Jun
3
Mon
Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase @ Civic Center
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm

Feel the energy of hundreds of amazing student performers representing 68 participating Iowa high schools, as they share highlights from their award-winning school musicals!

This unforgettable evening of entertainment is a celebration of the important contributions of Iowa’s high school drama programs. Throughout the year, theater professionals traveled across the state to review high school musical productions. Now, students from those schools will come together to share highlights from their productions on the Civic Center stage and to receive honors for their work in performance, technical and creative categories. In addition, students will work under the direction of a guest Broadway music director and choreographer to give the best performances of their young lives. You’ll even see dreams come true when two students learn they will represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City this summer.

This is a not-to-be-missed evening for anyone who loves musicals and believes in the power of the arts to impact young people.

Jun
5
Wed
Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour @ Civic Center
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm
Nickelodeon star and YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa is embarking on her first multi-city, live concert tour: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour including a stop at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Siwa connects with her fans through many channels: via social media she has over 8.1 million subscribers with over 1.7 billion views on YouTube, she has over 7.4 million followers on Instagram, over 389,000 Twitter followers, over 17.1 million followers on TikTok, and almost 500,000 likes on Facebook; through her SIWANATOR club, which stands against negativity and bullying; through her global reach of consumer products including her signature bows, accessories, apparel, arts and crafts, cosmetics, home goods and party supplies; and with her hugely popular singles, “Boomerang,” which has been viewed almost 608 million times and is certified platinum, “Kid in a Candy Store,” “Hold The Drama,” and “High Top Shoes.”

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
7
Fri
Pyramid Theatre Company: Too Heavy For Your Pocket @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
From the mind of Pyramid Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director Member and rising national playwright Jireh Breon Holder comes Too Heavy For Your Pocket. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. The interactive direction from Producing Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson brings audiences right into the thick of the Civil Rights movement and provides lens to the Black experience in times injustice.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert @ Civic Center
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
Experience Star Wars like never before! Jump in the Millennium Falcon and journey to Tatooine, Alderaan and beyond with a complete showing of Star Wars: A New Hope in high-definition, on a giant screen, with John Williams’ Oscar®-winning score played live by the Des Moines Symphony. Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, battles the evil empire and learns the ways of the Force in the iconic film that started it all.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
8
Sat
Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert @ Civic Center
Jun 8 @ 1:30 pm
Experience Star Wars like never before! Jump in the Millennium Falcon and journey to Tatooine, Alderaan and beyond with a complete showing of Star Wars: A New Hope in high-definition, on a giant screen, with John Williams’ Oscar®-winning score played live by the Des Moines Symphony. Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, battles the evil empire and learns the ways of the Force in the iconic film that started it all.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Pyramid Theatre Company: How I Learned What I Learned @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm
From the Pulitzer Prize winner who brought the world Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Pyramid Theatre Company returns to our August Wilson roots (Fences 2014). The life of the playwright August Wilson is brought to us in a one-man show filled with laughs and contemplation in which Wilson reflects on his experiences in everyday life and within the arts, specifically his inspiration and completion of the infamous Pittsburgh Cycle. With direction from the Cloris Leachman Award Nominee Tiffany Johnson, audiences get an inside look and experience the life of one of the greatest Black playwrights in American history drafted from his own words.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
9
Sun
Pyramid Theatre Company: Too Heavy For Your Pocket @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
From the mind of Pyramid Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director Member and rising national playwright Jireh Breon Holder comes Too Heavy For Your Pocket. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. The interactive direction from Producing Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson brings audiences right into the thick of the Civil Rights movement and provides lens to the Black experience in times injustice.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
14
Fri
Pyramid Theatre Company: How I Learned What I Learned @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm
From the Pulitzer Prize winner who brought the world Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Pyramid Theatre Company returns to our August Wilson roots (Fences 2014). The life of the playwright August Wilson is brought to us in a one-man show filled with laughs and contemplation in which Wilson reflects on his experiences in everyday life and within the arts, specifically his inspiration and completion of the infamous Pittsburgh Cycle. With direction from the Cloris Leachman Award Nominee Tiffany Johnson, audiences get an inside look and experience the life of one of the greatest Black playwrights in American history drafted from his own words.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
15
Sat
Pyramid Theatre Company: Too Heavy For Your Pocket @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
From the mind of Pyramid Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director Member and rising national playwright Jireh Breon Holder comes Too Heavy For Your Pocket. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. The interactive direction from Producing Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson brings audiences right into the thick of the Civil Rights movement and provides lens to the Black experience in times injustice.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
16
Sun
Pyramid Theatre Company: Too Heavy For Your Pocket @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm
From the mind of Pyramid Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director Member and rising national playwright Jireh Breon Holder comes Too Heavy For Your Pocket. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. The interactive direction from Producing Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson brings audiences right into the thick of the Civil Rights movement and provides lens to the Black experience in times injustice.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
21
Fri
Pyramid Theatre Company: How I Learned What I Learned @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
From the Pulitzer Prize winner who brought the world Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Pyramid Theatre Company returns to our August Wilson roots (Fences 2014). The life of the playwright August Wilson is brought to us in a one-man show filled with laughs and contemplation in which Wilson reflects on his experiences in everyday life and within the arts, specifically his inspiration and completion of the infamous Pittsburgh Cycle. With direction from the Cloris Leachman Award Nominee Tiffany Johnson, audiences get an inside look and experience the life of one of the greatest Black playwrights in American history drafted from his own words.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
22
Sat
Bill Gaither & The Gaither Vocal Band @ Civic Center
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm

Multi-GRAMMY award winner Bill Gaither will host a spectacular evening of music, laughter, and encouragement featuring the talent of the prestigious Gaither Vocal Band at the Des Moines Civic Center.

The Gaither Vocal Band will share timeless gospel classics, as well as refreshing, inspiring new favorites embraced by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Few events have the ability to unite individuals from all walks of life the way Gaither concerts do. “The longer I live, the more I learn to appreciate the here and now – this moment – this place in life – this group of people with whom I am privileged to collaborate,” states Gaither Vocal Band founder and bass singer, Bill Gaither.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Pyramid Theatre Company: Too Heavy For Your Pocket @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm
From the mind of Pyramid Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director Member and rising national playwright Jireh Breon Holder comes Too Heavy For Your Pocket. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. The interactive direction from Producing Artistic Director Tiffany Johnson brings audiences right into the thick of the Civil Rights movement and provides lens to the Black experience in times injustice.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
23
Sun
Pyramid Theatre Company: How I Learned What I Learned @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm
From the Pulitzer Prize winner who brought the world Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Pyramid Theatre Company returns to our August Wilson roots (Fences 2014). The life of the playwright August Wilson is brought to us in a one-man show filled with laughs and contemplation in which Wilson reflects on his experiences in everyday life and within the arts, specifically his inspiration and completion of the infamous Pittsburgh Cycle. With direction from the Cloris Leachman Award Nominee Tiffany Johnson, audiences get an inside look and experience the life of one of the greatest Black playwrights in American history drafted from his own words.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

 

Jun
25
Tue
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jun
26
Wed
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jun
27
Thu
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jun
28
Fri
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jun
29
Sat
The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

The Play That Goes Wrong @ Civic Center
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A Gut-Busting Hit” (The New York Times) and “The Funniest Play Broadway Has Ever Seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A Riotous Explosion of Ccomedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “Tons Of Fun For All Ages” (HuffPost) and “Comic Gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.