Fall Theatre Performances 4 Kids in Des Moines

Fall Theatre Performances 4 Kids in Des Moines

Find a list of 2019 theater shows here.

Fall marks the start of a new theater season, but you don’t need to shell out big bucks on Broadway shows to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in Des Moines. There are many local theatre companies creating great works that the whole family will enjoy.  Best of all, eight of our picks are $20 or less per ticket. Read on for a list of theatre events happening this fall in Des Moines.

September

Broadway Bound

September 11-27th, 2015; Presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ troubled marriage and socialist grandfather at home. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.

Show Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 Students and $22 Senior; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.

Into the Woods

September 11th -October 4th, 2015; on stage at the Des Moines Community PlayhouseA childless baker and his wife wish to lift their family curse. A scullery maid wishes to attend the King’s Festival. A young boy wishes to sell his milkless cow. The Baker, his Wife, Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood, and other classic fairy tale characters all journey into the woods to seek their hearts’ wishes. But what happens when they get what they wish for? Venture back Into the Woods with the Des Moines Community Playhouse.

Show Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: start at $25.00.

October

The Princess and the Pea

Oct. 2nd, 2015; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community PlayhouseHow do we know she’s a real princess? Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will the Princess pass the test? This is an interactive theatre shows for children ages four to six. Pillars of Character: Respect, Fairness.

Show Times: 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.

Tickets: $6.00.

Bad Jews By Joshua Harmon

October 9th – October 18th, 2015; Stagewest Theatre Company Presents: Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. The death of their grandfather throws brothers Liam and Jonah together, but it also brings their wild-haired, loud-mouthed, opinionated cousin Daphna. All she wants is her grandfather’s chai necklace, but Liam will stop at nothing to keep it from her. This comic encounter of chaotic cousinhood and family feuding is something you cannot Passover.

Show Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $30 Adults, $15 Students and $22 Senior; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.

Deathtrap

October 2nd-18th, 2015; presented by Ankeny Community Theatre. Playwright Sidney Bruhl is suffering from chronic writer’s block and is in desperate need of a Broadway hit before he runs out of cash.  When Clifford Anderson, a young writer, shows Sidney the script for his new whodunit, Sidney plots to claim the thriller as his own.  Audiences will be guessing whodunit right up until the end as suspense builds when the plot begins to take twists and turns and sudden surprises come thick and fast.

Show Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: Adult $15, Senior (60+) $12, Child (grades K-12) $10.

The Illusionists

October 23rd-25th, 2015; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center.  Direct from Broadway, the world’s bestselling magic show is coming to Des Moines. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.  The show dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Show Times: Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.

Tickets: start at $35.00.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical

October 23rd – November 15th, 2015; on stage at the Des Moines Community PlayhouseSneak a peek into the Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones.It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: The cafeteria lady is friendlier than Junie’s long-time best friend, Lucille, who doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore; there’s a new kid at school named Herb; and Mr. Scary thinks Junie B. may need glasses. As Junie B. says, “First Grade is not what it’s cracked up to be.”

Show Times: Fridays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

Tickets: start at $15.

Barefoot in the Park

October 30th-November 14th, 2015; Tallgrass Theatre Company presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon at the Rex Mathes Auditorium (Valley High School).  Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit, always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find—too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Show Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $17.

November

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

November 6-22, 2015; presented by Class Act Productions.  Lewis Carroll’s famous inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney’s Alice In Wonderland Jr, a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Let’s not forget the Cheshire Cat and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters; rock lobsters, talking fish, royal cardsmen, unbirthday partiers, mean-girl flowers, and more.

Show Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sunday matiness at 2:30 pm.

Tickets: Adult $12, Senior (63+) $10, Student (18 and under) $8.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

November 13th, 2015; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community PlayhouseThe Emperor has no 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! This is an interactive theatre shows for children ages four to six. Pillars of Character: Citizenship, Responsibility.

Show Times: 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.

Tickets: $6.00.

High School Musical

November 13th-22nd, 2015; Des Moines Young Artist’s Theatre Presents: High School Musical at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. The smash Disney phenomenon comes to exuberant life in this 90-minute adaptation that is fun and educational for the entire family. Featuring a large cast of students and the infectious hit songs “Getcha Head in the Game,” “Bop to the Top,” and “We’re All in This Together,” this is the perfect time to introduce your family to the magic of live theatre with Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre.

Show Times: Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Thursday, Nov. 19th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors and $12 Children; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.

Nunsense

November 13-15, November 20-22, 2015; presented by Carousel Theatre of Indianola.  Performed at the First United Methodist Church Parish Hall, Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon.

Show Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

The Thanksgiving Visitor

November 25-29th, 2015; Presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. The Thanksgiving Visitor is a companion piece to another Truman Capote short-story, A Christmas Memory.  Both stories were inspired by Capote’s childhood growing up in Alabama in the 1930’s. The story is narrated by eight-year-old Buddy, whose much older cousin, Sook, is his best friend. Buddy gets stopped on the way to school every day by local bully, who pins him to the ground and rubs burrs into Buddy’s head because “he’s a sissy”. To stop this problem, Sook invites the bully to her big Thanksgiving party. Through this experience, Buddy learns the importance of suspending judgment and extending forgiveness.

Show Times: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 Students and $22 Senior; and can be purchased at http://www.midwestix.com/.

The Bridges of Madison County

Nov 28th – Dec 5th, 2015; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center.  This is the national tour launch of one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller and is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. The Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

Show Times:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

Tickets: start at $35.00.

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

 

 

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