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School of Rock

April 30 - May 5, 2019 Des Moines Civic Center


SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”


Please be aware that 3rd Street entering Downtown Des Moines from the north has lane closures that may cause traffic delays. If you normally use 3rd Street to come to the Civic Center please allow extra time or consider an alternate route. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon

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Event Details

Running Time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Group Tickets:
Groups of 12+ Save 10% on select performances.

Student Rush:
Student Rush Tickets available the day of performance for $26 with a valid student ID. Limit one ticket per ID.

Please note: This production is recommended for ages 8 and up. Only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.
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Join us Wednesday, May 1 at SCHOOL OF ROCK for kid-friendly activities and giveaways. Use code KIDS to enjoy Buy One, Get One Free tickets* for one adult and one child up to 18 years old.  

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*Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Limit 8 tickets per household. discount is applied to base ticket price.

Ticket Information

Season Tickets: Not Available Group Tickets: Buy Now Donors: Buy Now General Public: Buy Now

Education Opportunities

Post-Show Q&A (Friday)

Stay late after the Friday, May 3 evening performance for a Q&A with members of the company. Audience members are invited to move to the front rows of the Civic Center immediately after the conclusion of the performance. (Subject to change without notice.)

Mission Moment

You Make The Difference

“Integrating the arts allows me to bring joy and enthusiasm into my teaching. I see such a difference in my students when we have arts integration in our lesson.”
- Dawn, fifth-grade teacher at Cattell Elementary School, Des Moines

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