Dedicated performances for those on the autism spectrum, atypical learners and their families. 

Des Moines Performing Arts is excited to continue a sensory-friendly initiative as part of the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Series.

Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards those on the autism spectrum, individuals with other sensory sensitivities and their families. 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 inclusive 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.

Click here for a Social Narrative as you prepare for UNDERNEATH A MAGICAL MOON.

Click here for a Picture Schedule to guide your experience at UNDERNEATH A MAGICAL MOON.



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Thanks to our donors, more than 55,000 students attend matinee performances through the Applause Series annually - for only $1.

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Upcoming Events with Sensory-Friendly Performances


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