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Dec 1, 2011
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Upcoming shows in December

By Jared Curtis

‘Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse

831 42nd St.

Nov. 18 through Dec. 11

Adapted from the Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park, “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” is a holiday fun for all ages. It’s holiday time, and Room 1 is doing a lot of things to celebrate including making elf costumes and singing carols. When Junie B. picks a name for Secret Santa, she gets stuck with Tattletale May, who keeps ruining her holiday glee. Tickets are $12-$15.

‘The Sound of Music’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse

831 42nd St.

Dec. 2 - 30

The hills will come alive with music at the Des Moines Playhouse as it presents “The Sound of Music.” When Maria proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain, and the two marry. After returning from their honeymoon, they discover Nazis have invaded Austria. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland provides one of the most thrilling finales in theatre. Admission is $20 - $35.

‘Caucus! The Musical’ presented by Right Brain Productions

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St.

Dec. 7 - 31

The local musical that became an international sensation in 2008 returns to Des Moines. “Caucus! The Musical” is a timely and laugh-out-loud funny look at the role Iowa plays in the presidential nominating process. When an unassuming Iowa farmer is dubbed “the typical caucus voter” by the press, the candidates will do anything to win his vote. Admission is $30.50 ($22.50 opening night).

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ presented by Ballet Des Moines

Hoyt Sherman Place,

Dec. 9 -11

Under the artistic direction of Serkan Usta, “The Nutcracker Ballet” features nearly 300 local dancers and performances by professional artists including Kenneth Easter, Melanie Hamrick, Stanislav Ivanov, Stacy Lowenberg and Stanko Milov. Admission is $23 - $69.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ and ‘A Christmas Memory’ presented by the Repertory Theater of Iowa

Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locust St.

Dec. 9 – 23,

The Repertory Theater of Iowa is offering double the Christmas cheer with two different shows — “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, and “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Copote — to put you in the holiday spirit. RTI Artistic Director Joseph Leonardi kicks things off with “A Christmas Memory,” which takes place in the 1930s and focuses on the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. In “The Santaland Diaries,” John Earl Robinson reprises his role as Crumpet, a disgruntled Macy’s Elf, in this sardonically irreverent tale. Admission is $12 - $22.

‘Utopia: The Iowa Musical Revue’ presented by Right Brain Productions

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St.

Dec. 14 - 31

“Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue,” celebrates — while poking a little fun at — the unique people, places and traditions of the great state of Iowa. Featuring 16 independent songs and sketches, including five new segments written specifically for this production, this homegrown show will bring a smile to your face. Admission is $30.50 ($22.50 opening night).

‘The Nutcracker’ presented by Iowa Dance Theatre

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St.

Dec. 17 -1 8

The Iowa Dance Theatre celebrates its 29th season with “The Nutcracker.” The story of a girl, her nutcracker and the special dream they share, “The Nutcracker” is choreographed and directed by a team of professionals from seven area studios, with dancers from more than 25 studios. Admission is $17.50 - $37.50. CV

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