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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce that single tickets to the remaining five shows in the 2019-2020 Wellmark Family Series will go on sale Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 starting at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at (515) 246-2300.

Show details are available below:

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: Showtime with Shakespeare

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
 - Public Performance, 11:00 a.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

A new theatrical production based on the MAGIC TREE HOUSE adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.

No matter what the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the MAGIC TREE HOUSE whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There​ the daring sibling duo​ meet​s​ William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! ​Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike. ​

Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide and is the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time.


Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
 - Public Performance, 11:00 a.m.
 - Sensory-Friendly Performance, 2:00 p.m.
Temple Theater

THE AMAZING MAX is an interactive magic show with a mind of its own. What's truly amazing is not only what happens on stage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans as magician Max Darwin works miracles is hands-down astounding. Operating from the principle that "every show is unique because every child brought to the stage is unique," Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.

"An awesome and hilarious live magic show." – PBS Kids

"His ability to astound is something to see." ­– The Huffington Post

“A little bit of heaven.” – The New York Times

YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan
Thursday, March 5, 2020
 - Public Performance, 6:30 p.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Yamato is a Japanese taiko drumming troupe that tours all over the world. YAMATO welcomed their 25th anniversary in 2018, celebrating the group’s tours and performances in around 54 different countries, with over 3,500 performances that (have) reached almost 8 million people.

Since the formation of the group in 1993, YAMATO's slogan has been, "Let's go to wherever we are invited! Let's give energy to the world!" With these words in their hearts, they have traveled all over the world, giving over 200 performances a year, maintaining a relentless momentum that shows no signs of slowing down.

The title of YAMATO’s newest program is “Passion.” Their motivation for this latest endeavor is precisely their never-ending passion. 

Saturday, April 18, 2020
 - Public Performance, 11:00 a.m.
 - Sensory-Friendly Performance, 2:00 p.m.
Temple Theater

From the makers of Grug!

A slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning to mix it up a little.

In Mort’s Village, everything has its place, every day is the same, and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes BEEP.

What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast molly melon, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home?

With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, BEEP tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
 - Public Performance, 11:00 a.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to continue our tradition as we partner with the Des Moines Symphony for the 2019­–2020 Family Series Concert. A special guest collaboration will be announced at a later date.

For additional information about the Wellmark Family Series, please visit

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