The Lofte Theatre Presents “Oliver!”

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I grew up on the musical “Oliver!” Following the Academy Award winning movie adaptation in 1968, the musical was ubiquitous, a staple of high school and community theaters for the next decade. The musical is based on Charles Dicken’s “Oliver Twist,” a young orphan surviving on the streets of London with his mentor, the Artful Dodger and Fagin, a career … Read More

Shelterbelt Theatre recognized for gender equity in Playwrights

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Awards Announced for Theaters Around the World Promoting Gender Equity Industry still has a long way to go, Centre for Women Playwrights finds NEW YORK, USA, JUNE 11, 2018 The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) today announced its 2018 50/50 Applause Awards, honoring theaters that produce plays written in equal measure by women and men. At the same time, … Read More

Much Ado About Nothing Nebraska Shakespeare

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“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Cupid does a bit of each in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, but not before a lot of real killing is narrowly averted. A dastardly plot by Don John to defame Hero shatters her relationship with Claudio and sets friends careening towards conflict, dueling and death. The story perches on the … Read More

Chanticleer Theatre Presents “Company”

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Bobby is about to celebrate his thirty fifth birthday. He is a bachelor in New York with three girlfriends and five couples who are his best friends. He seems to have it all. Does he? Productions have been trying to answer this question for nearly fifty years since the musical “Company” hit Broadway in 1970. As Todd Brooks, the director … Read More

Great Plains 2018 Workshops

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2018 GPTC WORKSHOPS ACTING WORKSHOPS AUDITION PREPARATION: Mary Beth Easley The human spirit is at the core of our work. It is the quintessential expression of who we, uniquely, are. As actors, we must strive to reveal our unique selves in all our work. That includes the often terrifying, always unpredictable, audition process. How can we learn to bring the … Read More

Marat Sade at University of Nebraska at Omaha

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After 43 years of teaching higher education (34 of them at UNO), Professor Doug Paterson chose “Marat/Sade” by Peter Weiss as his directorial swan song. Why? “I wanted to go out with a bang.” Doug Paterson has been making an impact in theater all the way to his high school days in Watertown, South Dakota. “I got into theater in … Read More

SNAP! Productions “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens”

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SNAP! Productions continues its twenty-fifth anniversary celebration this March with a revival performance of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.” “Elegies” was originally a hit for SNAP! in 1999. The show is a celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score. Inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, “Elegies” … Read More

Nebraska Thespian Festival

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Here is the partial list of winners. The Nebraska High School Thespian site should have a comprehensive list soon. Thespian Scholarship $500 Winners 1. Mia Sherlock from Omaha Burke High School 2. Abigail Cameron from Westside High School Final Showcase Performers: 1. Evelyn Hill from Omaha Central 2. Chole Irwin from Gretna Middle School 3. Boston Reid from Omaha Burke … Read More

Circle Theatre’s One Act Play Festival

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Circle Theatre Presents Short Play Festival Circle Theatre has a rich and diverse history within the Omaha Theatre community. The organization has taken many artistic risks and broken new theatrical ground to pave the way for many theatre artists and theatrical institutions creating work today. A crucial part of Circle Theatre’s mission is to create a venue for artists whose … Read More

Apollon “Murder in a Jerkwater Town”

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1873. Your train breaks down while travelling through the Missouri Ozarks. You and your fellow passengers settle down at the local saloon for food and a perhaps an elixir while you wait for repairs. As you finish dinner, you suddenly learn that a particularly disagreeable passenger has been murdered. Fortunately, a Pinkerton detective is traveling with you, and she intends … Read More