Platte River Bard Podcast

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The Platte River Bard Podcast Celebrates Creatives!

Join us for real and honest conversations about the work of Creatives and their contribution to the Arts!  Even if you are a theatre-goer, or an involved actor or staff of the performing arts, you will meet and learn from talented individuals in our area.

 

This podcast is a labor of love by Chris and Sheri Berger, and you can find even more information about our work at https://platteriverbard.com/!

 

Episodes

6 days ago

Opera Omaha is always a pleasure to visit, and their 2024-2025 season promises more Opera to Go, Opera in Conversation, Opera Outdoors, Poetry in Music and so much more.  Plus they will have three productions in their season, with an additional family friendly opera that we will let Allison Swenson, General Manager and Katrina Thurman, DIrector of Artistic Administration tell you all about what’s in store!
Their season will consist of:  "Don Giovanni",  October 18 & 20.  The Rake's Progress, February 7 and 9, 2025. And "Giulio Cesare" May 1, 2025. 
There will be a separate event for families to enjoy opera called "Fantastik Mr. Fox" June 5-8, 2025.
Remember to get your tickets for the season now, and just for new subscribers you can get three operas for the price of two, which is as low as $38 for the package.
Single tickets go on sale in August. 
Tickets can be purchased at operaomaha.org through Ticket Omaha or call their box office 12-5 Monday through Friday at 402-345-0606.
And don’t miss Opera Outdoors at Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park on September 6th! It’s a free family friendly event!
 
OPERA OMAHA CONTACT INFO: 
Website & Tickets: www.operaomaha.org 
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/operaomaha/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/operaomaha/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/operaomaha
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/operaomaha
Opera Omaha, 1850 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 402.346.7372
 
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©Platte River Bard Podcast by Chris and Sheri Berger.
 
Don Giovanni K 527-9 is licensed under Creative Commons  through musopen.org. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

7 days ago

You've probably seen it - either the Table Grace Cafe at 1611-1/2 Farnam Street, or even something online for Table Grace The Musical.  But what are they?  Well, it's both of those things - and yet, so much more!  We sit down with Simone Weber, CEO and Musical Missionary with Table Grace and find out "What is this musical?"  "Why is it at three venues?" "What is the Table Grace Cafe?".  Simone is a talented and kind person who, with her husband Matt, meet people where they are with food and music.
 
CONTACT INFO FOR TABLE GRACE THE MUSICAL:
TICKETS: 
Website: https://tablegracethemusical.com/
Scottish Rite Performances June 21-22: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/4ffac74c-19dd-4798-8779-159a0d767697
Benson Theatre Performances June 27-29: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36337/production/1193760
Lofte Community Theatre Performances August 8-9: https://www.simpletix.com/e/table-grace-the-musical-tickets-156675
 
CONTACT INFO FOR TABLE GRACE CAFE
Website: https://tablegracecafe.com/
Address: 1611-1/2 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE
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Friday Jun 07, 2024

BVT's 57th Season has arrived!  And if you haven't ever heard of Brownville Village Theatre before you are in for a treat.  And if you have heard of them, you're still in for a treat!  BVT is always a-buzz with activity and rightfully so.  They produce five full shows during the Summer.  Beginning in July you can see all five in one weekend if you want to, or pace yourself and see the two June productions and have July and the first part of August to see the other three.
We met with Co-Directors, Rachel Curtiss, and Mitch Bean, and then spoke to three of their Cast Members:  Bella Walker (also Intimacy Coordinator, Assistant Director), Jack Danter and Rachel Grossman.  All of the cast members get experience doing all things behind the scenes as well as their roles on stage.  It takes the whole crew to make BVT work and they are having fun! 
Come join the conversation, hear the sewing machines and rehearsal buzz in the background as you meet the Creatives at Brownville Village Theatre, Summer 2024!
BROWNVILLE VILLAGE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: http://www.brownvillevillagetheatre.com/home.html 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BVT1967/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bvt1967 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brownvillevillagetheatre/ 
Brownville Village Theatre, 222 Water Street, Brownville, NE
402.825.4121
 
