Fresh Look for OPA Blog
June 19 4:14 PM
Kim Reiner

The Omaha Performing Arts blog is a special platform developed by arts lovers for arts lovers. From media buzz and popular topics, to family entertainment and the perfect night out, readers will find everything they need right here. Omaha Performing Arts is excited to connect followers with the latest insider news, guest features, fun facts & more! 

We are pleased to share an updated blog platform here. Thank you for your continued support of Omaha Performing Arts!

WICKED trivia
April 29 12:02 PM
Kim Reiner
Learn some random, fun facts about WICKED, including why the dragon's eyes never burn out and how many all those wigs in the show are made out of.

Creating the illusion of Joey in WAR HORSE
April 4 2:54 PM
Kim Reiner

Getting to know the Wayne Shorter Quartet
March 25 10:35 AM
Kim Reiner
Who are the other three impressive musicians in the Wayne Shorter Quartet?

Sister Act: You loved the movie, now see the musical
February 27 12:46 PM
Kim Reiner
Do you still smile when you think of the goofy nuns in the 1992 movie “Sister Act”? Your musical is here.

Million Dollar Quartet's 5 local connections
January 29 12:08 PM
Kim Reiner
Five connections members of the original Million Dollar Quartet have with Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Martha Graham Dance Company To Present Iconic Work, Preview Of New Work
January 6 11:03 AM
Kim Reiner
When the Martha Graham Dance Company takes the stage, the audience will see one the nation’s oldest dance company perform one of its signature ballets, Appalachian Spring.

Helping Students Grow In The Arts
December 16 2:23 PM
Kim Reiner
Each year, more than 10,000 local students learn, grow and are transformed through Omaha Performing Arts’ Education and Community Involvement Programs. These experiences only happen because of the generous support of friends and donors.


Ovations Happy Hour Features Shawn Fredieu Performance
December 9 1:12 PM
Kim Reiner
On Friday, December 13, Ovations on the first floor of the Holland Center opens up for an acoustic performance by Shawn Fredieu and Happy Hour specials.

Top 10 things to know about The Priests
December 2 2:54 PM
Kim Reiner
Learn more about The Priests, a trio of tenors out of Northern Ireland.

Join us in the campaign to Shine the Light on Hunger
November 8 2:43 PM
Kim Reiner
Going to an Omaha Performing Arts show in the next two months? Bring some food with you…to donate!

3 Things You Should Know About Cameron Carpenter
October 14 12:23 PM
Kim Reiner
Unless you play the organ or you closely follow classical music, you are probably not familiar with Cameron Carpenter. He’s one of those musicians who deserves widespread recognition (he was nominated for a Grammy®, after all), but he doesn’t get it. Yet.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings On
September 27 11:22 AM
Kim Reiner
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, co-founded by vocalist/guitarist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, made their debut in their hometown of Ventura, Calif., in April 1993, helping to usher in the swing revival founded on a colorful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing and Dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind
September 12 11:41 AM
Kim Reiner
A common question an employee at Omaha Performing Arts gets is “Who have you met?” We present dozens of productions and performers each season – some are rising stars, some are bona fide celebrities. Rarely do most of us on the OPA staff meet the artists who step on stage at the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center. But sometimes, we do.

The history of the Orpheum Theater’s Wurlitzer
August 14 4:48 PM
Kim Reiner
The Orpheum Theater is home to a Wurlitzer Style 235 Special, three manual/13 rank pipe organ. Only 24 organs of this style were built; the Orpheum’s Wurlitzer is one of 15 still existing and playable.

When I grow up . . .
July 24 2:29 PM
Kim Reiner
Are you raising a future paleontologist? Know a little one who wants to work with animals? Does your child look up into space and wonder what’s out there?

Have any plans for July yet? Let us help!
June 19 12:18 PM
Kim Reiner
July and Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing go hand-in-hand. It’s a city favorite concert series, and it’s one of our favorites here, too.

But, it’s not the only free community event we offer in July. And, it’s not the only live music event we’re excited about.

Get Spanked on Your Next Girl’s Night Out
June 7 11:18 AM
Kim Reiner
SPANK!: The Fifty Shades Parody is coming! SPANK!: The Fifty Shades Parody is coming!

Not familiar with this show?

SPANK! is musical comedy described as “S&M meets SNL” by Suzanne Sole, who plays the narrator E.B. Janet in the show.

May 28 11:48 AM
Kim Reiner
Omaha Performing Arts and NET present Hear Nebraska – LIVE at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The performance features three Nebraska-based indie bands playing in the intimate Scott Recital Hall.

