Nebraska Theatre Caravan Adult Auditions for 2019 Tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan will hold auditions for adults (ages 17 and older) for the anticipated national touring production of A Christmas Carol.  Auditions will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11am at the Omaha Community Playhouse located at 6915 Cass Street in Omaha, NE.  Please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.

The audition will include singing and reading from the script followed by movement.  Applicants should bring a resume and headshot, a 16 bar cutting of a prepared song with sheet music, and be prepared to read from the script.  Applicants should also be prepared to move.  An accompanist will be provided.

Estimated contact dates for A Christmas Carol are early November through late December 2019.

These are touring productions and performances will be conducted across the United States.  Rehearsals will be held 9am-6pm in Omaha.  All actors must be available to attend al rehearsals during stated times as well as all performances.

For additional audition or production information, contact Company Manager Kate Whitecotton at kwhitecotton@omahaplayhouse.com.

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British Farce on Tap at OCP

One Man, Two Guvnors Opens April 12 at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, NEOne Man, Two Guvnors will open Friday, April 12 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from April 12 through May 5, 2019.  Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

One Man, Two Guvnors is a side-splitting farce packed with physical comedy and hilarious hijinks, set in 1960s England.  When out-of-work Francis becomes employed by two men, he goes to great lengths to serve both employers without them finding out about each other.  But soon, cases of mistaken identity and the introduction of several unusual characters begin to thwart his plan.  How long will Francis be able to keep them apart?  One Man, Two Guvnors premiered in London in 2011 with James Cordon as Francis, a role he reprised in the original Broadway productions in 2012, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $24, with ticket prices varying by performance and seating zone.  Tickets may be purchased at the OCP Box Office located at 6915 Cass Street, by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com.

Opening Night Party

OCP will host a British Bash to celebrate opening night of the British-born comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors.  Patrons with tickets to the opening night performance are invited to attend this free party in the Owen Lobby at OCP beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, April 12.  the celebration will feature tea and “biscuits” (cookies) and a British-themed photo booth with wacky props and backdrops.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance

OCP with host an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performance of One Man, Two Guvnors on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm.

ProductionOne Man, Two Guvnors

Written By:  Richard Bean

Directed By:  Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Cast

Steve Krambeck as Francis Henshall

Cathy Hirsch as Rachel Crabbe

Chris Shonka as Stanley Stubbers

John Shaw as Alan Dangle

Erik Quam as Harry Dangle

Brennan Thomas as Lloyd Boateng

Victoria Stark as Dolly

Cork Ramer as Charlie

Roz Parr as Pauline

Jennifer Gilg as Gareth

Bill Hutson as Alfie

Ensemble roles played by Marcus Benzel & Olivia Howard

 

 

OCP Announces Auditions for ‘Sweat’ and Musical Auditions for 95th Season

Auditions for Sweat by Lynn Nottage
Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m

Those auditioning should enter through the west “Stage Door” entrance and proceed to the check-in table downstairs.

Show Dates: August 16 – September 15, 2019 in the Howard Drew Theatre

Director: Susie Baer Collins

Rehearsals: Begin approximately mid June 2019

Description: Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, SWEAT is a head-first dive into working class America. A three-time Tony Award® nominee, SWEAT follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change. As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake. Punctuated with lively humor, SWEAT goes to the heart of what it means to be human—both good and bad—when fear and uncertainty take hold. Disclaimer: Contains adult language and violence.

Roles:

Evan, African-American, forties

Jason, white American of German descent, twenty-one / twenty-nine
Chris, African-American, twenty-one / twenty-nine
Stan, white American of German descent, fifties
Oscar, Colombian-American, twenty-two / thirty
Tracey, white American of German descent, forty-five / fifty-three
Cynthia, African-American, forty-five / fifty-three
Jessie, Italian-American, forties
Brucie, African-American, forties

Notes:

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script provided at auditions

What to Bring:

All contact information, personal schedules and a list of rehearsal conflicts with which to fill out an audition form.

To expedite the check-in process – please bring a recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.
2019/2020 Season Musical Auditions
Adult (16 or older) auditions:
Saturday, June 15th at 11 a.m.
Sunday, June 16th at 6 p.m.
Youth (under 16) auditions:
Saturday, June 22nd at 11 a.m.
Actors interested in Annie, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, Once, Bright Star and The Color Purple should plan to attend. Actors should enter through the main lobby on the south or east side of the facility.