 
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Sunday Jun 02, 2024

We talk with a few of the young actors in this musical, Shemar "Mar" Toussaint, McKenna Cottone, and Nick Knipe.   They are the young stars of "Heathers The Muscial" at SNAP! Productions which opens June 7th.  Productions will run until June 23rd with one Industry Night (pay what you can) on June 17th. 
Our guests are having a blast and working hard at their roles in this play.  For those who haven't heard, "Heathers, The Musical" has been a very popular play these days and was the inspiration for the movie "Mean GIrls."  The lyrics and book was written by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, and has been a hit since 2014.  It hits on such subjects as bullying, school violence and some other dark humor and is packed full of beloved songs, and  embraces the 80's nostalgic era.
Come see this energetic and influential play, it opens June 7th at SNAP! Productions Ghost Light Theatre!
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SNAP! PRODUCTIONS
Snap Productions at Ghost Light Theatre is located at 2221 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.snapproductions.com/
 
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Friday May 31, 2024

Today on our podcast, we're thrilled to have the accomplished and talented Chris Scott, Director of "Barefoot in the Park" at Bellevue Little Theatre, joining us for a chat about this timeless Neil Simon classic play.
"Barefoot in the Park" is a Neil Simon masterpiece known for its perfect blend of comedy and heartfelt moments. Chris Scott talks with us about some of the behind-the-scenes details in putting this production together, as well as his team of talented creatives.  
Tune in to our podcast for an insightful discussion about "Barefoot in the Park" and Neil Simon's endearing play. 
 
BELLEVUE LITTLE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets: https://blt.simpletix.com/
Website: http://www.theblt.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bellevuelittletheatre/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellevuelittletheatre/ 
203 Mission Avenue, Bellevue, Nebraska 
402.291.1554
 
 

Thursday May 30, 2024


Today on our podcast, we're diving into the exciting world of Rave On Productions with Kimberly Faith Hickman, Artistic and Education Director. Get ready to hear about all the buzz surrounding their summer lineup!
 
First up, after wowing audiences in Omaha, Rave On Productions is bringing their Omaha Series production, The Awesome 80's Prom to the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 7th and 8th. Picture this: immersive theatre and improv meets 80's nostalgia, optional but highly encouraged 80's attire, live music, dancing, and plenty of opportunities for improv and storyline participation. It's going to be a blast!
Next on the agenda, from July 19th to 21st, The Omaha Series presents The Outsiders at the Benson Theatre. Based on S.E. Hinton's iconic novel and the beloved film adaptation, this play promises to bring the gripping tale to life in a whole new way.
But wait, there's more! The McGuigan Arts Academy is hosting Summer Camps throughout June and July, catering to various age groups and interests. From Happy Feet for the little ones aged 5-7 to Rock 'N' Palooza for ages 12 and up, there's something for everyone. Hurry, classes are filling up fast, so be sure to register now on their website at https://www.mcguiganartsacademy.com/summer.
And if you think that's all, think again! Tune in to our podcast to get an exclusive sneak peek at what Rave On Productions has in store beyond this summer. Between Rave On Productions' Omaha Series, and the McGuigan Arts Academy, there is something for everyone.
CONTACT INFO:
Rave On Productions: https://www.raveonworldwide.com/
For Tickets:  The Omaha Series: https://www.theomahaseries.com/
To Register for Classes:  McGuigan Arts Academy:  https://www.mcguiganartsacademy.com/summer
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Thursday May 30, 2024

