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 Community Playhouse presents: James and the Giant Peach

jan 3 - jan 19, 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
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 read more

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The Des Moines Community Playhouse production of: Freaky Friday

oct 18 - nov 3, 2019
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Oct. 28-29, 2019
Theatre:
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre

How freaky would it be if you turned into your mother?!

Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine read more

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

sep 6 - sep 29, 2019
Theatre:
Mainstage

The knock-’em-dead, uproarious, most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season!

Set in London in 1907, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who learns after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the read more

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Performance Academy: Disney’s The Lion King Kids

mar 22 - mar 23, 2019

Disney’s The Lion King Kids is a 35-minute version of the popular stage and film musical, adapted to suit young voices. The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey read more

Addie Van Dyke
Rafiki
Sophie Thomsen
Lioness/Storyteller
Grace Aerisolphal
Lioness/Storyteller
Aaliyah Trimble
Lioness/Storyteller
Ava Reynolds
Lioness/Storyteller
Celeste Brown
Young Simba
Symphony Masterson
Young Nala
Kalya Kothavale
Mufasa
Dilana Sears
Sarabi
Evie Smith
Zazu
Ben Clark
Adult Simba
Samantha Miller
Adult Nala
Gabrielle Henderson
Timon
Ridge Rutherford
Pumbaa
A'Taurea Dunlap
Scar
Madilyn Brown
Banzai
Claire Riesberg
Shenzi
Frances Winn
Ed
Colby Briggs
Hyena and others
Kristin Coons
Hyena and others
Paige Ebert
Hyena and others
Allison Gonyo
Hyena and others
Teddi Karnes
Hyena and others
Brook Keller
Hyena and others
Rowan Sandvig
Hyena and others
Hope Weber
Hyena and others
Anica Burch
Savanna Ensemble
Ella Frost
Savanna Ensemble
Pary Johnson
Savanna Ensemble
Avery Keller
Savanna Ensemble
Madison Kinsey
Savanna Ensemble
Gavin Lienau
Savanna Ensemble
Brian Meier
Savanna Ensemble
Cecilia Ottaway
Savanna Ensemble
Eliza Schwiesow
Savanna Ensemble
Molly Schwartz
Savanna Ensemble
Grant Sorrel
Savanna Ensemble
Jazzlynn Tompkins
Savanna Ensemble
Sophia Towns
Savanna Ensemble
Cleo Ward-Parks
Savanna Ensemble

101st Season Announcement Party

feb 25, 2019; 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Performance Times:
5:30 PM Social with cash bar
6:15 PM Season Announcement

It’s the most beloved, precocious, road-tripping, family-loving, happy dancing season ever. The Playhouse’s 101st season includes four musicals, plus drama, comedy, and family shows. Be part of the excitement as the titles are revealed read more

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: February 18, 2019
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse’s 101st Season Announcement Party
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse has the most beloved, precocious, road-tripping, family-loving, happy dancing season ever. The theatre’s 101st season includes four musicals, plus drama, comedy, and family shows. Be part of the excitement as the titles are revealed at the 2019-20 Season Announcement Party, 5:30-6:30 PM, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The party is free.

The festivities begin at 5:30 PM with a social hour featuring a cash bar and live music from Francine Griffith. The official announcement of the season line-up by Playhouse artistic director, John Viars, takes place at 6:15 PM.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. 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.

Playhouse season tickets go on sale Mar. 15, 2019, online at dmplayhouse.com and at the Playhouse ticket office.

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Breakfast with Buddy

dec 8 - dec 15, 2018
Performance Times:
7:30 AM & 9:00 AM

Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus are Coming!

Join us for an exciting new holiday experience at the Playhouse! 

Guests will enjoy unlimited pancakes and syrup – and the entertaining pancake grilling, flipping, and tossing – from Chris Cakes. Breakfast includes orange drink and coffee and read more

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Des Moines Community Playhouse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Dec. 15, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Playhouse Hosts Breakfast with Buddy
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents a unique opportunity to interact with the Family Holiday Classic, Elf – The Musical. On Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, the Playhouse is hosting Breakfast with Buddy, a fun morning with Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus.  Tickets are $20 for all ages and can be purchased at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office. Proceeds from Breakfast with Buddy supports Playhouse programming.

Guests will enjoy unlimited pancakes and syrup – and the entertaining pancake grilling, flipping, and tossing – from Chris Cakes. Breakfast also includes orange drink and coffee and a chance to talk with Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus. Guests will also take home Buddy the Elf cookies and a coloring sheet provided by sponsor Fareway Food Stores.

Photos with Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus will be taken by Steve Gibbons Photography. A Breakfast with Buddy ticket includes a digital copy of the photos. Guests are invited to take their own photos at a table featuring prop foods from Buddy’s four food groups, candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup (on spaghetti).

Elf has quickly become a modern Christmas classic. Based on the 2003 film, Elf – The Musical tells the story of Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making skills soon make him realize he’s not fit to live at the North Pole. He travels to New York City where he learns his dad doesn’t believe in Santa Claus! With song and a little magic, Buddy makes it a sparklejollytwinklejingly Christmas. Elf – The Musical is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience. Performances are Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2018, at 7:00 PM on Fridays and 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available at dmplayhouse.com and by calling 515-277-6261.

The Playhouse, now in its 100th season, 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 Breakfast with Buddy or to purchase tickets, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Breakfast with Buddy: Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
7:30 AM & 9:00 AM seating times

Breakfast with Buddy Tickets: $20 all ages
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Ticket office hours are Noon-6:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, plus 2 hours prior to curtain on evenings and weekends.

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Reunion: 20 Years of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

nov 24, 2018; 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Are you one of the more than 800 actors who has been involved in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Playhouse? If so, we want you to help celebrate our 20th production. There are three ways to get involved.

1. When you come see the show this November, read more

Final Act Ensemble: Final Act Ensemble Holiday 2018 Show

dec 18, 2018; 7:00 pm
Performance Times:
7:00 PM in the Kate Goldman Theatre, general admission seating
Run Time:
2 hours including a 10 minute intermission

Celebrate the holidays with old-time radio programs when the Final Act Ensemble presents its annual edition of yuletide jollies from the days when radio was king.

The evening features four segments from vintage radio programs. 

  • Visit with Easy Aces as logic-challenged Jane Ace tries to wangle a mink coat out of her husband. 
  • Take a trip to 79 Wistful Vista where Fibber McGee and Molly get involved in another nutty mix-up that’ll have you laughing.
  • Find out what happens when My Friend Irma causes havoc as she tries to earn extra money for Christmas presents.
  • And you won’t want to miss out on what happens when Father Knows Best sets out to find a Christmas tree and gets stuck in a snowdrift, miles from home on Christmas Eve.

The evening includes read more

Katie Brooks
Shirley Dalby
Al Downey
Ruth Downey
Jerry Eisenhour
Barbara Keck
Molly Ketchum
Melinda Leseney
Hu Lundberg
R.J. Lundgren
Susie McCauley
Mark Pullen
Don Rothweiler
Marsha Szymczuk
Ed Truslow
Phyllis Wolfe
Jerry Eisenhour
Director
Phyllis Wolfe
Music Director