Love, Loss, and What I Wore Opens at OCP on Jan 22

Love, Loss, and What I Wore
By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron; Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Directed by Amy Lane

Featuring

Sonia Keffer, Teri Fender, Caitlin Mabon, Judy Radcliff, and Charleen Willoughby

Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, 2016
Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)

Summary:
Love, Loss and What I Wore is an endearing and witty collection of stories shared by a cast of women. The fabric of their tales of life’s struggles and celebrations is woven with the common thread of the all-important outfits they wore for each occasion. This production, presented in a readers’ theatre fashion, involves the actresses on stools with music stands accompanied by outfit illustrations from the original book. Enjoy an evening of reliving poignant milestone memories and hilarious coming-of-age chronicles with this unique theatrical experience.

This production contains strong language.

Curtain Times:
7:30pm – Wednesday – Saturday
2pm – Sunday

Ticket Prices:
Wednesday: $28 for adults, $18
Thursday – Sunday: $36 for adults, $22 for students

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.

Box Office:
(402) 553-0800

Book of Mormon Returns to Omaha

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The Book of Mormon

Performances Begin Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Orpheum Theater

Public On Sale Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA (January 15, 2016) – Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, returns to Omaha for a limited engagement Tuesday, May 31, through Sunday, June 5, at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Single tickets will go on sale Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Tickets will be available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas streets, online at TicketOmaha.com; or by phone 402.345.0606. Group orders may be placed by calling 402.661.8516.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy® Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony® Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), BestLighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

THE BOOK OF MORMON will play at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., Tuesday, May 31, through Sunday, June 5, with performances on Tuesday, Wednesday (Press Night) and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://www.TicketOmaha.com, or visit the official THE BOOK OF MORMON website: www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com. Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook. Follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook: OmahaPerformingArts.org; Twitter: @OPerformingArts or You Tube: youtube.com/OmahaPerformingArts.

 

A Season of Exploration, Part III: Still, Still, Still Looking At My Porchyard

Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve had a story to share.  A big reason for that is how little auditioning I’ve done this year.  This has been due to a combination of this being such a musical heavy season and because I have a major project beginning in February that will keep me from even thinking about acting until next season.

With that being said, I just finished my last audition for the year.  Several years back, Amy Lane, then the Resident Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse, created the 21 and Over series for the Playhouse.  This was a series of one night only reader’s theatre productions that dealt with more mature subject matter.  The series was quite a hit and has remained a mainstay at the Playhouse, though now it is called the Alternative Programming series and covers all types of subject matter.

This past year, Amy brought the 21 and over series over to the Blue Barn where it is now known as the Porchyard Readings and is part of the Blue Barn’s “Out of the Blue” series.  I auditioned for these shows primarily to keep my chops up as circumstances placed the odds against me for both sets of auditions.

There are a total of 4 readings and each set of auditions covered two of them.  For both sets of auditions, I could only be considered for one show due to conflicts so my opportunities were halved from the start.  This limited my possibility of roles to possibly two for the first set of readings and only one for the second set of readings.  Very slim odds, indeed.

Normally at this point in the story, I’d go into an analysis of the shows and what I tried to bring to the role, but that actually isn’t important for this tale.

I’ll go ahead and answer the burning questions first.  Did I get cast?  No.  Did I enjoy myself?  Yes.

And it’s that second question that is the more important of the two.  I’ve long talked about the change that Leaving Iowa wrought within me and I think I noticed that change more with this pair of auditions than I have with any other since that show.  My auditions have become much more relaxed and at ease since the Miracle Show.  I enjoy auditioning again.  My acting between the lines and my animation has become much, much stronger and that ease and confidence has, I hope, been read by directors and enhanced my chances.  With this pair of auditions, I actually shrugged off the defeats instead of their feeling like punches to the gut.  Outside of a brief, “darn it”, they just didn’t weigh much upon me and that is a very wonderful feeling to have.

The only downside, as it were, is that, with the auditions I just finished, I might have had a better shot at the show I could not perform in.  I’m not saying I would have been cast.  It’s just that I feel I might have had a really good shot.

But let me share the exciting project with you.  As I stated in the first part of this series, I was looking into the possibility of shadowing a director to see if that is a branch of theatre I may want to try in the future.  I’m proud to say that has come to fruition.  I will be shadowing Lara Marsh when she guest directs Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods at the Omaha Playhouse later this season.  Auditions will be February 22 and 23 at 7pm at the Playhouse located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.  You can find character information here.

And stayed tuned as I document this new journey.

Dance Theatre of Harlem to Perform at Orpheum Theatre on February 25

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM TO PERFORM AT ORPHEUM THEATER FEBRUARY 25

Company To Take Part in Community Engagement & Educational Activities While In Omaha, Including Master Class, Talkback, Student Matinee

Omaha, Neb. (January 14, 2016) – Hailed as bold and “unequivocally cool,” Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim with a commitment toward enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Omaha Performing Arts presents the renowned dance company on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Slosburg Hall at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Tickets start at $20 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Hotel Deco XV.

