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Blue Barn Theatre
Creighton Performing Arts
Iowa Western Community College Theatre Department
Lofte Community Theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse
Ralston Community Theatre
The Candy Project
University of Nebraska Omaha Theatre
Omaha Performing Arts is using the theme of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, [...]
Omaha Performing Arts is using the theme of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, as inspiration to celebrate local singer-songwriters with a communitywide Songwriting Competition and Showcase. Aspiring singers/songwriters are encouraged to write an original song (under 4 minutes in duration) and submit to Omaha Performing Arts.
ONCE tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights.
“ONCE is a perfect opportunity to invite aspiring musicians and songwriters to follow their dreams, showcase their talent and have their songs heard by professionals in the music industry,” Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Omaha Performing Arts vice president of programming and education said. “We’ve put together a series of events over several days that are designed to encourage the local singer/songwriter and composer as well as celebrate the unique beauty and music of ONCE the musical stage production.”
Applicants will have the chance to win a free demo recording of their song at ARC (recording studio), produced by nationally renowned musician, producer and sound engineer, Mike Mogis. The competition will have two divisions, ages 13-18 and ages 19-29. Entries will be judged by local professionals from the music industry including: Orenda Fink, Joshua Hoyer, Matt Whipkey, professional musicians/recording artists; Kevin Coffey, music reporter for the Omaha World Herald; Tim McMahan, indie music journalist and blogger; Mogis; Ingram; Joanie Mathis, Omaha Performing Arts assistant manager of programming and education; Andrew Norman, executive director of Hear Nebraska; C.J. Olson, key staff member at Saddle Creek records, Kate Williams, Omaha Performing Arts production manager and local musician and Melissa Wurth from Omaha Girls Rock.
The top seven to ten songs will be featured in a local showcase, Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Waiting Room in Benson. Admission to the showcase will be free and open to the public. Preceding the performance, a music industry pro panel discussion will feature: Fink, Hoyer, Mogis, Olson and Whipkey and will be moderated by McMahan. The panel will discuss best practices for developing a successful music career. Following the discussion, audience members can engage with panelists in a Q&A discussion.
Winners of the Top 50 songs will receive one complimentary ticket to ONCE the musical at the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, May 12. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015. These songwriters will also have the opportunity to participate in a post-show talk-back discussion with cast members from ONCE. Full contest rules and more information are available at www.omahaperformingarts.org/educate/songwriting-competition.
Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová; a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom); direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany; movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).
The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, with original music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová. The independent Irish film, ONCE was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20 million worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Hansard, from the popular Irish Rock band The Frames, and Irglová. Hansard and Irglová won the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Original song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards®.
ONCE will play Omaha’s Orpheum Theater for a limited engagement Tuesday, May 12, through Sunday, May 17. ONCE will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 12, 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for ONCE are available through Ticket Omaha.* The tickets, starting at $30 each, are available by going online at TicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606; or by going to the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. The show is part of Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Series.
For more information on ONCE the stage musical, please visit www.TicketOmaha.com, or the official ONCE website: www.oncemusical.com. Follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook: OmahaPerformingArtsorg; Twitter: @OPerformingArts or You Tube: youtube.com/OmahaPerformingArts.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, As You Like It. This production is directed by D. Scott Glasser. Previews for As You [...]
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, As You Like It. This production is directed by D. Scott Glasser.
Previews for As You Like It run April 15-16 with performances April 17-18, 22-25 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge Street.
The house opens at 7:00 pm with a 7:30 pm curtain for all performances. The April 15 preview will also be a TAG Night Out.
Silvius loves Phoebe who loves Ganymede who is really Rosalind who loves Orlando who hates Oliver who loves Celia, not including William who loves Audrey who loves Touchstone the clown. Our production of As You Like It is set in pre-revolution Russia. It is a fantasy about personal power and social responsibility told through a tangled web of disguise and romance. Whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually, those who enter the Forest of Arden are often remarkably different when they leave. As we surrender to the spell of Shakespeare’s magic, we too are free for the moment from the conventions and restraints of the real world, and we linger in an enchanted wood to listen to the theorizing of Jaques, the jests of Touchstone, and the laughter of Rosalind. You will have to see this comedy to find out who gets whom.
For tickets, visit www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The theatre box office is located on the first floor of UNO’s Weber Fine Arts Building.
For previews, tickets are $5 for all audiences. For performances, tickets are $15 for all audiences. Tickets are free for UNO students who present a valid UNO ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.
(Friday) 7:30 pm
University of Nebraska at Omaha - Weber Fine Arts Building
6505 University Drive South, 68182
The Apollon’s April show is already filling up fast, as patrons recollect the amazing immersive performance of last year’s Titanic interpretation which was one of the company’s most popular shows [...]
The Apollon’s April show is already filling up fast, as patrons recollect the amazing immersive performance of last year’s Titanic interpretation which was one of the company’s most popular shows ever. For 2015, keeping with the tradition of offering an immersive experience on the ship’s last evening, we kept the best of our 2013 and 2014 versions and added some new twists.
This evening of environmental theater asks each guest first to choose whether they will travel in first class or in steerage – and then to buy the appropriate ticket. Each guest’s experience is tailored to that class selection as they are asked to assume the identity of an actual Titanic passenger spending the evening with captain and crew in the dining rooms, libraries, parlors, and on the decks of our gallery-turned doomed cruise-liner. The semi-scripted events of the evening will include dancing, singing, games, formal tea service, and cigars – until the inevitable iceberg forces passengers to debate their fellow guests to decide which third of the audience will make it to the lifeboats and survive. Make a convincing case for the survival of your character or you’ll be left to go down with the ship!
Dinner Performances (doors at 7:00pm; show at 7:30pm)
Saturday, April 11th ****ONLY STEERAGE REMAINING****
Friday, April 17th
Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th ****SOLD OUT****
Friday, April 24th
Saturday, April 25th
====================You decide what kind of experience you’d like to have. A $35 First Class ticket earns passage in the style to which you’ve become accustomed – grand treatment, fine dishes, a more luxurious experience than that afford to those who are…beneath you.
Not concerned about all that fanciness? Can’t afford the lap of luxury? Your $25 passage in Steerage will get you across the sea…or not. You’ll get a show and some hot grub along the way.
Whether you are in First Class or Steerage, this experience will be more fun if you dress the part! If you feel the need to go all out and rent a costume, our friends at Fairytail Costumes inside Crossroads Mall would love to help you. Either way, dressing to match the ticket you’ve purchased will ensure that you fit right in with the Apollon artists with whom you will be interacting.
No physical ticket is required for admission once you have completed your purchase via the web site or at the box office. All admissions include dinner. This event is “rated” PG-13. Younger guests are welcome, but please contact us to discuss age appropriateness if you have any concerns.
(Friday) 7:30 pm
1801 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE
The Candy Project presents "Gutenberg! The Musical!" In this inspired two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project - a big, splashy, factually [...]
The Candy Project presents “Gutenberg! The Musical!”
In this inspired two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project – a big, splashy, factually spotty musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.
Randall Stevens directs the 2 person cast which features the award-winning talents Omaha favorites Dan Chevalier (Bud) and Steve Krambeck (Doug). Tim Vallier is the production’s Music Director, Cathy Hirsch the Producer and Devon Adams is Stage Manager.
Developed by Scott Brown and Anthony King at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC, Off Broadway “Gutenberg! The Musical!” garnered nominations for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; and its authors were nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.
The musical is set for a 9-show run at the Pizza Shoppe Collective, located in the heart of downtown Benson (6056 Maple Street) March 27-29 & April 10-12, 17-19. All performances have a 7:30pm showtime. There will be a preview performance on March 26th which will be a TAG Night Out benefiting the TAG Scholarship.
Tickets ($18 adults, $15 Students and TAG members) can be reserved by calling (402) 957-2827 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Candy Project: Established in 2008, The Candy Project has specialized in bringing little-known works of musical theatre to Omaha. They are best known for their production of “[title of show]” for which they were awarded Outstanding Musical Production of the year (among other awards) by the Theatre Arts Guild of Omaha. Other past performances include “I Love You Because”, “ROOMS: A Rock Romance” and “Homemade Fusion”. For more information, please visit www.thecandyproject.com.
