SIOUX CITY COMMUNITY THEATRE
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Sept. 16-Oct. 2)
Kicking off the Sioux City Community Theatre’s 69th season is “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical comedy about a die-hard theater fan who is swept off his feet when the cast of his favorite musical is brought to life while he listens to a recording of the show. Paying homage and outright parodying American musicals in the 1920s, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a critically acclaimed show and is the perfect opener to the season.
While folks are enjoying the October murder mystery on the mezzanine, it’s likely the SCCT workers will be preparing for its next show: “Calendar Girls.” Based on the 2004 film of the name starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, this stage play tells the true story of a group of women who decide to raise money for leukemia research by creating a nude calendar. The stage adaptation became the fastest selling play in British theater history.
Escanaba in da Moonlight
Those who have been avid fans of SCCT’s library of shows ought to be familiar with its February production. “Escanaba in da Moonlight” returns to the theater to tell stories about the humorous side of hunting. The play was adapted to a film in 2001 and starred actor Jeff Daniels, who also served as writer and director. It’s a tale of “humor, horror and heart.” What more could you ask for?
The Music Man
(April 21-May 7)
Who hasn’t heard of “The Music Man”? This musical involves a con man known as Harold Hill who disguises himself as a band organizer and sells band instruments and other music oddities to naïve Iowans. He promises to train them all how to play, but Hill has no knowledge in doing so and plans to get out of town before anyone finds out… That is until he meets a pretty librarian.
Monty Python’s Spamalot
(July 21-Aug. 6)
Closing out the season is the wildly hilarious “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” This musical adaption of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” tells the comedic story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable. Poking fun at the absurdness of Arthurian Legend, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” was an uproarious success, debuting on Broadway in 2005 and won three Tony Awards. Not bad for a show that has a killer rabbit.
SHOT IN THE DARK PRODUCTIONS
Carrie: The Musical
(Oct. 14-Nov. 6)
What a way to start off Shot in the Dark Productions’ latest season than with an October showing of “Carrie: The Musical.” Wait. You mean to tell us that someone actually made a musical version of the crazy Stephen King novel and 1976 horror flick? Huh. OK, we’re totally interested in this. The musical focuses on a teenage girl named Carrie who possesses telekinetic powers and lives an oppressive life thanks to her fanatical mother.
Urinetown: The Musical
First there’s blood, then there’s urine. Yikes! The follow-up to “Carrie: The Musical” is the satirical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical.” The show prods and pokes fun at things like the legal system, capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics, among others. Heck, it even parodies other musicals like “Les Miserables.” This oughta be good.
I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
(Feb. 24-March 6)
These titles have been interesting thus far. “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers” is a one-person play, a departure from the previous shows is many ways. The production tells the story of Sue Mengers, a famous Hollywood talent agent who represented many A-list celebrities until 1990. The play offers a behind the scenes look into woman’s life.
(April 21-May 8)
The third musical in the season is going to be “First Date.” This musical’s story is based around the idea of a blind date, but it delves much deeper into it. The two main characters, Aaron and Casey, are on a date in real time and have an unpredictable evening. No spoilers here, though. You’ll just have to see the show.
(May 26-June 12)
Now here’s a different take on the tale of Homer’s “Odyssey.” While the Greek hero Odysseus is busy returning home after the fall of Troy (and taking his ever loving time doing so), his wife Penelope assumes her hubby dead, which means she and her son must seal with four suitors seeking to win over Penelope’s affection. We’re hoping for a happy ending. But you know how those Greek stories work…
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
(July 7-July 31)
Well, if Shot in the Dark opens with a bloody musical, it’s only fitting to end the season with bloody bloodier musical. Well actually it’s not really all that gory or anything — or at all. Much like “Hamilton,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” reimagines history and gives it a whole new look. This rock musical takes a look at the founding of the Democratic Party and redefines Andrew Jacksons as an emo rock idol. Rock on.
LAMB ARTS REGIONAL THEATRE
Feathers and Teeth
(Sept. 16-Oct. 2)
Shot in the Dark can’t be the only theater in town to open with a horror show, but Lamb Arts Regional Theatre’s production is infinitely lighter in tone compared to “Carrie: The Musical.” In fact, “Feathers and Teeth” is a horror comedy about a “picture-perfect” family that turns out to be the exactly opposite. We heard someone is a monster. Can you guess who it might be?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Oct. 14-Oct. 23)
Nothing like a theater classic to enter the season with. William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is about love and affection, and the good and bad that comes along with them. Throw some fantastical elements mixed in for good measure and you got yourself a classic story that will be remembered for years and years to come.
Peter and the Starcatcher
(Nov. 18-Dec. 11)
Everyone enjoys Peter Pan. That’s just a fact. But even we can get a little bored of the same old story being told. Enter “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a grownup’s prequel to the tale of Peter Pan. What’s really impressive is the small cast of a dozen or so people play close to 100 characters in the entire show — throw some pixy dust on this musical but that is truly magical.
The Jungle Book
(Jan. 14-Jan. 22)
Now he’s a show for the kiddies. And it’s played out by the youth actors, too! C’mon, do we even need to explain this one? It’s “The Jungle Book” for crying out loud. Alright, for those who don’t know: Mowgli is a boy, Baloo is the bear, Bagheera is the black panther, Kaa is the python and Shere Khan is the tiger.
A Body of Water
(Jan. 27-Feb. 5)
Taking place in The Box theater at Lamb, “A Body of Water” is a comedic thriller centered around two characters, Moss and Alvis. The middle-aged couple wake up one morning in an isolated summer house, surrounded by water. The only problem? They have no idea who they are. But more details start flooding in when a woman named Wren arrives. Is it good? Is it bad? Do you think we’ll tell you??
This youth show delves into middle schoolers and their problems with image and fitting in. We’ve all been there. Remember when wearing camo pants every day was OK? Or Crocs? Are we defined by what we wear? Why do we wear what we wear? Perhaps the most important question of all is: “Do I stay in the clump or do I stand alone?”
Death of a Salesman
Ah, another theater classic — “Death of a Salesman.” This fantastic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, follows Willy Loman, a man who followed the American way. But his desires for money and respect have eluded him. In a world that promised him so much, he finds himself lost and trying to make sense of it all. Deep stuff, guys.
Momologues 2: Off to School
(March 31-April 8)
Time for something a little lighter, yeah? “Momologues 2: Off to School” tells stories of motherhood, from getting kids to do their homework to desperately trying to multitask the day away. The stories are frank and funny — and most likely true. This ought to be fun.
On Golden Pond
This beloved dramatic comedy is about an elderly couple. Norman is retired, a former professor, nearing his 80th birthday and has health problems. Even through his failing memory, Norman is as witty and observant as ever. His partner is Ethel, who is 10 years younger but is the perfect match for ol’ Norman. It’s a warm and touching story. We can’t promise we won’t cry.
Closing the season is “Pippin,” a show that was planned a previous year or so ago. This acclaimed musical centers on a young prince named Pippin, who is on a journey to find absolute happiness and a fulfilled life. How does he do it? A variety of ways. He seeks glory on the fields of battle. He seeks power through politics. He seeks life’s temptations. But can he really find happiness?