Once will include actors playing instruments. If you are interested in this specific musical and have an instrument, please bring the instrument with you and be prepared to play 16 bars of music of your choice. You may also accompany your own singing audition if you prefer.

Actors please be prepared with the following:

  • Sheet music with 16 bars ready to sing (an accompanist will be provided)
  • ONCE the musical will include actors playing instruments. If you are interested in this specific musical and have an instrument, please bring the instrument with you and be prepared to play 16 bars of music of your choice. You may also accompany your own singing audition if you prefer.
  • There will be a dance audition, so actors should be dressed to move (no boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc.)
  • You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and schedules available to complete the form.
  • A recent photo to attach to your audition form. Please note, the photos do not need to be professional and will not be returned.
*Audition dates are subject to change
Location:  Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)

Blue Barn’s Next Show is a Little “Indecent”

BLUEBARN THEATRE presents

Tony Award-Winning Indecent by Paula Vogel

March 21st, 2019- April 14th, 2019

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm

Sunday 3/31 & 4/14 at 2pm | 4/7 at 6:00pm

About the Play

Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeancea play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel, INDECENT charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Paula Vogel’s Tony award-winning masterpiece is a glorious celebration of the power of theatre to harness the very best of the human spirit.

About the Production

    Indecent features Sam Bertino, Leanne Hill Carlson, Ezra Colón, D. Scott Glasser, Jonathan Purcell, Judy Radcliff, Olga Smola, Jonathan Wilhoft, Kate Williams, and Suzanne Withem. Directed by Susan Clement, Assistant Directed by Barry Carman, with stage management by Taylor Jackson, choreography by Melanie Walters, music direction by Hal France and Olga Smola, scenic and lighting design by Steven Williams, costume design by Georgiann Regan, scenic painting by Craig Lee, sound design by Bill Kirby, and properties by Amy Reiner.

The production is generously sponsored by Vernie and Carter Jones,

 Fran and Rich Juro, Kim Jubenville and Devin Fox.

Tickets

General Admission ($35) and Senior ($30) tickets are available at bluebarn.org. Educator, Military, and BLUCrew tickets are available through the box office (402) 345-1576.

Engagement Events

The God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch  Mon, March 25th @7pm BLUEBARN | TBA @ JCC                                                                                             

Experience the Yiddish theatre classic that lies at the heart of Paula Vogel’s Indecent. In partnership with the JCC, we present a staged reading of Sholem Asch’s legendary play, The God of Vengeance. Directed by Roxanne Wach There will be two performances: March 25th at the BLUEBARN Theatre with a performance TBA at the JCC, 333 S. 132nd St

Why We Remember   Saturday, March 30th @ 5pm

Join us as we host Scott Littky, Executive Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education.

The Institute for Holocaust Education is committed to learning the lessons of the Holocaust and inspiring the community to create a more just and equitable society. Scott will speak to the IHE’s mission and the importance of ensuring that the history and tragedy of the holocaust are never forgotten.

A Shanda fur die Goyim (“a shame before the nations”) Sunday April 7th, Post-Show Forum

Following our 6pm performance, join Rabbi Steven Abraham (Beth El Synagogue) and Dr. Leonard Greenspoon (Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton) in conversation about BLUEBARN’s production of Indecent.

Engagement events are free and open to the public

OCP Announces 95th Season

Omaha, NE–The Omaha Community Playhouse has announced the titles to be produced during their 95th season, which will run from August, 2019 through June, 2020. Subscriptions for OCP’s 2019/20 season are now available for purchase through the OCP Box Office at 6915 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132 or by phone at (402) 553-0800.

BILLY MCGUIGAN’S ROCK TWIST*
Aug. 2 – 18, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Steve Gomez | ©2007 by Rave On Productions
Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is back! A high-energy concoction of rock ‘n’ roll mega hits with a big band twist, Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is a live concert experience like no other. Featuring a stacked lineup of all-star musicians covering everything from The Doors to Frank Sinatra — all backed by a four-piece horn section — Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is the electric marriage of music’s greatest generations.
Presenting Sponsor: Valmont Industries, Inc.
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series

SWEAT
Aug. 16 – Sept. 15, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Lynn Nottage
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is a head-first dive into working class America. A three-time Tony Award® nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change. As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake. Punctuated with lively humor, Sweat goes to the heart of what it means to be human — both good and bad — when fear and uncertainty take hold.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and violence

