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

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18-19 Season - On Sale Now!

The Science of Magic

October 8 - 9, 2018 Get Tickets

The Ugly Duckling

November 1 - 2, 2018 Get Tickets

Power on Pointe

November 6, 2018 Get Tickets

The Rainbow Fish

January 17 - 18, 2019 Learn More

Indomitable Waltz

February 20, 2019 Get Tickets

Golden Dragon Acrobats

February 21 - 22, 2019 Learn More

Morgan's Journey

February 25 - March 1, 2019 Get Tickets

Underneath a Magical Moon

March 11 - 15, 2019 Get Tickets

In To America

April 1, 2019 Get Tickets

The Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

April 4, 2019 Get Tickets

Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards

April 5, 2019 Get Tickets

Me...Jane

April 22 - 23, 2019 Get Tickets

Mariachi Herencia de México

May 13, 2019 Get Tickets

Solo Echo

May 21, 2019 Get Tickets
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