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2014-15 theater season in Ames

June 8, 2014

By Anthony Capps, Ames Tribune, Iowa

June 08--The upcoming theater season will feature more than 30 theatrical performances that are both local and touring productions -- and that doesn't include the concerts and comedy shows.

Season tickets are available for Ames Community Theater at its upcoming production, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" and tickets are available to subscribers to shows at the Iowa State Center.

Tickets to other events will be available at later dates.

Ames Community Theater (ACTORS)

The Ames Community Theater will feature five productions next season. Productions include one that features all the works by Shakespeare, an adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel and the ogre Shrek.

Sept. 19 to 28: "No Sex Please, We're British" by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot

Nov. 21 to 30: "The Game's Afoot or Holmes For The Holidays" by Ken Ludwig

Feb. 6 to 15: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

April 3 to 12: "A Murder is Announced" by Agatha Christie, adapted by Leslie Darbon

June 12 to 28: "Shrek The Musical" by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori, based on the 2001 movie and book by William Steig

Ames High School Drama Department

While the plays for the upcoming school year are yet to be released, the dates for the three school-year plays as well as those for other theater events at Ames High School are out.

Nov. 7 to 8: Fall play

Dec. 4 to 6: Madrigal Dinner

Feb. 6 to 7: Winter play

April 10: Senior one acts

May 1 to 2: Spring play

Iowa State Center

Announced in April, the Iowa State Center has 15 touring shows planned for the upcoming season with theatrical highlights including "Elf: The Muscial," "Sister Act," "Anything Goes" and "Million Dollar Quartet." It's annual local production of "Nutcracker Ballet will take place in December.

Oct. 24: "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" by Jon Blair, Ian MacIntyre, Jim Millan, Alice Moran, Colin Munch, Anne Marie Scheffler and Patrick Whalen, based on "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James

Oct. 26: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Nov. 15: "Elf: The Musical" by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, based on the 2003 movie

Nov. 19: National Acrobats of China

Dec. 13 and 14: "The Nutcracker Ballet"

Dec. 18: "Sister Act" by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, based on 1992 movie

Jan. 22: "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter, Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

Feb. 12: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted by Simon Levy

Feb. 20: The Australian Bee Gees

March 4 and 5: Stomp

March 28: Mummenschanz

April 12: "Million Dollar Quartet" by Floyd Mutrux, Colin Escott and Chuck Mead

Iowa State Center's Youth Matinee Series

The Youth Matinee Series, which has morning early afternoon performances, targets children and youth with educational shows.

Oct. 24: "We the People" (grades 4 to 8)

Nov. 12: "Harry the Dirty Dog" (grades K to 2)

Feb. 19: Let's Go Science! (grades 2 to 5)

Feb. 23: "The Lightning Thief" (grades 3 to 7)

March 2: "Curious George" (grades pre-K to 2)

March 30: "Jack and the Beanstalk" (grades K to 5)

April 3: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (grades 8 to 12)

April 27: "Fly Guy and Other Stories" (grades K to 4)

ISU Theatre

Celebrating 100 years of theater at Iowa State University, ISU Theatre's upcoming season will feature six productions with one play, "Love and Honor," written by ISU theater professor Jane Cox. The musical "Les MisÉrables" will serve as the Stars Over Veishea production.

Oct. 3 to 12: "Spring Awakening" by Frank Wedekind, translated by Edward Bond

Oct. 31 to Nov. 9: "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley

Dec. 5 to 14: "A Christmas Carol" based on the novel by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jane Cox

Feb. 27 to March 8: "Love and Honor: Iowa in the Civil War" by Jane Cox

April 10 to 19: "Les MisÉrables" by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel SchÖnberg, based on a novel by Victor Hugo

April 30 to May 3: "On the Verge" also known as "The Geography of Yearning" by Eric Overmyer

Judge Story's Theatrical Troupe

Next year's production from Judge Story will be the comedy horror rock musical "Little Shop of Horrors," which features music from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

June 3 to 7: "Little Shop of Horrors" by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, based on the 1960 Roger Corman film "The Little Shop of Horrors"

Story Theater Company

Like last year, Story Theater Company will feature three shows next season with one serving as a teen show for the older students.

Nov. 7 to 16: "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood

March 6 to 8: "Much Ado About Nothing" (teen show) by William Shakespeare

June 19 to 28: "Disney's Mulan Jr." (dates subject to change) by Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge, adapted by Bryan Louiselle and Patricia Cotter, based on the 1998 movie and Robert D. San Souci story

Co'Motion Dance Theater

The upcoming season of Co'Motion will feature its usual fall and spring shows. The fall show, "Flow," will take place at the Forker Building on the ISU campus.

July 25 and 26: Kids' Co'Motion

Oct. 18: "Flow" (fall concert)

March 27 and 28: Spring concert


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