ANNIE
Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Music by Charles Strouse | Lyrics by Martin Charnin | Book by Thomas Meehan
Everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse! Annie is the beloved tale of a young girl who never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents. After enlisting the help of Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Annie finds herself in a tangled web of con artists, kidnappers and — worst of all — Miss Hannigan! With a little help from her orphan friends and her dog, Sandy, Annie ultimately finds a place where she belongs in this heartwarming classic. Featuring timeless songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” Annie has been delighting audiences of all ages for decades.
Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Oct. 4 – Nov. 10, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Music, Lyrics and Book by Richard O’Brien
This fall, cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes its long-awaited return — complete with fan-favorite midnight performances! After a flat tire renders them helpless in a storm, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, take refuge in the mansion of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a dangerously eccentric cross-dressing scientist with an insatiable libido. As the night unfolds, a host of wild characters plunge in and out of rock songs and elaborate dances, stripping the couple of their innocence and leading them to question their traditional stance on sexuality. This gender-bending musical extravaganza is the most fun you can have in fishnets! Audience participation and costumes are encouraged!
Disclaimer: Contains sexual content and adult language.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL*
Nov. 15 – Dec. 23, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written by Charles Dickens | Adapted by Charles Jones | Musical Orchestration by John J. Bennett
It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol! Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and
the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.
Presenting Sponsor: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG
Media Sponsor: KETV
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

YESTERDAY AND TODAY: THE INTERACTIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE*
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Matthew McGuigan | ©2007 by Rave On Productions
Cap off 2019 with a shot of Beatlemania — courtesy of the brothers McGuigan! Yesterday and Today is the smash hit, all request Beatles show that the audience controls. Share your favorite stories and relive your fondest memories with the songs that defined a generation. With no two shows the same — and every show packed with fan favorites —
Yesterday and Today will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.
Presenting Sponsor: WoodmenLife
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Jan. 17 – Feb. 9, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Winner of five Tony Awards®, A Raisin in the Sun confronts life in South Side Chicago through the eyes of the Younger family. After years of battling poverty and racism, the Youngers hope an unexpected insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. With the looming fear that this may be their only chance, the family is torn apart as they struggle to agree on the most effective way to use the money.
Disclaimer: Contains language and themes related to racial tension.
Presenting Sponsor: Conagra Brands Foundation
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

NATIVE GARDENS
Feb. 14 – March 15, 2020
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Karen Zacarías
When Pablo and Tania purchase a new home in a well-to-do white neighborhood, the couple next door initially offer a friendly welcome. But when a laughable property line disagreement dissolves into an all-out turf war, the dirt begins to fly. Packed with witty quips — and plenty of back-and-forth mudslinging — Native Gardens is a sidesplitting reminder that, despite our differences, we all share a much larger common ground.

ONCE
Feb. 28 – March 22, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Book by Enda Walsh | Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová | Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Winner of eight Tony Awards® and based on the Oscar®-winning film, Once is the achingly beautiful tale of unexpected love between Guy, an Irish musician, and Girl, a Czech immigrant. The uplifting score — featuring the Academy Award®-winning single, “Falling Slowly,” — is performed entirely on stage, with the actors doubling as
orchestra musicians. Equal parts touching and inspiring, Once reminds us of music’s unique ability to forge deep, unspoken connections in our lives.
Disclaimer: Contains adult language.
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

BRIGHT STAR
April 17 – May 10, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written and Composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Nominated for five Tony Awards®, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and inspired by real events, Bright Star is a story of enduring hope woven through time and set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Young teenager Alice Murphy is devastated when her infant son is ripped away. But 20 years later, a young man enters her life and ushers in an unexpected glimmer of hope. With a Grammy®-nominated bluegrass score that will seep into your veins, Bright Star is as much a musical experience as it is a journey of the heart.
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY
May 1 – 31, 2020
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Sarah Ruhl
For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday follows 70-year-old Ann and her four siblings as they face the loss of their father. As the siblings revisit their childhood and upbringing — including Ann’s adventures onstage as the star of Peter Pan — the audience gets a sentimental glimpse at what it truly means to grow up and a touching reminder that you’re never too old to fly.
Disclaimer: Contains mild adult language.

