Winter Theatre Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines

Winter Theatre Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines

Winter time brings a variety of show-stopping performances ideal for your little drama queens (or kings). From fairy tales to talking animals to storybook classics, there’s a show for everyone.  Here’s our guide to winter theatre performances for kids and families in Des Moines.

December

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

November 27-December 20, 2015; in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. When eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts restores an old racing car, he and his children, Jeremy and Jemima, soon discover it has magical properties. Trouble occurs when the child-hating Baron Bomburst tries to capture the car for himself. Take a fantastic musical adventure with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the family holiday classic that Des Moines Community Playhouse audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

Show Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 1:00 and 5:00 pm.

Tickets: start at $25.00.

The Wizard of Oz

December 15–20, 2015; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

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.

January

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

January 8-24, 2016; in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Journey with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy through the old wardrobe into the land of Narnia. Narnia is a magical land, populated by Tumnus the Faun, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, unicorns, centaurs, and other forest animals. But danger lurks as The White Witch wages war against Narnia’s rightful king, Aslan the lion.

Show Times: Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

Tickets: start at $15.00.

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

January 9, 2016; part of the Wellmark Family Series at the Des Moines Civic Center. The acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia share an innovative double-bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s beloved bedtime classics, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security and peace. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Show Times: 1:00 pm

Tickets: $10.00

Newsies

January 12–17, 2016; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A Musical Worth Singing About” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

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.

The Snow Queen

January 15, 2016; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Once upon a time, the queen had a magic mirror. When the mirror shatters, it turns everything into a frozen wasteland. Can the Snow Queen’s icy heart be thawed with the love of a child? Pillars of Character: Caring, Respect.

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

Tickets: $6.00.

Driving Miss Daisy

January 15-24, 2016; presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. A humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety Jewish widow in Atlanta, Georgia, and her proud, soft-spoken African-American chauffeur. LA screen/stage/TV actor Tyrees Allen joins RTI company actress Kim Grimaldi to bring this heart-warming story of love and friendship to Des Moines metro audiences.

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.

February

12 Angry Men

February 5-21, 2016; on the Mainstage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.

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

Tickets: start at $25.00.

The Mitten

February 12, 2016; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. I don’t want red mittens, I want white ones! 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! Pillars of Character: Responsibility, Fairness.

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

Tickets: $6.00.

Shen Yun

February 16, 2016; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, and all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air, and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Land of the Divine.” A Shen Yun performance features 100 world class performers, over 400 sets of exquisite hand-made costumes, a unique live orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops – creating a spectacular performance beyond imagination.

Show Times: 7:30 pm

Tickets: start at $63.50.

The Pirates of Penzance Jr

February 19-21, 26-28, March 4-6, 2016; presented by Class Act Productions. Swashbucklers! Cops! Girls with parasols! And, of course, a Pirate King and the very model of a modern Major-General.Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility in The Pirates Of Penzance JR. a swashbuckling musical journey!

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

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

Sarah, Plain and Tall

February 26-March 13, 2016; in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  In early 1900s Kansas, a widowed farmer with two children places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out: “I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall.” Thus begins the anything but plain tale of a family coming together when it is needed most.

Show Times: Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

Tickets: start at $15.00.

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

 

 

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