Circle Theatre will hold auditions for the second production of its 2017-2018 season, Miracle on 34th Street. The production will run December 8-17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m. Audtions, rehearsals, and production will be held at Hanscom Park United Methodist Church (4444 Frances St, Omaha, NE). Rehearsals will begin the last week of October. The production will be directed by Circle Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Angela M. Dashner. For more information, please contact Circle Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the role of Kris Kringle has been pre-cast.
Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to present Resurrection: The Best of ShelterSkelter at 3225 California Street, October 6-29, 2017. The show is directed by Kaitlyn McClincy, Jayma Smay, and Elizabeth Thompson. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 9pm and Sunday at 6pm (except for Oct 29 at 2pm). Tickets are $12 for Thursday shows and $20 Fri-Sun ($15 for students, seniors (65+), and TAG members). Tickets are on sale at www.shelterbelt.org (click box office) or email@example.com or 402-341-2757.
Our audience asked for it and Shelterbelt brought ShelterSkelter back to life–the eerie, the funny, the dark and spooky! We opened the Skelter crypt and dug up some of our favorite blasts from the past, featuring some of your favorite playwrights. Come in costume! We’ll post pix on our Facebook page and each week’s winner (most likes) will advance to the finals. Top finalist wins 2 Shelterbelt season tickets! Whatever you do, don’t miss this limited edition Skelter in honor of our 25th Anniversary season. We don’t know when it’ll appear again in this dimension!
ShelterSkelter, Shelterbelt’s celebration of all things Halloween, began in 1996 and continued for 18 seasons before going on hiatus. Each year, scripts were sent from near and far, and a lengthy process began. “In 2014, we took a break from Shelterskelter to focus more on our local playwrights and full-length plays,” said Executive Director, Roxanne Wach. “As a part of our 25th anniversary season, we’ve resurrected ShelterSkelter.”
This incarnation of ShelterSkelter includes some of the best plays from past seasons, featuring work by Rob Baker, Joe Basque, Ben Beck, Molly Campbell, Julia Hinson, Jeremy Johnson, Daena Schweiger, Scott Working, and Aaron Zavitz.
The cast features Craig Bond, Katy Boone, Kevin Goshorn, Eric Grant-Leanna, Whitney Hansen, Meganne Horrocks Storm, Matt Karasek, Debbie Krambeck, and Sarah Smeltzer. Stage Manager is Taylor Vann. Assistant Stage Manager/Board Operator is Lisa Marie Hathaway. Lighting design is by Joshua Mullady, with sound design by Shannon Smay, and costumes by Bridget Mueting.
Jeffrey Ballard, collage prints, and Jonathan Wilhoft, skeletal photography, are the featured artists in the gallery.
Shelterbelt Theatre is Omaha’s home for new plays. This frightful evening opens Shelterbelt’s 25th Season, Original Lives Here, featuring scripts celebrating our local playwrights past and present. Shelterbelt Theatre is a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the international 50/50 Applause Award by the International Centre for Women Playwrights, which honors theatres that produce a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. (www.womenplaywrights.org)
BLUEBARN THEATRE’s IMMERSIVE THEATRE SERIES returns with
Walk the Night: Death Marked Love (based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet)
BLUEBARN‘s Immersive series returns with the ghosts of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, doomed to walk the night until the foul crimes done against them in their days of nature are purged away.
It begins with an invitation. After buying your ticket, you are emailed a link with driving instructions and a downloadable audio invitation–a radio play to accompany you on your drive to Fontenelle’s Neale Woods, 1/2 north of Omaha. The mysterious on the other end tells you: You will be attending an event at the summer home of his former enemy, a manor turned into a memorial after tragic events some 100 years ago. When there, you will make a choice–or perhaps the choice will make you. It will be the first among many; a choice as instinctive as one between Red and Blue, that will serve as your guide to witness grieving parents retrace the mournful last steps of their children.
Walk the Night founder Spencer Williams adapts & directs with assistance from Walk the Night company members Caulene Hudson and Aaron Ellis; choreography by Stephanie Huettner (TBD Dance Collective), costumes by Jenny Pool, lights by Josh Mullady, site design by Jesse Groff, production management by Homero Vela; original soundtrack by Andrew Heringer, Philip Kolbo, and Joe Mendick (performed live by Kolbo, Mendick and ensemble members); location partner Fontenelle Forest.
October 5 – 28, 2017
Shows run Thursday-Sunday at 7 pm; Double shows on Fridays & Saturdays
$25 for adults/$45 for unlimited access (Discounts for students, TRUBLU members & groups of 5 or more)
Location: Neale Woods Nature Center, 14323 Edith Marie Avenue in Omaha, ½ mile north of Hummel Park.
About the BLUEBARN Theatre
The BLUEBARN Theatre has been bringing professionally-produced plays to area audiences since 1989. Since its inception, BLUEBARN has produced over 100 plays and has established itself as Omaha’s professional contemporary theatre company. Striving to bring artistically significant scripts and professional production values to Omaha and the surrounding region, BLUEBARN is known for high-quality entertainment and the fearless pursuit of stories that challenge both theatre artists and patrons
To provoke thought, emotion, action, and change through daring and innovative theatre
Maples Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 2018 season.
The summer portion of the season (June-Aug) will feature:
This smash-hit musical featuring the songs of ABBA is one of the top 10 longest-running Broadway musicals. Mamma Mia! is a delightful tale of love, laughter and friendship. Donna is slowly warming up to the notion of her daughter Sophie’s impending wedding when her life is upended by the unexpected arrival of three former beaus, all possible candidates to walk Sophie down the aisle. With all your favorite ABBA hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance On Me,” “Honey, Honey” and more, find out why Mamma Mia! has become an audience favorite!
Tom, Dick, and Harry
In this hilarious story of three brothers, Tom and his wife are about to adopt a baby. His brothers are anxious to help make a good impression on the woman from the agency who has arrived to check on the home and lifestyle of the prospective parents. Unfortunately Dick, who has stashed boxes of smuggled brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably. The adoption agency representative is aghast – and the illegal Croatian aliens who do not speak English are no help at all.
The Drowsy Chaperone
In a loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical, providing the audience with amusing minutiae about the play and the players.
The fall portion of the season (Late Sept/Early Oct-Dec) features:
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
On Golden Pond
This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.
Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
It is the 1959 Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse, kitchen ladies are finishing up goodie bags and touching up Nativity pieces. Little do they know what surprises await when they are called upon to step in and save the day.
Season tickets go on sale November 1, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.maplesrep.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 660-385-2914. Maples Repertory Theatre is located at 102 N Rubey St in Macon, MO.
World Premiere of Eminent Domain
Opens Aug. 25, 2017 at the Omaha Community Playhouse
Omaha, Neb. – The world premiere of Eminent Domain will open the 2017-18 Omaha Community Playhouse season with an August 25 – September 17, 2017 run in the Howard Drew Theatre. Written by Omaha playwright Laura Leininger-Campbell, Eminent Domain tells a relevant story of a Nebraska family farm threatened by the construction of an oil pipeline and the ensuing conflict that emerges within. This 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, originally conceived for Shelterbelt Theatre’s Before the Boards series, exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Disclaimer: Contains adult language
Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of Eminent Domain has been named an official event of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, which is a yearlong celebration across the state of Nebraska in 2017 marking the 150th year of statehood. The Sesquicentennial is a strategic initiative that promotes a spirit of pride, growth, engagement and connection within our state by bridging Nebraskans across different communities, perspectives and cultures. For more information, visit https://ne150.org/calendar/eminent-domain-world-premiere-play/.
Production: World Premiere of Eminent Domain
Credits: By Laura Leininger-Campbell
Director: Amy Lane
Bill Hutson as Rob MacLeod
Erika Hall Sieff as Adair MacLeod
Jeremy Estill as Bart MacLeod
Christina Rohling as Theresa MacLeod
Cork Ramer as Cam MacLeod
Judy Radcliff as Jane MacLeod
Eric Salonis as Evan MacLeod
Chris Shonka as Trent Nichols
Thomas Becker as Mateusz Wojciechowski
Show Dates: Aug. 25-Sept. 17, 2017 (Thursday – Sunday matinee)
Tickets: At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at OmahaPlayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com. Single tickets start at $36 for adults and start at $22 for students. Ticket prices are subject to change based on performance date, seat location and ticket demand. Call the OCP box office for current prices. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $24.
Discounts: Twilight Tickets – A limited number of tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office. Cash or check only. Subject to availability.
Sponsored by: David and Anne Rismiller
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse (Howard Drew Theatre), 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE
Omaha, Neb. – Two upcoming staged readings will be held at the Omaha Community Playhouse as part of the 2017-2018 Alternative Programming series. 1776 will be held on Monday, July 17 and Cry-Baby will be held on Monday, July 31, both at 7:30 p.m. in OCP’s Howard Drew Theatre. The showings are free and open to the public with the opportunity for donation. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
In an effort to provide more performance opportunities for women actors and to look at familiar works of theatre through a different lens, this staged reading is fully cast with women playing all roles.
Event: Staged reading of 1776
Show date: Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Credits: Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
(1969 Tony Award winner for Best Musical)
Director: Ashley Laverty
Music Director: Jeff Horger
Colleen Kilcoyne as John Adams
Jennifer Castello as Benjamin Franklin
Samantha Grimes as Thomas Jefferson
Jennifer Ettinger as Richard Henry Lee, Dr. Josiah Bartlett, and Continental Congress Member
Julianna Cooper as Martha Jefferson and Joseph Hewes
Crystal Hartford as Abigail Adams and Samuel Chase
Caitlin Mabon as Edward Rutledge
Emma Johnson as Courier
Breanna Carodine as John Dickinson
Kim Alger as John Hancock
Cecilia Poon as Stephen Hopkins
Brenda Smrdel as Roger Sherman
Kate Simmons as Robert Livingston
Robyn Helwig as James Wilson
Suzanne Withem as Charles Thomason
Katy Boone as Andrew McNair
Jana Coburn as Lewis Morris
Peggy A. Holloway as Caesar Rodney
Jessie Kellerman as Col. Thomas McKean
Phyllis Bonds as Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon and Continental Congress Member
Suzanne Rose as Dr. Lyman Hall and Continental Congress Member
It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of “The Daily Show.”
Event: Staged reading of Cry-Baby
Show date: Monday, July 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Credits: Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters
Director: Andrew Saladino
Music Director: Jeff Horger
Nick LeMay as Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker
Julianna Cooper as Allison Vernon-Williams
Kim Alger as Mrs. Vernon-Williams
Timothy Vallier as Baldwin Blandish
Mackenzie Dehmer as Lenora Frigid
Crystal Hartford as Pepper Walker
Sydney Readman as Wanda Woodward
Aubrey Fleming as Mona ‘Hatchet-Face’ Malnorowski
Brendan Brown as Dupree W. Dupree
Mike Shelton as Judge Stone/Father O’Brien/Officer
Justin Eller as Whiffle #1
Ben Adams as Whiffle #2
Sean Johnson as Whiffle #3
Whitney Hansen, Katy Boone, Breanna Carodine, and Jessie Kellerman as Ensemble
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard Drew Theatre
6915 Cass Street | Omaha, NE 68132
Tickets: The showings are free and open to the public with the opportunity for donation. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
For more information on OCP alternative programs, contact Jeff Horger at email@example.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.