Stephens Auditorium Fall Schedule

Nicole Presley

Stephens Auditorium lineup for the 2014-15 year features shows from popular movies such as Elf and Sister Act, books like “The Great Gatsby” and a parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified. They are as follows: 

Jerrod Niemann with special guest Craig Campbell: Aug. 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

This outdoor concert will accompany the Farm Progress Show that will be in Boone that weekend. Niemann’s most recent album High Noon features the number 1 single “Drink to That All Night.” The concert will be at Harvester Plaza, which is on the south side of the Scheman Building.

Ryan Adams: Oct. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. 

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams self-produced his latest Album “1984” in his Pax-Am 7 series for this tour. This follows his previous Pax-Am 7 series “Gimme Something Good.” 

“SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody”: Oct. 23, 2014

This musical is a parody of the popular book “Fifty Shades of Grey.” “SPANK!” is a musical comedy including singing and dancing.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Oct. 26, 2014

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from “Whose Line Is It Anyway” present improvisational comedy. Mochrie and Sherwood use audience volunteers and provide on the spot comedy.

Widespread Panic: Oct. 29, 2014

Created at the University of Georgia in frontman John Bell’s dorm room, this band is a combination of blues, southern rock and funk. After its brief hiatus, its tour is back with singer-songwriter Gregg Allman and Dr. John. 

Moscow State Symphony: Nov. 6, 2014

Conducted by Pavel Kogen, the Moscow State Symphony play classic Russian compositions and works from other composers. This tour features violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Founded in 1943, the Moscow State Symphony is one of the five oldest orchestras in Russia.

“Elf the Musical”: Nov. 15, 2014

The theater version of the Christmas movie “Elf” is a story about Buddy, who was raised as an elf. “Elf the Musical” encourages audience members to embrace their inner elf while following Buddy on his journey to find his true identity.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Nov. 19, 2014

The China National Acrobats — trained by the Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy — perform tricks on everyday objects such as chairs, poles, ladders, bowls and bottles.

Danu, A Christmas Gathering: Dec. 16, 2014

An ensemble comprised of a flute, fiddle, accordion and percussion instruments perform music to celebrate Christmas and Wren’s Day. Wren’s day is Dec. 26 and is a part of Irish tradition that has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh sings while the ensemble plays, and the show features guest dancers as part of the traditional Irish Christmas.

“Sister Act”: Dec. 18, 2014

Based on the 1992 film “Sister Act,” Deloris Van Cartier is moved to a convent by local police when she witnesses a murder. The story follows Deloris as she helps her sisters in the convent find their voices as well as find hers.

“Anything Goes”: Jan. 22, 2015

“Anything Goes” is a comedy about an unlikely couple aboard the S.S. American. It features singing sailors and blackmail.

“The Great Gatsby”: Feb. 12, 2015

Montana Repertory Theatre takes another approach to the famous book “The Great Gatsby,” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Taking place in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, Jay Gatsby tries to rekindle an old love with Daisy Buchanan.

“The Australian Bee Gees Show”: Feb. 20, 2015

Celebrating 40 years of popular songs from the band Bee Gees, this tribute show resembles the sound and mannerisms from the original band. Songs like “Stayin’ Alive” and “You Should Be Dancin’” are a few of the songs that will be performed.

State Symphony of Mexico (Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México): March 3, 2015

The State Symphony of Mexico was founded to promote music to unite and bring an identity to Mexicans. Previously performing with guest conductors and various soloists, this symphony has tried to bring its music to the Republic of Mexico for a little more than 40 years. 

“STOMP!”: March 4 and March 5, 2015

Returning to Stephens Auditorium, “STOMP!” creates a show while combining music and art. This percussion show uses everyday objects like brooms, garbage cans, paper bags, plastic pipes and bananas to create music.

The Chieftains: March 13, 2015

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Celtic music and Irish songs, The Chieftains use their music to revive the traditional Irish sound.

“Mummenschanz”: March 28, 2015

“Mummenschanz” is a completely nonverbal performance, which creates a universe where everyday objects come to life. Abstract shapes and forms, shadows, light and expressive masks show the audience truths about human connections.

“Million Dollar Quartet”: March 28, 2015

“Million Dollar Quartet” tells the story of famed recording studio session that brought together four musical icons: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Songs such as “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Ring of Fire” are featured.

Individual tickets for these shows will go on sale Sept. 5, 2014.

For more information about the shows, visit the Iowa State Center website at

For more ticket information, go to the Iowa State Center Ticket Office at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium.