Inside the Production

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

It’s a Wonderful Wife

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Always Faithful

Ef7e45a1 f680 4a87 846d 6bf822d38a37The Marine Corps official motto is “Semper Fidelis”, which is Latin for “Always Faithful.” In Newton Community Theatre’s upcoming production of A Few Good Men, the military code of conduct in the Marine Corps is examined in detail, and it’s not a place where everyone would be comfortable. But comfort isn’t the goal, it’s about being true to ideals and honor. Not everyone can live up to that, but it’s still worth striving for.

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Moving the Line

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Pieces of the Past

54feb2fd 97a6 40a2 a4c8 41501a247bb3Drake University’s final show of the school year is A Piece of My Heart. Set during and after the Vietnam War, it follows the stories of six women and their interactions with the war. No one is ever prepared for what that kind of monumental conflict will mean when one has to confront it for the first time... let alone the toll it takes on the self, loved ones, and even complete strangers in the years afterwards.

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Shadow of a Doubt

436102ba 5303 4f9b 9ba3 dbde2291f7efAnkeny Community Theatre presents Doubt – a Parable as part of their Studio Series from April 26 through 29. Set in a Catholic School in 1964, it concerns the possible actions of Father Flynn (played by Brad Church). Flynn is the priest in charge of the school… and some are concerned about his behavior towards one of his students. It becomes not just a battle for one student or one career. It’s about how all of us have to decide how we put our faith in others, and in ourselves.

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It Takes Two

2a58b17c ce60 4861 b88b 537989ab899dDes Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMYAT) has been going strong now for a decade, presenting interesting and challenging shows for young performers anywhere from elementary age to those just about to enter college. They’re having a pair of fundraising events to showcase some of their stellar youth alongside a few of the bright lights of other theatre groups here in Des Moines. The show is called Duets, and performances are April 22 and 29 at Noce Jazz/Cabaret.

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The Bells of Notre Dame

6e235c86 d270 467d af11 2c6e03316245The above title is a song from the stage musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You may be familiar with the original Victor Hugo novel, or perhaps with the Disney animated adaptation from 1996. The recently created stage musical is a combination of the two, darker than what Disney did with the property, but with many of the songs from that version and new music written just for the theatre. The new Hunchback is an amazing show… and even more amazing is the opportunity for area youth to perform it for the first time in Iowa.

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Shaking the Foundations

A64693fe f9bb 47ae 889b 3792e423aa0bNext weekend sees the opening of The Christians. Iowa Stage is presenting this modern drama at the Kum & Go Theatre, looking at faith and belief systems and how they relate to human interaction in our current times. The Christians isn’t about debunking faith, or reaffirming a religion centuries old. It’s about what we believe about ourselves and each other, and how we fit those ideas into a world that’s changing at an amazing rate.

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