Theater events opening and ongoing this week


Friday (12/8) to Dec. 17 @ City Circle, Coralville

The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is a family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is partnering with the Coralville Community Food Pantry to focus a Spotlight on Hunger during its 20th anniversary season. Bring a food or monetary donation to the show to be entered in a drawing for free tickets to upcoming shows. Winners will be announced before each performance. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. Tickets: $12 to $27, venue box office, (319) 248-9370 or 

Thursday (12/7) to Dec. 16 @ The Foundry, Cedar Rapids

It’s 2011, and Jess has been discharged from duty in Afghanistan. She is finally home, but she comes home with severe and sometimes debilitating burns over half her body. Her wounds also are emotional, and her home has changed more than she may be able to handle. Jess is receiving the latest pain treatment in the form of virtual reality video game therapy. It may relieve the physical pain, but the emotional may be harder to heal. Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Shores Event Center, 700 16th St. NE, Suite L100, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $10, (319) 651-8535, or door. Veterans Night: Wednesday (12/15), free admission for veterans and their partners.


To Dec. 17 @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana

This new adaptation of Dickens’ classic comes from the author of the Broadway and West End hit, “The 39 Steps.” This retelling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors is brought to life by a small, imaginative cast. Witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long. Times: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $10 ages 18 and under, $19.50 college students, $31 adults; Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or

To Dec. 17 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie wins everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago at the orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie charms her way out of the orphanage and helps a wealthy man learn that money isn’t everything. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $40 adults, $31 students, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or


A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. 

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 10 @ Opera House Players, Elkader. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Elkader Opera House, 207 N. Main St. Tickets: $13 adults, $7 students, (563) 873-2378, or email
Continuing to Dec. 17 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $26, (319) 213-7956 or 

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 10 @ Starlighters II, Anamosa

A show of love and forgiveness. Grandma Abby brings to a life full of challenges a little faith, a lot of love and more hope than seems warranted. She is raising her grandson Jackie, who is estranged from his troubled father. Only Abby believes that unending love can cope with adolescent angst and the pressures of life in the Great Depression. But it’s Christmas, and a little help from an unlikely visitor, helps light a path. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Starlighters II Theatre, 136 E. Main St., Anamosa. Tickets:$16 adults, $15 students and seniors, (319) 462-4793 or

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 9 @ Dreamwell Theatre, Iowa City

This social satire is set in an unspecified future, where trials are held in a virtual environment and can only be 40 minutes long. Five actors play multiple roles, and the audience votes on the outcomes of both trials. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Public Space One, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Tickets: $10 to $13, (pay what you can Dec. 2),

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 9 @ University of Iowa, Iowa City

The Tony-winning musical is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel about growing up in a dysfunctional family. Bechdel is depicted at three interwoven stages of her life: childhood, college and as an adult trying to make sense of her father’s secrets and life. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 6 to 9; 2 p.m. Sunday; E.C. Mabie Theatre, 200 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City. Tickets: $5 to $20, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 10 @ Iowa City Community Theatre

This holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of radio sound effects and an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Exhibit Hall A, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd., Iowa City. Tickets: $19 adults, $16 students and seniors, $11 children, door or

Saturday (11/25) to Dec. 16 @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today: Someone stole her new furry mittens. So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. It is OK to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook — or is she? Times: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $10; Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or

Friday (12/1) to Dec. 17 @ Riverside Theatre, Iowa City

In this funny and honest love story, a man asks a woman if they should have a child and suddenly their entire past and future unfold before us. Told through humor, dance, lights and sound it is a love story that will feel achingly familiar. Featuring Jordan Arnold and Barrington Vaxter. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Tickets: $12 to $30, box office, (319) 338-7672 or

Tuesday (12/5) to Dec. 10 @ Des Moines Civic Center

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, the musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Dec. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10; Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets: $35 to $135, (515) 246-2300 or