Suspense, danger and inspiration with Spencers: Theatre of Illusion
April 26 12:47 PM
Kim Reiner
If magic fascinates you or a young person in your life, this is a show you don’t want to miss. The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion is May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are available at, and they start at only $15.

October 9 10:52 AM
Peggy Dineen
Ballet Folklórico de México founder Amalia Hernández made it her life’s work to unearth and preserve dancing traditions from across Mexico.

November 8 10:57 AM
Peggy Dineen
For only a few nights a season, a cozy nightclub, showcasing the best independent jazz, blues and folk artists, opens in the Holland Performing Arts Center.

October 25 10:59 AM
Peggy Dineen
You can experience a laugh-out-loud performance of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. Great seats are still available, and tickets start as low as $25. To get tickets for this Broadway show at the Orpheum, visit

October 19 1:07 PM
Peggy Dineen

October 21-22 and 29-30, 2011 • 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo®

October 3 12:06 PM
Peggy Dineen
Huey Lewis and the News are bringing their Soulsville tour to Omaha's Orpheum Theater. The group will perform the hits you know and love as well as selections from their new album, Soulsville.

Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Holland Center
September 27 1:21 PM
Peggy Dineen
Omaha Performing Arts had an incredible evening on Friday, August 26, 2011, celebrating the first five years since the opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center and the beginnings of Omaha Performing Arts. A private dinner was held in the Scott Recital Hall for the more than 250 people who helped make the Holland Center and Omaha Performing Arts possible.

Become a Member of Omaha Performing Arts’ Student Rush Club
September 6 9:28 AM
Peggy Dineen
Offering opportunities for young people to fully appreciate and participate in the arts is central to Omaha Performing Arts’ mission. To achieve this goal, Omaha Performing Arts developed the Student Rush Club, which makes world-class events even more affordable to full-time students through special discounts.

Broadway Dreams Will Come True In Omaha This Summer
June 22 10:36 AM
Peggy Dineen
This July 11 – 17, Omaha Performing Arts and Broadway Dreams offer a unique weeklong Summer Intensive — an all-access pass to some of the most influential figures on Broadway. This program brings Broadway professionals from around the globe right here to Omaha to train aspiring actors, singers and dancers of all ages and talent levels. No other program offers this kind of access to Broadway’s finest. 

New Family Series Perfect For All Ages
June 13 4:51 PM
Peggy Dineen
This season Omaha Performing Arts is excited to announce a new Family Series. When selecting performances for this new series, we considered artistic quality, level of audience engagement and entertainment value. We think we’ve found three varied and awe-inspiring performances that will be as enthralling for children as they will be intriguing for adults – and affordable for the whole family.

Buy Season Tickets and Save!
June 7 10:32 AM
Peggy Dineen
Omaha Performing Arts is excited to announce our 2011-2012 Season which includes five great series: Broadway, Dance, Jazz, Popular, and new this year, Family. Our Season Tickets are now on sale at . Season Tickets are affordable and often less than the price of a single ticket. Find out the great benefits of becoming a Season Ticket Holder.

A Cappella Group Naturally 7 Inspires Students
April 7 8:36 AM
Peggy Dineen
In January, Omaha Performing Arts presented a cappella group Naturally 7 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The group performed to a packed house of students for a Student Matinee, held in the morning before their public performance later that evening. Students were taken on a journey into the creative process with Naturally 7 and experienced demonstrations of the complex arranging, writing, producing and singing that goes into an a cappella performance. Roger Thomas, a member of Naturally 7, shares his thoughts on the student matinee.

Young Artists' Night - Omaha's Brightest Learn From the Best
March 26 2:18 PM
Peggy Dineen
Omaha's talented next generation of artists take center stage in the spectacular atmosphere of the Holland's Scott Recital Hall for a series of Young Artists' Nights.  Each presentation features a unique theme highlighting one specific genre of performance presented by a select group of young performers from throughout the Omaha area.  Our most recent Young Artists' Night, Broadway Songbook with Dave Barrus, was held in January. A group of talented high school and college students from the Omaha area had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a Broadway star... from a Broadway star! One of the students shares her Young Artists' Night experience.

Inspire a little hope this holiday season.
November 24 3:11 PM
Peggy Dineen
The holiday season at Omaha Performing Arts means lots of great concerts, fun parties, and one of my favorite traditions here – the ConAgra Foods Arts for the Holidays Celebration. For the third season running, we continue our partnership with the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, and ConAgra Foods in support of the Food Bank for the Heartland. This is a great initiative that allows us all to give back to the community and inspire hope through our generosity.