Des Moines Storytellers Project: Holiday Spectacular

  • Overview

    The upcoming Storytellers Project is excited to host all six of 2019's shows at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Avenue! We are proud to partner with such a historic location that has been a key venue for Des Moines entertainment for many years. 

    Season tickets, which start at $60, are on sale now at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines.

    Tickets for individual shows will be available starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 13.

    The 2019 themes:

    • Love in the Modern World: The messy world of dating, marriage and singledom  (Feb. 12)
    • My Great Adventure: Wanderlust, taking a leap and getting away (April 23)
    • On Second Thought: Ideas reconsidered and lessons learned (June 18)
    • My First Time: The awkward enlightenment of coming of age (Aug. 20)
    • True Tall Tales: Stories so bizarre and mysterious they have to be true (Oct. 29)
    • Holiday Spectacular: Family, faith and reasons we gather at the end of the year (Dec. 17)

    What is changing:

    • We will now have all shows at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and there will be only one show per evening.
    • Your ticket will include a reserved seat, so no more having to save seats or rushing around to arrive early.
    • We now have season tickets! Buy them now and you can essentially buy five shows and get the sixth for free.
    • We have raised ticket prices, but not by much. Standard admission will be $12/show and VIP will be $28/show.
    • This is the first time we've raised prices since we began three years ago. You'll notice there are more fees; some go to Ticketmaster for its services, but $1 per ticket will go toward historic preservation at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets purchased in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office are not subject to Ticketmaster fees.

    We want you to be part of our fourth season, whether you are on stage or in the audience. In an effort to make 2019 even more special, we are continuing our VIP experience, which gets you access to the best seats, a free drink and a special treat from sponsor Fairytale Brownies.

    If you missed any of our first three seasons, catch up at or listen to our podcast on SoundCloudiTunes or Stitcher.

    General questions or feedback can be shared with the Register's events team at or 515-619-6548.

    Become a teller

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project strongly believes that everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell it. None of the storytellers who take our stage are professionals. They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are coached to tell by Register journalists. 

    Want to tell your story at one of our upcoming Storytellers Project events? Read our guidelines and submit a story by clicking "Speak" at

    Contact for more information.