Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

This spring is filled with interesting programming and I want to call your attention to some of the performances and education events I’m especially looking forward to seeing.

There is a trio of superb Broadway productions coming to the Orpheum Theater – starting with the musical comedy SISTER ACT in March. In April, we present the first-ever drama in our Broadway Series, the magnificent WAR HORSE , and in May, the smash hit, WICKED, returns.

Two of the performers we’re presenting at the Holland Center this spring have won nearly 30 Grammys® between them. I’m thrilled to welcome back the violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman on May 3. Three days later, R&B singer John Legend will perform an intimate acoustic concert backed by a string quartet.

I’d also like to highlight two of our Education Department’s summer events. On June 13, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase will be held at the Orpheum Theater. Twenty-one schools are participating in the inaugural year of the Omaha Performing Arts Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program, and I’m looking forward to seeing this production that will feature excerpts from the culmination of everyone’s hard work. Outstanding performers and the top school productions will be recognized that night.

This summer, the Broadway Dreams Foundation will return, bringing their Summer Intensive to Omaha. It’s an incredible opportunity for aspiring actors and actresses to take classes and learn directly from Broadway professionals. And after just a week of workshops and rehearsals, these students participate in an impressive show, singing and dancing alongside these professionals. It’s an amazing production.

Please plan to join us for some of these highlights. And we also hope you will return for the 2014-15 season


Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts