‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ presented
by The Des Moines Playhouse
Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.
“Moonlight and Magnolias” tells a humorous,
behind-the-scenes story dealing with what is
considered one of the greatest movies of all-time,
“Gone with the Wind.” The story follows legendary
movie producer David O. Selznick, who has shut
down production of his new film, “Gone with
the Wind.” The screenplay isn’t working for
Selznick, so he brings together screenwriter
Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming. Together,
the three men spend five days locked in an office
trying to rework the story and emerge with plenty
of stories to tell. Tickets are $20 to $29.
‘Urinetown’ presented by ACTORS, INC
Ames Community Theater, 120 Abraham Drive
June 8-9, 15-17, 22-24
“Urinetown” is a laugh-out-loud show dealing
with love, greed, corruption and revolution.
Audiences can expect plenty of laughs as the
world is changed when water becomes worth its
weight in gold. Tickets are $20.
‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ presented
by the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Civic Center Main Stage, 221 Walnut St.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” takes over the Civic
Center of Greater Des Moines for a one-week-only
engagement. The story follows the journey of
a young boy named Billy Elliot, who leaves the
boxing ring and picks up ballet shoes. Reluctant
at first, Billy discovers he has a hidden talent.
As his passion for dance grows, he inspires
not only his family, but the entire community.
Along with the inspirational story, Elton John
has created a magical score that will keep audiences
captivated. Tickets are $20.50-$66.50.
‘The Meth Project’ presented by Locust
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St.
“The Meth Project” is presented by Locust Productions
and was collaboratively written by local artists.
The story follows a 360-degree look at the problem
of meth in Iowa, as well as examining the health,
legal and family impacts of this pervasive drug.
Tickets are $11-$15.
‘The Divine Sister’ presented by StageWest
Civic Center’s Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St.
June 15-17, 20-24
“The Divine Sister” celebrates almost every
Hollywood film about nuns including “Bells of
St. Mary’s,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Singing
Nun” and “Doubt.” The story follows St. Veronica’s
tough Mother Superior, who is determined to
build a new school for her convent. But building
the school won’t be as easy as she thought as
she must deal with a youngster who claims he
is having visions and a sensitive student who
needs guidance. Sexual hysteria also runs wild
among the nuns. Tickets are $22-$25. On Friday,
June 15, attendees can enjoy the “Red Carpet
Opening Night” event at the Kirkwood Lounge
from 6-7 p.m. (free with show ticket). On Sunday,
June 17, enjoy the “Sunday Talk-Back” session
immediately after the show.
‘Suessical Jr.’ presented by the Story
Ames City Auditorium, 520 6th St.
The musical about beloved children’s author
Dr. Seuss has been shortened and adapted for
the younger theatergoer in a new version called
“Seussical Jr.” The show brings together a number
of Seuss’ most famous books including “The Cat
in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who” for a fun-filled
show suitable for all-ages. Admission is $6-$8.
‘Red’ presented by StageWest as part
of the Scriptease series
First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave.
“Red” was the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best
Play and follows the story of abstract expressionist
Mark Rothko. After landing the biggest commission
in the history of modern art, Rothko works on
the project for two years but soon discovers
that his proudest moment could be his undoing.
Admission is free. CV