What’s next for the Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium?

Melissa Garrett

The 2014-15 Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium is offering a variety of shows between March and April, including Mummenschanz, Million Dollar Quartet and the premiere performance of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.

Here is the line-up for March and April shows:

Mummenschanz—Saturday, March. 28 @ 7:30 p.m.

For more than 40 years Mummenschanz, the mask theatre troupe, has entertained its worldwide audience with awe-inspiring and comedic situations. Using colorful masks and incredible props, Mummenschanz creates a playful and memorable experience for audiences of all ages with vibrant colors, imaginative shapes, amusing situations and odd creatures. The Swiss group has toured in 60 countries on five continents and has won international acclaim for its performances.

Prior to the show, audiences are invited to enjoy family craft activities, presented by the Octagon Center for the Arts, at 6:45 p.m. as part of the show’s Celebrity Café preview. The activity is free and open to all ticket holders and is located on the north side ground floor of Stephens Auditorium.

Tickets are $26 for ISU students and youth 18 and under. Other tickets range among $20, $30, $40 and $49. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketmaster and can also be purchased between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office.

Million Dollar Quartet—Sunday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m.

With a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, Million Dollar Quartet tells the true story of how fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

As the longest running musical in Chicago’s history, Million Dollar Quartet opened in 2008 and will make its premiere performance in Ames with an irresistible tale of broken promises, betrayal, secrets and celebrations. Timeless hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and more will be featured in the show.

Tickets are $33 for ISU students and range among $24, $39, $56 and $68. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster and also between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office.

C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters—Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 p.m.

From the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters makes its premiere performance in Ames.

With a piercing insight into human nature, The Screwtape Letters creates a morally inverted universe, set in an eerily stylish office in hell, where God is called the “Enemy” and the devil is referred to as “Our Father below.” The play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Satan’s top psychiatrist, who profoundly understands human nature, and his slavish creature-demon Toadpipe, as they train an apprentice demon, Wormwood, how to damn the soul and ruin the life of an unsuspecting human on earth in this topsy-turvy world.

Along with The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters is deemed one of Lewis’ most influential and popular works.

Tickets range among $40, $50 and $60 and are available via Ticketmaster and between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office.

For more information on these shows, visit the Iowa State Center Web Pages for Mummenschanz, The Million Dollar Quartet, and The Screwtape Letters.