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2014 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide- Theater

8/20/2014

The “Phantom of the Opera” will be at the Des Moines Civic Center Sept. 10-21.

The “Phantom of the Opera” will be at the Des Moines Civic Center Sept. 10-21.

Although films and TV dramas are able to satisfy all kinds of fantasy one has in mind, with all the fictional and non-fictional stories in addition to CGI effects that are getting more realistic day by day, there is one aspect that holds the flat screens back from matching up with theater performances — the sense of presence. Overall, the sense of being there in the scene is a big plus for attending a live theater performance. The movements, gestures and emotions coming from the actors and actresses on stage are completely directed to you without being filtered through the TV screen. You understand the story, you see the acting and you feel the hard work of the performers and the production team through the performance, props and settings of the entire stage, without all the post-production effects.

From comedies to suspense thrillers, live theater offers different genres suitable for all ages. The fact that theater entertainment still manages to sustain itself proves that a significant population of audiences understands the charm of it. After the summer slowdown, theaters in and around the Des Moines area are finally back with new theatrical season schedules with more fascinating musical and live theater performances. Whether to enjoy a classical stage with a friend or a Christmas special with your family, take some time to appreciate the talent of the performing and production crew this fall.

DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

831 42nd St., www.dmplayhouse.com

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Sept. 5-28 — “South Pacific” (Main Stage)

Oct. 17 – Nov. 2 — “Girls’ Weekend” (Main Stage)

Nov. 14-29 — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (Children’s Theater)

Dec. 5-28 — “Mary Poppins” (Family Holiday)

DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

Civic Center/Stoner Theater/Temple Theater/Cowles Commons

221 Walnut St., www.desmoinesperformingarts.org

Aug. 21-23 — “Evita” (Willis Broadway Series)

Aug. 26 — One-time performance by Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly (The Temple Theater)

Sept. 10-21 — “Phantom of the Opera” (Willis Broadway Series)

Sept. 27-28 — “The Firebird” (Des Moines Symphony)

Oct. 14 — American musician group The Piano Guys (Civic Center)

Oct. 25-26 — “Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons” (Des Moines Symphony)

Oct. 29 — Alton Brown Live (Civic Center)

Nov. 3-4 — Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Applause Series, Grade 1-4)

Nov. 8 — One-time performance by Paul Taylor Dance Company (Dance Series)

Nov. 6 — “Stella, Queen of the Snow” (Applause Series, preK-2)

Nov. 15-16 — “Beethoven’s Fifth” (Des Moines Symphony)

Nov. 18-23 — “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Willis Broadway Series)

Nov. 28 — Family favorites, The Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas Show (Civic Center)

Nov. 29 — Celtic Thunder’s First Symphony Tour (Civic Center)

Dec. 2-7 — “Motown,” the musical (Willis Broadway Series)

Dec. 19-20 — Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (Civic Center)

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Pops with Cirque de la Symphonie (Civic Center)

Jan. 6-11 — “The Book of Mormon” (Willis Broadway Series)

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REPERTORY THEATER OF IOWA

Des Moines Onstage Building

2124 Grand Ave., www.rtiowa.com

Sept. 12-28 — “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.

December — “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and adapted by Larry Carpenter.

DES MOINES ONSTAGE

Des Moines Young Artists Theatre

2124 Grand Ave., www.desmoinesonstage.org

Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 — “Cabaret” at Des Moines Social Club’s basement bar.

Nov. 21-30 — “FAME Jr.” at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.

STAGEWEST THEATER COMPANY

www.stagewestiowa.com

Oct.10-26 — “Carrie the Musical,” based on bestselling novel by Stephen King. Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.

Nov. 7-15 — “Neighborhood #3: Requisition of Doom” by Jennifer Haley, at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.

TALL GRASS THEATER COMPANY

Rex Mathis Auditorium

1401 Vine St., www.tallgrasstheater.org/

Nov. 7-22 — “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

BALLET DES MOINES

www.balletdesmoines.org

Oct. 24-26 — Triple Bill performance at Hoyt Sherman Place Theater

Dec. 11-14 — Holiday classic “Nutcracker” at Hoyt Sherman Place Theater

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DRAKE UNIVERSITY THEATER ARTS

www.drake.edu/theater

Oct. 2-5 — “Square One” by Steve Tesich

Oct. 24-26 — Student Theater Showcase

Nov. 13-16 — “Jesus Christ Superstar” lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

SIMPSON COLLEGE THEATER

www.simpson.edu/theater

Oct. 17-19 — “Carousel,” a co-production between Theater Simpson and Music Simpson, at Pote Theater

Nov. 14-16 — “The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson” at Barnum Theater

IOWA STATE CENTER

Stephen Auditorium/Fisher Theater/Scheman Building

www.center.iastate.edu/events

Oct. 23 — “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” comedy musical.

Oct. 24 — “We the People” presented by TheaterworksUSA (Youth Matinee Series, Grades 4-8)

Oct. 26 — Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood from “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”

Nov. 6 — Moscow State Symphony featuring violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Nov. 12 — “Harry the Dirty Dog” presented by ArtsPower (Youth Matinee Series, Grades K-2)

Nov. 15 — “Elf the Musical”

Nov. 19 — China National Acrobats

Dec. 13-14 — 34th annual Nutcracker Ballet choreographed by Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas of the Dancenter (Ames)

Dec. 16 — Christmas gathering with Irish Music Band Danú.

Dec. 18 — “Sister Act,” based on the award-winning film.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY THEATER

www.theater.iastate.edu

Oct. 3-5, 10-12 — “Spring Awakening”

Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2, 7-9 — “Crimes of the Heart”

Nov. 15 — 100th Anniversary Gala

Dec. 5-7, 12-14 — “A Christmas Carol”

AMES COMMUNITY THEATER

120 Abraham Drive, www.actorsinc.org

Sept. 19-28 — “No Sex Please, We’re British” by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott

Nov. 21-30 — “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays,” a Comedy Thriller by Ken Ludwig

ANKENY COMMUNITY THEATER

1932 S.W. 3rd St., www.ankenycommunitytheater.com

Sept. 26 – Oct. 12 — “The Little Princess” by Cynthia Mercati (Children’s Drama)

Dec. 5-21 — “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” by Ernest Zulia & David Caldwell (Robert Fulgrum)(Comedy/Drama)

BOONE COMMUNITY THEATER

106 S. Webster St., www.boonecommunitytheater.org

Sept. 5-6 — Pufferbilly Show: “Voice of the Prairie” directed by Christopher and Mishelle Levi

UNION STREET PLAYERS

712 Union St. Suite 202, www.unionstreetplayers.com

Dec. 4-7 — “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, directed by Pat Van Zante. CV

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