Join The Des Moines Playhouse for the 2022 Dionysos Awards!

The Dionysos Awards celebrates the contributions of more than 750 individuals giving 55,000 hours during the 2021-22 Season. The Dionysos Awards annually recognizes backstage, guest services, and education volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to the recently completed season. The Playhouse will honor Volunteers of the Year plus a Dick Brown Superior Volunteer of the Year and a Spirit Award. The Superior Volunteer award is named for longtime Playhouse volunteer, Dick Brown, who embodied the theatre’s vision for its volunteer program and was nationally recognized for his community theatre volunteer service. The Spirit Award, nominated by the season’s stage managers, is given to an actor, typically not a lead, who has shown dedication to the show, assisting in ways above and beyond the stage role. In addition, The Playhouse will be announcing seven acting awards. Actors are nominated by audiences with the final voting done by season ticket holders.

Click here for a list of Dionysos Award recipients over the years.

Everyone’s favorite redhead goes on her first adventure in this 60-minute version of the popular Broadway musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who left her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually finds a new home and family with billionaire Daddy Warbucks, his secretary Grace, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie Jr is presented in the John Viars Theatre.

The Penguin Project productions are unique because all the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders. These artists are joined on stage by their peer mentors, youths of similar age without disabilities who have worked side-by-side with the artists through four months of rehearsals. Click here to learn more about The Penguin Project.

ASL interpreters will be at the performance at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022.

If ticket prices are keeping you away from this show, please call the ticket office at 515.277.6261, Noon-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. We have supporters who want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see this production.

 

Penguin Project allows youth with developmental disabilities the opportunity to be onstage and perform live theatre! We are so proud to bring this national program to The Playhouse. In this photo, Penguin Project peer liaison Paul Honold holds a stuffed penguin, which is a token of our gratitude and appreciation that we hope to give to participating families. Sponsor a Penguin for $100 today!

Sail off on a fantastic excursion when a band of comical pirates land at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob as they look for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map. The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure.

Single tickets go on sale to the public Sept. 26, 2022.

Season tickets including How I Became a Pirate available by clicking here.

If ticket prices are keeping you away from this show, please call the ticket office at 515.277.6261, Noon-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. We have supporters who want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see this production.

Maddie Reeves has a dilemma. When Wanda, a new classmate who wears the same faded blue dress to school every day, says she has 100 dresses at home, the kids tease her. The bullying gets so bad, Wanda and her family move away. Maddie is wracked with guilt. She soon realizes that allowing her friend to be a bully can be just as bad as acting that way herself. Wanda is gone, but Maddie gets another chance to stand up to her classmates, making an unlikely friend in the process.

Single tickets go on sale to the public Sept. 26, 2022.

Season tickets including The Hundred Dresses available by clicking here.

If ticket prices are keeping you away from this show, please call the ticket office at 515.277.6261, Noon-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. We have supporters who want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see this production.

Three dogs snorkel. Blue dogs howl. Small dogs ride a Ferris wheel. ALL dogs sing and dance and climb trees in an exploration of movement, color, and space. A big and little musical world of doggy fun! PD Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage like a pop-up book that never stops.

Single tickets go on sale to the public Sept. 26, 2022.

Season tickets including Go, Dog. Go! available by clicking here.

If ticket prices are keeping you away from this show, please call the ticket office at 515.277.6261, Noon-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. We have supporters who want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see this production.

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