Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

We are in the midst of one of our busiest periods at the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center with a full slate of performances and education offerings that keep the venues bustling day and night.

The Nebraska High School Theatre Awards kicked off in March with the adjudication of 11 high school musical theatre productions and two master classes for participating students. One class was taught by Tory Trowbrige, who appeared as one of The Players in the recent Broadway touring production of PIPPIN, and a second class was led by members of the experimental dance troupe BANDALOOP. We’re in the middle of the second year of this incredible program which culminates in a Tony Awards®-style awards ceremony on June 11 at the Holland Center.

The UNO Jazz Festival was held at the Holland Center February 28 and March 1, and one of its featured events was the Student Jazz Combo Competition. The level of talent at the performances was just terrific. The high school division winner was Omaha Central High School’s CHS Jazz Quintet, under the direction of Pete Wilger, and the college division winner was UNO Jazz Combo, under the direction of Darren Pettit. A special recognition for excellence was given to Phillips/Frederickson Duo, under the direction of Jack Philips and Pete Madsen.

Later this spring, we have another exciting program ahead: The ONCE songwriting competition. We’re finalizing the details now, and will share more information about this opportunity soon.

It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary next season and I guarantee that it’s going to be a celebration you won’t want to miss! Kristin Chenoweth headlines the Celebrate 10 Gala on October 16, followed by a the free, all-day festival, Holland Stages, on October 17. More details on the Celebrate 10 Gala and our entire 2015/16 Season are available here.

There's a lot to look forward to this spring, and we can’t wait to share these performances and events with you!

Best regards,

Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts