Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 21st Century

mar 17, 2018; 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

The countdown is on to the Playhouse’s 100th anniversary and we’re starting the celebration early with a flashback through Broadway and Playhouse history. Join us February 16 and 17 for a totally rad weekend of show tunes from the best musicals read more

Summer Street Party

aug 3, 2017; 5:00 pm-8:30 pm

It’s a Summer Street Party, 5:00-8:30 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2017, on Rollins Avenue between 42nd Street and 41st Street!

Hosted by #ShopRoosevelt, Roosevelt Cultural District, and the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s Curtain Crowd

The excitement begins at 5:00 PM on Rollins Avenue, between the Playhouse and the Shops at Roosevelt.

  • Juice Co will be selling smoothies, bubble tea and lemonade.
  • Food trucks from Waab’s Piggin’ Out and Sweet Treats Ice Cream Company will be on site.
  • Shops on both sides of 42nd Street will offer one-night only specials.
  • vomFASS will sample olive oil and infused vinegar spritzers.
  • Activities for children, such as bubble painting and backpack bling, will be provided by Five Monkeys, Swell, and Elements Ltd.
  • Watch a live visual art event, the Battle of the Brushes. Five artists will be given a theme and then have 90 minutes to each create a 24″ x 36″ artwork. Participating artists Eric Guyler, Luke Hubbard, Kindra Noel, Kathleen Roling, and Ben Schuh work in a variety of mediums including chalk, pastel, and oil. A silent auction will be held for the finished pieces, with 75% of proceeds going to the artists and 25% going to the non-profit Roosevelt Cultural District, currently involved in the 42nd Street beautification project.
  • Meredith Willson’s The Music Man will be on the Des Moines Community Playhouse stage a 7:30 PM that evening. Tickets are still available.
  • The Playhouse’s Curtain Crowd, a social group for young adults 18-35, will be hosting a pre-show event in the theatre’s lobby.

Luke Hubbard is an abstract painter who enjoys color.  He applies acrylic paint with a painters knife for varying line, texture and read more

Performance Academy: The Music Man Jr.

jul 28 - jul 29, 2017
Run Time:
60 minutes
Performance Academy, Summer Classes
Samantha Miller
Amaryllis/Wells Fargo Soloist
Teddi Karnes
Boy/Charlie Cowell
Ella Hopkins
Conductor/Constable Locke
Camille Furer
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Hope Weber
Farmer/Newspaper Reader#1/Man #2
Natalie Koeningsfeld
Newspaper Reader #3/Gracie Shinn/Wells Fargo Soloist
Marquis Bundy
Harold Hill
Keshara James
Man #1/Newspaper Reader #2
Michael Bundy II
Marcellus Washburn/Wells Fargo Soloist
Lucie Keith
Marian Paroo
Kaden Dillon
Mayor Shinn
Emma Erdoes
Mrs. Paroo/Wells Fargo Soloist
Julia Cannon
Alma Hix
Keona Ward-Taylor
Ethel Toffelmier
Heather Garland
Maud Dunlop/Wells Fargo Soloist
Serena Johnson
Mrs. Squires/Wells Fargo Soloist
Eliza Tutty
Salesman #1/Schoolboard: Ewart Dunlop
Sarah Sahlin
Salesman #2/Schoolboard: Jacey Squires
Joy Mielke
Salesman #3/Schoolboard: Olin Britt
Josephine Kreutzfeldt
Salesman #4/Schoolboard: Oliver Hix
Will Johnson
Salesman #5/Tommy Djilas/Wells Fargo Soloist
Francesca Cannon
Winthrop Paroo
Sarah Linder
Zaneeta Shinn/Wells Fargo Soloist

Honoring Playhouse Legends 2017

jul 22, 2017; 4:00 pm
Special Events

Begun in 2011 and leading to our 100th birthday in 2019, the Playhouse honors Playhouse Legends, whose talent and devotion to our theatre over a long period of time have helped set the high standards of entertainment, professionalism, and quality that read more