We were lucky to catch three of the seven women in BLUEBARN's production of "POTUS" or "Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive".  This production, Directed by Susan Clement, opened May 23rd and will be showing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until June 23rd!  We talk about how their first weekend went and what to expect for the rest of the run!
"POTUS" was nominated three times for a Tony award and was first produced on Broadway in 2022.  The Playwright, Selena Fillinger described the play as "the ways in which we uphold patriarchy when a man's body is not in the room."  It promises to be a hilarious look at politics and sex.
This show does contain explicit language and adult humor, however it won't keep anyone away.  Shows are selling out so get your tickets at BLUEBARN.org or by calling their box office at 402-345-1576. 
This is the end of  BLUEBARN’s 35th Season so come celebrate their last show this season.
Be sure to check BLUEBARN’s website for more free engagement events and community partnerships which are related to the brilliance of remarkable women who shaped history, and have paved the way for women.
BLUEBARN CONTACT INFO: 
Tickets & Website:  http://bluebarn.org/
Or call the Box office at 402-345-1576.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluebarn
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluebarntheatre_omaha/ 
Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/bluebarntheatre_omaha/
Bluebarn Theatre: 1106 S. 10th St. (10th and Pacific) Omaha, NE
PH: 402-345-1576
 
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Sunday May 26, 2024

We had a fun visit with Rachel Robbins, Producer, Director, Actor, and Theatre Educator of Popcorn Productions, LLC's Melodramas and her team of actors:  Ian Cullin, Samantha Desh, Shade Ingraham, Elizabeth Maack, and Collette Williams.  We also spoke to their Lighting and Sound Designer, Zach Wasserman, as well as one of the youngest ensemble members, Weston.
Melodramas just opened their three new shows for Part 1 of their 2024 season which runs from May 24th to August 25th!  Their new shows are: 
B Mine Forever by John Burkhart
Gary Botter and the Divining Sphere by Julie Eischleman
The Phantom of Darkgrove by D. Chapelle
Popcorn Productions' Melodramas are fun, rowdy, and a completely different theatre experience than the usual live theatre experience.  Guests are expected to "boo" the villain and "aww" the hero or heroine.  And guests can also opt to throw popcorn or dollar bills (of any $ value of their choosing).  Actors are expected to pick up the tips and continue on with their lines.  These productions are a mixture of theatre and improv, each performance being a different experience with so much crowd interaction.
Shows are inside the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre at the Mahoney State Park.  Concessions are available and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  Also the building is air conditioned and has all the indoor amenities.  So if you are out at Mahoney State Park it is a great escape from the outdoors and enjoy theatre! 
CONTACT INFO FOR POPCORN PRODUCTIONS MELODRAMAS:
Website: https://www.melodrama.net  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/Melodramas-100057354133892/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/popcorn_productions_melodramas/
You can also call for Ticket Reservations:  402-944-2957
Adults are $9, Kids 12 and under are $7.  You can also get a Family Package of 2 Adults and 2 Children for $28.
 
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Thursday May 23, 2024

Our first Directors Roundtable begins with two talented and charismatic  Professors of Theatre:  Jamie Bullins from UNL and Ron Zank from UNO!  Their expertise and contribution to local theatre made them wonderful guests of our Directors Roundtable.  
We are so excited to bring you this podcast.  We have been working toward this idea for quite some time.  There will definitely be more Roundtable discussions in the near future!
Ron Zank is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  He has a BA in English from UNL, a MA in Theatre from UNO and a PhD in Theatre from the University of Missouri Columbia. Ron teaches Theatre History and Dramatic Literature, as well as Introduction to Theatre and Script Analysis.  He has directed at many local Omaha Area theatres, such as Chanticleer Community Theatre, Shelterbelt, GPTC, the Dundee Dinner Theatre and Bluebarn Theatre.  
Jamie Bullins is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL and also advises for their student-run theatre, Theatrix.  Jamie specializes in Costume Design and you may have even seen a play he has been involved in at several Lincoln and Omaha theatres.  He also is a Scene Designer and Playwright. He has an M.F.A. in Theatrical Design / Scenography is from the University of North Carolina / Greensboro, and he moved to Lincoln from Atlanta, Georgia.  Jamie is also Staff for Angels Theatre Company's Playwriting Collective. 
Both of these talented Directors have been on our Podcast before and we were elated to have them back for a fun discussion about Directing!  We thank them profusely for being part of our first Directors Roundtable!
To check out some of the theatres Jamie and Ron are involved in, here are their websites websites:
UNO Theatre at the Weber Fine Arts Building
Nebraska Repertory Theatre at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Theatrix 
Angels Theatre Company - Playwriting Collective
If you have a question you'd like to hear asked on our next Roundtable, let us know at admin@platteriverbard.com. 
 