The dance company’s program at Omaha’s Orpheum will include “Return,” a contemporary piece with music by James Brown and Aretha Franklin. In addition to the public performance at the Orpheum, company members will share their message of empowerment through the arts at community engagement and education activities coordinated by Omaha Performing Arts, including a lecture/demonstration during a student matinee performance, a master class for advance dancers, and a talkback following their public performance.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children – especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born – the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. At that time, African American artists were barred from U.S. ballet companies because of the color of their skin. The company became an expression of human excellence that broke down barriers and inspired millions.

More than 40 years later, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The company consists of 14 racially-diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic repertoire. Dance Theatre of Harlem runs a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program.

“Newsies” is Coming to Omaha

Disney’s NEWSIES Coming to Omaha

Performances Tuesday, February 16 Through Sunday, February 21 at the Orpheum Theater

Omaha, Nebraska (January 12, 2016) – Disney’s Tony® Award-winning smash hit musical NEWSIES is coming to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday, February 16, for a limited engagement of six days through Sunday, February 21. NEWSIES is presented by Omaha Performing Arts as part of its Broadway series.

Tickets start at $40 each and are available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas streets, online at TicketOmaha.com; or by phone 402.345.0606.

Group orders may be placed by calling 402.661.8516.

Ticket buyers are reminded that Ticket Omaha is the only official retail ticket outlet for all performances at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that Ticket Omaha is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

ABOUT DISNEY’S NEWSIES

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances. The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’

Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage. (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).)

NEWSIES will play at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 21 with performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://www.TicketOmaha.com, or the official Disney’s Newsies website:  www.NewsiesTheMusical.com, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies. Follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook: OmahaPerformingArtsorg; Twitter: @OPerformingArts or You Tube:  youtube.com/OmahaPerformingArts.

The Omaha engagement of NEWSIES is presented by arrangement with Omaha Performing Arts and is a subscription offering of its Broadway Series.

Auditions for Sweeney Todd at Chanticleer

Auditions for Sweeney Todd  at  Chanticleer Theater 
January 10th & 12 7:00 PM

Location:  830 Franklin Ave, Council Bluffs, IA

Production Dates March 11-30
Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 17

Audition Material Needed (ex: cold readings, contrasting monologues, prepared song, dance, etc.)
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song and  bring music for the accompanist – no a cappella, please , no dance audition is required

Show Summary
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

  • Contact Information:   Please email  laureen.pickle@cox.net  with questions

    Stage & Music Director: D. Laureen Pickle
    Asst. Director: Mark Reid
    Stage Manager: Jamie Jareke

    Detailed Character Descriptions:
  • Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker (Bass/Baritone F2 – Gb4, 30 – 50) A man consumed by revenge after his wife is kidnapped and raped, and he is wrongly convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Alto/Mezzo G3 – E5, Cockney accent, moves well, 30 – 50) An amoral, pragmatic seller of meat pies. She lusts after Todd. A very high-energy role.
  • Joanna Barker (Soprano C3 – Bb5 , 15 – 25) Benjamin Barker’s daughter, a ward of Judge Turpin. Beautiful and pure-hearted.Anthony Hope (Tenor or Bari-tenor, Ab2 – F#4, 18 -30) A good-natured, optimistic& naive young sailor.
  • Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker (Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano Ab3 – F5, 25 – 40) Barker’s wife, who he believes to be dead. Schizophrenic personality ranging from pathetic to crudely suggestive.
  • Judge Turpin (Bass/Baritone E2 – F#4, 40 – 60) A lustful, immoral, power-hungry man. Twists the law to suit himself.
  • Beadle Bamford (Tenor D3 – D5, 35 – 50) Judge Turpin’s partner in crime. “A bully with a thin veneer of gentility.”
  • Adolfo Pirelli/Danny O’Higgins (Tenor B2 – C5, 30 – 50) A charlatan who claims to be “the king of the barbers, the barber of kings.” Must be able to use both rich Italian and rough Irish dialects. A very high operatic style tenor role.
  • Tobias Ragg (Tenor or unchanged voice Bb2 – A4,  looks 13-25) Pirelli’s young, simple, and kind-hearted assistant.  Will hear both younger boys aged 12 and older, or men aged 17 and older
  • Ensemble: A wide variety of roles will come from the ensemble. Ensemble members must have strong, trained voices and good musicianship. The Ensemble is the key to success for this production, and many solo opportunities are available.

An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor

Omaha, Neb. (January 5, 2016) – Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Garrison Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom. He’ll be on stage in Omaha for An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor, presented by Omaha Performing Arts, on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM in Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets start at $20 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Hilton Omaha.

One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, “The Writers Almanac,” and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, “Good Poems: American Places.” A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including “Lake Wobegon Days,” “The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny,” and “Homegrown Democrat.” In 2006, he played himself in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He was last in Omaha in May 2013.

Along with Grammy®, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, Keillor has also been honored with the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

*Ticket Omaha is the official retail ticket outlet for all performances at the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets purchased from other ticket retailers such as secondary ticket agencies or brokers may be more expensive and may not be valid. Due to the nature of live entertainment, all programs, performers, prices, dates and times are subject to change.