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It Gets Better Tour Headed to the Des Moines Civic Center


DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts announces today that the IT GETS BETTER Tour is headed to the

Des Moines Civic Center this February. The It Gets Better Tour is an artistic collaboration with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The tour brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a musical theater work for the stage. The cast brings to life real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country. A growing list of community partners for residency activities includes One Iowa, Iowa Safe Schools, Drake University LGBTQ+ Alumni Community and Rainbow Union, Capital City Pride, and Des Moines Public Schools.

The tour consists of a week of community engagement activities leading up to a public performance on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Civic Center. See below for additional details.

IT GETS BETTER - PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
Saturday, February 15, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

The week culminates in a main stage performance - equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration – on the Civic Center Stage. This production brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a work for the stage. The cast brings to life real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country.

Tickets start at $20 and will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 22 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

Other Ways to be Involved:

COMMUNITY CHORUS
Local singers are invited to be a part of the performance as a member of the Community Chorus. The chorus creates opportunities for dialogue, artistic growth, and community building. Singers will participate in one number at the closing of the public performance.

Performance: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional details and registration information can be found HERE.

WORLD CAFÉ – a community dialogue around the local climate for LGBTQ youth
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4 – 6 p.m.

Join us for a facilitated conversation about the local climate on LGBTQ+ youth in the Des Moines community. The World Café facilitation model for community dialogue utilizes the approach of appreciative inquiry, and all will have the opportunity to share and actively participate. Small group table discussions are guided by a series of questions designed to examine challenges in the community, a vision for improving conditions, and resources available to implement that vision.

For additional information or to participate in the World Café, please email Sarah Florian at sarahf@dmpa.org.

ABOUT DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS:
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 40 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.