DM Young Artists’ Theatre

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DM Young Artists’ Theatre, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a children’s theater group comprised mainly of student performers primarily focusing on social awareness plays and musicals which was founded as UU Children’s Theater in 2007 at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. Our production offices and rehearsal studios are located at Des Moines Onstage and our scene shop is located at Noce.  Main stage productions are performed at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.  Donations are tax deductible.

We are what you would call a theater co-op where everyone from parents and friends to community members pitch in to make it all come together. We also work closely with other social organizations, schools, children’s charities and theater groups in the Greater Des Moines Metro Community.

It is our goal to provide an environment where any child can experience the transformational magic of live theater! From script writing, warm-up activities, theater games, improvisation, competitions and scene work to full-scale theatrical productions, young actors have the opportunity to develop their skills of concentration, deductive reasoning, spontaneous expression, creativity and self-confidence.

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Previous DMO and DMYAT productions:
Afternoon of the Elves – 2008
John Lennon and Me – 2009
Trials: The Life of Joan of Arc – 2010
Zink: the Myth, the Legend, the Zebra – 2011
Junie B. Jones: Monkey Business – 2011
Homeroom the Musical – 2012
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – 2012
Next to Normal – 2013
Meet Me in St. Louis – 2013
HERcules – 2013
“13” the musical – 2013
Shout! An A Cappella Musical – 2013
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – 2013
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda – 2013
My Name is Rachel Corrie – 2014
The Crucible – 2014
Annie Jr – 2014
Spring Awakening – 2014
Cabaret – 2014
Fame Jr. – 2014
Little Women – 2015
Big Fish – 2015
Stop Kiss – 2015
Rent – 2015
Columbinus – 2015
High School Musical, Jr. – 2016
Romeo & Juliet – 2016
35mm – 2016
Fahrenheit 451- 2016
The Hobbit – 2016
James & the Giant Peach, Jr – 2016
Akeelah and the Bee – 2017

Winners of the 2012 Children’s Playwriting Competition:

Best Dramatic Script: HERcules by Matt Hanf
Best Original Score for a Musical: Same City by Andrea Green