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Tuesday May 07, 2024

We sat down with Director Todd Brooks,  Stage Manager Krista Freimuth, and Actor Adam Fulbright to talk about Chanticleer's upcoming production "A Chorus Line."  This is a cohesive cast who are working hard but having the time of their lives, which of course, is everything community theatre should be.  This is going to be a fun production, with a live orchestra, much dancing and singing with all the classic "A Chorus Line" tunes and dance moves!
Though "A Chorus LIne" was also adapted into a popular movie in 1985, for most people the story is best told on stage. The original musical was written in 1975 by Marvin Hamlisch, with lyrics by Edward Kleban, and directed by Michael Bennett.  It won many Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and in 1984 won a Tony for longest running musical on Broadway.  (It is currently the 7th longest running musical to date).  The "Book" (librettists of the spoken, non-sung dialogue, and storyline of a musical play) was written by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.
The story is based on true stories and is set on the stage of a Broadway theater, and centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for roles on a chorus line.
"A Chorus Line" runs May 9-12th and 16-19th at Chanticleer Community Theatre at PACE.  This is a great opportunity to see this prize winning musical! 
CHANTICLEER at PACE / CONTACT INFO: 
Website:  https://www.paceartsiowa.org/theater/chanticleer-community-theater
Ticket Link: https://www.showpass.com/a-chorus-line-4/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
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Tuesday May 07, 2024

We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Thom Davis, Dramaturg and Vice President of the Board of Directors for Voices in Alliance (VIA Omaha).  VIA Omaha produced “The Inheritance Part 1” in October 2023 during their first season, and now are able to begin their 2nd Season with “The Inheritance Part 2.”
It's important to note that you can still easily see “The Inheritance Part 2” without seeing "Part 1".  We do suggest, however, you hear all about "Part 2" on our podcast before you go, because Thom eloquently explains why this is such an important piece of theatre.
This two-part play was written by Matthew Lopez and won a Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, a Critics Circle Theatre Award, and an Evening Standard Theatre Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, just to name a few.  Needless to say, there has always been a lot of interest and appreciation in what this play means to so many.
”The Inheritance Part 2”opens May 10th and runs 8 performances until May 19th.  There will be a talk back session after their Sunday performance on May 12th. 
This production is recommended for audiences over 18.  
 
Voices in Alliance (VIA Omaha) Ticket & Contact Info:
Tickets Info and Website: https://www.viaomaha.org/ 
Ticket Link:  Eventbrite link.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VIAOmaha/ 
This production will be performed at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108.
 
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Monday Apr 29, 2024

The 2024 Spring Platte River Art Show at Mahoney State Park is "The Most Prestigious Art Show on the River!"  You’ll find this seasonal event at the Peter Kiewitt Lodge in the upper level, May 4th and 5th.  It's free to attend and you will find regional artists with many different kinds of art mediums.  Enjoy the day out at the state park as well. We chat briefly with Nia Karmann, Owner and Photographer of Nye Street Studios who is also hosting this event.  
Hours:  May 4th from 10am to 7pm, and May 5th from 9am to 4pm.  You will need a state park pass, but if you don't want to spring for a full year, day passes are $7, but the event is free!
 
