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Heathers, Mark Twain, the Miss Firecracker Contest, and more theatre shows in Eastern Iowa this week

Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers and Patrick Du Laney play Beatrice and Benedick, who resist their growing love for each other in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing Friday (6/15) through June 24 on the Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park. (Courtesy photo: Rob Merritt)
Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers and Patrick Du Laney play Beatrice and Benedick, who resist their growing love for each other in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing Friday (6/15) through June 24 on the Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park. (Courtesy photo: Rob Merritt)

OPENING

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL

June 29 to July 15 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing squad: Heather Chandler, Heather McNamara and Heather Duke — the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in the place: six feet under. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $28 to $36, signed performance July 14; TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org. Opening Night ’80s Bash: 5:30 p.m. June 29; dress in your ’80s best for a preshow drink specials, music, professional event photography and more, then stay after the show for a Champagne toast and karaoke party; free with paid ticket to the play.

MARK TWAIN

Sunday (6/24) @ Dubuque Museum of Art

The popular “Famous Dead Artist” series returns with actor Doug Donald playing the role of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The event will explore his long and colorful life, which was filled with spectacular triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies. Based on “Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton,” the program will be moderated by Kevin Firnstahl. Time: 1:30 p.m. Sunday; Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St., Dubuque. Admission: free, first-come, first-served seating, doors open at 12:45 p.m.

THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST

Friday (6/22) to July 1 @ Starlighters II, Anamosa

This Southern gothic comedy tells the story of Carnelle Williams, a young woman with a tarnished reputation trying to leave her small Mississippi town in a blaze of glory by winning the Miss Firecracker contest. The situation becomes more complicated with the return of her cousins, Elain, who is seeking a way out of her unfulfilling marriage, and Delmount, recently released from a mental hospital. This trio is joined by a group of other eccentric characters as they all try to find love and acceptance despite their painful pasts. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 200 E. Main St., Anamosa. Tickets: $16 adults, $15 seniors, $8 students with the code FIRE8; Starlighters II Box Office, (319) 462-4793 or Starlighters.org/missfirecracker

Uncle Rabbit’s Adventures

Friday (6/22) @ Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, West Liberty

This bilingual show, “Uncle Rabbit’s Adventures (Las Aventuras de Tio Conejo),” features live music performed by Eulenspiegel’s Monica Leo and guest puppeteer Eli Portugal from Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. The production combines two trickster tales into one story celebrating the victory of the small but clever rabbit over his larger, wealthier and more powerful adversary. “Tops and Bottoms,” an international tale, combines with “The Goat in the Garden,” from Puerto Rico, using large hand puppets, rod puppets and props to tell the story of a wealthy landowning goat who doesn’t want to share with his neighbors. Watch Tio Conejo and his wife, Rosita. tend to their chores, plant, harvest and trick Senor Cabra (Mr. Goat) into sharing his agricultural wealth. The story is presented bilingually and features live music with guitar, xylophone and singing. Time: 10:30 a.m. Friday; New Strand Theatre, 111 E. Third St., West Liberty. Tickets: $5; $4 for groups of 10 or more in advance, (319) 627-2487 or email monica@puppetspuppets.com

ONGOING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

To Sunday (6/24) @ Riverside Theatre in the Park, Iowa City

Set in the back lots of MGM Movie Studios right after World War II, love and frivolity are in the air in this Shakespearean comedy. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday; Lower City Park, 200 Park Rd., Iowa City. Admission: free, donations accepted. Extras: bring picnics, food trucks on-site, drinks, ice cream and popcorn at the concession stand, family-friendly activities; Green Show, 6:30 p.m. each night, with a contemporary retelling of the play, performed by Andrew Carlile, Hannah Spina and Genevieve Wisdom. Information: Riversidetheatre.org/riverside-s-summer-2018

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

To Sunday (6/24) @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana

After a hot yoga class brings together four women “of a certain age,” they decide their sassy humor and Southern charms are better suited for solving life’s problems over cocktails. Rated PG. Times: 2 p.m. Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $31.50 adults, $19.50 students, box office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com

THE SECRET GARDEN

To July 1 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing story’s tale of forgiveness and renewal. Musical. Times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $26, box office, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com

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