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April 26, 2012
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Upcoming shows in April

By Jared Curtis

‘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 Des Moines

The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut St.

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 is $35-$55.

Spring Festival 2012 presented by the DMACC Huff Theatre

DMACC Campus, Building 6, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

April 12-13

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.

April 13-29

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 Theater Company

Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St. West Des Moines

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

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