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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

It’s 21st century skills that they need to have the rest of their lives. It’s not just something that when they leave fourth grade, they are done with it.

-Andrea, teacher, Studebaker Elementary, Des Moines

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2017-18 Applause Series

Mr. Popper's Penguins

January 11 - 12, 2018 Learn More

Snapshots: Hubbard Street at 40

January 25, 2018 Get Tickets

Petra and the Wolf

January 29, 2018 Learn More

Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco

February 12 - 13, 2018 Get Tickets

Air Play

February 15 - 16, 2018 Learn More

Jabber

February 27, 2018 Get Tickets

Opus Cactus

March 2, 2018 Get Tickets

Shh! We Have a Plan

March 23 - 29, 2018 Get Tickets

Guess How Much I Love You

March 26, 2018 Learn More

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic

April 12 - 13, 2018 Get Tickets

Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear

April 30 - May 1, 2018 Get Tickets

Viva La Danza!

May 4, 2018 Get Tickets

Tetris

May 7 - 11, 2018 Learn More
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