PLATTE RIVER ART SHOW CONTACT INFO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120061395838844?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D
Website: https://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/event/platte-river-art-show-at-e-t-mahoney-state-park-5/2024-05-04/
 
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Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

Today our episode is with an Omaha theatre legendary favorite, the talented Dick Mueller.  This is one of those podcasts you simply won't want to miss if you love theatre in Nebraska.  The Firehouse Dinner Theatre, founded and produced by Dick Mueller was a Old Market staple.  Mr. Mueller opened the Firehouse Dinner Theatre May 12th 1972.  Back in its day, the Firehouse was one of the best of equity theatre in Omaha.  And to recall of the great times there, Dick Mueller has published a book, written by himself and 25 others who worked at the Firehouse.  All of them share about their most memorable moments.
Mr. Mueller's book is called “The Firehouse Memoir:  For an Entreprener in the Arts, From Nightclubs to Theatre, ’Twas All Showbiz to Me."  And to celebrate there will be a Book Launch Party at the old Firehouse building, now the Upstream Brewery on Sunday, April 21st from 2PM - 5PM.  Stop on in to what is sure to be a festive reunion at the book launch, get a signed copy and see so many of the people who made the Firehouse so successful!  
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Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

Is an egg is as close to Jesus as a person can get? 
We had a "sunny-side-up of a time" with Director Kaitlyn Rudeen, and Actors Julie Fitzgerald Ryan and Sarah Dighans while talking about their upcoming production:  5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, which opens April 5th at SNAP! Productions Omaha at Ghost Light Theatre in Bellevue.
This is a zany comedy you won't want to miss with a spontaneous and whacky fourth wall.  An all female Cast, Director and Crew tell the story of five women living in 1956 who belong to the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein and are having their annual quiche breakfast (yes, it's that time of year again!) when their small town is threatened by Communists.  What could go wrong with this perfectly hatched plot? 
This is an interactive production that will whip up and bake the crowd into a perfectly flaky crust of antics for 90 minutes of non-stop comedy. 
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche was the winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival for best overall production and written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood.
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Performances will be April 5-7, 12 - 15, 19 - 21.
Industry Night is Monday, April 15th.
The Brunch event and production will be April 14th from Noon to 2PM.
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Find all about this production here!
Cast:  Sarah Dighans, Julie Fitzgerald Ryan, Therese Rennels, Tatiana Sandoval, Anna Dragon, with Kaitlyn Rudeen Directing.
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CONTACT INFO for SNAP! Productions:
Snap Productions at Ghost Light Theatre is located at 2221 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.snapproductions.com/
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Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

The Theatre Arts Guild Omaha (TAG) has been around for over 50 years, but through a series of events, including the pandemic, TAG is in jeopardy of dissolving.  We talk with Dylan Peck, current President of TAG, and discuss what might happen to the organization going forward.  Dylan has been keeping the organization going in hopes it will be able to continue and grow and offer more scholarships for theatre Creatives.
To join TAG, just $1 will purchase a membership, which can be completed on their website.  Some TAG Night Out events (suggested donation of $5) are still happening, and Dylan hopes to resurrect TAG Meet-ups and other events for members.
Find all about it here and how you can join the TAG Board, or join as member to support Creatives in Omaha!
THEATRE ARTS GUILD OMAHA
Website: https://theatreartsguild.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TAGOmaha
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tagomaha/
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Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Join us for a lovely conversation with Quinn Corbin, Manager of the Great Plains Theatre Commons.  GPTC has been known for many years for their annual Conference and Playwrighting Festival, but did you know they also have Season Productions?   Quinn tells us about all of their programs, and how GPTC supports local and national playwrights and shares about their unique theatre model that provides free admission to their performances.
Open Conference Auditions for the PlayLab are still open virtually until Friday, March 22nd at 11:59pm Central! These are paid roles.  
More of a Heart, a play developed as a PlayLab during the 2023 GPTC New Play Conference will be performed April 17th at BLUEBARN Theatre. 
The New Play Conference will be held May 26-June 1st at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus at Yates Illuminates at 3260 Davenport.  The full production during the conference will be May 29th.
Find about all of these fantastic opportunities and more during our discussion with Quinn during this podcast!
GREAT PLAINS THEATRE COMMONS CONTACT INFO:
Tickets & Website:  https://www.gptcplays.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GreatPlainsTheatreConference/photos/?ref=page_internal
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/gptcnebraska 
Office:  2707 North 48th Street, Omaha, NE 68104
email:  commons@gptcplays.com
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Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

