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Fall Arts & Entertainment- Theater

8/21/2013

Theater wicked: “Wicked,” the untold story of the witches of Oz, shows at the Civic Center of Des Moines Oct. 30 - Nov. 10.

Theater wicked: “Wicked,” the untold story of the witches of Oz, shows at the Civic Center of Des Moines Oct. 30 – Nov. 10.

Perhaps no more eclectic line-up exists in central Iowa than in the realm of the performing arts. Theatres big and small, professional and amateur, continue to offer Iowans an array of entertainment rich with culture and guaranteed to leave lasting memories. Whether the story is told through song, motion, comedy or humility — on a grandiose amphitheater platform, a school’s fine arts department stage or in a corner of a bar or coffee shop — guests of all types are sure to find themselves called from the cozy cushions of their couches for a night to never forget, an evening that’s truly everlasting in one’s mind and worthy of a ticket-stub souvenir for the scrap book.

We once again bring you a list as comprehensive as can be achieved, but we in no way claim to have gotten them all. New productions pop up and pass through all the time. But this list will get you started and give you a glimpse of the unique gift bestowed upon the Des Moines area from the creativity, imaginations and talents of devoted people who put their all into each show.

 

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

The Civic Center of Des Moines/Stoner Theater/Temple Theater/Cowles Commons

221 Walnut St., www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

                  CVA_22PAGE 26Sept. 14-15 — From Russia With Ilya (Des Moines Symphony)

                  Sept. 18 — One-time performance by “The Voice” finalist Chris Mann (Temple Theater)

                  Sept. 27-28 — Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty,” a gothic romance

                  Sept. 27-Oct. 13 — “Next to Normal” (Stage West)

                  Oct. 4 — Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

                  Oct. 5 — Comedian Ron White’s “A Little Unprofessional” (Civic Center)

                  Oct. 19-20 — Scottish Fansay and Rosenkavalier (Des Moines Symphony)

                  Oct. 30-Nov. 10 — “Wicked,” the untold story of the witches of Oz Broadway musical

                  Nov. 7-8 — “Thomas and the Library Lady” (Applause Series, grades K-6)

                  Nov. 16-17 — Beyond the Score: Planets and Other Worlds (Des Moines Symphony)

                  Dec. 10-15 — Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (Willis Broadway Series)

                  Dec. 4-29 — “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” (Temple Comedy Series)

                  Jan. 10 — “Clybourne Park” (Stage West)

                  Jan. 11 — “Firebird” – (Wellmark Family Series)

                  Jan. 17 — “Alonzo King Lines Ballet” (The Dance Series and the Applause Series, grades 4-12)

                  Jan. 24-25 — “Green Day’s American Idiot”

                  Jan. 27-29 — “Paige in Full” (Applause Series, grades 7-12)

DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

831 42nd St., www.dmplayhouse.com

                  Sept. 6-29 — “Fiddler on the Roof” (Main Stage)

                  Sept. 14-15 — “The Laramie Project” (Main Stage)

                  Oct. 18-Nov. 3 — “Red” (Main Stage)

                  Nov. 8-Dec. 1 — “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” (Children’s Theatre)

                  Dec. 6-29 — “Peter Pan” (Main Stage and Children’s Theatre)

                  Jan. 17-Feb. 2 — “The Hundred Dresses” (Children’s Theatre)

                  Jan. 31-Feb. 16 — “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Main Stage)

DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB

400 Walnut St., www.desmoinessocialclub.org

Ongoing events

                  Open Circus — an open mic of music, comedy and fine arts performances at the Java Joes Fourth Street Theater, 214 Fourth St., every Thursday at 9 p.m.

                  Systema — a Russian martial arts display at the Ananta Yoga Studio every Sunday at 11 a.m.

                  The Revolver Comedy Revue — Anything Improv’s night of improvisational comedy, every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.

                  Page2Stage — rehearsed play readings at Java Joes Fourth Street Theater, 214 Fourth St., at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

                  Aug. 22 — “School Bag or Back Pack” (Story Mob series involving the audience), 7 p.m.

                  Nov. 21 — “Warm Blanket” (Story Mob series involving the audience), 7 p.m.

TALLGRASS THEATRE COMPANY

Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., www.tallgrasstheatre.org

                  Nov. 1-16 — “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon

                  Jan. 31-Feb. 15 — “True West” by Sam Shepard

THE REPERTORY THEATER OF IOWA

www.rtiowa.com

                  Sept. 13-29 — “The Importance of Being Earnest,” at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kirkwood Theatre

HOYT SHERMAN PLACE

1501 Woodland Ave., www.hoytsherman.org

                  Oct. 19 — Comedian Drew Carey, 7:30 p.m.

                  Oct. 26 — “The Bob and Tom Comedy Show” featuring Bob and Tom, Chick McGee and Kristi Lee

BALLET DES MOINES

www.balletdesmoines.org

                  Oct. 11-13 — Ballet Des Moines Triple Bill — “Celestial,” at Hoyt Sherman Place

                  Dec. 12-15 — World Famous Ballet — “The Nutcracker,” at Hoyt Sherman Place

DRAKE UNIVERSITY THEATRE ARTS

http://www.drake.edu/theatre

                  Sept. 5 — “Drake Meets Horowitz!” (at Civic Center of Des Moines)

                  Sept. 21 — Movies on Stage

                  Oct. 3-6 — “If We Were Birds”

                  Oct. 26-27 — Student Theatre Showcase

                  Nov. 15 — “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

SIMPSON COLLEGE THEATRE

www.simpson.edu/theatre

                  Oct. 24-27 — “Lysistrata Jones”

                Nov. 22-23 — “The Women of Lockerbie” (in conjunction with the 17th annual High School Theatre Festival on Nov. 25)

AMES COMMUNITY THEATER

120 Abraham Drive, Ames, www.actorsinc.org

                  Sept. 20-29 — “Play It Again, Sam”

                  Nov. 29-Dec. 15 — “Free To Be… You and Me”

                  Jan. 31-Feb. 9 — “Boeing, Boeing”

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY THEATRE

www.theare.iastate.edu

                  Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 — “The Seagull”

                  Nov. 1-3, 8-10 — “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

                  Dec. 6-8, 13-15 — “Romeo and Juliet”

IOWA STATE CENTER

www.center.iastate.edu

                  Sept. 27 — Iowa State University Symphony (recommended age: grades 4-12)

                  Oct. 4 — “Johnny Appleseed” (recommended age: grades K-5)

                  Oct. 17 — “Straight No Chaser”

                  CVA_22PAGE 28Oct. 18 — An Evening with Bill Cosby

                  Oct. 24 — “Memphis the Musical”

                  Oct. 25 — Gabriel Iglesias

                  Nov. 1 — “The Three Little Pigs” (recommended age: grades K-5)

                  Nov. 2 — “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County”

                  Nov. 3 — “Masters of the Fiddle”

                  Nov. 5 — Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

                  Nov. 17 — Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

                  Nov. 18-19 — “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini in Fisher Theater (recommended for grades 9-12)

                  Jan. 26 — The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella”

                  Jan. 28 — “The Addams Family – The Musical”

                  Jan. 30 — “Junie B. Jones” (recommended for grades K-5) CV

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