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Upcoming shows in January


‘Disney’s The Lion King’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines through Jan. 24

Experience the Tony award winning phenomenon known as “Disney’s The Lion King.” Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life and thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Let your imagination run wild in the jungle. Tickets are $25 - $130, available at the Civic Center Box Office, 246-2300 or through Ticketmaster.


John Michael Moore presented by the Des Moines Metro Opera
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 815 High St.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.

Come enjoy a wonderful evening of music by audience favorite John Michael Moore. Moore was Figaro in last summer’s production of “The Barber of Seville” and Papageno in “The Magic Flute.” He has recently performed with Minnesota Opera and is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are $25, available at the Des Moines Metro Web site, at (515) 961-6221 or at


‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, in the Civic Center’s Temple Theater
Jan. 13-24

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Tickets are $32.50 - $36.50, available at the Civic Center Box Office, 246-2300 or through Ticketmaster.


‘Flutter the Dovecotes’ presented by Tallgrass Theatre Company
Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines
Jan. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

Winner of the fourth annual Iowa Playwrights Workshop, “Flutter the Dovecotes,” an old English saying that means causing a stir in a quiet setting, takes a comedic look inside the staff lounge of a psychiatry office. Schemes, temper tantrums and narcissistic delusions give rise to one selfless act. Tickets are $10 and available through or the night of the performance (if available).


Moscow Festival Ballet in ‘Swan Lake’ presented by Stephens Auditorium
Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, “Swan Lake” is a romantic tale of true love and forgiveness and is often considered the world’s most beloved ballet. Tickets are $25 - $37, available at the Stephens Auditorium box office and Ticketmaster.


‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ presented by The Subjective Theater at The Des Moines Social Club
Jan. 21-24, 28-31

A man, who is violent and possibly homicidal, and a woman, who is tormented and possibly suicidal, meet in a bar. But soon after meeting, the two lonely outcasts are transformed by the love of the other. Tickets are free and reservations are available by calling 288-DMSC.


‘Beyond the Rainbow’ co-produced by The Des Moines Playhouse and StageWest
The Des Moines Playhouse
Jan. 29-Feb. 21

The show takes place when Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall in what the New York Times called “the concert of the century.” Woven into her concert performance are memories from her past with her family, husbands, friends, costars and critics appear in flashbacks, bringing the star’s story to vivid life. Each of the show’s 25 songs, including “The Trolley Song,” “Stormy Weather,” “The Man That Got Away” and “Over the Rainbow,” maps Garland’s journey from poverty to Hollywood stardom. Tickets are $20 - $35, available at the Playhouse box office, 277-6261 or at the Civic Center Box Office, 246-2300. CV



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