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

February 13, 2022 at 1:00pm – Tootsie

March 12, 2022 at 2:00pm – RENT

March 27, 2022 at 1:00pm – Hadestown

May 22, 2022 at 1:00pm – Hamilton

August 7, 2022 at 1:00pm – My Fair Lady

August 28, 2022 at 1:00pm – To Kill a Mockingbird

January 3, 2023 at 1:00PM – CATS

March 19, 2023 at 1:00pm – 1776

For tickets, call 515.246.2300

January 19, 2022 at 7:30pm – An Officer and a Gentleman

April 7, 2022 at 7:30pm – The Band’s Visit

For tickets, call 1.800.HANCHER

December 19, 2021 at 1:00pm – Sound of Music

February 6, 2022 at 2:00pm – Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

April 3, 2022 at 2:00pm – Singin’ In The Rain

June 12, 2022 at 2:00pm – Calendar Girls

July 10, 2022 at 2:00pm – Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

For tickets, call 515.277.6261

December 11, 2021 (time tba) Ballet Des Moines’ The Nutcracker

For Tickets, call 515.244.0507


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