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The Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

April 4, 2019 Des Moines Civic Center



Join the Gold Rush in this tale of survival and endurance adapted from Jack London’s classic tale. This multi-media adventure mixes visuals and performance to tell the story of Buck, a magnificent dog kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sold to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s. Soon, Buck becomes the most famous dog in the northland’s history as fights for his life. Living by the law “kill or be killed”, Buck discovers the endurance and strength of his wild, primal ancestors as their call courses through his blood.

The production uses 180-degree projection that surrounds the performer and provides scenic, artistic, and historical context to the show through their content. The images feature a unique mix of classical illustrations from the book’s first edition, period photographs, and brand new drawings and animations.


The 10 AM performance of this production is currently at capacity. The 12:30 PM performance has good availaibility at this time. (Subject to change.)

If you are interested in this production and cannot be accommodated at remaining performances due to schedule or group size, please put your name on our WAIT LIST. We will contact you if tickets become available.

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Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old. 

Event Details

Running Time 1 hour
Social Studies
21st Century Skills

Education Opportunities


We are excited to be participating in a Purdue University study focused on the impact of students’ comprehension after reading a text and then seeing a live theater production. Students participating in the study will each receive a copy of Jack London’s THE CALL OF THE WILD. Please note: the deadline to RSVP to participate in the study and request your books has now passed.

Curriculum Guide

Check out the curriculum guide for materials to prepare your students for the performance and to get the most out of their experience.

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"The arts help us understand ourselves as human beings. If you look at how we've ever documented our existence, it's all through an art form."

-Eric Olmscheid, Director of Programming and Education

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