Series at the Civic Center

Willis Broadway SeriesThe Willis Broadway Series brings you the hottest professional touring productions direct from Broadway. From Tony Award-winning blockbuster musicals to captivating plays, discover why the Des Moines Performing Arts has become a top Midwest destination for Broadway's best!

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The Temple Theater first opened its doors to Iowa's longest running show, Triple Espresso - A Highly Caffeinated Comedy in 2002. Today, the Temple Comedy Series brings you professional Off-Broadway productions in this intimate 300-seat theater environment.

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Now entering its third season, Des Moines Performing Arts is proud to offer you world-class dance companies performing brilliant repertoires of modern and contemporary dance, ballet and more. For an even richer experience, DanceTalks preface and follow each performance.

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The Family Series features professional touring productions made just for your littlest theater-goers between the ages of 4 and 10. Come early for the Discovery Party and enhance the theater experience with fun arts, crafts, music and more! All shows are Saturdays at 1:00.

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This program presents professional touring productions to school audiences and continues to engage students and educators from across the region. The Des Moines Performing Arts welcomes an average of 35,000+ students and educators each year for Applause! Series performances.

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Enjoy an eclectic line-up of singers and songwriters in one of the most acoustically superior performance spaces in Des Moines – our 300-seat Temple Theater. Music enthusiasts have grown to love the selection of jazz, blues, folk and world music offered in this series.

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The Downtown Community Alliance and Des Moines Performing Arts present the Lunch Unplugged Concert Series. The eight-week entertainment series hosts concerts from noon-1 p.m. at the Temple Theater each spring.

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RESIDENT SERIES:

DES MOINES SYMPHONY - Entering its 75th Anniversary season, the Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music.

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STAGEWEST THEATRE COMPANY - Bold plays and adventurous audiences: Welcome to StageWest - the resident theatre company of the intimate, 150-seat Stoner Theater. Join us in our 16th season of eclectic, urban theatre... engaging, enlightening and entertaining!

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SMART TALK CONNECTED CONVERSATIONS - A popular favorite of central Iowa women, Smart Talk features renowned female guest speakers who share their message of inspiration, humor and life's experiences. Speakers in this series have included Marie Osmond, Julie Andrews, Jane Fonda and many more amazing women!

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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 and StageWest. Events, dates, times, performers and prices subject to change without notice.