Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts.

Are you ready for the fall? I am! School is back in session and I have some exciting news regarding program expansion efforts at Omaha Performing Arts. I’m pleased to announce that even more students and teachers will have access to diverse offerings in dance, music and theater. Take a look at what’s ahead:  

Program Expansion 

Students in Lincoln are joining the magic of our Disney Musicals in Schools program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Disney Theatrical Group, two elementary schools in Lincoln were added to the program. Now, teachers in nearly a dozen school districts across the state and in Council Bluffs have access to resources to produce a Disney musical for grades 3-6. Visit our website Disney Musicals in Schools to learn more.   

Our Musical Explorers program features three musical styles to include Irish, African American gospel and spirituals, and early rock & roll. Students build basic music skills, learn about different cultures and reflect on community. Nearly 4,000 K-2 students from Omaha and Council Bluffs will participate.  

Did you know the Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) is in its seventh year at OPA?Students in grades 7-12 participate in live theater experiences, attend Broadway shows, and receive access to master classes and workshops featuring Broadway artists. NHSTA has expanded to include up to 85 high schools and middle schools across Nebraska for the 2019/2020 school year. 

Bring on the Jazz 

Parents and their children will have a groovin’ time at our WeBop program this fall. Children ages two to five years old will explore jazz through storytelling, movement and play. Parents and guardians participate in these classes and explore music together. Visit WeBop® for details.  


Our 2019/2020 Broadway season is filled with phenomenal musicals and all-time fan favorites. We open with Jesus Christ Superstar in December. Other Broadway hits coming to the Orpheum Theater include: Les Misérables, A Bronx Tale, STOMP, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, Anastasia and Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville. You can learn about our upcoming shows at  

And, there is so much more...!  I am excited to share this season with you. 


Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts