DMACC Ankeny Theatre at The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts

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The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC
 

​​What’s Playing

THE 2022-2023 SEASON

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Eleanor and Dolly

By J​enny Stafford

 

Directed by Sarah Kate Bode

 

Performances are live, in person

In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus

At the following dates & times:

 

Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm

Friday, October 21 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 pm

 

Reserve your free tickets today by following this link!

Any questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

 

About Eleanor and Dolly:

Ellie is an ambitious high school senior who is determined to fulfill one of her life goals: to marry her high school sweetheart. The only problem is, she doesn’t have one. However, when a new foreign-exchange student arrives in the last few months of school, Ellie channels the advice of her hero, Eleanor Roosevelt, to try to make her plan come to fruition.

 


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Special Guest: Antoine L. Smith
Antoine L. Smith is making a special appearance here at DMACC, and will be leading a student workshop on the afternoon of Friday, November 18th. He will talk about his time here at DMACC in the Culinary Arts Program, as well as his journey into a successful acting career and what it’s like to work as a professional actor and Broadway performer. Students will learn about audition techniques and have the chance to perform monologues and song selections for Antoine and get feedback.

Antoine will also be helping to establish the Antoine L. Smith Theatre Scholarship for DMACC theatre students. Proceeds and donations from Antoine’s visit will go into funding scholarships for future students.

​If you are interested in donating to the Antoine L. Smith scholarship now visit the DMACC Foundation's Make a Gift page here​, select the "Scholarships" designation, and be sure to type "Theatre" in the comments section. Thank you!

More About Antoine:
Antoine L. Smith is an Emmy Award Winning Artist. He can currently be seen in MJ: The Musical on Broadway as Berry Gordy. He has also appeared on Broadway in the Tony and Grammy Nominated Best Revival of a Musical, Carousel as Timony (u.s. Billy Bigelow). The 2016 Grammy, and Tony Award Winning Best Revival of a Musical, The Color Purple. Playing Opposite Oscar and Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Tony Award nominee Danielle Brooks, as well as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner and 2 time Oscar Nominee Cynthia Erivo as Grady (u.s. Harpo). Other Broadway Credits include: Miss Saigon (Shultz /u.s. John); and the 2009 Tony Award Winning Best Musical, Memphis as Wailin’ Joe. Broadway Tours include The First Broadway National Tour of Cinderella (original Lord Pinkleton); and CATS. Notable Regional Credits include: The Award Winning All Black production of Oklahoma as (Curly) at The Denver Center for The Performing Arts. Where he also received the coveted “Henry Award” for Best Actor in a Musical. Antoine is also a 2005 Graduate of The DMACC Culinary Arts Program.


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Failure: A Love Story

By Philip Dawkins


Directed by Susanna Douthit​

 

Performances are live, in person

In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus

At the following dates & times:

 

Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm

Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm

 

Reserve your free tickets today by following this link​!

You can also search for “Failure: A Love Story” on Eventbrite.com or the Eventbrite App

Any questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

 

About Failure: A Love Story:

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

 

 

No Exit

By Jean-Paul Sarte

Adapted from the French by Paul Bowles

Directed by Mary Good

 

Performances are live, in person

In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus

At the following dates & times:

 

Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm

Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm

 

Performances are FREE

Questions/reservations can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

 

About No Exit:

Three people are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in Hell. The windows are bricked up, there are no mirrors, the electric lights can never be turned off, and there is no exit.

 

 

*Title TBD*

A World Premiere Play

By Seth Kaltwasser

Directed by Carl Lindberg 

 

Performances are live, in person

In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus

At the following dates & times:

 

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm

 

Performances are FREE

Questions/reservations can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu


About Seth Kaltwasser's world premiere play:

DMACC Ankeny Theatre commissioned a companion piece to Seth's successful 2020 zoom play, Romeo & Internet. In this live, stage play the characters have returned to campus, yet continue to attempt to navigate successful performances and relationships. Seth is currently writing this play (and the play's title) so be sure to be one of the first humans to catch this brand-new, laugh out loud comedy.​


 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

 

Performances are live, in person

In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus

At the following dates & times:

 

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 30 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

 

Performances are FREE

Questions/reservations can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

 

About The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vies to be the champion at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals their hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation with a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, and an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn this bee is one unforgettable experience.​




​​DMACC Ankeny Theatre is not proactively offering content ratings of shows as sensitivities vary amongst individuals and between families. For more information about any of our productions, please write to theatre@dmacc.edu.

Production Graphic Designs by DMACC Amina Ali. DMACC Ankeny Theatre logo Graphic Designs by DMACC alumnus Lucas Thul.​​​


Performance Venue​​

 

Black Box Theater
Black Box Theatre

 

The Black Box Theatre (added in 2016) is a flexible space that can be configured for many types of staging styles. When used in conjunction with a theatrical stage there is flexible seating for up to 200. The Black Box is located within Building 5 near the center of campus and can be accessed from Lots M, K and L.
 

Program Information

Whether you are fulfilling general education credits with fun and engaging coursework or interested in becoming a professional in the field of theatre or film while minimizing student loan debt, DMACC’s Ankeny campus drama program is the perfect jumping off point.​

 

Academic Options

Check out the Loading...Theatre: Transfer Major AA for students interested in transferring as Theatre Majors or Minors to ISU, UNI, or Iowa. Starting in Fall of 2021 we will also offer a Loading...Acting, Certificate to prepare you to enter directly into the field. For more information about academics at DMACC, including other articulation agreements with four-year universities such as Grand View, Drake, and Simpson​, please email Program Chair Carl Lindberg at celindberg@dmacc.edu.​​
 


Theatre Program ​Mission Statement

Mission
To provide quality, affordable, professionally oriented educational theatre that is transcendent for patrons, empowering for participants, relevant to the world we live in, and inclusive of the diverse community we are a part of.
Vision
DMACC Ankeny Theatre will develop theatrical shared experiences that are a joyous catalyst for connectivity and community.​
Values 
  • Excellence
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

Please email theatre@dmacc.edu for more information about the Theatre Program at DMACC.