What a pleasure to talk to Don Keelan-White and BevVan Phillips, who are in the dramatic and memorable production On Golden Pond at Chanticleer Community Theater at PACE (Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment) at the Hoff Fmily Arts and Culture Center in Council Bluffs.  
These two lovely Creatives have such a great perspective of their roles in this meaningful play.  Find out how they came to these roles and how they have been able to develop them!  
BevVan is a promising newcomer to the stage, and Don is a seasoned veteran whom you have seen for the last 12 years in Christmas Carol at OCP, mostly as Jacob Marley.  However, Don spent a lot of time at the Yorkshire Playhouse in York, NE.
On Golden Pond opens March 14-17 and 21-24th, and be sure to check with the Theatre Arts Guild Omaha Facebook Page and PACE's Facebook page for TAG night out this week on March 13th.  A $5 donation goes to TAG Omaha.
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center at PACE:
Tickets and Website: https://www.paceartsiowa.org/theater/chanticleer-community-theater 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
 
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Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

The Omaha Fringe Festival is gearing up for 2024, and to kick it off, they had an in-person lottery draw of 20 Artists plus 6 Alternate Artists on Saturday, March 3rd.  We joined them prior to the lottery, and were able to talk separately with Nic Jansen, President of the Board, and Lara Marsh, former Board Member and current Artistic Director. 
Fringe will be held August 8th through 11th, and their button art contest is open now until April 1st so there's still time to submit your Art!  You can get involved, volunteer and see 20 innovative Artists at the 2024 Omaha Fringe Fest!
#omahafringe2024
OMAHA FRINGE FESTIVAL CONTACT INFO:
Button Contest Info
Volunteer Form
Tickets and Website
Button Contest Entry Form
Facebook: @omahafringefest
Instagram
X / Twitter
 
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Thursday Feb 29, 2024

Friends, Romans, Party People!  What a perfectly delightful conversation with the talented Jay Hayden, Actor and Co-Conspirator of Old School Shakespeare Omaha's production of "Julius Caesar." OSSO productions consist of serious actors, no director and one rehearsal.  One!  OSSO brings Shakespeare to life in a new time for us to enjoy.  Jay gives us all of the details of this fun, and a little zany, production! 
Look for OSSO's troupe of serious and joyful Actors at a venue near you: 
February 29th at Benson Theatre in Benson
March 2nd at the Lucky Bucket Brewing in LaVista
March 14th at Site-1 Brewing, Omaha
March 17th at Zen Coffee Co - West Location, Omaha
All ages are welcome for all performances.  Performances are free with a suggested donation of $20.  
 
CONTACT INFO FOR OLD SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE OMAHA
Facebook:  OSSO Shakespeare Omaha 
Instagram: OSSO Old School Shakespeare Omaha on Instagram
 
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Friday Feb 23, 2024

What happens in an old movie house with a 35 mm projector with three misfit employees?  You'll find out in The Flick by Annie Baker.  This play has a small cast of four UNL Theatre Students:  Mekhi Mitchell plays Avery, Luke Stursma plays Sam, Sofia Drelizharz plays Rose, and Jackson Wells plays Skylar/The Dreaming Man.  Today, we speak with Mekhi, and their Director, and Associate Professor of Theatre at UNL, Jamie Bullins.  Find out about this fun movie, it's relationship to the film "Pulp Fiction" and how these three employees who seemingly have nothing in common, find connection with each other.  
Mekhi Mitchell is a Senior at UNL Johnny Carson School of Theatre.  
Jamie Bullins is an Associate Professor of Theatre with a concentration in Costume Design for the Johnny School of Theatre and Film.  He came to Nebraska in 2017 after 17 years at Kennesaw State University.  He has an MFA in theatrical design and scenography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  He has been teaching for 25 years.  You will also see Jamie directing at other Lincoln area theatres.  He leads the Angels Theatre Company Playwrighting Collective, which if you see our other podcast with Jamie, you will hear all about their playwriting program.  He was a design consultant in the book "How Theatre Designers Make Connections Between Scripts and Images" by Rosemary Ingham.
 
