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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 June 2016
Groups of 15+, make your evening/weekend reservations for evening and weekend shows by contacting Lee Ann Bakros,515-974-5358.

 

Holes*
Feb. 24-Mar. 12, 2017
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Based on the award-winning book by Louis Sachar, Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, who continues his family’s curse of bad luck and finds himself at Camp Green Lake, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. But this isn’t any ordinary camp; the boys are forced to dig day in and day out in search of historic treasure.

 

The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein 
Mar. 17 – Apr. 9, 2017
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $35 Adults, $25 Students
From the creators of The Producers comes this wickedly inspired re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein story! Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein) finally succeeds in creating a monster to rival his grandfather’s, but not without some hilarious complications. With the help of his hunchbacked side-kick Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gore”), a leggy lab assistant, Inga, and fiancée Elizabeth, Frederick sets to work back in Transylvania to finish what his family started long ago.

 

Fancy Nancy The Musical*
Apr. 28 – May 21, 2017
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday (1:00 PM only, Sunday,May 22)
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. She loves her frilly bedroom, her lace-trimmed socks, and will take any chance she gets to show-off her fancy French! But when Nancy finds out that Wanda was picked to be the star mermaid of their first dance recital and Nancy is forced to play a tree, she must learn kindness and find the “fancy flair” in her new role.

 

Steel Magnolias
June 2-18, 2017
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $28 Adults, $25 Students
Steel Magnolias is the story of six unlikely friends: the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy who dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; Truvy’s eager new assistant, Annelle, who is not sure whether or not she is still married; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

 

The Music Man
July 14-Aug. 6, 2017
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
There’s trouble in River City! Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill cons Iowa-stubborn citizens by convincing them to purchase instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band. But his plans to skip town with the money are thwarted when he meets Marian, the librarian, and falls in love… first with her, and then with the town. The Music Man is Meredith Willson’s tribute to his home state, and one of the Playhouse’s most-requested musicals.

 

A Chorus Line
Sept. 8-Oct. 1, 2017
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
Seventeen dancers audition for eight ensemble roles in the next Big Broadway Musical. From tap dance sensation Mike to Cassie, a former featured performer now begging for any role, each one has a story and unique reason for performing. A Chorus Line shows what actors do for love of the theatre in a life that is demanding, heartbreaking, and exhilarating. A Chorus Line is one singular sensation!

 

Choices
Oct. 13-29, 2017
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $29 Students
World Premiere! Liz is a recent widow with a bad dating track record. Her spunky friends each set her up with a different guy, manipulating things along the way, of course. In the hilarious intrigue that follows, Liz finds out just how difficult making choices can be. Choices, where the women are smart and the humor is sharp, is the latest comedy by Des Moines playwright Karen Schaeffer, author of Girls’ Weekend, a hit in the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Season.

 

A Little House Christmas*
Nov. 3-20, 2017
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday (1:00 PM only, Sunday, Nov. 20)
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura Ingalls gather the whole family together at their home in Kansas to celebrate the holidays. When a natural disaster strikes, it seems like Santa won’t be able to make it! But Christmas is a time for miracles, and Laura and Mary are determined to help ensure Ma and Pa don’t have a gift-less holiday. Based on the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Little House Christmas is a perfect way for families to kick off the holiday season.

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid*
Dec. 1-24, 2017
Shows: 7:00 PM Friday, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM, Saturday-Sunday (1:00 PM only, Sunday, Dec. 24)
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
Ariel may have fins, but she wants nothing more than to leave her kingdom under the sea. After saving Prince Eric from a storm at sea, she knows she’s in love and her father will never understand. But when Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, to experience the life she’s dreamed of, things go terribly wrong. Make “The Little Mermaid” part of your family’s world this holiday season!

 

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.

 

Misery
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.

 

Ragtime
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.