Spring 2017 Classes

SPRING CLASSES NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!

To register, please click on the “Learn More” link at the end of the class description.

14feb2may4:00 pm- 5:30 pmGrades 6-8 Been There, Scene That4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

21mar25apr7:00 pm- 8:00 pmAges Teen-Adult Beginning Tap7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

21mar25apr8:00 pm- 9:00 pmAges Teen-Adult Intermediate Tap8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

16feb11may4:30 pm- 5:45 pmGrades 1-2
The Des Moines Community Playhouse and
The Des Moines Art Center Present:
The Day the
Crayons Quit
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

16feb11may4:30 pm- 5:45 pmGrades 3-5
The Des Moines Community Playhouse and
The Des Moines Art Center Present:
Roald Dahl's
The BFG
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

18feb6may9:00 am- 10:00 amPreschool-Kindergarten Creative Drama I: Storytime Magic9:00 am - 10:00 am CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

18feb6may9:15 am- 10:15 amGrades 2-3 Creative Characters: FUNdamentals9:15 am - 10:15 am CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

18feb13may10:00 am- 11:30 amGrades 4-6 Kids Invent Theatre: Take The Stage10:00 am - 11:30 am CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

18feb6may10:30 am- 11:30 amGrades 1-2 Creative Drama II: Theatre in a Trunk10:30 am - 11:30 am CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

28jan8apr1:00 pm- 2:30 pmAges 6-18 Spectrum Stories1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST 831 42nd Street Des Moines, IA 50312

CREATIVE DRAMA: Preschool-Grade 2

Creative drama sparks children’s natural ability to become the characters they hear about in the books they love.  This program is literature-based and designed to foster listening and cooperative skills as well as self-esteem and individual expression. Activities may include: 

  • Dramatic play
  • Story enactment
  • Imagination journeys
  • Theatre games
  • Music
  • Puppetry
  • Dance

ACTING CLASSES: Grades 3-8

Performance classes use the activity of putting on a play or series of scenes to explore four performance essentials, which include: 

  • Voice development
  • Body awareness
  • Character preparation
  • Ensemble formation

General Class Information

It’s easy to register online! Be ready to fill in a short medical history and note all of your emergency contact numbers. Our classes are very popular, and we do set caps so that we can offer the best teacher/student ratio. Enroll today so that there’s no disappointing “Sorry, that class is filled” news.

Fee Schedule: “Subscribers” refers to those with season tickets for either the Mainstage or Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. Subscribers receive tuition discounts AND are the first to register for each class session. Non-subscribers can purchase season tickets to the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre or Mainstage and receive tuition discounts and priority registration.

Parent/Student Protocol

We understand that a child’s successful experience at the Playhouse is, in part, dependent upon the commitment of his or her parent. We appreciate your willingness to support your child in this regard. The following are a set of expectations designed to give your child a meaningful and safe experience.

Arrival Your children depend upon you to drop them off on time. Classes begin at the appointed hour, just like curtain time! Park your car in the lot and walk your child inside. There will be a sign-in sheet for day camps, while those in weekly classes will have a check-in.

Departure Your children also depend upon you to pick them up on time. Park and come inside to sign them out. There will be a Playhouse representative in the lobby to make sure that everyone leaves with a safe adult. If your student is old enough to drive, walk to classes alone, or ride a bike, please let the education director know by way of a letter that your child may come to and leave classes unaccompanied.

Medical Needs and Illness Please make sure that the emergency numbers you provide are for someone who is available to come should your child need to leave. If students tell us they are ill enough to go home, we take them at their word! Medical needs should be clearly outlined. The more thorough you are, the more efficient we can be.

Discipline Theatre classroom and performance etiquette is too demanding of some students. Our disciplinary policy is as follows:

  • To clearly state rules and expectations up front
  • To give the student an opportunity to correct his or her own behavior
  • To give a reasonable time-out within the classroom

Bring:

  • Shoes that lace up. This makes it both easy and safe to move around during play.
  • A sweater to wear in case the room gets chilly.

Don’t Bring:

  • Electronic devices (Gameboys, other hand-held games, I-Pods, cell phones).