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December 16, 2010
By Jared Curtis


Upcoming shows in December


‘Mary Poppins’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.

Through Dec. 12

Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, “Mary Poppins” is everything you could ever hope for in a Broadway show. The show features brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft. Get whisked away in the magical world of “Mary Poppins” before it’s too late. Tickets are $20 to $78.25.


‘Utopia’ presented by Right Brain Productions and Tallgrass Theatre

Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines

Through Dec. 18

“Utopia” is the new musical revue by Robert John Ford, creator of “Caucus! The Musical” and “Six –On-Six: The Musical.” Featuring a cast of five and a wide variety of original songs and sketches that celebrate and poke gentle fun at the unique people, places and traditions of the great state of Iowa, “Utopia” is sure to bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heartland. Tickets are $19 - $22, available through Midwestix or at the door.


‘The Seafarer’ presented by Stage West, The Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St.

Dec. 3-12

In the grand tradition of Irish storytelling, “The Seafarer” is a Christmas fable about the sea, Ireland and the power of myth. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Dublin. In the rundown house where Sharky cares for his blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game and are joined by an ominous stranger. As the booze flows and the game intensifies, Sharky discovers that he may be playing for his very soul. In this eerie, haunting tale, celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson examines how we face the demons of our past, and struggle for redemption. Tickets are $22 - $25.


‘Cinderella’ presented by the Des Moines Playhouse, The Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.

Dec. 10-23

The timeless enchantment of the magical fairy tale, “Cinderella,” is reborn with the originality, charm and elegance of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Cinderella, a young woman forced to serve her Stepmother and her self-centered stepsisters meets a charming Prince with a little help from a fairy godmother who transforms a pumpkin into a coach. The score includes a number of memorable songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “A Lovely Night.” Tickets are $17 - $32.


‘Christmas Carol’ presented by the Repertory Theater of Iowa, Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locust St.,

Dec. 10-23

Des Moines’ newest holiday tradition is back as the Repertory Theater of Iowa returns, along with Ebenezer Scrooge, to present this inspired adaptation of a “Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens classic that continues to enchant children of all ages. Tickets are $17 - $20.


‘The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller’ presented by The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.

Dec. 20-21

Celebrate the holidays with Mannheim Steamroller, as they stop through town with their spectacular 25th anniversary production. Enjoy the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state of the art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller, so don’t miss out on the ultimate family Christmas experience. Tickets are $35 - $82.50. CV


Caption: Caroline Sheen as Mary Poppins and Nicolas Dromard as Bert perform “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Photo by Joan Marcus

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