‘Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny
Cash’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd St.
Through April 22
The man in black takes over the Des Moines
Playhouse with “Ring of Fire: The music of Johnny
Cash.” Born a poor Arkansas boy, Cash picked
cotton on the family farm before embarking on
a 50-year career in music that includes more
than 1,000 songs, 17 Grammy awards and nearly
$100 million in album sales. “Ring of Fire”
tells his story of faith, family, passion, redemption
and salvation through 30 of his classic songs
including “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Folsom Prison
Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walk the Line”
and “Ring of Fire.” Admission is $20-$35.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ presented by Ballet
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221
Saturday, April 7
Ballet Des Moines puts a unique spin on a classic
tale this Easter weekend with “The Wizard of
Oz.” The tale will not only have original choreography
from resident Artistic Director Serkan Usta
and Ballet Mistress Lori Grooters, but live
music will be provided by the Des Moines Community
Orchestra from Kermit Polling’s original score.
This unique production will feature handcrafted
sets, international costumes and one-of-a-kind
stage effects. As a special treat, four guest
professional dancers from across the country
will take the stage along with more than 150
of Des Moines’ finest youth dancers. Admission
Spring Festival 2012 presented by the
DMACC Huff Theatre
DMACC Campus, Building 6, 2006 South Ankeny
The DMACC Huff Theatre will hold its Spring
Festival on April 12-13 with five original plays
created by local writers. Audiences will experience
five different shows including “All Growed Up”
by Kyran Luhrs, “Pantheon” by Lance Doty, “Anniversary”
by Zee Bachelani, “A Conversation With The Bible”
by Morgan McGuinness and “Breaking Up Is Hard
To Do” by Tom Deiker. Admission is $1.
‘Tartuffe, Or The Imposter’ presented
by Repertory Theater of Iowa
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St.
Considered one of Moliére’s most theatrical
comedies, “Tartuffe, Or The Imposter,” is reinvigorated
with this contemporary adaptation by the Repertory
Theater of Iowa. The story follows a stranger
who is welcomed into the home of a wealthy family,
but things don’t go as planned, and the family
realizes the stranger isn’t who they thought
he was. Admission is $12-$22.
‘Memphis’ presented by the Civic Center
of Greater Des Moines
221 Walnut St.
April 24 –29
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis,
Tenn., comes a new Broadway musical that bursts
off the stage thanks to explosive dancing, irresistible
songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden
love. “Memphis” tells the story of a white radio
DJ who wants to change the world and a black
club singer who is ready for her big break.
Come along on their incredible journey to the
ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter,
soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
Admission is $16.50 to $61.50.
‘The Sylvia Rep’ presented by Tallgrass
Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St. West Des
April 27 through May 13
The Tallgrass Theater Company presents their
first ever Repertory Production with “Sylvia”
and “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?” “Sylvia” follows
Greg and Kate, who after 22 years of raising
kids in the suburbs, move to Manhattan. One
day, Greg brings home a dog he found in the
park bearing only the name “Sylvia” on the tag.
A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia
becomes a major bone of contention between husband
and wife, putting their marriage in jeopardy.
Will a compromise be found, or will Sylvia take
over? The second play, “The Goat, Or Who Is
Sylvia,” follows Martin, a world famous architect,
who prepares for a TV interview on his 50th
birthday. But during the course of the interview,
a secret emerges that threatens to turn celebration
into tragedy. Admission is $15. CV