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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Performing Arts will present the fifth annual IOWA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS SHOWCASE on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The evening of entertainment will feature more than 500 student performers representing 60 participating high schools from across the state. Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, are on sale now at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

The IOWA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS SHOWCASE is a yearlong education program launched by Des Moines Performing Arts. Throughout the school year, performing arts professionals and educators serve as adjudicators to review musical productions and offer constructive feedback to each of the participating high schools. Based on the adjudicators’ feedback, students and productions will be honored with an awards presentation. In addition, the Showcase will feature entertainment from participating high school students.

The program has continued to grow by leaps and bounds since nine schools first participated during its inaugural year in 2012. The program has now expanded to a record 60 schools since it became a statewide initiative starting with the 2016-2017 school year.

Further details regarding awards and recognitions for each participating school will be released in May.

For immediate information about the IOWA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS SHOWCASE, please visit: 

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About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 37 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit

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