2016-17 Season

We are pleased to announce the 98th season of theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse!

Our Mainstage season is one of our most exciting yet. Take a look!

ROCK OF AGES Sponsored by Cognizant (July 15-Aug. 7, 2016) Drew is a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit. Sherrie is a small-town girl. Both are in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big. As their rock-and-roll fairy tale unfolds, a pair of German developers plan to turn the infamous Sunset Strip into a mall. Can the gang save the Strip and themselves? 

WEST SIDE STORY Sponsored by The Principal Financial Group (Oct. 7-30, 2016) Romeo and Juliet takes to the streets of New York City, where two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight for supremacy. But when a former Jet, Tony, falls in love with Maria, the sister of a Shark, the rivalry turns deadly. With timeless music from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story is one of the greatest love stories of all time!

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S THE GREAT GATSBY Sponsored by Edward Jones (Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2017) What would you do for love? Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, takes Long Island newcomer Nick Carraway under his wing into his decadent world of obsession, greed and danger. Gatsby hopes to reunite with Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan, his true love from a lifetime ago. The glamour of the Jazz Age comes to life in this new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017) From the creators of The Producers comes this hilarious re-imagining of the classic story. With the help of some friends, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein) succeeds in creating a monster to rival his grandfather’s, but not without some hilarious complications.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Sponsored by EMC Insurance (June 2-18, 2017) Steel Magnolias is the story of six unlikely friends; the concerned Annelle, wise-cracking Truvy, grumpy Ouiser, sweet-toothed Clairee, local social leader M’Lynn and her diabetic daughter Shelby. Their conversations in Truvy’s beauty salon bring hilarity, until tragedy strikes and brings them face to face with their mortality.

Purchase Mainstage season tickets online here. 

The Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre season continues the tradition of favorite stories brought to life on stage. Bring your children and grandchildren, and build memories that will last a lifetime.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN Sponsored by Nationwide (Nov. 4-20, 2016) Generations of readers have cherished the adventures of The Boxcar Children and now their stories come to life onstage! Follow orphan siblings Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny as they run away from foster care to make a home for themselves in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Through the rewards and perils of life on the run in the Depression era, they hold true to their motto: “We stick together like glue.” 

RAMONA QUIMBY Sponsored by Nationwide (Jan. 6-22, 2017) Third grade is NOTHING like Ramona Quimby imagined. Her teacher hates her, her older sister Beezus is a pain, Aunt Bea is going to marry a dork, and her Dad just lost his job. But with the help of her friends, boisterous and independent Ramona takes on life’s challenges.

HOLES Sponsored by Nationwide (Feb. 24-Mar. 12, 2017) Stanley Yelnats, cursed with bad luck, finds himself at Camp Green Lake, convicted off a crime he didn’t commit. But this isn’t any ordinary camp; the boys are forced to dig day in and day out in search of historic treasure. Hole by hole, Stanley digs into his past and with the help of his friend Zero, reshapes his destiny.

FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL Sponsored by Fareway Stores Inc. (Apr. 28-May 21, 2017) Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. But when someone else gets picked to be the star mermaid of her first dance recital and she is forced to play a tree, Nancy must learn kindness and find the “fancy flair” in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor, Fancy Nancy will warm your hearts with SPARKLE!

Renew or purchase new Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre season tickets online here.

We’re also pleased to give our subscribers the first opportunity to purchase tickets to our family holiday classic: ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA, Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Dec. 2-18. Our holiday shows have become popular traditions. This is your opportunity to buy tickets at our lowest ticket prices.

We look forward to seeing you in our audiences this year!