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Volunteer ambassadors are a hallmark of the Playhouse’s group program. All are passionate about live theatre. They will give your group personal attention, help you to your seats, answer questions, and even share a few behind-the-scenes stories.

We offer quality shows at a great value. Group discounts of 10-20% are available for all shows, with minimums of 15. Escort(s) and driver receive complimentary tickets.

Make your visit unique with a post-show Meet the Actors Q&A, talkback, or backstage tour. These unforgettable experiences are exclusive to groups and available, free, upon request.

Group policies: We’ll send you an invoice for a 20% deposit, due within 10 days of receipt. This deposit, fully refundable 30 days or more before your performance date, is required to hold your reservation. Your final count is due 30 days out. An invoice for the balance in full will be sent to you, with payment due 21 days prior to your reservation date. There are no refunds after 21 days. All orders subject to service fees.

Evening/Weekend Shows Through August 2019
Groups of 15+, make your evening/weekend reservations for evening and weekend shows by contacting Shelby Jensen, 515-974-5361.


Mamma Mia!
July 13-28, 2018
Note: This show will be performed at the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, West Des Moines, as the Playhouse will be undergoing renovations.
Shows: 7:30 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $24 Students
Who said a wedding couldn’t be this much fun?
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island last visited 20 years ago. The magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, romance, and friendship. Everyone’s having the time of their lives!

Billy Elliot the Musical
Oct. 5-28, 2018
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
All you really have to do is shine!
Set in a northern English mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, “Billy Elliot” is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy’s journey starts when he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class. There he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever. 

*The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Presented by Nationwide
Nov. 2-25, 2018
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
They showed up for the free cookies and stayed, much to the town’s dismay.
Now in its 18th year, the Des Moines Community Playhouse offers one of the community’s most beloved performance traditions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In this hilarious holiday classic, a mother struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

*Elf – The Musical
Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2018
Shows: 7:00 PM Fridays, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
It’s a sparklejollytwinklejingley time of the year!
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. Buddy travels to New York City where he learns his dad doesn’t believe in Santa Claus! The Playhouse presents the regional debut of this holiday show for the whole family.

*The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Presented by Nationwide
Jan. 4-20, 2019
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
Friendship is the true adventure.
Based on Kate DiCamillo’s book, this is a story of friendship and finding oneself. Edward Tulane is a very happy and very self-centered toy rabbit. After accidentally being tossed from a boat, Edward goes on a journey of discovery, meeting many characters including a hobo, a fisherman, and a four-year-old girl with tuberculosis. Over the course of his adventures, Edward finally learns how to love and care for others.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Jan. 25-Feb. 10, 2019
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $24 Students
Sherlock Holmes was never more fun!
The iconic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are joined by a cast of 40 quirky characters played by just five actors. Based on the 1902 novella The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing in the aisles.

*Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Presented by Nationwide
Feb. 22-Mar. 10, 2019
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
Join Judy and Stink for their swashbuckling adventures on Artichoke Island!
Based on the hit children’s book series by Megan McDonald, the whole family will love joining in the adventure as Judy and Stink find hidden clues, unlock secret codes, and solve tricky puzzles.

Catch Me If You Can
Mar. 22-Apr. 14, 2019
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
The charm. The con. The chase.
Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. Based on the hit film and incredible true story.

*Ella Enchanted
Apr. 26-May 12, 2019
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
A fairy tale with girl-power!
Ella was given the “gift” of obedience as a baby and must obey any direct order, no matter how ridiculous. When circumstances change, Ella becomes a servant in her own home. She begins her search for a way to break her childhood curse and pursue her dreams. Don’t miss this girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Silent Sky
May 30-June 16, 2019
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $24 Students
They set their sights on the stars and changed science forever.
Silent Sky tells the untold stories of female astronomers through the eyes of a real scientist Henrietta Leavitt, a female “computer” at Harvard College Observatory. This true story of 19th-century astronomer, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications.

*Disney’s Newsies
July 12-Aug. 4, 2019
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
These kids deliver!
This smash hit Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film, is inspired by the New York newsboys’ strike of 1899. When publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the expense of the delivery boys, Jack Kelly and friends, all teenage “newsies,” must fight for what’s right. Filled with high-energy action and dance numbers, this musical comedy drama is fun for the whole family.

*Family friendly productions, most appropriate for ages 5 and up.


The Playhouse also offers the Final Act Ensemble a group that performs classic and original radio plays, including commercials. Programs available for youth, adult, and multi-generational audiences.

School Matinees

School matinee reservations may be made by contacting Robin Spahr, education director, 515-974-5365.

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Backstage Tours

Each tour is tailor-made to the needs of the group. School children of all ages, Scouts, families, theatre aficionados, tour groups: everyone loves going behind-the-scenes to see things from an actor’s point of view. Stand backstage in the wings, see where the costumes are sewn, peer into the props room, and learn a little theatre lingo!

Time needed: 20-45 minutes

Cost: Complimentary in conjunction with a performance or workshop, otherwise $4/person

Contact Robin Spahr, education director, at 515-974-5365.


For more information on group opportunities, contact Shelby Jensen, ticket office manager, at 515-974-5361.