Applause Series

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

"My favorite part was everything!"

- Des Moines second-grader, after attending Applause Series performance

Learn More

2019-20 Applause Season

SUGAR SKULL! A Dí­a de Los Muertos Musical Adventure

October 7, 2019 Get Tickets

Tap Explosion by Dorrance Dance

October 22, 2019 Get Tickets

Che Apalache

November 12, 2019 Get Tickets

Jungle Book

November 14 - 15, 2019 Learn More

When Women Ruled the World

January 21, 2020 Get Tickets

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare

January 23 - 24, 2020 Get Tickets

The Reminders

January 28 - 29, 2020 Get Tickets

On the Trail of Big Cats

February 18, 2020 Get Tickets

Yamato - the Drummers of Japan

March 5 - 6, 2020 Get Tickets

The Snowy Day and Other Ezra Jack Keats Stories

March 9 - 10, 2020 Get Tickets

View From Above

March 24, 2020 Get Tickets

Penguins

March 30, 2020 Get Tickets

Beep

April 13 - 17, 2020 Get Tickets

Air Play

April 20 - 21, 2020 Learn More

Grace by Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE

April 30, 2020 Get Tickets
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