Inside the Production

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

  • Theatre Thanksgiving

    Turkey on stageThe annual celebration of Thanksgiving is next week, and as is typical there is no new theatre opening up that weekend. People are too busy with families, or shopping for their holiday gifts, or just sleeping off their overeating from Thursday. But it is also typical at this time for each of us to at least examine, just a little bit, the things we are thankful for during the last year. With that in mind, here are some theatre gifts I’m grateful for over the past months.

     

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  • Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work logoThe magical tunes of George and Ira Gershwin have been staples for years, but it was only in the last decade that they’ve been brought together as the framework for the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. Drake produces their fall semester extravaganza beginning next weekend, featuring song and dance galore, and laughs that never go out of style.

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  • Clue - the Musical

    Clue cast promoAlmost everyone grew up with the family board game Clue. Determining the Suspect, Location, and Weapon used in Mr. Boddy’s murder was a delightful introduction to sleuthing and mysteries. Not even the performers know “whodunit” when ACTORS in Ames brings the board game to life in their production of Clue-the Musical opening November 15th.

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  • Mary Poppins Jr.

    Poppins Jr logoThe tale of the practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins comes to Class Act Productions (CAP-Altoona) and their youth theatre beginning November 2. It’s an occasion to be noted, both for the fact that they celebrate the beloved nanny’s birthday (one of the P.L. Travers original stories notes her birthday is November 1), and also commemorates that Mary Poppins Jr. is the 100th production by the Altoona group over its dozen year history.

     

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  • Legally Blonde Jr.

    Legally Blonde Jr.The path to success, let alone love, is sometimes difficult. The trick is to find your own way. Starting October 26, Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre (DMYAT) presents Legally Blonde Jr. Based on the movie and the hugely successful Broadway show, the path of heroine Elle Woods is both an inspiration and an affirmation for many of the young women involved in the show.

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  • The Rocky Horror Show 2018

    Rocky Horror 2018 Kata KlysmicHow do you reinvent something that subverted expectations in the first place? That’s the goal of Kata Klysmic Productions latest endeavor, their yearly October “tradition” of presenting The Rocky Horror Show. And since I’ve often described Kata Klysmic as “the most subversive theatre group in town”, you can bet there will be some very creative and surprising elements in this year’s presentation.

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  • Noises Off!

    F52cb1ae 5b1b 430b b824 08fe37cbd7d6One of my favorite comedic shows is the “play within a play” Noises Off! Newton Community Theatre is presenting their version of this wonderful romp for two weekends beginning October 12. A classic farce about putting on a show called Nothing On, there are mistaken identities, prop problems, and a set that is almost the star of the show itself. 

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  • Billy Elliot

    2819f03c 7b8e 47a3 839c 81c705df5dbfAfter a summer away from home, the Des Moines Playhouse starts their centennial season with a production of the musical Billy Elliot. It’s about a boy who loves to dance, and how he deals with friends and family who don’t necessarily share his dreams. Opening October 5, it’s the first show in the newly remodeled mainstage space at the Playhouse, which is the culmination of even more dreams.

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