News About Mom's Gift at Ankeny Community Theatre
Des Moines Spotlight Series: Getting to Know Ankeny Community Theatre with Cheryl Clark
May 07, 2020
If you have been joining us on Broadwayworld the last few weeks, we have been highlighting artists in different productions that have been postponed or cancelled. This week we are starting a new series that talks with members of the boards of local Des Moines Theatres to see the effects of COVID19. We are excited to have spoken with Ankeny Community Theatre President-Elect Cheryl Clark, the difficult decisions they had to make with their productions, as well as an exciting new opportunity they have recently announced. (more...)
BWW Interview: Ethan Saltz of A PIECE OF MY HEART at Ankeny Community Theatre
April 06, 2020
Theatres across the United States have closed their doors due to the arrival of COVID-19. These closures include local theatres in Des Moines and the surrounding communities. Part of our goal with Broadwayworld is to promote and support our regional theatres. How do we do this with all theatres closed? (more...)
BWW Review: MOM'S GIFT at Ankeny Community Theatre: A Beautifully Wrapped Evening of Entertainment
September 30, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of your family members that have passed on could come back and talk with you? What would they say? Ankeny Community Theatres production of a?oeMom's Gift,a?? which opened this weekend, asked the audience that very questions. The comedic and heartfelt play is a reminder of how sometimes we don't always know the full story. What is Mom's Gift? That you will have to come to the show to find out. (more...)
BWW Review: KISS ME, KATE at Ankeny Community Theatre: This Production is 'Too Darn Hot'!
April 08, 2019
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to see Ankeny Community Theatre's sizzling production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate." Ankeny has done a great job getting the word out about this production. The tickets are hot and sold out for both the performance I was at on Saturday as well the matinee on Sunday. Not only is this production one of the hottest tickets in town, it also has amazing performances that transcend the material. (more...)
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“Mom’s Gift,” is a hilarious and poignant award-winning play by Minnesotaborn Phil Olson. Set in a suburban Minneapolis home, the tragic-comic “dramedy” that transports audiences from guffaws to sniffles in seconds. The set-up is based on a daughter’s therapist-ordered return to her family home on her father’s 60th birthday. Mom has been dead for 11 months, but she “shows up” at the party as a ghost with a mission – to accomplish a few tasks so she can finally earn her wings and “live” in eternal peace. But there are so many things to fix in this minimally functional Swensen family. And the problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter. But one by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that even shocks the visiting apparition. Olson grew up in Edina, Minn. His father’s grandparents emigrated from Norway and homesteaded a farm near Grand Forks, N.D. His mother’s grandparents also came from Norway and settled in Virginia, Minn.