Announcing the 2019 Festival
The 2019 American Gothic Performing Arts Festival takes place June 7–21 around Wapello County, Iowa.
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival for our 7th season. On behalf of the hundreds of cast and crew members, orchestral musicians, volunteers and board members, we look forward to you spending time with us during our incredible season.
— Dr. Dennis Willhoit, Executive Artistic Director
The Tender Land
by Aaron Copland
June 7, 2019
Set on a Midwest farm during the Great Depression, the production will be presented outdoors against the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic houses and the rural Iowa sunset.
Bye Bye Birdie
June 21, 2019
This loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, parents, and rock & roll, remains as fresh, vibrant and relevant as ever.
Temple of Creative Arts Open House
Sunday, June 15
In February of 2019 the Congregation of B’nai Jacob gifted the synagogue to AGPAF.
AGPAF will conitnue to honor the heritage of this incredible center of faith by creating a new legacy as a Temple of Creative Arts.
Performance with Ottumwa Municipal Band
featuring the cast of Bye Bye Birdie
June 13 • 7:00 pm
Central Park, Ottumwa
Singers on Tap
June 13 • 8:00 pm
Pallister Bros., Ottumwa
Pre-Festival Opera Outreach Performances
featuring scenes from The Tender Land
May 28–June 6
Performance with Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra
at Music on the Green
June 9 • 7:30 pm
Marge Dodd Stage, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa
The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival (AGPAF) has been a cultural destination event for the residents of Ottumwa, Wapello County, and their guests celebrating the performing arts, specifically musical theater, in an open and friendly atmosphere. Significant to the festival’s ongoing success is its location in Wapello County. World-renowned as the setting for Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic, Wapello County provides an incomparable setting for audiences and performers alike with its natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture, a fine collection of performance venues and welcoming communities.