours, 3-part harmonies, and the Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy will be the order of the evening on Saturday February 9, when the Late-Nite Cabaret slot at Noce is filled with three fantastic ladies collectively known as The A-Sisters. Complete with tunes from the legendary Andrews Sisters and other memorable melodies, the trio of Allison Bollinger, Alison Buechler, and Ashley Rogers will weave their beautiful musical spell with classics from that era.

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  • The Dinner Detective

    Dinner and a DeathEvery Saturday night for the last four years, terrific meals at the Des Moines Embassy Suites have been interrupted with a murder or two. The Dinner Detective performs their mystery-comedy show each week (most for the public, occasionally for private events), serving up a four-course menu to die for… plus another victim or two for the audience to witness and determine the killer!

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