Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 2000s

feb 16 - feb 17, 2018
Special Events

We are counting down to the Playhouse’s 100th anniversary, so we are celebrating early with a flashback through Broadway and Playhouse history. Support the Playhouse by joining us for an evening of showtunes from popular musicals, all sung by your favorite Playhouse performers.

6:30 PM, Friday, Feb. 16
Ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the show, performance, and post-show piano lounge

7:30 PM, Saturday, Feb. 17
Ticket includes performance, cash bar, and post-show piano lounge

For more information, contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

Sponsored by:

Master of Ceremonies
Steve Berry
Patricia Arvanis
Dani Boal
Blake Clyde
Douglas Cochrane
Tina Haase Findlay
Rachel Forney
Jackson Gabby
Gina Gedler
Lenny Houts
Katy Merriman
Mark Morrison
Charlie Reese
Maxwell Schaeffer
Jackie Schmillen
Joe Tish
Savannah Trotter

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: Feb. 17, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Counts Down to 100th Anniversary With Song
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and has already begun the celebration with a special performances each year leading up to the big day. On Feb. 16-17, the Playhouse will continue the trip down memory lane with “Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 2000s.” The program celebrates Playhouse and Broadway musical theatre history. “Countdown to 100” is presented by Hubbell Realty Company with support from Workiva.

The 2000s on Broadway featured new musicals based on films such as “Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde The Musical,” “Shrek The Musical,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Producers,” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” The Playhouse produced these shows as well as revivals of favorites such as “Cabaret,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Chicago,” and “Grease.”

The cast for the evening features past and present Playhouse performers including Tricia Arvanis, Dani Boal, Blake Clyde, Douglas Cochrane, Tina Haase Findlay, Rachel Forney, Jackson Gabby, Gina Gedler, Lenny Houts, Katy Merriman, Mark Morrison, Charlie Reese, Maxwell Schaeffer, Jackie Schmillen, Joe Tish, and Savannah Trotter. The Master of Ceremonies is Steve Berry.

The celebration begins at 6:30 PM on Friday, Feb. 16, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by the musical revue at 7:30 PM. The revue will be repeated at 7:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Playhouse lobby will be transformed into a piano lounge following each performance.

Tickets are available online at and at the Playhouse ticket office, 515-277-6261. Patron and sponsor packages are available by contacting Chris Andersen, Playhouse director of philanthropy, at 515-974-5370.

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.

“Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 2000s”
Feb. 16-17, 2018
6:30 PM Friday, Feb. 16
7:30 PM Saturday, Feb. 17

“Countdown to 100” Tickets
Friday tickets include the hors d’oeuvres reception and drinks: $99
Saturday tickets: $35-99
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312