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Bring It On: The Musical

April 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at

Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is inspired by the Bring It On films. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. The Broadway show features an original story by Tony Award®-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony® and Grammy® Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbueler (In the Heights).

Laura Ingalls Wilder presented by ArtsPower

April 28, 2014 - 12:00 am at

Back by popular demand, this original musical chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever, Indian attacks and devastating crop losses, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story by one of America’s most beloved authors captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home amid the personal struggles Laura and her family face in carving out a new life together.

Laura Ingalls Wilder presented by ArtsPower

April 28, 2014 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am at

Back by popular demand, this original musical chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever, Indian attacks and devastating crop losses, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story by one of America’s most beloved authors captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home amid the personal struggles Laura and her family face in carving out a new life together.

Mamma Mia!

May 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at

Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

Flynn Barn Dance

May 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Kick up your heels in the historic lantern lit Flynn Barn. Bring the entire family for a rollicking good time with good old-fashioned, toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment! No experience is necessary, and no need to bring a partner. Refreshments and nibbles included.

Prices: $15/adult, $5 child aged 5-15, children under 5 free.  Members receive a 20% discount.

Pioneer Wedding

June 21, 2014 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Meet LHF’s own June bride as you join the 1850 farm staff for a recreated pioneer wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and cake for the guests! Weddings brought the pioneer community together for traditional foods and fun. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride and watch the groomsmen ride the groom on a rail to celebrate his new good fortune. Help in the “shivaree” and play a good-natured, very noisy, prank on the wedding couple. LHF visitors will become part of the day’s fun, with ceremonies at 11:00am and 1:30pm. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

Ioway Culture Day

July 12, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore the language, tools and foodways of this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Hands-on activities and guest presenters offer visitors an opportunity to experience the ways the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Play an Ioway game and try using hand-made tools! Learn a phrase in the Ioway language and listen to some of the cultural stories passed down to Ioway descendants. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Election Day

July 19, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Will there be a town temperance law or not? Will the new mayor run on a dry ticket? The 1875 town of Walnut Hill makes a decision at the polls and you’re invited to help get out the vote! At noon, join candidates for an 1875 style mayoral debate! Try your own hand at swaying votes by delivering an election stump speech! At 1:30, have tea in the millinery and chat with frustrated 1875 women suffragists. Print a ballot in the Advocate Newspaper Office. Museum guests may cast their own fictional vote for mayor and share in the fun of past political processes! Visit the traveling exhibition Spirited: Prohibition in America to discover what happens to the temperance cause after 1875. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Photography Day

September 20, 2014 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Enjoy a day of photography workshops in Iowa’s largest outdoor photography classroom!  Photography experts will be on hand to offer classes and will be out in the field to help you perfect your photography technique. Amateurs as well as professionals are encouraged to attend. Capture stunning images of our scenic gardens, grounds and buildings, and catch the action at a historic baseball game at 1:30pm. All workshops are included with admission price to Living History Farms. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Flynn Barn Dance

September 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Kick up your heels in the historic lantern lit Flynn Barn. Bring the entire family for a rollicking good time with good old-fashioned, toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment! No experience is necessary, and no need to bring a partner. Refreshments and nibbles included.

Prices: $15/adult, $5 child aged 5-15, children under 5 free. Members receive a 20% discount. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

A Historic Quilt & Clothing Exhibition

October 1, 2014 - October 5, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Enjoy a look at rarely seen historic quilts from the nationally recognized Living History Farms quilt collection and explore the artistry of keeping warm! The Flynn Mansion hosts this display of quilts, covers, historic clothing, and household textiles. Be inspired for chilly weather with this peek at the beautiful items our grandparents made to keep warm. Children’s hands-on activities include quilt block coloring and sewing cards. The show is free with regular admission to the Farms. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Hat Day

October 1, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Celebrate the opening of the LHF’s annual fall clothing and quilt exhibition! Wear your favorite hat while touring and receive a special treat at the Visitor Center. Explore the Flynn Mansion where corsets, quilts, and other historic textiles will be on special exhibition. Visit the 1875 Millinery shop for a close up look at Victorian hat stylings and a chat with our milliner. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Victorian Funeral

October 11, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions. Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. Visit the Tangen House, prepared with a period style coffin and funeral drapery, and visit with the mourners. At 1:00pm, join with historic interpreters as they celebrate the life and honor the death of a fictional 1875 Civil War Veteran with a re-created funeral. Walk in the funeral procession led by a horse-drawn hearse to New Hope Cemetery for a Veterans Memorial service. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

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