Enjoy A Summer Of Local Theater

Robert John Ford is helping organize a traveling musical this summer with the cast of “Utopia,” a story he created.

Local theater companies have announced summer shows over the past week. Here are a few to put on your calendar.

“Utopia —The Iowa Musical Revue!”: Created by Robert John Ford (read our 2018 feature on him here), “Utopia” features original sketches and songs that celebrate the people and traditions of Iowa. In July and August, you can reserve a time for the cast to come to your lawn and perform. Organizers say “it’s a great way to entertain your friends while supporting (fully vaccinated!) theatre artists.” See available time slots here.

Summer Tent Theatre: Des Moines Community Playhouse last week announced a Summer Tent Theatre series, for which it will present three shows—”Godspell,” “Plaza Suite” and “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical”—in its east parking lot in July and August. Performances will be shown in repertory, meaning they’ll alternate weekends. Secure tickets online (hover over the tickets menu, then hover over single tickets) or by calling 515-277-6261.

“A Love Offering”: While not performed outside, this show, a collaboration between Des Moines Community Playhouse and Pyramid Theatre, will have both in-person and virtual performances. “A Love Offering” tells the story of a nurse’s aide dealing with patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. But an incident with a patient tests relationships and trust. Find more information here.

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