Omaha Performing Arts is on a mission to build a vibrant future for the arts in Omaha on stage, in classrooms and in the community!
Last year alone, we connected more than 100,000 students and adults to the arts through a variety of programs including Musical Explorers, Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA), master classes and more.
We talked with a few teachers and a NHSTA aluma who gave us the scoop on O-pa's education programs. Find out what they had to say about the impact these programs have on students both in the classroom and in the community.
Amy Fitl., Fourth Grade Teacher at Edison Elementary: "I have some amazing actors out there that are really stepping up to be a leader in the classroom because they are given the chance to shine and be a leader on stage. If Omaha Performing Arts had not brought this opportunity to Omaha, I don't know if these students would have had the opportunity to do theater."
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Emily Mokrycki, Theater Teacher at Burke High School: "Master classes serve as a really great opportunity for kids to get more individualized opportunities to sing at an audition workshop and work with Broadway professionals. Whether they are a beginning student or an extremely advanced student, they’re going to get something out of the course. It gives [them] confidence and it's something you can use in all aspects of life.”
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Shawn Bell, Jazz Academy Teaching Artist: “Introducing these students to different styles, and more importantly, to the concept of improvisation at this early age helps them feel like these elements are a natural part of music-making. This translates to their playing and listening habits in high school and beyond.”