2022 Capital Campaign

Why Give

Be a Part of Their Future

With more than 100 years of uninterrupted service, The Playhouse is among the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the U.S.

The kids in our community rely upon this theatre. This is where many find a sense of belonging they experience nowhere else. Our new facility will maintain a family atmosphere, be welcoming to all, and continue to serve as a community facility — one which is planned, constructed, and utilized for the enjoyment of the community.

But we can’t do it without people like you. Begin today and enrich our community for future generations.

“Thank you, again, for all you do for the children and families in our community. The education and other resources The Playhouse provides truly make our world a better place!”

Education Parent

Enriching the Community through…

Children’s Theatre

Since its opening, the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre has presented programming for young audiences, served as a classroom, and hosted a variety of fundraising events including our 100th Year Anniversary Cast party and Celebration Dinner.

Today, it remains an integral part of The Playhouse’s offerings to the community.

Theatre Education

Education classes began as early as 1928, shortly after the theatre acquired its first permanent home. Through the early years, educational activities continued to expand. And by 1949, the Junior Theatre was born and its first production, The Five Little Peppers debuted. It was so well received by the community that the theatre’s board of directors realized the children of Des Moines were starved for live theatre.

Facilities

With community support, we were able to make major renovations five years ago to a building we call home. Unfortunately, the children’s theatre, classrooms, costume and properties departments, and the staff offices were left untouched due to budget constraints.

These new facilities will play a huge role for a more collaborative, safe, and theatrical experience for both staff and the kids.

Today Begins With You

With this new facility and improvements, we will serve the whole community, providing age-appropriate educational offerings and entertainment in a safe and comfortable environment. Here’s where your roles begins. We are asking YOU, to help us enhance the arts in the region by giving to our capital campaign.

Today Begins With You

With this new facility and improvements, we will serve the whole community, providing age-appropriate educational offerings and entertainment in a safe and comfortable environment. Here’s where your roles begins. We are asking YOU, to help us enhance the arts in the region by giving to our capital campaign.

The Playhouse Impact

15,000+
Attendance at Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre

450
Volunteers contributed

32,000
Volunteer hours

10,000
People are reached through education and outreach programs

500
Returning students each year

1,200
Students enrollment

The Playhouse Impact

15,000+
Attendance at Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre

450
Volunteers contributed

32,000
Volunteer hours

10,000
People are reached through education and outreach programs

500
Returning students each year

1,200
Students enrollment

From Today’s Shortcomings to
Tomorrow’s Benefits

The Playhouse youth theatre facilities have not evolved to meet the needs of the modern audiences. Our seating is uncomfortable and inflexible. Our theatre technology was minimal 26 years ago and hasn’t grown. Our support spaces are not fully capable of serving all participants who want to experience theatre. We do not have enough classroom spaces to accommodate the ever-changing demand.

It’s time to correct that problem. See how today’s shortcomings turn into tomorrow’s benefits.

Education

Today’s Shortcomings

Not enough space to meet current demand.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Increase classrooms, expand storage, add dressing rooms to allow educational programming to grow.

Seating Capacity, Safety & Configuration

Today’s Shortcomings

Virtually fixed seating.

Our current system of snow fencing and homemade railings provide minimal stability.

2 days needed to convert to any other configuration.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Completely adaptive.

More modern seating system will be adaptive to provide secure handrails and prevent seats slipping.

Minimal time required to create a special environment to meet the needs of the performance.

Additional Backstage Space

Today’s Shortcomings

Minimal, with the inclusion of hallways for temporary storage during performances.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Construction of dedicated storage system that will allow for maximum flexibility and accommodate performance requirements.

Lighting

Today’s Shortcomings

27-year-old dimmer system and wiring with minimal upgrades to instruments.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

State-of-the-art, energy-efficient theatrical lighting with opportunities for technical theatre classes and a control system that will allow for mentoring and monitoring during the production.

Sound & Music

Today’s Shortcomings

15-year-old speaker and mixing board, borrowing microphones from the John Viars Theatre for musicals.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

State-of-the-art dedicated sound system that will provide positive theatre experiences for performers and audiences and upgraded acoustics to incorporate modern developments.

Costume Shop

Today’s Shortcomings

Current shop is located in inaccessible location with inadequate ventilation or appropriate lighting. The floor is not safe for older volunteers.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Moved to a space on an exterior wall, allowing for appropriate venting, natural lighting, improved cell phone reception, and a more collaborative environment.

Climate Control System

Today’s Shortcomings

Current system has exceeded the lifespan of equipment and is unable to meet OSHA’s highest recommendations.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Energy efficient, state-of-the-art, with appropriate filtering systems and better control systems.

Staff Offices

Today’s Shortcomings

Current staff offices are scattered throughout the building with inadequate connectivity, poor climate control and no access to natural light.

Tomorrow’s Benefits

Moved to a space on an exterior wall, allowing for natural lighting and interconnectivity with the outside world as well as centralized communication between all administrative positions.

How to Contribute

Become a Star in The Playhouse Future

Gifts of every size matter. Your contribution will continue to enrich the lives of many people and modernize our artistic home and community asset. There are many ways to donate, you can send a check or donate online by using the button below.

For more information about being a part of the 2022 Capital Campaign, please contact Ryan Crane, Director of Philanthropy, at 515.974.5370 or rcrane@dmplayhouse.com.

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