Apr
23
Tue
Youth Matinee Series @ Stephens Auditorium
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am

Since1999, the Iowa State Center’s Youth Matinee Series has connected children, parents, teachers, and schools with the performing arts in profound and meaningful ways, bringing performances to central Iowa that complement the school curriculum. This programming introduces students to new worlds and new ways of self-expression. By bringing your students/children to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. Live theater ignites the imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

Everyone is welcome! Performances are open to the public.

Admission is $5 at the door. Many performances sell out, so we encourage pre-registration to ensure you’ll get a seat. But mostly, we hope come to the show and share the arts with the young ones in your life.

This Is Not a Pipe Dream

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Sense and Sensibility

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

ISU Symphony

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Godspell

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

The Crucible

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

 

Apr
25
Thu
Proof @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
Drama – Rated PG-13

Director: Michael Porche
Assistant Director: Frank Sposeto
Stage Manager: Tammy Sposeto
Producer: Doug Moon

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Treasure Island @ Stoner Theater
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out.

Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge  sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in–and her dangerous voyage begins. 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling, highly-theatrical adaptation.

Commissioned by National Theater in London, this adaptation is a tribute to the wit, honor and resourcefulness of children and a reminder that girls need adventures, too.

DMYAT is proud to present this production with an all-female design team.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
with one intermission

Apr
26
Fri
Ella Enchanted @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm

APR 26 – MAY 12, 2019

Performance Times:7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name, with themes including determination and independence, you don’t miss this
girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Proof @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
Drama – Rated PG-13

Director: Michael Porche
Assistant Director: Frank Sposeto
Stage Manager: Tammy Sposeto
Producer: Doug Moon

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Treasure Island @ Stoner Theater
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out.

Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge  sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in–and her dangerous voyage begins. 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling, highly-theatrical adaptation.

Commissioned by National Theater in London, this adaptation is a tribute to the wit, honor and resourcefulness of children and a reminder that girls need adventures, too.

DMYAT is proud to present this production with an all-female design team.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
with one intermission

Apr
27
Sat
Ella Enchanted @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm

APR 26 – MAY 12, 2019

Performance Times:7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name, with themes including determination and independence, you don’t miss this
girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Treasure Island @ Stoner Theater
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out.

Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge  sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in–and her dangerous voyage begins. 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling, highly-theatrical adaptation.

Commissioned by National Theater in London, this adaptation is a tribute to the wit, honor and resourcefulness of children and a reminder that girls need adventures, too.

DMYAT is proud to present this production with an all-female design team.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
with one intermission

Ella Enchanted @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

APR 26 – MAY 12, 2019

Performance Times:7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name, with themes including determination and independence, you don’t miss this
girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Masterworks 6: Simon Sings Porgy & Bess @ Civic Center
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
Program

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture

BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms

GERSHWIN  Music from Porgy & Bess

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Simon Estesbass-baritone

Luther College Nordic Choir

Andrew Last, Director

Proof @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
Drama – Rated PG-13

Director: Michael Porche
Assistant Director: Frank Sposeto
Stage Manager: Tammy Sposeto
Producer: Doug Moon

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Treasure Island @ Stoner Theater
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out.

Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge  sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in–and her dangerous voyage begins. 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling, highly-theatrical adaptation.

Commissioned by National Theater in London, this adaptation is a tribute to the wit, honor and resourcefulness of children and a reminder that girls need adventures, too.

DMYAT is proud to present this production with an all-female design team.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
with one intermission

Apr
28
Sun
Ella Enchanted @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm

APR 26 – MAY 12, 2019

Performance Times:7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name, with themes including determination and independence, you don’t miss this
girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Proof @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

Drama – Rated PG-13

Director: Michael Porche
Assistant Director: Frank Sposeto
Stage Manager: Tammy Sposeto
Producer: Doug Moon

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Treasure Island @ Stoner Theater
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out.

Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge  sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in–and her dangerous voyage begins. 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling, highly-theatrical adaptation.

Commissioned by National Theater in London, this adaptation is a tribute to the wit, honor and resourcefulness of children and a reminder that girls need adventures, too.

DMYAT is proud to present this production with an all-female design team.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
with one intermission

Masterworks 6: Simon Sings Porgy & Bess @ Civic Center
Apr 28 @ 2:30 pm
Program

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture

BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms

GERSHWIN  Music from Porgy & Bess

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Simon Estesbass-baritone

Luther College Nordic Choir

Andrew Last, Director

Ella Enchanted @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm

APR 26 – MAY 12, 2019

Performance Times:7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name, with themes including determination and independence, you don’t miss this
girl-power spin on the Cinderella story that’s a fairy tale like no other.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Apr
29
Mon
Youth Matinee Series @ Stephens Auditorium
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am

Since1999, the Iowa State Center’s Youth Matinee Series has connected children, parents, teachers, and schools with the performing arts in profound and meaningful ways, bringing performances to central Iowa that complement the school curriculum. This programming introduces students to new worlds and new ways of self-expression. By bringing your students/children to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. Live theater ignites the imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

Everyone is welcome! Performances are open to the public.

Admission is $5 at the door. Many performances sell out, so we encourage pre-registration to ensure you’ll get a seat. But mostly, we hope come to the show and share the arts with the young ones in your life.

This Is Not a Pipe Dream

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Sense and Sensibility

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

ISU Symphony

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Godspell

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

The Crucible

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

 

Apr
30
Tue
School of Rock @ Civic Center
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”

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

May
1
Wed
School of Rock @ Civic Center
May 1 @ 7:30 pm

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”

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