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: July 22, 2017
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Honors 2017 Playhouse Legends
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358,

The Des Moines Community Playhouse honors legends Steve Berry, Gina Gedler, Linda Juckette, and Joe Tish on Saturday, July 22. A reception begins at 4:00 PM with a program at 4:30 PM. Tickets may be purchased online at

The four honorees represent 43 years and more than 40 shows at the Playhouse. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing into the present, Berry, Gedler, Juckette, and Tish have had lead roles in such shows as “My Fair Lady,” “Chicago,”  “Evita,” “La Cage aux Folles,” and many others. They have performed at countless Playhouse special events, and served as representatives of the theatre to the community.

This event is an opportunity to honor Playhouse legends whose talent and devotion to our theatre over a long period of time have helped set the high standards of entertainment, professionalism, and quality that our audiences expect today. Past recipients include Dale Berry, Jo Berry, Michael Cornelison, Al Downey, Pearl Faessler, Kathi Fieldsend, Verner Haldene, Jeanne Hopson, Lenny Houts, Henrietta Kagin, Cloris Leachman, Phyllis Love, Jack Mishler, Phyllis Mumford, Toni Pickard, Eddie Rissien, Maxwell Schaeffer, Ruthanne Silverstein, John Thompson, and Lloyd Von Hagen.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the U.S. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information on Honoring Playhouse Legends or to purchase tickets, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Honoring Playhouse Legends:
Saturday, July 22, 2017
4:00 PM Hors d’oeuvres Reception
4:30 PM Program

Honoring Playhouse Legends Tickets
Tickets are free but need to be reserved online at 
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312


Steve Berry, pictured here in Les Misérables, 2013-14 Season

Gina Gedler, pictured here in Chicago, 2005-06 Season

Joe Tish, pictured here in La Cage aux Folles, 2001-02 Season

Linda Juckette, pictured here in Sunset Boulevard, 2012-13 Season

Marion Cowper Rae, pictured here in Everybody Loves Opal, 1964-65 Season

Shirley Brower, pictured here in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1968-69 Season

Richard Wulf, pictured here in The Pirates of Penzance, 1984-85 Season

Final Act Ensemble Summer Showcase

jul 18, 2017; 7:00 pm
Performance Times:
7:00 p.m.
Run Time:
2 hrs, including a 15-minute intermission
Special Events

The Final Act Ensemble is “back on the air” with a whole new show for the summer season—with visits from several old friends from the Golden Age of radio, including “Fibber McGee and Molly,” “The Life of Riley,” “George read more

2017 Dionysos Awards

jul 23, 2017
Special Events

The Dionysos Awards honor volunteers who have worked backstage, front-of-house, and in the education department.

Acting awards were added in 2010. Playhouse audiences nominate actors for acting awards throughout the season, and the winners are chosen read more

Sleeping Beauty

apr 6 - apr 6, 2018
Performance Times:
9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday
Run Time:
Approximately 40-45 minutes
Friday Funday

What do you do if you’re a prince and you happen upon a sleeping princess? How on Earth do you wake her up? Tap dance on her bed, yell in her ear, or pour ice water over her head?

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6! read more


mar 2 - mar 2, 2018
Performance Times:
9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday
Run Time:
Approximately 40-45 minutes
Friday Funday

Pinocchio wants more than anything to be a real boy, but he is only a puppet made of wood. Will he listen to his father, and tell the truth? Who ‘nose’?

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6! Great for read more

The Mitten

feb 2 - feb 2, 2018
Performance Times:
9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday
Run Time:
Approximately 40-45 minutes
Friday Funday

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing. As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

Interactive Theatre Shows read more

The Three Little Pigs

jan 12 - jan 12, 2018
Performance Times:
9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday
Run Time:
Approximately 40-45 minutes
Friday Funday

Once upon a time, there was a pig who loved to eat, a pig who loved to sing and dance, and a bossy older sister with mad construction skills. Throw in one tired mama pig and a Big Bad Wolf and let the fun begin!

Interactive Theatre read more