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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 Debbie Jacobson, 515-974-5361.

*Ella Enchanted
Apr. 26-May 12, 2019
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 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.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Presented by Infomax Office Systems
Sept. 6-29, 2019
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students

The knock-’em-dead, uproarious hit of the most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season!
A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder.

*Freaky Friday
Presented by Nationwide
Oct. 18-Nov. 3, 2019
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
How freaky would it be if you turned into your mother?!
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. 

*A Christmas Story, The Musical
Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience
Dec. 6-23, 2019
Shows: 7:00 PM Fridays, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays, 7:00 PM Monday Dec. 23
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
We triple dog dare you to see this show!
Follow Ralphie Parker on his journey to procure the greatest Christmas gift of all time: an Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine-Action BB Gun! Beat the holiday blues with this hilarious, nostalgic romp.

*James and the Giant Peach
Presented by Nationwide
Jan. 3-19, 2020
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Adventures this big don’t grow on trees!
Recently orphaned James Trotter finds himself free of his cruel and repulsive aunts. He escapes in a giant peach with some peculiar occupants, sailing halfway across the world, encountering danger and excitement every step of the way.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $24 Students
“Where there’s hope, there’s life.” – Anne Frank
In a powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic. This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

*Tinker Bell
Presented by Nationwide
Feb. 21-Mar. 8, 2020
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Do you believe in fairies? Because they believe in you!
Of all the stories told about Neverland, Tinker Bell’s has gone untold. Until now. Witness the origin of one of the most famous fairies in literature, from her first encounters with cherished children’s characters like Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Wendy Darling, to her triumph at the Battle for Neverland.

Singin’ in the Rain
Sponsored by Edward Jones
Mar. 13-Apr. 5, 2020
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
What a Glorious Feeling!
Silent movies are out. “Talkies” are in! Unfortunately for famed movie star Don Lockwood, his leading lady’s comically harsh and squeaky voice is ill-suited for the switch. When their next film is converted into a talking picture, the studio must bring in aspiring actress Kathy Selden to voice all of its female star’s speaking and singing parts. Sparks fly between Kathy and Don in this charming love story that will give everyone the same glorious feeling they get when singing in the rain.

*Pippi Longstocking
Presented by Nationwide
Apr. 24-May 17, 2020
Shows: 7:00 Fridays, 1:00 & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Groups of 15+: $18 Adults, $15 Students
Rules are made to be broken.
Her father is a pirate captain. Her mother is an angel. She does her own thing. Pippi Longstocking will always come out on top no matter who she’s up against, whether the head of the Child Welfare Board, naughty burglars, or thieves with an eye on her pirate gold.

Leaving Iowa
Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy
May 19-June 14, 2020
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $29 Adults, $24 Students
For anyone who’s ever been on a family vacation and laughed to tell about it.
Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, returns home to put his father’s ashes to rest. When Don discovers that Grandma’s house in now a grocery store, he has a new mission – to trek across Iowa to find a proper resting place – and he’s dragging his entire family along with him! Join Don and his family on a family road trip that will bring them face to face with colorful characters from a motormouth waitress to eccentric Civil War reenactors and more.

*Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
July 10-Agu. 2, 2020
Shows: 7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 PM Sundays
Groups of 15+: $36 Adults, $29 Students
Magical. Mischievous. Miraculous.
The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

*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.

Click here to be redirected to the School Matinee page for complete details.

 

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 Debbie Jacobson, ticket office manager, at 515-974-5361.