Inside the Production

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

Company Time

Company stairsThe brand new Iowa Stage Theatre Company makes its debut with a stellar production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, opening September 22 at the Kum & Go Theatre. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into a show like this, and even more when it’s the opening show for a brand new organization. Iowa Stage is making sure their first steps are the right ones.

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Instant Theatre

Img 861A decade ago, the 7-11 Theatre Project began here in Des Moines. Originally produced by the Theatre... For a Change organiztion (TFAC), it is now in the hands of Goldfinch Theatre Company, still in it's original home of the Viking Theatre at Grand View University. The Gentle Guide talked with both Thatcher Williams of TFAC and Kristin Larson of Goldfinch about the history and future of the event.

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What I Did For Love

Img 835Here's the second of two articles on the upcoming production of A Chorus Line, opening next weekend at the Des Moines Playhouse. While the first piece was all about getting the show ready for its journey, now it's time to see how the performers are going to take the voyage. And, like their characters, this incredible cast truly feels theatre is their one true love. And they've worked more than you know.

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Five, Six, Seven, Eight!

Img 0825The Des Moines Playhouse presents the iconic theatre musical A Chorus Line beginning September 8. Groundbreaking when it first premiered, it tells the stories of the aspiring performers hoping to become part of a Broadway show. People who aren't involved in the theatre world have no idea how truly hard it is to become part of such an endeavor. And the road to the local production has its own challenges.

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The Essence of Art

Souvenir_2Art is extremely subjective. Especially performance art, like music and theatre. Is it defined by technical expertise? Interpretation? The experience of the performer or the experience of the audience receiving the art? All these things and more are part of Noce's presentation of Souvenir, the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a woman who had plenty of enthusiasm for music... and a "creative" sense of tone and expression.

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To Be Seen, Heard, and Respected

Img 0794Starting August 17, Kata Klysmic Productions presents The Vagina Monologues at The Garden Nightclub. Performed in the round, it is a series of intimate and personal scenes relating to the female experience. While it talks about a number of issues that are often socially uncomfortable or unseen, the words and performances are powerful, important, and need to be heard and respected.

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The Gift of Knowledge

Img 791Adolescent Anarchy is one of the more unique theatre groups in the Des Moines area, comprised of all youth. Now under the auspices of Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre, their summer production is The Giver, based upon the best-selling book by Lois Lowrey about a society where knowledge is a precious commodity... much like the knowledge gained by the young artists of Adolescent Anarchy.

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The Greatness of Youth

Img 775For the last four summers, Class Act Productions (CAP) in Altoona has presented their Shakespeare in the Park series. Young people perform a Shakespeare classic outdoors in Haines Park, and get to experience the works of the Bard. For many of them, it's their first exposure to these great plays, and this year CAP is performing Twelfth Night, beginning August 3rd.

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