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Des Moines Community Playhouse

Region: Central
  • 831 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Phone: (515) 277-6261 | Toll-Free: (877) 862-5621
  • Fax: (515) 277-8019
  • Website

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, comedies and family shows each year. Upcoming and recent past shows include "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Charlotte's Web." The Playhouse is one of the largest and oldest continuously-operating community theatres in the United States.

Attraction Information

General Information
  • Admission Price: Varies for each show.
  • Group Rates: Call for rates for groups 15+.
  • Guides Available:
  • Hours of Operation: Ticket Office: Noon - 6 p.m. T-F; Open 2 hours prior to show times. Administrative Office: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F
  • Season: Year-round.
  • Specialty Tours (Ex: Kid-friendly):: Behind the scenes, including backstage, dressing rooms, costume shop and scene shop.
  • Tour Length: 20-45 min.
  • Tour Times: Call to schedule.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Meeting Facility

  • # of Rooms: 5
  • Total Sqft.: 7,184
  • Largest Room: 3,264
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 60
  • A/V Capabilities?:
  • Free Parking?:
  • Outside Catering?:
  • Wireless Internet Available?:

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Mainstage Auditorium 35 X 40   0     1,400     399     0     0     0  
West Lobby 20 X 55   0     1,100     0     0     0     0  
Kate Goldman's Children Theatre 48 X 68   0     3,264     233     0     200     0  
Classroom A 35 X 42   0     1,470     0     0     0     0  
Classroom B 30 X 45   0     1,350     0     0     0     0  
Upper Lobby 0 X 0   0     0     50     0     0     0  

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • November 14, 2014 - November 29, 2014
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Mrs. Armstrong has broken her leg so novice Grace Bradley is assigned to direct the church Christmas pageant. She is faced with casting the Herdman ki... View Details

Mary Poppins

  • December 05, 2014 - December 28, 2014
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change when the practic... View Details

The Miracle Worker

  • January 16, 2015 - February 01, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

This classic drama is the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communica... View Details

A Streetcar Named Desire

  • February 06, 2015 - February 22, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Tennessee Williams' tragic story begins with fragile former schoolteacher, Blanche DuBouis, who leaves her family plantation home and moves to New Orl... View Details

The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood

  • February 27, 2015 - March 15, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

The charming but egotistical Robin Hood leads his band of merry men and lovely Maid Marian in a battle with the evil Prince John and Sheriff of Nottin... View Details

Around the World in 80 Days

  • April 10, 2015 - April 26, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant, Passepartout, as they race to b... View Details

Charlotte's Web

  • May 01, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Wilbur, a runty but goodhearted young pig, finds out he's on course to meet the butcher. Charlotte, a spider, uses her abilities to write "Some P... View Details

The Addams Family

  • May 29, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Address: 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

In this spooky musical based on the classic television show, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love. Her... View Details


The Parent Organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission
400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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