The Flick opens February 29th and runs through March 6th, 2024 at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre!
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
For Tickets & Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
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Friday Feb 16, 2024

OmniArts Nebraska is gearing up to open their first production of the year, and their 12th season in 2024.  This production isn't holding anything back and we spoke to two of the talented individuals involved in this play: Christian Novotny, Director - and Reed Westerhoff, who plays the main character, John.
This play, though visually simplistic in design and execution, is complex in story.  John finds himself torn between his steady relationship with his boyfriend, and suddenly finds himself in love with a woman. There are only four actors performing in this play, along with Reed Westerhoff, the other actors are Stephen Buhler, Anthony Delaney, and Francoise Traxler.  Costume design is by Sandra Zulkoski, Amelia Roth is stage manager, and technical direction is by Dustin Witte.
We had a lovely conversation with Christian and Reed about this play at The Mill at Innovation Campus, so join us in this podcast to learn more about them and this dramatic play.  COCK won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for an Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
COCK opens February 22nd and runs through the 25th at the Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.  It does contain adult themes and sexually explicit dialogue.
OmniArts Nebraska CONTACT INFO:
Tickets: Available at the Lied Center for Performing Arts:  www.liedcenter.or or call 402-472-4747.
Website: https://www.omniartsnebraska.org/
 
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Thursday Jan 25, 2024

We spoke with Moira Mangiameli, Director of "Boy" at Snap Productions at the Ghost Light Theatre, and Actor Jey Nelson, who plays Samantha and Adam as the lead role in Boy, which is opening February 2nd. 
Moiria and Jey talk to us about this complex play written by Anna Zeigler.  The play is based on a true story of a person who was born male and due to a tragic accident during his circumcision, was raised female.  The well-intentioned plan came from the doctor, who believed gender was based on how a person is nurtured, rather than on purely nature. As the main character grows up, unaware of all of the facts about their past, they battle emotionally with their feelings about themselves and try to reconcile with the information they have been told.
Performance dates for “Boy” are February 2nd through the 4th, 9th through the 12th, (the 12th is a Monday performance for the convenience of people in the industry), and 16th through the 18th. 
Snap! is holding valuable talkbacks after the February 2nd and 9th performances.
The ASL performance will be February 9th.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SNAP! PRODUCTIONS
Snap Productions at Ghost Light Theatre is located at 2221 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.snapproductions.com/
 
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Tuesday Dec 05, 2023

Don't shoot your eye out, or lick an icy pole, or get in a fight with the Bumpuses!  Instead, come to see A Christmas Story, The Musical at Chanticleer Community Theater at PACE in the Hoff Family Arts Center.  We talked with Lara Marsh, Director of this festive and nostalgic production and she gives us some great insight on how it's come together!  
"A Christmas Story, The Musical" opens December 7th and continues it’s performances on December 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. 
For Tickets: https://paceartsiowa.org.  
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center at PACE:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
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Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

Find out all about the upcoming "Holiday Lites:  Winter's Wonderful Gifts", which is another creative collaboration between Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company and Benson Theatre!  Playwright Actor, and Director, Murphy Scott Wulfgar puts some new touches in this holiday play from last year. Maddie Radcliff, Deputy Director at the Benson Theatre, and Playwright, also flexes her Actor and musical muscle in this production.  Holiday Lights tells stories which range all the way from poetry, to comedy and touching tales, to music which celebrate the holiday in other cultures, legends, and belief systems.  This production promises to warm your heart and lift your spirits this holiday season!  
The stories include:  Poetry and music about "A Visit From St. Nicholas," Krampus Returns in "God Jule, Shalom";  A bittersweet story about a loved one's decline in "Old Sy Lange";  Poetry about Ol' St. Nick in "The Nights of Midwinter";  Beloved Christmas characters from our childhood in "A Very Merry, Happy....Whatever..." ; and lastly, music and a reimaged tale of Ebenezah Scrooge in "These Old Haunts."
This is not your regular holiday show and a unique production you won't want to miss.  Find out all about it here! 
For Tickets:  https://bensontheatre.org/event/holiday-lites-2023/  or www.bsbtheatre.com/lights23atre.com 
 
