DES MOINES, Iowa - They aren't in full costume just yet, but students in the Des Moines Playhouse Performance Academy are just about ready to showcase "Monty Python's Spamalot" this weekend.
The Performance Academy, held every summer, is an intensive performing arts bootcamp. This year's group of 31 teens from grades 8-12 represent 17 different schools. The Monday-Friday training schedule is intense, and director Anne Frett says the students here are here because of their passion.
"We rehearse for three weeks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m," she said. "But they're busy the whole time they're here. We keep them busy the whole time they're here. We send them home exhausted. They're dancing, they're singing, they're acting. We're working on accents. We're doing character studies. We also bring in professionals from the Des Moines theater community so the kids can prepare themselves for their own careers."
All of these student's hard work culminates this weekend with three shows, beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday. Tickets can be purchased online here.