Applause Series

The Applause Series delivers 50 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.  

  • 50,000 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 resource materials 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, social studies, 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 prestigious awards for their artistry and ability to connect with young people. 

 

2022-2023 SEASON ON SALE NOW!

 

IN-PERSON PROGRAMS - $1/TICKET

Please note our current health policies for school performances:

Masks are encouraged inside DMPA venues, but not required for audience members attending school performances. These are DMPA’s current policies and are subject to change at any time. 

 

WINNIE THE POOH

November 3 - 4, 2022 Get Tickets

BILL BLAGG'S THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC

November 14 - 15, 2022 Get Tickets

COLLISION OF RHYTHM

January 20, 2023 Get Tickets

SONS OF MYSTRO

January 24, 2023 Get Tickets

SECRET LIFE OF BEARS

January 31, 2023 Get Tickets

YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON

February 13 - 21, 2023 Get Tickets

IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT

February 22, 2023 Get Tickets

123 ANDRES

March 3, 2023 Get Tickets

IMPROBABLE ASCENT

March 22, 2023 Get Tickets

UGLY DUCKLING

March 27 - 31, 2023 Get Tickets

AIR PLAY

April 27 - 28, 2023 Get Tickets

INVISIBLE WONDERS

May 1, 2023 Get Tickets

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

May 4, 2023 Get Tickets
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