Yesterday and Today

Tim MantilSpecial Events

Yesterday and Today By Joe Basque, Contributor   For most actors, their big career break leads to a successful professional acting career. Billy McGuigan’s big acting break actually led him away from an acting career. After majoring in theater at UNO, McGuigan was unable to land regular work as a professional actor. He eventually settled in Omaha, turning in memorable … Read More

New Theatre Company Serves Unheard Voices

Tim MantilSpecial Events

New Theatre Company Serves Unheard Voices By Stephanie Kidd, TAG Board Member Last Spring when she was working with incarcerated men at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, theatre practitioner Haley Haas found herself in need of a playwright with a certain set of skills to complete the project. Luckily, she ran into fellow theatre artist Colleen O’ Doherty at a theatre … Read More

Hidden Hero – Mandy Aleksiak

Krista FreimuthFront Page

Hidden Hero – Mandy Aleksiak By Tom Miller If you attend the Rose Theatre productions on a regular basis, Mandy Aleksiak is no stranger to you.  A thespian in high school (often taking on character roles such as a drunk, a witch, or a villain), she is now the smiling face who welcomes you to the productions at the Rose.  … Read More

Big Fish- Bellevue Little Theatre

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The Bellevue Little Theatre celebrates its golden anniversary this year as one of the oldest and most celebrated community theaters in the region. While the theater has benefitted from countless dedicated volunteers and board members over time, no one has had a greater impact on the last fifty years than founding member Bette Swanson. She was kind enough to sit … Read More

Audio Describer Training

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Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 21 million Americans experience significant vision loss). American Council for the Blind … Read More

“The Break” Staged Reading

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Marie Amthor Schuett shares her ideas and the process behind writing “The Break” which will have a staged reading Saturday August 18,2018. How did you get this idea? The Break actually began as a straight play called In Medias Res. I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around the characters, though. I didn’t care enough about them. At the … Read More

Theatre Arts Guild 51st Celebration

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After fifty years of awards ceremonies by TAG and its predecessor, MAG, the Theatre Arts Guild is starting a new annual tradition in August to celebrate the theatre community as a whole and acknowledge the great stage work being done throughout the area. The TAG Celebration 2018 will be held on August 11, 2018 at the Lied Education Center for … Read More

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