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The Wellmark Family Series is for All Ages!

2023-24 Wellmark Family Series

The Wellmark Family Series is for All Ages

Fun for the entire family!

The Wellmark Family Series sets the stage for unforgettable memories that span generations! This incredible season invites young audiences to discover the magic of live theater while educating and captivating theatergoers of all ages. With three one-hour productions at the Civic Center, each show promises thrilling adventures that will leave a lasting impact. Adding to the excitement, the FREE Discovery Party, held one hour before each performance, offers a delightful pre-show experience with art-making activities, demonstrations, music and more fun-filled moments for all attendees. The Wellmark Family Series is a celebration of togetherness, where young minds and adults alike can immerse themselves in the enchanting world of theater and create cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

Three Civic Center Engagements Included in 3-Show Season Ticket Package

“The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen” | November 4, 2023

In this thrilling continuation of Aesop's classic fable "The Tortoise and The Hare," we follow the next generation of characters as they navigate the challenges of modern life, including smartphones and video games that disconnect them from real experiences. Tortoise Junior and Lil' Hare find themselves in unexpected adventures, facing perilous situations. To save their children, Old man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must put aside their differences and unite. 

At the core of Lightwire Theater's performances is their ingenious use of electroluminescent wire, or "EL wire," which illuminates the dancers and puppets in captivating colors, creating a visually stunning spectacle that captivates audiences of all ages. This innovative incorporation of EL wire puppetry allows the characters to come to life in a whole new dimension, adding an otherworldly glow to the stage. As the story of "The Next Gen" unfolds, the glowing characters take the audience on an immersive journey that transcends language, relying on artful movements and puppetry to convey emotions and plot development, inviting each individual in the audience to interpret the story in their own imaginative way.

The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare
THE PEKING ACROBATS | February 17, 2024

For over three decades, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have been captivating audiences of all ages with their awe-inspiring acrobatic performances that push the boundaries of human ability. Combining daring maneuvers atop precarious pagodas of chairs, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics, they astound with their deft contortion, flexibility, and control, defying gravity with each astonishing display. Accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, their high-tech special effects blend harmoniously with the time-honored Chinese music, creating a jubilant entertainment event akin to a Chinese Carnival. Featured on various television shows and in Hollywood films, THE PEKING ACROBATS have garnered international acclaim and continue to uphold the ancient folk-art tradition, integrating twenty-first-century technology to reach new technical heights. This spectacular performance promises a thrilling experience for the whole family, combining grace and agility in feats of "pure artistry" that leave audiences in awe.

The Peking Acrobats
“What Do You Do With an Idea” | April 20, 2024

Join us for a heartwarming and inspiring show, "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?" brought to life by Inlet Dance Theatre, based on the beloved book by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. This enchanting production tells the story of a child with a unique idea, uncertain of its potential and hiding it away. As the idea gains strength, the child's confidence grows, leading to a remarkable journey where ideas take flight. Through the captivating blend of movement, music, and narration, Inlet's ensemble of dancers crafts a magical world where anyone, regardless of age, can relate to the experience of having an idea that may seem too big, odd, or difficult. Founded with a belief in using dance to bring about personal growth and development, Inlet Dance Theatre's inclusive and collaborative creative process results in works that creatively address human life issues, presenting a wide range of aesthetics that inspire and uplift. This show is a celebration of imagination, self-discovery, and the power of ideas, making it a must-see experience for audiences of all ages.

What Do You Do With An Idea

Two Temple Theater Engagements as Series Add-Ons

“Havana Hop” | January 27, 2024

Get ready for a captivating and interactive children's tale of culture and confidence in "Havana Hop!” Follow the journey of young Yeila, who dreams of becoming a superstar but struggles with stage fright due to a lack of confidence. With the guidance of her mother and mentors, Yeila embarks on a quest to discover her roots and gain the confidence to shine. In this dynamic participation play, one actress skillfully portrays three generations of lively women, taking the audience on a thrilling adventure as Yeila adds a salsa flavor to her hip-hop style during a visit to her grandmother in Cuba. Audiences of all ages will be enchanted as they dance along and join Yeila in the joy of embracing her multi-cultural heritage. Presented by critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez, "Havana Hop" is an uplifting and empowering experience that celebrates the power of self-discovery and the richness of diverse backgrounds, making it a show that will resonate with everyone, young and old alike.

Havana Hop
The Pa’akai We Bring | March 30, 2024

"The Pa’akai We Bring" is a heartfelt and transformative theatrical experience that transcends age boundaries. This original production takes audiences on a journey of balance and healing through the lens of pa‘akai (salt) in Hawaiian culture. Through stories, songs, and rituals, the play explores the power of salt as medicine and a source of preservation, reflecting the traditions and values that define the land and community of Hawaii. Developed in response to the impact of COVID-19 and tourism on the local communities, the performance embodies the spirit of aloha and openness, inspiring healing and connection among audience members. Led by a team of indigenous artists and receiving support from the NEFA Theatre Project Creation Grant, "The Pa’akai We Bring" showcases the generosity and community-oriented values of Native Hawaiians, making it a deeply rooted and universal experience. With plans to tour in Spring 2024 and beyond, this remarkable production promises to touch hearts and minds worldwide, allowing diverse audiences of all ages to embrace the beauty of Hawaiian culture and the power of collective healing. 

The Pa'akai We Bring

Season tickets for our Wellmark Family Series start at just $24. Purchase a 3-show package or buy individual event tickets here or call our ticket office at (515) 246-2300.


Sensory- Friendly Dedicated Performances for Individuals with Sensory Sensitivities

Des Moines Performing Arts is excited to continue a sensory-friendly initiative as part of the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Series. This season we are excited to offer sensory-friendly performances of What Do You Do With An Idea? and Havana Hop.

Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards individuals with sensory sensitivities. These dedicated performances will contain all the joy of a typical theater setting with a few adjustments to help those in attendance feel more comfortable. This will include alterations to light and sound, a variety of seating options, an environment that will encourage movement and breaks when needed, ASL interpretation and staff that will welcome guests from the moment they arrive. Families who do not require these accommodations are still welcome to attend.

Questions regarding these performances can be directed to the Des Moines Performing Arts Ticket Office at 515-246-2300 or by emailing us.

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