“A smashing success!” –The New York Times
“Brilliantly realized and side-splitting!”—New York Magazine
“Gutenberg! The Musical!” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC
(Friday) 7:30 pm
6056 Maple Street, Omaha NE
Creighton University will present, as part of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts 50th Anniversary celebration, the Tony award winning musical, Cabaret -- book by Joe Mastroff, music by John [...]
Creighton University will present, as part of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts 50th Anniversary celebration, the Tony award winning musical, Cabaret — book by Joe Mastroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Show dates and times:
April 10, 11 @ 7:30pm.
April 12 @ 2:00pm
April 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30pm
April 19 @ 2:00pm
TAG NIGHT OUT: April 9 @ 7:30pm.
Directed by Dr. Amy Lane; Music Direction by Stephen Sheftz; Choreography by Patrick Roddy; Set Design by Matthew Hamel (in partial fulfillment of his BFA in Theatre degree); Costume Design by Lindsay Pape; Lighting Design by Bill Van Deest
$18 General admission
$5 All Students and Creighton Faculty and Staff (with Creighton ID)
Tickets can be purchased at the boxoffice.creighton.edu, over the phone: 402-280-1448, or in person at the Box Office in the Lied Education Center for the Arts on the corner of 24th & Cass Streets.
Willkommen, ladies and gentlemen, to Berlin. On the brink of Hitler’s rise to power, New Year’s Eve, 1929, the audience has a front-row seat at the seedy nightspot, the Kit Kat Klub. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin, CABARET follows the interlocking stories of an English cabaret singer, an American novelist, a German landlady, and her Jewish lover as they are caught up in the tumultuous maelstrom of a changing society. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, CABARET is an unforgettable theatrical experience, featuring well-known classics of the musical stage such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” and of course “Cabaret.”
Creighton University is pleased to welcome Tony-award winning actress Michele Pawk to Omaha April 10-12th. Ms. Pawk, who played Fraulein Kost in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret, will offer Master classes in Musical Theatre auditioning techniques on Saturday, April 11th for select participants. Ms. Pawk returns to Creighton after directing our award-winning production of West Side Story here in 2009. Her extensive career includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, as well as television and film. Currently, Ms. Pawk is a Professor of Theatre at Wagner College on Staten Island.
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Lied Education Center for the Arts
2500 California Plz #101 Omaha, NE 68178
Directed by Ablan Roblin By Paul Rudnick Andrew, an aspiring actor, has landed the role of a lifetime as Hamlet. There is just one problem…he hates Hamlet. As fate would have it, [...]
Directed by Ablan Roblin
By Paul Rudnick
Andrew, an aspiring actor, has landed the role of a lifetime as Hamlet. There is just one problem…he hates Hamlet. As fate would have it, Andrew’s new Manhattan residence is the former apartment of the brilliant actor John Barrymore, whose portrayal of Hamlet was legendary. When Barrymore’s ghost appears to Andrew, he mentors Andrew on all the tricks of the trade. Will Andrew’s debut be a triumph or a tragedy? Find out in this fast-paced, fencing-packed and funny play.
sponsor: Carter & Vernie Jones
media sponsor: Q98
Ben Beck – ANDREW RALLY
Kevin Barratt – JOHN BARRYMORE
Suzanne Withem – DEIRDRE MCDAVEY
Kim Jubenville – LILLIAN TROY
Julie Ryan – FELICIA DANTINE
Dave Wingert – GARY PETER LEFKOWITZ
For groups of 12 or more
Box Office: (402) 553-0800 or toll free at 1-888-782-4338
Twilight (half-priced) tickets will be sold each performance day beginning at noon, cash or check only at the Box Office window. Seating is subject to availability. Mention you are a TAG member for a $10 discount; membership card must be shown when picking up your ticket.
In the Hawks Mainstage Theatre.
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St Omaha, NE 68132
Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California Street, is pleased to announce their upcoming world premiere production, In the Jungle You Must Wait by Omaha playwright, Jeremy Johnson. The production runs April 17 [...]
Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California Street, is pleased to announce their upcoming world premiere production, In the Jungle You Must Wait by Omaha playwright, Jeremy Johnson. The production runs April 17 – May 10, 2015. Performances are Thursday at 8pm ($10), Friday/Saturday at 8pm ($15 general public, $12 students/seniors/TAG) and Sunday at 2pm ($10). RESERVATIONS: email@example.com, www.shelterbelt.org OR 402-341-2757. There will be a TAG Night out on April 16th.
Directed by Elizabeth Thompson, the cast features Ed Cutler, Sherry Josand Fletcher, Monica Ghali, Nichole Hawkins, Caitlin Mabon, Kaitlin Maher, Chris Riley, Christopher Scott, and Shannon Smay. The show is produced by Cristina Byrne and Noah Diaz, with set/lighting design by Josh Mullady, costumes by Lora Kaup, props by Cristina Byrne and sound by Shannon Smay. Roxanne Wach, Cristina Byrne and Dan Wach are providing projections. Jayma Smay is assistant director and stage manager.
Employees at an insurance company are forced to find meaning in their lives when they suddenly find they must try to save one of their own. It’s about you, everyone you know and the jungles where we find each other. Slam poetry, satire, and a searing truth all find their places in this fast-paced new comedy. This play contains adult content. Mature audiences only.
“I was inspired to write this play working in the underbelly of the janitorial industry. Most of it was written while sitting on a box of toilet paper in one dark janitor’s closet or another,” says Johnson, a poet himself.
Elizabeth Thompson, who is also Shelterbelt’s Artistic Director, says, “I chose the play because I really connected to the idea of a co-worker’s death connecting these people who see each other every day but do not actively participate in each other’s lives. Something sad and devastating brings this group closer together and I can certainly relate to that.”
The two janitors in the building are both poets, which adds another element to the play. Thompson continues, “Most of the characters see themselves in a new light and this form of self expression helps them cross over from the mundane to the possibility of ‘what if.’ I love how the poetry allows these characters to express themselves in ways they never thought possible.”
Building on the poetry element in the play, Shelterbelt is pleased to partner with the Nebraska Writer’s Collective, which promotes creative writing and performance poetry throughout the Midwest, and Louder Than A Bomb: Great Plains, which is a sanctioned offshoot of Chicago’s long-running youth poetry festival that was the subject of the award-winning Louder Than a Bomb documentary. Louder Than a Bomb is an extensive poetry writing and performance workshop conducted in area schools that culminates in a friendly tournament.
“I’ve been a fan of the Shelterbelt for over 12 years, as they do so much for local writers and actors, so it’s a thrill to be able to partner with a great organization like this as both our organizations are working to make the arts better locally and support our local artists,” said Matt Mason, Executive Director of Nebraska Writers Collective.
Thompson adds, “The slam poetry element in the play felt relevant to what is happening in the art scene in Omaha right now. Poetry events have been popping up all over town in the past few years and it is really exciting to see.”
On April 18, the theatre will host a post-show talk back and reception with the playwright. Shelterbelt is working with Nebraska Writers Collective and Louder Than a Bomb coaches as our educational partners. Sunday, April 26 at 6pm, the theatre will host Louder Than a Bomb Coach Showcase I with Nicholas Bell, Katie F-S, Dan Leamen and Brittany Young. On Sunday, May 3 at 6pm, they will present Louder Than A Bomb Coach Showcase II with Ryler Dustin, Greg Harries, Katharen Hedges and Stacie Waite. (Line-ups subject to change.) Both events have a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Eddith Buis will be showing ink drawings “From the Office” during the run of show. Eddith is known throughout the theatre community for her gestural drawings rendered during performances of plays around town. “She will be attending dress rehearsals to create her pencil drawings, taking them home to ink them and we’ll hang them before the production opens,” said Roxanne Wach, Shelterbelt’s artistic director and gallery manager. “It’ll be a unique show for Shelterbelt.”
Shelterbelt Theatre is Omaha’s home for new plays, currently celebrating their 22nd season.
(Friday) 8:00 pm
3225 California St. (33rd and California)