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Fall 2016 promises to be a busy and diverse season on Des Moines stages. With beloved children’s classics like Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Boxcar Children” and mystery comedies in “Done to Death” and “Audition for a Murder” there’s a little something for everybody in the family. Read on to find your family’s theatrical experience for the fall in Des Moines!
Death of a Saleman
September 23 – October 2, 2016; Presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. This timeless American Classic envisions the last days of salesman Willy Loman, who experiences soul-searching revelations about his failure to achieve success and happiness and discovers how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound and endearing stories of the American theatre. Don’t miss the chance to see America’s greatest play. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $28 Adults, $18 Students and $25 Senior; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.
Skippyjon Jones Snow What
October 3, 2016; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua, of course! This brand new musical is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Meant for kids in grades PreK-3. Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are $5.
October 7, 2016; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Join Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, and the clever Foxy Loxy in this familiar tale about jumping to conclusions and using your noggin. This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six. Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $6.00.
Done to Death
October 7-23, 2016; presented by Ankeny Community Theatre. Once famous mystery writers involve the audience as they apply their individual methods to solving various murders. They include a couple who write sophisticated murders, a young author of the James Bond school, a retired writer of the hard hitting method and an aging queen of the logical murder. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $15, Senior (60+) $12, Child (grades K-12) $10.
October 7-30, 2016; on stage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Romeo and Juliet takes to the streets of New York City, where two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight for supremacy. But when a former Jet, Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of a Shark, the rivalry explodes with danger. With timeless music from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story is one of the greatest love stories of all time! Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets start at $25.00.
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr.
October 14-23, 2016; Des Moines Young Artist’s Theatre Presents: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and more! Don’t miss this new musical “masterpeach!” Shows are performed on Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors and $12 Children; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.
The True Story of Pocahontas
October 17, 2016; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. With an emphasis on historical fact, Pocahontas is revealed as a playful, strong-minded young girl who changes her world before she will change her beliefs or herself. Our story follows Pocahontas as she grows from a girl who helps the Jamestown colonists survive, to the young woman, wife, and mother who carries her message of peace and mutual cooperation across the Atlantic to the mighty King of England. Meant for kids in grades K-5. Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are $5
Peppa Pig LIVE!
Wednesday October 19, 2016; on stage at CY Stephens Auditorium. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! The show is at 6:00 pm and tickets start at $20.
Audition for a Murder
October 28-30, 2016; presented by Carousel Theatre of Indianola. On a dark and dreary winter evening on a lonely country road, Grace and Doris skid into a ditch. Looking for help, the bickering duo take refuge in the nearest building, an old community theatre where auditions are scheduled for the next production. Little do they suspect the murderous (and hilarious) shenanigans that await them. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
The Boxcar Children
November 4– 20, 2016; on stage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Generations of readers have cherished the adventures of The Boxcar Children and now their stories come to life onstage! Follow orphan siblings Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny as they run away from foster care to make a home for themselves in an abandoned railroad boxcar. They eventually meet their grandfather, who supports and cares for them. Through the rewards and perils of life on the run in the Depression era, they hold true to their motto: “We stick together like glue.” Show times are Fridays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Tickets start at $15.
Elf the Musical, Jr.
November 4-20, 2016; presented by Class Act Productions. Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $12, Senior (63+) $10, Student (18 and under) $8.
Red Riding Hood
November 11, 2016; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Little Red Riding Hood is taking food and flowers to her poor, sick granny at her cottage in the forest. You can bet that the big bad wolf isn’t far behind. Will Little Red listen to her mother and stay on the path? This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six. Show times are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $6.00.
November 15 – January 7, 2017; at The Temple Theater. This highly caffeinated comedy tells the story of the three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 5:00 and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tickets start at $20.00.
November 25 – 27, 2016; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. Show times are Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets start at $30.00.
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