Applause Series

Applause Series Performances for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year are cancelled. We look forward to sharing the 2020-2021 season with you some time soon!

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The Applause Series delivers 60 matinee performances each year for students from preschool to high school. The cost of a ticket is just $1. That means more classrooms in more communities are discovering the power of the arts to inform and inspire.

Student Impact.  

  • More than 55,000 students each year attend an Applause Series performance. For many, it’s their first experience of live theater.
  • The change in learning environment is dramatic, as the Des Moines Civic Center or Temple Theater becomes the classroom.
  • One-hour matinees energize young imaginations and invite new thinking about creative expression, cultural diversity, and even career options.

Teaching Tools.

  • Each performance includes a specially designed curriculum guide to help teachers find creative ways to connect the event with larger academic objectives.
  • Pre-show lessons prepare students to better appreciate the nuances of a live performance.
  • Students return to school able to explore art’s connection to history, math, science, literature, and other topics. The shared experience of the performance  gives everyone a voice in the conversation.

World-Class Talent.

  • The Applause Series brings the world to Iowa’s school children, opening their eyes to new cultures, customs, and ideas.
  • Many productions have received the prestigious Victor Award, which recognizes top shows for young audiences from around the world.


You Make The Difference

DANCEtalk sessions before and after Dance Series performances help explain the artistry and athleticism that audience members witness.

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2019-20 Applause Season

Beep - Cancelled

April 13 - 17, 2020 Learn More

Air Play - Cancelled

April 20 - 22, 2020 Learn More

Grace by Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE - Cancelled

April 30, 2020 Learn More
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