Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

As we approach the holiday season, Omaha Performing Arts joins the community efforts to ready the city for this joyful time of year. Our two theaters, Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, are decorated for the season, and soon, downtown Omaha will sparkle with dazzling lights. I encourage all of you to start a holiday tradition this year: As you plan on taking in a performance at the Orpheum or Holland Center, make a night of it and check out the Holiday Lights Festival – it’s a wonderful prelude to the sparkling productions inside our theaters!

A significant part of the Holiday Lights Festival is the annual Shine the Light on Hunger food drive. We believe it’s important to give back to the community, which is why we love partnering with ConAgra Foods and other arts organizations each year on this important campaign to draw attention to hunger in the Heartland. Blue bins are in the lobbies of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Center to collect your non-perishable food donations.

You’ll have several opportunities to bring your donations to our two theaters in November and December. It’s a privilege to be one of only three cities outside of New York to present the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Starring THE ROCKETTES. The show includes the word “spectacular” for a good reason. This incredible performance featuring the iconic Rockettes makes its Omaha debut this November, and I’m certain your family will remember the experience for years to come.

Our holiday celebration continues with Christmas With The King’s Singers, Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. We are especially pleased to be in partnership with the Salem Baptist Church for their first appearance in the Holland Center with their well-known Christmas production. I also look forward to also hearing the King’s Singers in the amazing acoustics of the Kiewit Concert Hall in the Holland Center.

Happy Holidays to you and your family! 


Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts