Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,
With the start of the fall season, I want to update you on some recent activities. Omaha Performing Arts has launched a new education program, Nebraska High School Theatre Awards
(NHSTA). This program celebrates and recognizes the achievements of local high school students involved in musical theatre with professional adjudication of their efforts and an official awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding performances.
In conjunction with this program, we have arranged for participants to attend five master classes facilitated by cast members of this season’s Broadway productions of ELF the Musical
, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
, SISTER ACT
, WAR HORSE
. Students at schools participating in NHSTA will be able to attend these workshops for free. We are thrilled to bring this new performing arts education program to Omaha and Nebraska.
You should also be aware that October is National Arts and Humanities Month. It’s an opportunity to be reminded of what an important role the arts and humanities play in our lives – a concept that is vital to Omaha Performing Arts year-round. Each season, we present a variety of performances, community engagement activities, education programs and several free events to inspire our friends and neighbors to engage with the arts. We hope you’ll dedicate some time in October to take in some performing arts by attending a concert, dance performance or live theater event.
Earlier this fall, the Orpheum’s mighty Wurlitzer was extensively restored to concert-ready condition. The Wurlitzer Style 235 Special pipe organ was originally installed in 1927
and was played during the Orpheum Theater’s opening gala. World-class organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter
will be here to give the first public performance on it since the restoration on November 7. He is simply amazing and this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of performance—one I recommend you not miss.
If you haven’t visited TicketOmaha.com
recently, please take a moment to see what’s new. We’ve improved the site in order to make it easier for you to find and purchase tickets to the shows you want. Visit the new and improved TicketOmaha.com
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts