Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,
We have an exciting 2020 planned for you at Omaha Performing Arts. We begin the new year with a new brand. Our enhanced identity, look and logo represent O-pa's mission to be accessible and approachable in our performances, venues and activities. As for our future plans, we recently announced the potential expansion of our O-pa campus by constructing a Live Music Venue in downtown Omaha. The flexible venue will have a capacity of 1,500 to 3,000 and will feature touring performers who connect with the next generation of audiences. Fundraising is underway to cover the costs of the $109 million facility with a goal of opening in 2023.
January kicks off with Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical LES MISÉRABLES, and we’re elated to present this production—returning to Omaha for the first time since 2011. The new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo make LES MIZ a timeless show.
We are also honored to work with Broadway shows to provide education opportunities for students. While LES MIZ is in Omaha from January 14-19, our Nebraska High School Theater Academy students will take vocal technique classes with actors from the show. It’s an exciting opportunity for students to be able to learn from these professionals.
Throughout the year you’ll also experience some of the best dance, jazz and National Geographic Live shows. From the dazzling Camille A. Brown and Dancers, to renowned pianist Eddie Palmieri and hilarious comedian Jeanne Robertson; the quality and level of artistry is always inspiring and coincides with our goal to enhance entertainment options in the Omaha area.
Be sure to connect with O-pa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates about our upcoming Season Reveal event. You can also sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to have the latest O-pa news delivered straight to your inbox.
My warmest wises to you, your family and friends for the New Year!
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts