Access to the Arts

From Broadway to Ballet, IRIS volunteers provide live Audio Description for performances and community events. Patrons hear this “play by play” of the visual elements of a performance on a headset provided by IRIS.

Audio Description is scheduled for the performance dates listed below. It can also be arranged by special request.

Audio Description Performances

Sunday, December 3 at 1:00pm – Girl from the North Country

Sunday, December 17 at 1:00pm – The Wiz

Sunday, January 14 at 1:00pm – STOMP

Sunday, January 28 at 1:00pm – Mamma Mia

Sunday, February 11 at 1:00pm – Company

Sunday, March 3 at 1:00pm – Les Miserables

Sunday, March 17 at 1:00pm – Funny Girl

Sunday, May 5 at 1:00pm – MJ The Musical

Sunday, August 25 at 1:00pm – Moulin Rouge!

Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm – All is Calm

Sunday, December 10 at 5:00pm – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sunday, February 4 at 1:00pm – Our Town

Sunday, April 7 at 2:00pm – Beautiful

Sunday, June 9 at 2:00pm – The Play that Goes Wrong

Sunday, July 14 at 2:00pm – School of Rock


For tickets, call 1.800.HANCHER

Sensation Audio Description Team

Through my participation here, I have come to realize what a valuable resource IRIS is for the people of Iowa who depend upon it. So, when we learned about this idea, and the need for funding, my husband and I felt this was something which we could help develop.

How better to enrich the lives of those we serve than to bring art, music and theater to them?  We recommended to name the team “Sensation,” because it not only implies the sensational nature of the art forms we will be describing, but also ties into the feelings we all experience in our senses and emotions as we listen to and appreciate these performances.

Eileen Bowerman