Applause 2016 - 2017

The APPLAUSE SERIES brings world-class performing artists and diverse art forms to Des Moines Performing Arts' stages for one-hour matinee performances for school audiences. Each performance connects to in-class curriculum, providing the perfect opportunity to learn about and through the arts.

2016-2017 SEASON

Past Event ZAP by Ballet Jazz of Montreal
ZAP by Ballet Jazz of Montreal
April 27, 2017
Past Event Fiesta Mexicana
Fiesta Mexicana
May 1–2, 2017

Past Event The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
October 25, 2016
Past Event The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Jan 9–13, 2017
Past Event A Year with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad
Jan 12–13, 2017
Past Event Absent Matter by Abraham.In.Motion
Absent Matter by Abraham.In.Motion
February 1, 2017
Past Event Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play
Feb 16–17, 2017
Past Event Among the Darkest Shadows
Among the Darkest Shadows
Feb 23–24, 2017
Past Event Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
March 21, 2017
Past Event Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Eric Carle Stories
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Eric Carle Stories
Mar 23–24, 2017
Past Event The Man Who Planted Trees
The Man Who Planted Trees
Mar 23–29, 2017
Past Event Beauty and the Beast by Ballet Biarritz
Beauty and the Beast by Ballet Biarritz
Mar 28–29, 2017
Past Event Grug and the Rainbow
Grug and the Rainbow
Apr 11–18, 2017
Past Event Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
April 21, 2017

Please review our RESERVATION GUIDELINES and PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES before placing your order.

Des Moines Performing Arts offers real-time ticketing to the Applause Series through our online order system. Simply create a person educator account to manage your reservations and to immediately confirm your reservations once your order has been placed.

Study guide materials are available to all schools attending Applause Series performances. These materials provide information about the performance, company, and art form, and provide curriculum-related activities and discussion questions.

Photos and/or video taken of attendees during Applause Series events may be used for documentation and future promotional and fundraising purposes.

Please review our policies regarding reservations, payments, and cancellations prior to placing your order.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us at 515-246-2355 or

Des Moines Performing Arts
aspires to be a national leader in presenting the performing arts by engaging the Midwest in world-class entertainment, education, and cultural activities.
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    Arts Partnerships:
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit corporation presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states. It is the presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is the performing home of many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. Events, dates, times, performers and prices subject to change without notice.
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