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Des Moines Community Playhouse

  • 831 42nd Street | Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Phone: (515) 277-6261
  • Region: Central
  • Overview

    The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, comedies and family shows each year. Shows in the 100th Season include "Billy Elliot The Musical," "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Elf – The Musical," "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," "Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt," "Catch Me If You Can," "Ella Enchanted," "Silent Sky," and "Disney's Newsies." The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US.

  • Amenities
    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.
  • Meeting Facilities
    Facility Info
    Meeting Rooms
    • Largest Room 3264
    • Total Sq. Ft. 7184
    • Theatre Capacity 399
    • A/V Capabilities? true
    • Outside Catering? true
    • Free Parking? true
    • Parking Capacity 75
    • Wireless Internet Available? true
    • Wireless Internet Notes (fees, etc) Free
    • Banquet Capacity 200
    • Number of Rooms 5
    • Classroom Capacity 60
    Mainstage Auditorium
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 1400
    • Width: 35
    • Length: 40
    • Theater Capacity: 399
    West Lobby
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 1100
    • Width: 20
    • Length: 55
    Kate Goldman's Children Theatre
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 3264
    • Width: 48
    • Length: 68
    • Theater Capacity: 233
    • Banquet Capacity: 200
    The Loud Room
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 1470
    • Width: 35
    • Length: 42
    Theatre in the Ground
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 1350
    • Width: 30
    • Length: 45
    Upper Lobby
    • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Events

    Dates vary between December 6, 2019 - December 23, 2019

    A Christmas Story, The Musical

    Thursdays & Fridays 7pm; Saturdays/Sundays/Monday 1 & 5pm

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between January 3, 2020 - January 19, 2020

    James and the Giant Peach

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between January 24, 2020 - February 9, 2020

    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between February 21, 2020 - March 8, 2020

    Tinker Bell

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between March 13, 2020 - April 5, 2020

    Singin' in the Rain

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between April 24, 2020 - May 17, 2020

    Pippi Longstocking

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between May 29, 2020 - June 14, 2020

    Leaving Iowa

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse

    Dates vary between July 10, 2020 - August 2, 2020

    Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

    Starting: 07:00 PM

    Des Moines Community Playhouse