Performance Academy: Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.

jul 27 - jul 27, 2019

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 65-minute adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. 

During the summer, 35 students representing schools read more

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

jul 10 - aug 2, 2020
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684, www.MTIShows.com.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays
Theatre:
Mainstage

Magical. Mischievous. Miraculous.

From the nonsensical mind of Roald Dahl comes this timeless tale of young Matilda Wormwood. Intellectually gifted, Matilda is unappreciated by her shallow parents and terrorized by tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The only person who sees read more

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Leaving Iowa

may 29 - jun 14, 2020
By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays
Theatre:
Mainstage

For anyone who’s ever been on a family vacation and laughed to tell about it.

Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, returns home to put his father’s ashes to rest. When Don discovers that Grandma’s house in now a grocery store, he has a new mission – to trek across Iowa to find a proper resting place – and he’s dragging read more

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Pippi Longstocking

apr 24 - may 17, 2020
By Astrid Lindgren
Adapted for the stage in translation by Thomas W. Olson
Music by Roberta Carlson
Lyrics by Roberta Carlson and Thomas W. Olson Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, May 4-5, 2020

Rules are made to be broken.

On the outskirts of town stands a ramshackle house. It may not seem like much until you peek through the railings. Then there’s a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen, and a freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings read more

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Singin’ in the Rain

mar 13 - apr 5, 2020
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film
Singin' in the Rain is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684, www.MTIShows.com.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays

What a glorious feeling!

Silent movies are out. “Talkies” are in! Unfortunately for famed movie star Don Lockwood, his leading lady’s comically harsh and squeaky voice is ill-suited for the switch. When their next film is converted into a talking picture, the studio read more

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Tinker Bell

feb 21 - mar 8, 2020
By Patrick Flynn
Based on the works of Sir J.M. Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Mar. 2-3, 2020
Theatre:
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre

Do you believe in fairies? Because they believe in you!

Of all the stories told about Neverland, Tinker Bell’s has gone untold. Until now. Witness the origin of one of the most famous fairies in literature, from her first encounters with cherished children’s characters like Peter Pan, Captain Hook, read more

The Diary of Anne Frank

jan 24 - feb 9, 2020
A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
The Diary of Anne Frank is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Feb. 3-4, 2020
Theatre:
Mainstage

“Where there’s hope, there’s life.” – Anne Frank

Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined read more

Sip, Savor, Switch

apr 27, 2019; 5:00 pm

Join us for an unforgettable night. Visit breathtaking homes while sipping great wines, savoring delectable cuisine from top chefs, then switching to the next home by private motorcoach.

TICKETS
Patrons:
$400 per couple read more

The Des Moines Playhouse Presents: James and the Giant Peach

jan 3 - jan 19, 2020
By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
James and the Giant Peach (Wood) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Jan. 13-14, 2020
Theatre:
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre

Adventures this big don’t grow on trees!

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Giant talking insects! The incredible tale of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping to a new and exciting world. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life read more

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Family Holiday Classic: A Christmas Story, The Musical

dec 6 - dec 23, 2019
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics by Banj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, IL.
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays; 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Monday, Dec. 23
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Dec. 16-17, 2019
Theatre:
Mainstage

We triple dog dare you to see this show!

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, IN, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with read more

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