Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Tent Theatre

Lily Polkadot has just moved to Rockaway, a “Squares only” town. As the first Polkadot in an all-Square school, Lily struggles to gain acceptance from her peers in the midst of daily bullying and segregated drinking fountains. Her quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadots blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Polkadots offers us a reminder that our differences make us awesome.


Polkadots is performed live, in-person, Saturdays, July 10-Aug. 7, 2021, in the event tent in The Playhouse parking lot. There are no virtual options.

Polkadots is performed in repertory. In the evenings, Godspell and Plaza Suite alternate weeks on the tent stage. Godspell performances are July 9-11, July 22-25, & Aug. 5-8, 2021. Click here for more information on Godspell. Plaza Suite performances are July 16-18 and July 28-Aug. 1, 2021. Click here for more information on Plaza Suite.

If you are using credit, a gift certificate, or a Guest Pass for your purchase, please click here or call the ticket office at 515.277.6261 to make your reservation. Ticket office hours are Noon-3:00 PM, Tuesdays-Fridays.

Seating is assigned, based on when you purchased your tickets and the size of your group. If you need wheelchair-accessible seating or have other mobility, visual, or audio needs, please let us know in the Comments box at checkout. If you purchase more than one seat, everyone in your ticket order will be seated in adjacent seats. Click here to read our safety guidelines for in-person performances. Policies change and our website will reflect those changes and your Welcome email will contain expectations of all audience members at the performance which may include wearing a face mask.

Parking is available in the Shops at Roosevelt immediately north of The Playhouse and in the streets around the theatre. Limited handicap parking is available in The Playhouse parking lot. VIP parking in The Playhouse parking lot is available for purchase by clicking here.

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Performance Times:
10:00 AM Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 & Aug. 7, 2021
Special Events
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.


  • Penelope Square

    Kaelan Bohn

    Penelope Square
  • Sky Square

    Marquis Bundy

    Sky Square
  • Ms. Square / Mama Square

    Lexus Thiessen

    Ms. Square / Mama Square
  • Lily Polkadot

    Ashlyn Yu

    Lily Polkadot
  • Director

    Peter Dean

  • Music Director

    Tina Haase Findlay

    Music Director
  • Choreographer

    Antonesia Williams

  • Scenic Designer

    Alex Snodgrass

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Angela Lampe

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    David R. Kilpatrick

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Allyson Braun

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Greg Millar

    Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Aaliyah Trimble

    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Artistic Director

    Katy Merriman

    Artistic Director

Show Credits

Book by Melvin Tunstall III [50%]

Music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons [50%]

Lyrics by Douglas Lyons [50%]

Based on an original concept by Douglas Lyons [50%]

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, www.broadwaylicensing.com