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Posted December 01, 2021in Center Stage

Leaving the 2021 holiday performing arts season in the rearview mirror

The glow of holiday arts has never felt more vibrant.  Last year, the world of live arts experienced a pandemic-caused paucity of performances. Producing companies eagerly prepared a month of [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Center Stage

Returning to the stage

It’s a piece of cake. Iowa Stage Theatre Company has developed a wonderful recipe for performance success over the years. With a dash of classics, some flavoring with occasional musicals, [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Center Stage

Romantic comedy by Des Moines Playhouse beckons the Greek gods

“Escaping the Labyrinth” makes its official stage debut.  The road to presenting a world premiere has as many twists and turns as a global journey to the Temple of Apollo. [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Center Stage

Rising from the pandemic ashes

  Editor’s note: “The Gospel at Colonus” presented by Pyramid Theatre Company and Des Moines Performing Arts scheduled for Sept. 17-19 is being postponed until spring of 2022. The engagement is [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Center Stage

A new season in Iowa

Local producers plan for live shows in 2021-2022. With the irrepressible determination of fresh flora emerging from the devastation of a forest fire, the cultural landscape is sprouting new theatrical [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Center Stage

Musicals lead an expanded return to more live theatre

Broadway shows back to Des Moines. With the exuberance of an oxygen-starved swimmer gulping in a huge breath of air, many of the region’s best musical theatre performers are expanding [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Center Stage

More companies offering live theatre options

There are sunnier days ahead for the live arts scene.  The performing arts landscape has been like an Iowa springtime. Patrons impatiently endure an extended winter of desolation, waiting and [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Center Stage

Renaissance fairs mark their 2021 return

As the refrain proclaims, “Tra-la! It’s May! The lusty month of May!” (from “Camelot”) promises performances to engage, entertain and inspire. As venues open, led by the Des Moines Playhouse’s [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Center Stage

The evolution of central Iowa theatre continues

Performances persist. Creativity will find a way to release, fulfilling the needs of both the creators and the consumers. Central Iowa’s producers have proven to be resolute in their commitment [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Center Stage

Creativity and adaptability drive pandemic performances

This month marks the one-year anniversary of when stages across central Iowa went dark. As local producers mourn the loss, they remain resolved to adapt and find ways to overcome [...]

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