THE COLOR PURPLE
May 29 – June 28, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Based on the Novel by Alice Walker | Book by Marsha Norman | Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar®-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is an intimate coming-of-age story set in rural Georgia and told through a rich helping of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. As Celie grows from a young teenager into a woman, she must overcome the cruelty and hardships that life has dealt to discover her inner strength through love, forgiveness and family. Driven by powerhouse vocal performances, The Color Purple is the ultimate tale of triumph over suffering and empowerment through adversity.
Disclaimer: Contains adult themes.
Presenting Sponsor: Kiewit Corporation
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Set to Open at OCP

The Bridges of Madison County
Opens March 1 at Omaha Community Playhouse
Omaha, NEThe Bridges of Madison County will open Friday, March 1 at the Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP). The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from March 1 through March 24. Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair. Robert, a National Geographic photographer, seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local Iowa housewife, Francesca. Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), The Bridges of Madison County heartbreakingly explores the “what if” in life and will leave audiences breathless.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $24, with ticket prices varying by performance and seating zone. Tickets may be purchased at the OCP Box Office, located at 6915 Cass Street, by phone at (402) 553-0800 or online at OmahaPlayhouse.com.
DOUBLE CASTING
The two lead roles in OCP’s production of The Bridges of Madison County
have been double cast, with Mackenzie Dehmer and Angela Jenson Frey playing the role of Francesca and James Verderamo and Thomas Gjere playing the role of Robert. These
actors will alternate performance dates. The schedule of actors by performance is as follows:
Friday, March 1 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Saturday, March 2 – Frey & Gjere
Sunday, March 3 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Wednesday, March 6 – Frey & Gjere
Thursday, March 7 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Friday, March 8 – Frey & Gjere
Saturday, March 9 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Sunday, March 10 – Frey & Gjere
Wednesday, March 13 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Thursday, March 14 – Frey & Gjere
Friday, March 15 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Saturday, March 16 – Frey & Gjere
Sunday, March 17 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Wednesday, March 20 – Frey & Gjere
Thursday, March 21 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Friday, March 22 – Frey & Gjere
Saturday, March 23 – Dehmer & Verderamo
Sunday, March 24 – Frey & Gjere
SPECIAL EVENTS
Opening Night State Fair Party
OCP will host a special state fair-themed party to celebrate opening night of
The Bridges of Madison County on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. for guests attending the opening night performance. The celebration will include traditional state fair
concessions and activities. To purchase tickets to opening night, please call the OCP Box Office at (402) 553-0800 or visit OmahaPlayhouse.com.
Directed by:  Kimberly Faith Hickman
Cast
Francesca – Mackenzie Dehmer and Angela Jenson Frey
Robert – James Verderamo and Thomas Gjere
Bud – Mike Palmreuter
Michael – Matthew Tolliver
Carolyn – Julianna Cooper
Chiara/Marian – Analisa Peyton
Marge – Joey Hartshorn
Charlie – Kevin Olsen
Young Bud/Ensemble – Brandon Fisher
State Fair Singer/Ensemble – Mary Trecek
Paolo/Ensemble – Bowen Peterson
Ginny/Ensemble – Brooke Fencl
Ensemble – Brendan Brown, Justin Eller, Katie Miller, Amanda Vyhlanek

American Classic on Tap for OCP

Of Mice and Men Opens Feb 15 at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, NEOf Mice and Men will open Friday, Feb 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  The show will run in the Howard Drew Theatre from Feb 15-Mar 17, 2019.  Performances wil be held Wed-Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression, George–an intelligent, but uneducated man–and Lennie–a large man with the mind of a child–dream of making enough money to buy their own land.  When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century.

Directed by Ablan Roblin, the play based on the critically acclaimed classic American novel by John Steinbeck explores the ultimate meaning of friendship.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $40 for adults and $24 for students ticket prices varying by performance.  Tickets may be purchased at the Omaha Community Playhouse box office located at 6915 Cass St, by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com.

Production:  Of Mice and Men

Written By:  John Steinbeck

Directed By:  Ablan Roblin

Cast

Josh Peyton as George

Tony Schik as Lennie

Dennis Collins as Candy

Nick Zadina as Slim

Mike Leamen as Carlson

Steve Catron as Curley

Mallory Vallier as Curley’s Wife

Donte Plunkett as Crooks

Randy Vest as The Boss

Benjamin Battafarano as Whit