Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

On May 29, we unveiled the newest patron amenity at the Holland Performing Arts Center.  Our signature restaurant Zinc has moved to a transparent and beautiful new room on the ground floor adjacent to the Holland Courtyard.   This warm and inviting area next to the NRG Energy Ovations bar and lounge will host pre-performance meals, receptions and rehearsal dinners, outdoor cocktails and special events in an accessible and convenient location.  Designed by HDR and constructed by Peter Kiewit Sons, it’s a fabulous space – come and check it out!  Our deepest thanks to Todd and Susan Johnson family for making this transformation possible. 

Outstanding theatre students from 38 schools in Nebraska were at the Holland Center on June 11 for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase. Congratulations to all of the performers – they did an outstanding job. Marcel Daly of Bellevue West High School and Emma Ann Brown of Elkhorn South High School, winners of the Triple Threat Award, represented Nebraska at the 2015 National High School Musical Theater Awards held at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. We’re expanding the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards next season to include more communities around Nebraska. Registration for the 2015-2016 season opens soon. More details to come on the program’s website.

This year is our fifth season to present Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing. It kicked off July 9 and the final concert of the series features Mia Borders on August 13.

These next few months, we’ll be finalizing plans for our 10th Anniversary celebration. Following the Celebrate 10 Gala starring Kristin Chenoweth on October 16, we’ll hold an all-day free community festival on October 17 at the Holland Center called Holland Stages. There will be many performances throughout the building, as well as an incredible aerial dance on the outside of the Holland Center by BANDALOOP! We’ll announce more details soon.

Best wishes for the summer,

Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts