Calendar

Feb
19
Wed
The Choir of Man @ Civic Center
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?!?) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!

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

Feb
20
Thu
The Boy at the Edge of Everything @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm

After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge – the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything. Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who fills his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece puzzles, but longs for company. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving lots and lots of fireworks), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.  

Described as “interstellar surrealism,” The Boy at the Edge of Everything is an extraordinary journey of imagination and friendship by internationally acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. DMYAT is proud to present the Iowa premiere of this highly theatrical and inspiring story of a family we all know and the voyage we can only imagine.

Approximate Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 8+

Feb
21
Fri
Youth Matinee Series @ Stephens Auditorium
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am

Matinee performances designed to enhance school curricula are also open to the general public. All seats $4 in advance; $5 at the door. All ages and all group sizes are welcome. Scholarship admission is available for students enrolled in the federal lunch program. Please contact Sara Compton at scompton@iastate.edu or 515-294-7389 with questions.

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

Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting The Way

Friday, October 4, 2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Fisher Theater

Hikaru, Japan

Friday, October 4, 2019 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Maddi’s Fridge

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Maddi’s Fridge

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Chasing George Washington

Friday, November 1, 2019 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Monday, November 18, 2019 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Monday, November 18, 2019 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Heroines – Barjché 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Click, Clack, Moo

Monday, February 10, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Click, Clack, Moo

Monday, February 10, 2020 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Arts Midwest World Fest: CHOOR

Friday, February 21, 2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

The Diary of Anne Frank (SOLD OUT – wait list only)

Friday, March 27, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

The Diary of Anne Frank – ADDED PERFORMANCE!

Friday, March 27, 2020 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

ISU Symphony Orchestra

Friday, April 3, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Miss Nelson has a Field Day

Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Miss Nelson has a Field Day

Monday, April 6, 2020 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

The Pout-Pout Fish

Monday, April 27, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

The Pout-Pout Fish

Monday, April 27, 2020 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Of the Deep

Friday, May 1, 2020 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma @ Class Act Productions
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration which set the standard for modern musical theatre comes sweeping ‘cross the plains for audiences young and old

Performances February 21 – March 8, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Set in a Western Native American territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

Tinker Bell @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

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

Feb. 21-Mar. 8, 2020
Do you believe in fairies? Because they believe in you!
Of all the stories told about Neverland, Tinker Bell’s has gone untold. Until now. Witness the origin of one of the most famous fairies in literature, from her first encounters with cherished children’s characters like Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Wendy Darling, to her triumph at the Battle for Neverland.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert @ Civic Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

WITH THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

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

The Boy at the Edge of Everything @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge – the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything. Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who fills his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece puzzles, but longs for company. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving lots and lots of fireworks), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.  

Described as “interstellar surrealism,” The Boy at the Edge of Everything is an extraordinary journey of imagination and friendship by internationally acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. DMYAT is proud to present the Iowa premiere of this highly theatrical and inspiring story of a family we all know and the voyage we can only imagine.

Approximate Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 8+

Feb
22
Sat
Spectrum Stories @ Des Moines Playhouse
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am

Fall Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM Sept. 7-Oct. 26

Winter Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM Jan. 4-Feb. 29, 2020

Spring Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM * Mar. 28-Apr. 25, 2020

$5.00 per session (payable by check or cash at the door each session)

Join us for an fun hour of drama! Come to one session or come to all! Open to any student, Spectrum Stories is a theatre class experience designed for the unique interests and needs of students on the autism spectrum. Through storytelling, creative play, social interaction and non-verbal communication, your student can work on social skills, flexible thinking, self-expression, empathy for others and self-confidence. Siblings and friends are welcome as well. Pre-registration online at dmplayhouse.com is encouraged but drop-ins are also welcome!

An additional emergency contact form is available at the door specifically for those who tend to elope. Parents are asked to remain in the building during class time, and may accompany their child into class if they wish.

 

Tinker Bell @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm

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

Feb. 21-Mar. 8, 2020
Do you believe in fairies? Because they believe in you!
Of all the stories told about Neverland, Tinker Bell’s has gone untold. Until now. Witness the origin of one of the most famous fairies in literature, from her first encounters with cherished children’s characters like Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Wendy Darling, to her triumph at the Battle for Neverland.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert @ Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm

WITH THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

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

The Boy at the Edge of Everything @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm

After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge – the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything. Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who fills his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece puzzles, but longs for company. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving lots and lots of fireworks), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.  

Described as “interstellar surrealism,” The Boy at the Edge of Everything is an extraordinary journey of imagination and friendship by internationally acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. DMYAT is proud to present the Iowa premiere of this highly theatrical and inspiring story of a family we all know and the voyage we can only imagine.

Approximate Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 8+

Tinker Bell @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

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

Feb. 21-Mar. 8, 2020
Do you believe in fairies? Because they believe in you!
Of all the stories told about Neverland, Tinker Bell’s has gone untold. Until now. Witness the origin of one of the most famous fairies in literature, from her first encounters with cherished children’s characters like Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Wendy Darling, to her triumph at the Battle for Neverland.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma @ Class Act Productions
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration which set the standard for modern musical theatre comes sweeping ‘cross the plains for audiences young and old

Performances February 21 – March 8, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Set in a Western Native American territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

The Boy at the Edge of Everything @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge – the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything. Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who fills his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece puzzles, but longs for company. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving lots and lots of fireworks), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.  

Described as “interstellar surrealism,” The Boy at the Edge of Everything is an extraordinary journey of imagination and friendship by internationally acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. DMYAT is proud to present the Iowa premiere of this highly theatrical and inspiring story of a family we all know and the voyage we can only imagine.

Approximate Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 8+

Feb
23
Sun
Botanical Blues @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday Winter Concert Series
January-March 2020
2-4 p.m.

Take a break from the cold winter weather and join us for Botanical Blues! Botanical Blues is our annual concert series that runs Sundays January through March in the Conservatory. The series features some of the best blues in the Midwest, as well as food and drinks from Trellis Café. It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon fit for the whole family.

Jan. 5 Blue Two – Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen

Jan. 12 Bob Pace

Jan. 19 Cindy Grill and Alan Smith featuring Krista Haugland

Jan. 26 J.D. Flanagan and Pat Hemann

Feb. 2 The Drama Kings

Feb. 9 Ducharme-Jones

Feb. 16 Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps

Feb. 23 CeCe Stewart and the Radio Train

March 1 Del “Saxman” Jones and Scott Dawson

March 8 Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell

March 15 Bryce Janey

March 22 Dennis Kain

March 29 Matt Woods

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma @ Class Act Productions
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration which set the standard for modern musical theatre comes sweeping ‘cross the plains for audiences young and old

Performances February 21 – March 8, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Set in a Western Native American territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

The Boy at the Edge of Everything @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge – the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything. Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who fills his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece puzzles, but longs for company. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving lots and lots of fireworks), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.  

Described as “interstellar surrealism,” The Boy at the Edge of Everything is an extraordinary journey of imagination and friendship by internationally acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. DMYAT is proud to present the Iowa premiere of this highly theatrical and inspiring story of a family we all know and the voyage we can only imagine.

Approximate Run Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 8+

Feb
25
Tue
Anastasia @ Civic Center
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Willis Broadway Series

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Des Moines at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Age Recommendation: May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under

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

Feb
26
Wed
Anastasia @ Civic Center
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

Willis Broadway Series

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Des Moines at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Age Recommendation: May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under

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

Feb
27
Thu
Anastasia @ Civic Center
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

Willis Broadway Series

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Des Moines at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Age Recommendation: May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under

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