About

John Viars Theatre

Renovated in 2018, the John Viars Theatre (formerly Mainstage) seats 413 people and is home to high-quality productions each year. The theatre prides itself on choosing a varied season of new Broadway hits and classics. At least three productions each season are musicals, with the rest a mix of comedy and drama. Season tickets are offered as well as discounts for groups.

 

Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre

Shows for family audiences are produced each year in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre, which seats 226. These shows draw heavily upon contemporary as well as classical literature. Shows are cast “age-appropriate.” This means adult actors play adult characters, and young people play kids. Some shows call for adults to play children, to the delight of audiences and actors alike. Season tickets are offered as well as discounts for groups. Every show in the children’s theatre has performances during the school day for student groups.

 

Family Holiday Classic

Each season, The Playhouse produces a family-friendly musical in the John Viars Theatre.

 

Friday Funday (Ages 4-6)

Friday Funday is interactive theatre for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families. Each month during the school year, audiences are transported to the Clubhouse at The Playhouse. Actors dramatize favorite stories using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props found in the Magic Trunk.

 

Spectrum Stories (Ages 6-18)

Designed for students on the autism spectrum, these drama experiences best support the development of pretend play, social interaction, and non-verbal communication. Sessions use story, music, and art to bring imagination to life.

 

Final Act Ensemble

Final Act Ensemble is a troupe of senior adult actors that perform classic and original radio plays, including commercials and sound effects, as well as songs from the Golden Days of Radio. Shows are held throughout the state as well as at The Playhouse.

 

Best of Broadway New York City Tours

Trips to New York City to see the best of Broadway are offered several times each year and are led by Playhouse staff. The trip includes roundtrip airfare, hotel, and three theatre tickets as well as transportation between the hotel and airport in New York. Touring and dining options are offered at cost.

 

2020-21 Schedule

march

25feb(feb 25)7:00 pm07mar(mar 7)11:59 pmnature of the dream(february 25) 7:00 pm - (march 7) 11:59 pm

05marAll Day07Stuart Little Video-on-demand(All Day)

07mar2:00 pmLeaving Iowa2:00 pm

09mar10:00 am12:00 pmHistory of Broadway Class10:00 am - 12:00 pm

12mar(mar 12)12:01 am14(mar 14)12:59 pmLeaving Iowa Video-on-demand12:01 am - 12:59 pm (14)

12mar7:00 pmStuart Little7:00 pm

13mar1:00 pmStuart Little1:00 pm

14mar1:00 pmStuart Little1:00 pm

18mar7:30 pmLeaving Iowa7:30 pm

19marAll Day21Stuart Little Video-on-demand(All Day)

19mar7:30 pmLeaving Iowa7:30 pm

20mar7:30 pmLeaving Iowa7:30 pm

21mar2:00 pmLeaving Iowa2:00 pm

26mar(mar 26)12:00 am28(mar 28)11:55 pmLeaving Iowa Video-on-demand12:00 am - 11:55 pm (28)

april

09apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening Opening Night Livestream7:30 pm

09apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

10apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

11apr2:00 pmSome Enchanted Evening2:00 pm

16apr(apr 16)12:01 am18(apr 18)11:59 pmSome Enchanted Evening Video-on-demand12:01 am - 11:59 pm (18)

16apr7:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit7:00 pm

16apr7:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit Opening Night Livestream7:00 pm

17apr1:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit1:00 pm

18apr1:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit1:00 pm

22apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

23apr(apr 23)12:01 am25(apr 25)11:59 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit Video-on-demand12:01 am - 11:59 pm (25)

23apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

24apr7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

25apr2:00 pm3:50 pmSome Enchanted Evening Video-on-demand2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

25apr2:00 pmSome Enchanted Evening2:00 pm

30apr(apr 30)12:00 am02may(may 2)11:59 pmSome Enchanted Evening Video-on-demand12:00 am - (may 2) 11:59 pm

30apr7:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit7:00 pm

may

30apr(apr 30)12:00 am02may(may 2)11:59 pmSome Enchanted Evening Video-on-demand(april 30) 12:00 am - (may 2) 11:59 pm

01may1:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit1:00 pm

02may1:00 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit1:00 pm

06may7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

07may(may 7)12:01 am09(may 9)11:59 pmThe Velveteen Rabbit Video-on-demand12:01 am - 11:59 pm (9)

07may7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

08may7:30 pmSome Enchanted Evening7:30 pm

09may2:00 pmSome Enchanted Evening2:00 pm

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25feb07marnature of the dream(february 25) 7:00 pm - (march 7) 11:59 pm

05marAll Day07Stuart Little Video-on-demand(All Day)

07mar2:00 pmLeaving Iowa2:00 pm

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