2017 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Des Moines Kids and Families - dsm4kids.com

2017 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Des Moines Kids and Families

September kicks off the fall theatre season in Des Moines and families will find a packed playbill of shows to attend. Whether it’s a big Broadway show or a smaller one, specifically produced for kids, there are plenty of options to entertain the whole fam.  Check out our guide to fall theatre and shows in Des Moines for kids and families.

Note: Dates listed are performance beginning and end dates. Please call for specific performances dates and times within those ranges, as not all performances take place on a daily basis.

September

A Chorus Line 

September 8 – October 1, 2017; on the Mainstage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. There is some offensive language and situations which may be offensive to some, the show is best for kids ages 12+ up.

Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  Tickets start at $29.00.

The Reluctant Dragon

September 29, 2017; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  What happens when a little boy meets a poetry and song-loving dragon who doesn’t like to fight? They work together with the local Knight in Shining Armor to convince the rest of the town to accept the dragon. This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six.

Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $6.00.

October

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

October 6-15, 2017; presented by Ankeny Community Theatre.  An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Musical Comedy – Rated PG-13.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $18, Senior (60+) $15, Child (grades K-12) $12.

The Wright Stuff: First In Flight

October 9, 2017; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. Barely out of their teens, two plucky bicycle mechanics team with their studious sister to out-invent the world’s top scientists and achieve the timeless dream of flight. From their tiny workshop in Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright travel to North Carolina and launch the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight of an airplane, changing the world forever. Meant for kids in grades 3-8.

Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $5.

Something Rotten!

October 10–15, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. Direct from Broadway, Something Rotten! is set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – and tells the hilarious story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! There is some mature content and is best for kids ages 11+ up.

Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:00 pm. Tickets start at $35.00.

Hairspray Jr.

October 20 – 29, 2017; Des Moines Young Artist’s Theatre presents: Hairspray Jr. at the Stoner Studio Theater. A big musical about one girl’s dream of dancing and changing the world! It’s 1962 and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream–to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.

Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $24.50.

Dirty Dancing

October 21, 2017; on stage at CY Stephens Auditorium. Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing – this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” There is some mature content and is best for kids ages 12+ up.

Showtime is 7:30 pm.  Tickets start at $25.

The Little Red Hen

October 27, 2017; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  The Little Red Hen has to do all the work while the other animals are sleeping and playing. No one will help her bake the bread. What will happen when it’s time to eat the bread? This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six.

Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $6.00.

On Golden Pond

October 27 – November 12, 2017; on stage presented by the Tallgrass Theatre Co. on stage at The Rex Mathes Auditorium (Valley High School).  This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, still as tart-tongued as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $17.00.

November

The Color Purple

October 31– November 5, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.  There is some mature content and is best for kids 12+ up.

Showtimes are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:00 pm. Tickets start at $35.00.

The God Committee

November 2-5, 2017; presented by Ankeny Community Theatre.  Medicine, money and morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patrick’s Hospital have only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly come available. A cross between Twelve Angry Men and E.R., The God Committee takes us into the inner workings of a transplant program and a decision, for both their candidates and their program, that is a matter of life and death. Drama – Rated PG.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $18, Senior (60+) $15, Child (grades K-12) $12.

A Little House Christmas

November 3-26, 2017; on the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre stage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura Ingalls gather the whole family together at their home 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.

Showtimes are Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 1:00 and 4:00 pm.  Tickets start at $19.00.

Seussical Jr.

November 3-19, 2017; presented by Class Act Productions.  Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr, a fantastical musical extravaganza.  You’ll be transported from from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus while the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $15, Senior (63 and over) $12; Student (3-18) $10.

The Cat in the Hat

November 8, 2017; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with as he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. Meant for kids in grades 3-8.

Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $5.

The Frog Princess

November 17, 2017; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  The spoiled princess promises to kiss the frog if he retrieves her ball from the pond. What happens when she doesn’t keep her promise? This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six.

Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $6.00.

Miss Nelson is Missing

November 17-19, 2017; on stage at the Viking Events Theatre at Grandview University.  Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything — including hiring a private eye — to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back. This funny, delightful play is wonderful for the whole family to enjoy!

Showtimes: Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Children 12 and under are FREE. Grandview students, faculty and staff are free. General admission is $5.

Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big

November 22-26, 2017: at Wells Fargo Arena.  Enter a world where adventure is waiting at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Join the Disney Princesses as they learn that courage leads the way. Then watch Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.

Several showtimes are available.  Tickets start at $18.00.

December

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

December 1-23, 2017; on the Mainstage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Showtimes are Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 1:00 and 5:00 pm.  Tickets start at $29.00.

 

 

Did we miss something?  Please let us know at nicole@dsm4kids.com.

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