Theater events opening and ongoing this week
Friday (9/8) to Sunday (9/10) @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Adapted from the best-selling book by E.B. White, actors and audience members will be reminded about the power of love and what it means to be a good friend. Presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre. Times: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. Tickets: $12 adults, $7 ages 12 and under, venue box office, (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org
‘Dis/Unity: A Service’
Today (9/7) to Saturday (9/9) @ Englert Theatre, Iowa City
World premiere: “Dis/Unity: A Service” asks how racism manifests in families and communities? Can the process making performance be a conduit to radical transformation? This 80-minute interdisciplinary performance unites artists across mediums. Audiences are invited to witness and participate with the artists. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Friday; Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Tickets: $10 to $50, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org
Today (9/7) to Oct. 1 @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to the small farming town of Bomont, Ren isn’t prepared for the local ban on dancing. Its Top 40 Oscar-nominated score is augmented with new songs for the stage musical. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $31 adults, $19.50 students, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com; Free Saturday Night Dance Parties, following performances Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30. Hurricane Relief Night Friday (9/8): Fictional characters of Bomont will help the victims of the real Beaumont, Texas, and other hurricane-stricken areas; $5 of every ticket sold will go to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
‘OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS’
Friday (9/8) to Sunday (9/10) @ Theatre Cedar Rapids
Readers Theatre performance. Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida, but he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job and must move away. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around, including bringing to dinner the lovely — and single — Caitlin O’Hare. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Grandon Studio, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $18, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org
‘THE ELEPHANT MAN’
Friday (9/1) to Sept. 17 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion
Tony-winning story of John Merrick, a man living with horrifying, rare skin and bone diseases. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream — to become a man like any other. Rated PG-13 for partial nudity. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $15 to $30, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com
‘WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG’
Friday (8/25) to Sept. 24 @ Iowa Theatre Artists Company, Homestead
The musical follows Woody Guthrie’s life from Oklahoma to his travels to escape Dust Bowl hardships, his life in California and his journey east to New York City. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Die Heimat’s Next Door Event Center, 4430 V St., Homestead. Tickets: $20, (319) 622-3222.
MOVMNT DANCE CO.
Sept. 10 @ SOL Studio, Cedar Rapids
MOvMNT Dance Co., under the artistic direction of Lovar Davis Kidd, will hold auditions for dancers ages 6 and up on Sept. 10 at SOL Studio in the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 302, Cedar Rapids. MOvMNT is divided into four companies and the audition time slots are as follows: Kids (ages 6 to 9), 1 to 2 p.m.; Youth (ages 10 to 12), 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Teens (ages 13 to 15), 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Advanced Teens/Adults (Ages 16 and up), 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register online or at the studio 15 minutes before each audition time. Dancers will be taught a short hip-hop and contemporary combination for the audition. Attire should be comfortable, but also show your personal style. Information: Movmntdance.co or (319) 899-1656.