Theater events opening and ongoing this week

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Today (7/20) to Sunday (7/23) @ Mount Vernon Lisbon Community Theatre

Based on a comedy written in 405 BC by Aristophanes, Stephen Sondheim’s musical adaptation follows Dionysus, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave, Xanthias, on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright, George Bernard Shaw, so that he can enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. The show also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly. Times: 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mount Vernon Community Center, 221 First St. E. Tickets: $12 to $15,


Friday (7/21) to Sunday (7/23) @ Young Footliters Youth Theatre

Traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. Tickets: $14 to $17, (319) 248-9370 or


Friday (7/21) to July 30 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

This youth production deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy (Zoey Akers), a greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids — the Socs — and the tough, underprivileged group. It’s about young people who are not yet hopeless about latent decency in the midst of struggle. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $18 general admission, (319) 213-7956 or


Friday (7/21) to July 30 @ RHCR Theatre, Cedar Rapids

Young Performer’s edition of the classic musical about Dorothy’s adventures in Oz. Times: 7:30 p.m. July 21, 28 and 29; 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 22; 2 p.m. July 23 and 30; The Village, 45 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $10 to $15, free ages 4 and under, American Sign Language interpreters July 28.



To Sunday (7/23) @ Des Moines Civic Center

This new Tony Award-winning staging revolves around an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, who wowed Hancher audiences with his re-imagined “Nutcracker” ballet last December, brings the magic and romance of Paris into harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. This national tour brings to Iowa the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season. Times: 7:30 p.m. July 18 to 21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 22, 1 and 6:30 p.m. July 23, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets: $40 to $128, (515) 246-2300 or


To Saturday (7/22) @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Set in northern England, against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, “Billy Elliot” is the story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $29 to $38, (319) 366-8591 or


To Saturday (7/22) @ Brucemore, Cedar Rapids

Modern translation of Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy about the battle of the sexes. The women of Athens and Sparta decide to take matters into their own hands and end the war by refusing to lie with their men until the fighting ceases. For mature audiences. Times: 7:30 p.m. today (7/20), Friday, Saturday; Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater behind Brucemore mansion, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $15 to $20 advance at; $25 day of show at gate or (319) 362-7375. Extras: gates open 6:30 p.m.; bring blankets, chairs, picnics, beverages; no pets allowed