Actors often lose themselves in their roles and live out the rest of their days shouting at balconies and wandering anthropology exhibits talking to human skulls. Admire cranial conversations with today's Groupon to a production of Damn Yankees at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Choose between the following options:
- For $100, you get two opening-night gala tickets to the show on Friday, October 7, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. (a $200 value).
- For $25, you get two tickets to the show on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. (a $50 value).
From its 1925 roots as a small troupe of aspiring thespians performing in front of 30 audience members, Theatre Cedar Rapids has blossomed into an award-winning community company, earning it the title of Best Theater of 2010 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll. Penned by the creators of The Pajama Game, the classic Broadway musical Damn Yankees follows baseball fan Joe Boyd as he sells his soul to the devil, who appears onstage as the charismatic Mr. Applegate. With the help of his sultry assistant Lola, Mr. Applegate tempts middle-aged Joe with the promise of leading his favorite team to World Series glory against the Yankees. Favorite numbers, such as "Whatever Lola Wants," delight old and new fans of the show, ending only when the cast bows in rhythm to selections from Jock Jams. In addition to seeing the show, attendees of the opening-night gala get the satisfaction of helping a theatrical nonprofit as they munch on celebratory Zins appetizers. At the event's auction, gala guests get the chance to bid on getaways and ballgame opportunities, such as the chance to lead a game-time stadium in a sing-along during the seventh-inning stretch.
The troubadours tread the boards in Theatre Cedar Rapids' Main Auditorium, an opulent 550-seat house that was refurbished last year. Tickets can be picked up at will-call starting one hour before the performance, at which time food, beverages, bar service, and a game of pickle will occupy the lounge and lobby.
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Voted Best Theater of 2010 and 2011 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll, the community collective of Theatre Cedar Rapids gathers accolades as it grows. The seeds of the company were planted in 1925, when a tiny troupe of thespians played its heart out to audiences of only 30. The theater now reaches more than 50,000 eastern Iowans with its education programs and full seasons of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Although its Iowa Theater Building home has been recently refurbished with new sound and light systems, the theater maintains the charm of its 1920s vaudeville and movie-house origin with a functioning Rhinestone Barton theater organ, 550-seat capacity, and absence of holographic ushers.