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March 7 - 11, 2022 Temple Theater

Event Details

Running Time 1 hour
Venue Temple Theater
Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.



10-year-old Jabari loves to paint. And through these paintings, he escapes the turbulent world around him and the reality of a friend hurt by police violence. In his dreams, he meets children and young people from the Civil Rights Era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin, and others, who teach him how to be fearless. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of MLK, Jr...

Will Jabari be able to instill in 7-year-old Barack the lessons he's learned and therefore ensure that Barack will have the necessary tools to become president? Will Jabari learn to take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community?

Whether processing lived experiences or making sense of grown-ups’ conversations about current events, today’s young people continue to grapple with the legacy of civil rights and the work still to be done. Using rap, freedom songs, hip-hop dance, history and humor, Jabari Dreams of Freedom provides examples of courage through adversity and empowers viewers to be brave like the freedom fighters before them.

Teacher Workshop + Preview Opportunity
While children are at the heart of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, it is important that the grown-ups in their lives also have support for helping them navigate complex content.

Educators are invited to join us for a special virtual workshop, in which they will have the opportunity to preview full-length video of the performance and to engage in conversation with local experts and the show’s creators. The workshop aims to provide tools and strategies to lead discussion and process Jabari Dreams of Freedom with students before and after the performance. More details will be shared with ticketholders in advance of the workshop.


Curriculum Connections

Social-Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Music, Theater

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Health and Safety Protocols

We anticipate health and safety protocols to evolve as performances progress. Reservation contacts should expect an email detailing specific protocols for all guests — including students — entering DMPA venues closer to the date of their performance(s). 

Throughout the shutdown our team has consulted with state and local leaders as well as monitored CDC guidance to prepare for your safe return to our facilities. Enhancements include: updating our HVAC systems with new filters, adjusting for increased fresh air circulation and adding portable air filtration systems in key areas of the venue.

We want you to feel confident when making reservations for your group. Please be aware of the following considerations when making your reservation:

  • Audience capacities for upcoming school performances will typically not allow for physically-distanced seating.
  • Des Moines Performing Arts reserves the right to require masks for audience members and staff. Decisions about mask guidelines for each show will take into consideration guidance from the CDC and local health officials, as well as current conditions in Polk and surrounding counties.

Your loyalty has protected the arts through this intermission and we are delighted to welcome you back to live performances. Thank you for your continued support!


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Event Details

Running Time 1 hour
Venue Temple Theater
Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.
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