Winter 2020: Must-See Stage Performances in Des Moines for Tweens and Teens

Winter 2020: Must-See Stage Performances in Des Moines for Tweens and Teens

If you’re looking for a show to take your tween or teen to this season, there is a wide variety of options in Des Moines. From a classic musical to an epic pop opera to an age appropriate drama. Even the most jaded and cynical tween or teenager will find a show to get excited about.

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Here are a few stage performances taking place this winter that are great options for tweens and teens:

Jesus Christ Superstar

When: January 14 – 19, 2020
Where: Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines
Recommended age: 13+

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50thAnniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’. Jesus Christ Superstar will run 90 minutes straight through, with no intermission.

The Boy at the Edge of Everything

When: January 14 – 19, 2020
Where: Stoner Theater, Des Moines
Recommended age: 8+, presented by DMYAT

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.

Winter 2020: Must-See Stage Performances in Des Moines for Tweens and Teens –

Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert

When: February 21 – 22, 2020
Where: Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines
Recommended age: 8+, the movie is rated PG

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 – The Des Moines Symphony – as Harry soars across the big screen.

Getting to Know…Oklahoma!

When: February 21 – March 8, 2020
Where: CAP Theatre, Altoona
Recommended age: 8+, this is an adapted musical specifically for youth performers

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!

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan

When: March 5, 2020
Where: Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines
Recommended age: 6+, part of the Wellmark Family Series

High-energy Yamato travels the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums made of animal skins and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old. Their highly theatrical, propulsive rhythms will uplift the spirit.The title of their newest program is “Passion” which is exactly what the dynamic artists bring to their craft. Though the drummers are native speakers of Japanese, the connection forged between the audience and performers is powerful, with audiences of all ages deeply engaged. Yamato brings the audience into a world of exciting rhythm and sound with an important connection to Japanese culture and history included.



Let us know what stage show you will be seeing with your tween and/or teen this winter in Des Moines?

Featured photo source Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour website. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

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