Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,
This season, we’re celebrating the 10th
anniversary of Omaha Performing Arts and a decade at the Holland Center. What an incredible milestone!
Ten years ago, community leaders and generous citizens came together with a vision of taking the arts in Omaha to the next level. I can’t believe how far we’ve come since establishing Omaha Performing Arts, building the Holland Center and renovating the Orpheum Theater.
Both venues are among the top 100 worldwide for ticket sales, and our attendance exceeded 3 million people over the past decade. With two world-class venues, our schedule includes hundreds of shows each season. We can accommodate a wide variety of the very best performances from large Broadway productions like Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked to up-and-coming individual performing artists. We’ve also reached 220,000 students through education and engagement programs and contribute $40 million annually in local economic impact.
We begin this season with a celebration of these achievements. First, at the Celebrate 10 Concert starring Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth on Oct. 16 and the next day at the first-ever Holland Stages Festival, a free all-day event on Oct. 17.
We’re also taking this time to plan for the future. As we move forward, we are creating new education and engagement programs while ensuring these facilities remain at this quality for generations to come. For example, this year Omaha Performing Arts’ Nebraska High School Theatre Awards expands to include 3,500 students across the state. We’re also launching the Carnegie Musical Explorers program for grades K-2.
From start to finish, this season is a celebration of the arts in Omaha. Week after week, we’re presenting the best entertainment in the Midwest. Enjoy Tony-winning hits like Kinky Boots, Disney’s Newsies and a new production of The Phantom of the Opera, along with the best of dance, jazz, family programs and more!
We hope to see you opening weekend and all season long.
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts