The Des Moines Community Playhouse has an outrageous, terrific, enchanting, legendary season. The theatre's 96th season includes four iconic musicals, plus dramas, comedies, and family shows. Playhouse season tickets go on sale Mar. 18 online at dmplayhouse.com, at the Playhouse ticket office, and by phone at 515-277-6261.

The 2014-15 Mainstage season begins with "Shrek" followed by the romantic musical, "South Pacific," and the show most requested by audiences and volunteers, "A Streetcar Named Desire." The Mainstage season also features the new comedy, "Girls' Weekend," written by local theatre veteran, Karen Schaffer; the new, Off-Broadway comedy, "Around the World in 80 Days;" and the new musical comedy, "The Addams Family."

In its 20th season, the Kate Goldman Children's Theatre continues its page-to-stage tradition of plays adapted from popular books with "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "The Miracle Worker," "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," and "Charlotte's Web."

The Playhouse's 2014 Family Holiday Classic is the musical "Mary Poppins," which will ensure the season is "Practically Perfect" when it comes to the theatre in December.

School matinees are offered in addition to public performances of all children's theatre shows. School matinees will be offered for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Mary Poppins," "The Miracle Worker," "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," and "Charlotte's Web."

The Playhouse is Iowa's largest and oldest producing theatre. Conveniently located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For season ticket information, contact the Des Moines Community Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261 or visit the Playhouse website at dmplayhouse.com.

2014-15 Playhouse Season


July 11-Aug. 3, 2014

In a kingdom far, far away, things get ugly when an ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty Princess. Throw in a wisecracking Donkey, a villain with a short temper, a Gingerbread Man with attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there's one on hand, and his name is Shrek. "Shrek" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun.

"South Pacific"

Sept. 5-28, 2014

This epic romantic musical centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner. Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. As the war escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love affairs with their long-held prejudices and insecurities. Rodgers & Hammerstein's acclaimed musical features "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime," and the haunting "Bali Ha'i."

"Girls' Weekend"

Oct. 17-Nov. 2, 2014

An innocent book club gathering takes place in a secluded cabin, and the women anticipate nothing crazier than a modest glass of chilled rosé and scholarly literary discussion. After a lot of wine, the men show up, resulting in some creative hide-and-seek, a few little white lies, and even an inopportune visit from the local sheriff. "Girls' Weekend" is a lightning-quick farce written by local theatre veteran, Karen Schaeffer. The script was a hit in the 2013-14 play reading season, and the Playhouse is excited to bring the story to life on the stage.

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