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  • 5 FUN FACTS: Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase

    Posted on 06.03.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    We are recognizing outstanding high school thespians from across the state! Here are five fun facts about this year’s NHSTA Showcase. Read More
  • 5 QUESTIONS: Get to know Ray Mercer, artist in residence

    Posted on 05.22.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Get to know Ray Mercer, who is joining Omaha Performing Arts as an artist in residence and advisor for dance programming. Read More
  • WATCH: Highlights from the 2019 Singer/Songwriter Competition

    A collage of photos of artists performing at the Singer/Songwriter Competition Showcase
    Posted on 05.21.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    We packed the house earlier this month at The B-Side of Benson Theatre for our Singer/Songwriter Competition Showcase! Watch the video for highlights. Read More
  • Q&A: OPA Office Coordinator Cindy Vanek, winner of OMA Tourism Award

    Cindy Vanek with Omaha Councilman Ben Gray
    Posted on 05.14.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    For more than 12 years, Cindy Vanek has assisted visitors at our venues, the Holland and Orpheum Theater. Out of 92 nominees, she won the OMA Tourism Award for Outstanding Guest Service at an Attraction. We are so proud of her! Read More
  • OPA #Protip: Use your student ID to save on tickets

    Posted on 05.10.2019 by Megan Wade
    If you're a current student with a valid student ID, today's #OPAProtip is for you: Join our Student Rush list and start saving on tickets. Read More
  • WATCH: Building music skills and community with Musical Explorers

    Posted on 05.02.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Each year, we hold a year-end concert for the participating elementary students. Nearly 3,500 K-2 children from Omaha and Council Bluffs danced and sang along to the Mexican, West African and American folk songs they learned about this year. Read More
  • 4 FUN FACTS: Broadway's MISS SAIGON

    MISS SAIGON. Red Concepción 'The Engineer' and company. Photo by Johan Persson
    Posted on 05.01.2019 by Megan Wade
    The show first hit Broadway in 1991 amid a time in musical theater marked by BIG special effects. Here are a few fun facts about the show to know before you go. Read More
  • WATCH: Broadway fans give SCHOOL OF ROCK an A+

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    Posted on 04.25.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Broadway's SCHOOL OF ROCK has taken Omaha by storm! The hit musical based on the movie starring Jack Black plays at the Orpheum Theater now through Sunday. Watch the video to hear what audiences members thought of the show. Read More
  • WATCH: Zoom through a week at Omaha Performing Arts

    Posted on 04.16.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    We're busy bees this spring at Omaha Performing Arts! Our halls are filled daily with artists, students, community members and volunteers. Check out this video zooming through a week of Omaha Performing Arts. Read More
  • 5 FUN FACTS: Broadway's SCHOOL OF ROCK

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    Posted on 04.12.2019 by Megan Wade
    SCHOOL OF ROCK opens April 23 at the Orpheum Theater and runs through April 28. Here are a few fun facts about the show to know before you go! Read More
  • GUEST BLOG: 3 Things I've Learned as an Intern (So Far)

    Intern Christina Becker stands at the glass staircase in the Holland Center.
    Posted on 04.09.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Public relations intern Christina Becker shares her experiences as an intern at Omaha Performing Arts. Check out what skills our interns are learning during their time here! Read More
  • OPA ROUNDUP: Must-see spring shows

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    Posted on 03.22.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Spring is finally here! I know – I wasn’t sure winter would ever end either. Six months of snow certainly calls for some fun! We have so many shows headed to Omaha this spring. Here’s a few shows you shouldn’t miss. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Come From Away

    [3]_The cast of COME FROM AWAY, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2016
    Posted on 03.13.2019 by Megan Wade
    We can’t wait to share the remarkable true story of nearly 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Here’s a few fun facts about Broadway’s Best Musical all across North America, COME FROM AWAY. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Air Play

    Two performers hold a huge white piece of fabric that billows high above their heads.
    Posted on 03.12.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience! We can't wait for Air Play to breeze into the Orpheum Theater this weekend. Here are 3 fun facts, so you can get to know the show before you go. Read More
  • Highlights from the 19/20 Season Reveal

    Posted on 03.01.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Have you heard the news? We recently revealed our 2019/2020 Season during a special event for our subscribers at the Holland Center. Read More
  • WATCH: Catch 1200 Club fever

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    Posted on 02.26.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    During our 2019/2020 Season Reveal, we gave our subscribers a taste of the 1200 Club. Now, it’s your turn to see what all the hype is about. Read More
  • Meet the artists! Local musicians featured in Musical Explorers

    Dancers from the African Culture Connection dance on stage at the Holland Center
    Posted on 02.18.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    More than 3,400 K-2 students will embark on a musical adventure this month! They’ll learn about three different musical styles from their community in Musical Explorers. Along the way, students get to know three local artists and reflect on the music traditions in their own community. Read More
  • GET TO KNOW: 5 questions with photographer Ronan Donovan

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    Posted on 02.18.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Our National Geographic Live series is part adventure, part education. You get to hear amazing stories directly from the scientists, explorers and photographers who capture them for National Geographic. We caught up with Ronan Donovan before he flew into Omaha to ask him our 5 questions. Read More
  • WATCH: Lessons for a lifetime with Disney Musicals in Schools

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    Posted on 02.14.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Cue the cuteness! Students at 15 elementary schools are busy rehearsing for school musicals through our Disney Musicals in Schools program. Performances begin this month. Read More
  • OPA PLAYLIST: Love at first listen! Romantic Broadway hits

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    Posted on 02.04.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Stop in the name of love – and listen to Omaha Performing Arts’ sweetest Spotify playlist yet. You’ll fall head over heels for these love songs from the stage. Read More