DMACC Ankeny Theatre at The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts

Ankeny Theatre 

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The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC
 

​​What’s Playing

​The 2019-2020 Season



​ A Midnight Dreary by Scott Dixon with a drawing of Edgar Allan Poe

A Midnight Dreary

by Scott Dixon

An Iowa Premier
Directed by Brittany Beridon and Rachel Trimble

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

October 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm
October 13 at 2 pm
October 17-19 at 7:30 pm
October 20 at 2 pm

ASL interpreted performance to be announced.

Admission is FREE
Rated PG-13
Please email theatre@dmacc.edu to reserve seats.

About A Midnight Dreary
In this surreal and theatrical journey, Edgar Allan Poe awakens in a hospital bed, his mind wandering through memories of his life and work. But is he lost in a labyrinth of his own making, or being given one last chance to prove himself to his greatest critic? Mixed with poetry, horror, and circumstances from Poe's life, this Iowa premier is sure to stimulate and entertain audiences.
 

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder - image is statue of liberty torch with a heart instead of a flame 

The Matchmaker

by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Carl Lindberg

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

November 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm
November 17 at 2 pm
November 21-23 at 7:30 pm
November 24 at 2 pm

ASL interpreted performance to be announced.

Admission is FREE
Rated PG
Please email theatre@dmacc.edu to reserve seats.

About The Matchmaker
Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York. Our production will feature a 21st century update, keeping the comedy and its meaning fresh and relevant.
 

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. Silouettes of two women and two men in black.

Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker

Directed by Jodi Jinks

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

February 28 & 29 at 7:30 pm
March 1 at 2 pm
March 5-7 at 7:30 pm
March 8 at 2 pm

ASL interpreted performance to be announced.

Admission is FREE
Rated R
Please email theatre@dmacc.edu to reserve seats.

About Circle Mirror Transformation
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
 

2019guysanddolls.jpg 

Guys and Dolls

Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

The premier collaboration between Theatre and Music within The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts
Directed by Carl Lindberg
Musical Direction by Dr. James Thompson
Choreography by Karla Kash

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

April 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm
April 19 at 2 pm
April 23-25 at 7:30 pm
April 26 at 2 pm

ASL interpreted performance to be announced.

Admission is FREE
Rated PG
Please email theatre@dmacc.edu to reserve seats.

About Guys and Dolls
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
 

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - image of a horse head wearing sunglasses and a backwards baseball cap 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Carl Lindberg

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

July 10 & 11 at 7:30 pm
July 12 at 2 pm
July 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm
July 19 at 2 pm

Admission is FREE
Rated PG-13

About A Midsummer Night's Dream
This contemporary adaptation puts Shakespeare's classic lovers, performers, and fairies on a college campus with fun references to current culture icons and social environments. Join in the merriment as four young lovers set out for the forest, where a below amateur theater troupe is rehearsing... until the real drama club discovers these mere mortals in their midst. From then on what else could happen, but action fit for Shakespeare: mischief ensues until dawn.


About Summer Short Shakespeare

Every Summer we will perform one of Shakespeare's plays that has been significantly shortened and given a relevant spin while holding true to the Elizabethan style of audience/actor interaction.


*DMACC Ankeny Theatre & Summer Short Shakespeare logos and branding by Lucas Thul
**Marketing materials for all productions by Katie Ryan & Smail Buljubasic

  

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, DMACC’s Ankeny campus drama program is the perfect jumping off point.

 

Coursework:

DRA 101 - Introduction to Theatre
DRA 125 - *Introduction to Play Analysis
DRA 130​ - **Acting I 
DRA 132 - Acting II
DRA 134 - Improvisational Acting
DRA 139 - Acting for the Camera
DRA 143 - The Business of Acting
DRA 222 - Performing Shakespeare
DRA 250 - Directing
DRA 252 - Playwriting
Rehearsal and Performance: Practical experience on stage and backstage. Students will be involved in all stages of production from auditions to final performance.
DRA 180​ - Theatre Lab I
DRA 181 - Theatre Lab II
DRA 280 - Theatre Lab III
DRA 281 - Theatre Lab IV
*DRA 125, Introduction to Play Analysis, is a prerequisite for DRA 250, Directing, and a prerequisite or corequisite for DRA 252, Playwriting.
**DRA 130, Acting I, is a prerequisite for DRA 132 - Acting II, DRA 143 - The Business of Acting, and DRA 222 - Performing Shakespeare.

Theatre Program ​Mission Statement

Mission
To provide quality, free, professionally-oriented educational theatre that is relevant and transcendent in order to empower the campus community in their pursuit of life’s opportunities.
Vision
DMACC Ankeny Theatre will improve the quality of life for individuals in its communities by meeting their cultural, artistically educational, and theatre training needs throughout their lives.
Values 
  • Excellence
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

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

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