How fabulous it was to be reminded of what we have been missing! Our Holland Center Outdoors performances on September 25 and 26 re-energized all of us with the sounds of live music and the response of our audience - socially distanced on our East Lawn, of course. I want to thank everyone who joined us to support these artists or participated in Family Fun Day. The weekend was a great reminder of how performing arts connect and uplift our lives - especially now.
We're busy installing many changes at the Holland Center and Orpheum Theater now to help keep everyone safe and in preparation for our first indoor shows. We're re-opening very slowly with social distancing, face mask requirements, and more. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. Please take time to watch this video
on the changes you can expect when you return.
I can't wait for our first indoor shows! Guitarist and singer Willy Porter will perform on Oct. 3 at the Holland, and the rock band, The Verve Pipe, will perform on Oct. 17 at the Orpheum. Please visit TicketOmaha
for more details.
In case you missed it - we’re also excited to share that we are preparing for the return of Broadway touring shows at the Orpheum Theater in May. We have an incredible lineup of shows for you. Our 2020/2021 Broadway season includes: CATS, TOOTSIE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, MEAN GIRLS and ANASTASIA. For more information about these shows please visit: o-pa.org
I am also excited to share with you a new series called Voices AMPLIFIED!, a multidisciplinary arts and social justice initiative to amplify artists in minority cultures. Education and community engagement are part of O-pa’s mission, and we believe in what the arts have to offer as an instrument of change, conversation and impact. Voices AMPLIFIED! will elevate artists and their work in social justice through live music, dance, and spoken word, and will include panel discussions by local and national artists on food, health, #BlackVoicesMatter and more. For more information on upcoming events and how you can participate, please visit our website Voices AMPLIFIED!
We look forward to seeing you - very soon, we hope! Please continue to stay safe and well. Thank you for your continued support.
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts