Inside Corridor Theater
By Matthew Brewbaker
Hancher photo by Billy Adams
Local Holiday Theater &
Other Live Performances
Remeber to support the arts this holiday season
Hopefully, everyone survived the frights and thrills of Halloween and are ready to settle in for another holiday season. As we approach the holidays, it might be a good time to remind everyone that live local theater makes a wonderful gift to celebrate the holidays. I’ve often discovered those that are not theater “regulars” may need a reminder or prompt to enjoy what live local theater provides. Similarly, others may need help discovering a new theatre or art form to bring them enjoyment, be it a musical or thought-provoking drama. So, consider giving the gift of tickets from one of these excellent theatres below, or even season passes to one of the many arts and theater organizations in your area.
Theatre Cedar Rapids will be presenting Matilda: The Musical, directed by Angie Toomsen. I’ve been rehearsing downstairs for a different show (which will sadly be over by the time you read this) while they have been rehearsing upstairs. I can tell what an amazingly talented cast they have assembled, both children and adults. I’ve not worked with any of this cast before. Still, I have had the pleasure of working with Angie, and I know this is going to be a great musical to kick off the holiday season and a fantastic show your whole family may enjoy! The show runs from Nov 15th to Dec 15th. For more info and ticket information, go to www.theatrecr.org.
Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa will be presenting a fascinating intersection of dance and music performance with joyUS, justUS, when the urban Latin dancer of CONTRA-TIEMPO and the musicians of Las Cafeteras come together to create an evening of social dance and celebration. This piece is about using joy and celebration as a weapon against a social injustice against minority communities. Even better, the audience will have a chance to join in a community dance session to keep the party going. Visit https://hancher.uiowa.edu/ for ticket and event information
Although this show opens in December, I will mention now that City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will be presenting the classic musical Annie, which opens Dec 6th. I am very excited to see a friend of mine, Mary Denmead, in the delicious role of Miss Hannigan. City Circle musicals tend to sell out fast, especially shows that feature and entertain younger audiences, so make sure you get your tickets early for this event.Visit www.citycirlce.org for more information.
As I have been spending more time exploring new companies and theatres in Cedar Rapids, one theatre that keeps getting mentioned is Mirrorbox Theatre. I am convinced I cannot miss the next show! The Iowa premiere of Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl will run Nov 14th through Nov 16th at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. The play is described as a piece about memory, the complicated relationship between a father and a child, and the long-term effects of war. For more information, go to www.mirrorboxtheatre.org.
Another event that will appeal to those looking for more thought-provoking theater will be Dreamwell Theatre’s production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, directed by Eric Marlin. As Artistic Director of Dreamwell, I am so excited to be presenting this show and that Eric is directing. This show is both beautiful, sad, and poetic in a way that I feel transcends what we usually think of as theater. I couldn’t be happier that this show is in such capable hands. The show features the talented cast of Diviin Huff, Erin Mills, and Noel VandenBosch. I have always been impressed with the performances by all three of these actors, so I can’t wait to see how they present this show! Visit www.dreamwell.com for more information. GG
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