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Nov
22
Fri
Friday Funday @ Des Moines Playhouse
Nov 22 @ 9:30 am

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6
Great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.  Show times are 9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday.

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. A new story is presented each month, October through May. Children learn the Clubhouse pledge and secret handshake, and listen for the word of the day.

Oct. 25: The Princess and the Pea

A true princess is courageous and kind, and beautiful both inside and out. Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will Princess Penelope pass the test?

Nov. 22: The Emperor’s New Clothes

The vain and foolish emperor loves to show off the newest trends to his people. When two scoundrels weave a suit of cloth so light and fine it looks invisible, only a young boy has the courage to say what everyone is thinking: The Emperor is in his underwear!

Dec. 13: The Little Engine That Could

Who will take the presents to the children on the other side of the mountain?  When everyone else refuses, the smallest of all the engines volunteers to help. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…I thought I could!

Jan. 10: The Brave Little Tailor

After slaying seven flies with one swat, can one little tailor use brains instead of brawn to get the best of some goofy giants and a crafty king?  It’s not her fault if, along the way, a giant thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it?

Feb. 7: The Mitten

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing.  As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

Mar. 6: Rapunzel

Rapunzel has been locked away in the tower by the witch, with only the forest animals to talk and sing to. Will she be rescued by the prince, or can she rescue herself?

Apr. 3: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A naughty shepherd has played one too many tricks on the village. What happens when they don’t believe him anymore? Will it be too late for the sheep, or will they take matters into their own hands?

May 8: The Brementon Musicians

The donkey brays, the dog howls, the cat meows, and the rooster crows.  See what happens when a group of sassy animals on their way to audition for The Voice meets up with a gang of rowdy robbers.

 

Friday Funday @ Des Moines Playhouse
Nov 22 @ 10:45 am

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6
Great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.  Show times are 9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday.

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. A new story is presented each month, October through May. Children learn the Clubhouse pledge and secret handshake, and listen for the word of the day.

Oct. 25: The Princess and the Pea

A true princess is courageous and kind, and beautiful both inside and out. Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will Princess Penelope pass the test?

Nov. 22: The Emperor’s New Clothes

The vain and foolish emperor loves to show off the newest trends to his people. When two scoundrels weave a suit of cloth so light and fine it looks invisible, only a young boy has the courage to say what everyone is thinking: The Emperor is in his underwear!

Dec. 13: The Little Engine That Could

Who will take the presents to the children on the other side of the mountain?  When everyone else refuses, the smallest of all the engines volunteers to help. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…I thought I could!

Jan. 10: The Brave Little Tailor

After slaying seven flies with one swat, can one little tailor use brains instead of brawn to get the best of some goofy giants and a crafty king?  It’s not her fault if, along the way, a giant thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it?

Feb. 7: The Mitten

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing.  As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

Mar. 6: Rapunzel

Rapunzel has been locked away in the tower by the witch, with only the forest animals to talk and sing to. Will she be rescued by the prince, or can she rescue herself?

Apr. 3: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A naughty shepherd has played one too many tricks on the village. What happens when they don’t believe him anymore? Will it be too late for the sheep, or will they take matters into their own hands?

May 8: The Brementon Musicians

The donkey brays, the dog howls, the cat meows, and the rooster crows.  See what happens when a group of sassy animals on their way to audition for The Voice meets up with a gang of rowdy robbers.

 

Friday Funday @ Des Moines Playhouse
Nov 22 @ 1:30 pm

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6
Great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.  Show times are 9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday.

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. A new story is presented each month, October through May. Children learn the Clubhouse pledge and secret handshake, and listen for the word of the day.

Oct. 25: The Princess and the Pea

A true princess is courageous and kind, and beautiful both inside and out. Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will Princess Penelope pass the test?

Nov. 22: The Emperor’s New Clothes

The vain and foolish emperor loves to show off the newest trends to his people. When two scoundrels weave a suit of cloth so light and fine it looks invisible, only a young boy has the courage to say what everyone is thinking: The Emperor is in his underwear!

Dec. 13: The Little Engine That Could

Who will take the presents to the children on the other side of the mountain?  When everyone else refuses, the smallest of all the engines volunteers to help. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…I thought I could!

Jan. 10: The Brave Little Tailor

After slaying seven flies with one swat, can one little tailor use brains instead of brawn to get the best of some goofy giants and a crafty king?  It’s not her fault if, along the way, a giant thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it?

Feb. 7: The Mitten

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing.  As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

Mar. 6: Rapunzel

Rapunzel has been locked away in the tower by the witch, with only the forest animals to talk and sing to. Will she be rescued by the prince, or can she rescue herself?

Apr. 3: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A naughty shepherd has played one too many tricks on the village. What happens when they don’t believe him anymore? Will it be too late for the sheep, or will they take matters into their own hands?

May 8: The Brementon Musicians

The donkey brays, the dog howls, the cat meows, and the rooster crows.  See what happens when a group of sassy animals on their way to audition for The Voice meets up with a gang of rowdy robbers.

