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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 April 2018
Groups of 15+, make your evening/weekend reservations for evening and weekend shows by contacting Lee Ann Bakros,515-974-5358.

The July 2018 show will be announced Jan. 8, 2018.

The September 2018-August 2019 season will be announced Feb. 26, 2018.


Elephant & Piggie’s: “We Are in a Play!”*
Jan. 5-21, 2018
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday (1:00 PM only, Sunday, Jan. 21)
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
From the pages of Mo Willem’s beloved books comes a musical adventure that will have families rolling with laughter. Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie, a pig, are “bestus” friends. Gerald worries about their friendship, but Piggie is completely confident, especially because they’re invited to a party! Through singing and dancing, the pair learns important lessons about the meaning of friendship, and what to wear to a fancy pool party.


Jan. 26-Feb. 11, 2018
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $29 Students
A horrible automobile accident nearly claims best-selling author Paul Sheldon’s life. Luckily, his biggest fan, Annie, is there to save him and nurse him. It doesn’t take long, however, for Paul to realize he is living a nightmare. Completely at Annie’s psychopathic mercy, he’s unsure if he’ll make it out alive after all. Based on the book by Stephen King, Misery will have audiences on the edges of their seats.


Miss Nelson is Missing!*
Feb. 23-Mar. 11, 2018
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday (1:00 PM only, Sunday, Mar. 11)
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Miss Nelson’s class is the worst in the whole school. Why? She’s just too nice. One day, Miss Nelson doesn’t show up and the evil substitute teacher Viola Swamp takes her place. Under Swamp’s tyranny, the students begin to see the error of their ways. Based on the book by Harry G. Allard Jr. and James Marshall.


Apr. 6-29, 2018
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Three families — embodied by an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant, and a Harlem musician — cross paths and their lives intertwine in pursuit of the American Dream. After a tragedy, people discover they have more in common than anyone thought. Based on the best-selling book by E.L. Doctorow with a Tony Award-winning score, Ragtime is a powerful and inspiring portrait of America, and musical theatre storytelling at its finest.

*Children’s Theatre productions 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 Lee Ann Bakros, group sales director, at 515-974-5358.