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. 





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. 



March 27 - 31, 2023 Learn More


April 27 - 28, 2023 Learn More


May 1, 2023 Get Tickets

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May 4, 2023 Get Tickets
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