SelfieThe Des Moines Community Playhouse Takes Care of You Like No One Else!

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.

*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.