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    We know how much you love Playtime Poppy productions and the educational opportunities we offer to children. Playtime Poppy invites you to join us in our mission to inspire a lifetime love of theatre for all.  


    Ushers are needed at each of our high school productions throughout the season. Performance times for the productions are:

    • Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
    • Fridays at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

    Ushers should arrive one hour prior to performances for a brief orientation. Ushers are welcome to have children with them to assist in handing out programs and greeting patrons. After all patrons are seated, ushers are invited to stay and enjoy the performance. Performances are typically one hour in length.

    Bring Stories to Life

    Love to read stories to children? Playtime Poppy is in need of storybook readers to ignite imaginations. Grab a book, sign up to volunteer and bring stories, and their characters, to life at:

    • America Reads!
    • Preschools
    • Library events

    Theatre Education

    Want to share your passion for theatre with enthusiastic kiddos? Our Education Crew would love to hear from you. Join us for:

    Playtime Poppy

    Being Playtime Poppy is a unique and heart-filling experience. She dances, gives hugs and high fives, and listens to stories from children and families who LOVE Playtime Poppy. It is an experience like none other. We offer training to each of our mascot volunteers. A guide accompanies our happy little ear of corn at each event to provide her with a steady arm. We would love to have you join our crew of dedicated mascot volunteers.

    Volunteer Sign Up

    Please complete the Volunteer Sign Up form below. If you have questions or would like more information about volunteering, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Downloadable Application

    Click here to print and complete our Volunteer Sign Up form, and mail it to:

    Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre
    102 Third Street SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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    There is still one more chance to see Playtime Poppy this spring! Come to Washington High School for today’s 2 p.m. performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

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    Volunteers, cast, and audience members all had a great time at our 5 p.m. show. Join us at 7:30 tonight, or tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Washington High School.

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    3 days ago

    Playtime Poppy Children's Theatre

    Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Washington High School Thursday at 5:00!

    Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Remember to bring your Poppy Passports!!

    Tickets are $5 (ages 1-99) and are available 45 minutes prior to each performance. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. Playtime Poppy performances are typically one hour in length.

    Supported by our season sponsor, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, and our media sponsor, 104-5 KDAT!Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Thank you to Cooper Shields and Sheryl Geuder Payton for the beautiful photos!

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