 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Civic Center
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Des Moines Civic Center to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 19 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Nov
23
Sat
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Civic Center
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Des Moines Civic Center to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 19 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Civic Center
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Des Moines Civic Center to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 19 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Nov
24
Sun
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Civic Center
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Des Moines Civic Center to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 19 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Civic Center
Nov 24 @ 6:30 pm

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Des Moines Civic Center to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 19 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Nov
26
Tue
Irish Christmas in America @ Temple Theater
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm

The hugely popular IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning lrish group, Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2019.

Nov
29
Fri
Comedy Experiment @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for another season of comedy in the Stoner Theater with Comedy XPeriment.

Comedy XPeriment is the longest running improvisation troupe in central Iowa. Its flagship year, 2003, saw a veteran and enthusiastic group of performers abandon the comfort of scripts in pursuit of the greatest untold story. Through the years, CXP has continued its mission of bringing high quality improvisation to central Iowa in the most unique and spontaneous ways imaginable!

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

Nov
30
Sat
Comedy Experiment @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for another season of comedy in the Stoner Theater with Comedy XPeriment.

Comedy XPeriment is the longest running improvisation troupe in central Iowa. Its flagship year, 2003, saw a veteran and enthusiastic group of performers abandon the comfort of scripts in pursuit of the greatest untold story. Through the years, CXP has continued its mission of bringing high quality improvisation to central Iowa in the most unique and spontaneous ways imaginable!

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

Home Alone in Concert @ Civic Center
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

© 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Dec
1
Sun
Home Alone in Concert @ Civic Center
Dec 1 @ 1:30 pm

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

© 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Dec
3
Tue
Canadian Brass @ Stephens Auditorium
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of the world’s most famous brass group. Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts will show the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.

Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour @ Civic Center
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

Des Moines Performing Arts presents the iconic violinist Lindsey Stirling at the Des Moines Civic Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 as part of her Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 2019.

Lindsey Stirling remains fearless enough to always dream big. In the over five years since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist quietly and humbly became one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music.

In 2017, Lindsey released her first ever holiday album titled Warmer in the Winter.  Featuring classic and original songs, the album went on to become the #1 new Christmas album of 2017, ahead of pop music heavyweights such as Gwen Stefani and Sia.  It was also the best-selling new holiday album and the best performing holiday album on Pandora with over 40 million spins.   She was also the runner-up on Season 25 of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” with her partner Mark Ballas. A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.

Dec
6
Fri
First Friday New Orleans Jazz Party @ Des Moines Social Club
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm

The NOLA Jazz Band’s monthly “New Orleans Jazz Party” occurs every First Friday of the month at The Basement, usually to a packed house.

All band members have a common love for the sound and “feel” of both traditional and current New Orleans and roots blues music – real, gutsy, raw, heartfelt, and entertaining. They also find joy in their music and love performing together, having fun, and entertaining their audiences.

The NOLA Jazz Band has played alongside a number of well-known traditional jazz and music groups this past year including Davina & the Vagabonds, Sony recording artist trumpet player and singer Bria Skonberg, and Dom Flemons of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Individual band members have also shared the stage with Vincent Gardner, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Kurt Elling, and many other well know jazz artists during their careers. NOLA Jazz Band members have also been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

CD’s are available at live shows, online at iTunes and CD Baby, on their website, as well as streaming on Spotify.

The Basement // all ages

A Christmas Story, The Musical @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm

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

Dec. 6-23, 2019

We triple dog dare you to see this show!
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, IN, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others.

A Christmas Story @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

Holiday Comedy – Rated PG

​Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros. and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepard. Movie won minor awards in year of release and since has become an annual favorite. In 2012, a Marist Poll named the film the favorite holiday film in the U.S.

Cantus: Three Tales of Christmas @ Staplin Performing Arts Center
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. In Three Tales of Christmas, Cantus reimagines beloved stories through familiar carols alongside new holiday classics. Featuring narrated passages from such classic holiday tales as A Christmas Carol, Three Tales of Christmas reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season with fresh perspective and just the right amount of nostalgia.

Dec
7
Sat
The Commedia Rapunzel @ Class Act Productions
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am

The Commedia Rapunzel by Lane Riosley

Lunch and Performances December 7th, 14th, and 21st 2019

Columbine, Rosetta, Punchin, and Arlequin all let down their hair to tackle the tangled tale of Rapunzel.  When Gottel the Witch discovers the thief in her garden, she tricks him into exchanging his first born daughter for the salad he took.  Full of lots of lazzi and witty fun, this commedia tale is a pure delight!

Commedia dell’arte, Italian for “comedy of the professional artists,” was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries.   It is the fore-father of slapstick comedy as performed by the Marx Brothers and just about any animated features by productions companies such as Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks.

Suggested ages are 3 years old to adults! Tickets just $10 for children and $16 for adults.

Expected menu for all matinees:

  • Breaded Chicken Fingers
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Beverages: assorted clear sodas, lemonade, water

Doors open at 11:00 am. Lunch starts at 11:20 am. Performance at noon and done by one!