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IRIS Delivers Access to the Arts for All Ages and Abilities!

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The IRIS SENSATION! Team continues to enjoy wonderful success. From Broadway to Ballet, patrons continue to enjoy equal access to the performing arts at venues across Central Iowa. Pictured: Ballet Des Moines' Artistic Director Serkan Usta with Deb Caldbeck, Elsie & Arlo Monthei.

Sensation Description Team Mainstream Friends IRIS now serves patrons at The Des Moines Community Playhouse at select performances of all Mainstage productions. We also serve all Friday Fundays with tailored description that provides plot support for patrons with learning differences.

Upcoming Described Performances

Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center Logo

Nov. 27



Dec. 11


Mamma Mia

Jan. 22


The Sound of Music

Feb. 12


Jersey Boys

March 19


Fun Home

April 9


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

May 21


An American in Paris

July 23


Des Moines Community Playhouse Logo
Rock Of Ages

July 24


West Side Story

Oct. 16


Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

Dec. 11


F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Feb. 5


The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein

March 26


Steel Magnolias

June 11



IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to thousands of listeners throughout Iowa. Each day, volunteers in 7 locations sit down in front of an IRIS microphone and read aloud from their local newspapers. The readings are heard on custom receivers that are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. The volunteer Voices of IRIS, over 400 strong, keep our listeners connected to their communities - and their world.

Our Mission: The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) exists to bring the world of information to Iowans who cannot access the printed word because of blindness, visual or physical impairment or learning difference.

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