CONTACT INFO FOR BENSON THEATRE:
Website: https://bensontheatre.org/ 
6054 Maple Street · Omaha, NE 68104
402.991.4333
 
CONTACT INFO FOR BRIGIT SAINT BRIGIT THEATRE CO.:
Website:  https://www.bsbtheatre.com/ 
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Tuesday Nov 07, 2023

We talk with Maddie Radcliff, Deputy Director, and Beaufield Berry, Marketing Manager at Benson Theatre about their fun events coming up this week!
On November 10th, Benson celebrates the "42nd Asbury Short Film Concert."  This is New York City’s longest running short film exhibition & touring show and you will be treated to a line-up of the best short films in comedy, drama and animation. And on November 11th, commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Benson Theatre Building at their Inaugural Benefit, "The Benalto Ball".  Wear your sharpest party outfit and enjoy the music of local talent, The Novak and Haar Jazz Trio, and the versatile voice of Camille Metoyer Moten.   
Join in the fun of short films one night and the next, enjoy incredible performances and food while supporting Benson Theatre.  Find all about these events here!
BENSON THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets and Website: https://bensontheatre.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonTheatre 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bensontheatre/ 
X:  https://twitter.com/BensonTheatre 
6054 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 
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Friday Oct 27, 2023

It's the beginning of our 5th Season here at the Platte River Bard, and today we talk with Voices in Alliance about their upcoming production, "The Inheritance Part 1", which opens November 3rd and runs through Nov 12th. Voices In Alliance is a theatre company in Omaha which began in 2022. We talk with their Producing Artistic Director, Randall T. Stevens and one of the Actors in "The Inheritance Part 1", Travis Manley. Both of these Creatives are engaging and passionate about telling the stories. VIA Omaha's seeks to find a space in which the LGBTQ+ Community can connect through inspiring, inclusive, diverse, provocative, and complex stories that explore both the ordinary and extraordinary of the queer experience.
Find all about it here!
 
VOICES IN ALLIANCE (VIA Omaha) CONTACT INFO:
Tickets Info and Website: https://www.viaomaha.org/ 
Ticket Link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-inheritance-part-1-by-matthew-lopez-tickets-706315979107?aff=oddtdtcreator. 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VIAOmaha/ 
This production will be performed at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108.
 
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Tuesday Oct 10, 2023

Today we feature the Platte River Art Show being held in Ashland at the Mahoney State Park this weekend, October 13-15th.  We had the opportunity to talk to their Event Producer and Photographer, Nia Karmann, to tell us everything that will be happening at Mahoney State Park.  Admission is free so come out and enjoy celebrating the visual arts this weekend!
PLATTE RIVER ART SHOW CONTACT INFO
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083554623192
Website: https://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/event/platte-river-art-show-at-e-t-mahoney-state-park-4/2023-04-28/
 
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Sunday Oct 01, 2023

Exciting things are happening in the new Snap! Production space at 2221 Thurston Circle in Bellevue, Nebraska!   On October 6th, Snap! Productions will premiere "American Idiot" for the first time in the Omaha area.  This will be a large talented cast to bring you all of the great music by Green Day and many stories throughout. 
We visited the new space while they are still under construction, and it's coming together!  And while we were there we were able to talk with three members of the "American Idiot" cast:   Sara Scheides, Carly Frolio, and Xavier Carr.  Check out this exciting production happening at SNAP! 
 
SNAP! Productions: 
Tickets and Website:  https://snapproductions.com 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/snapproductionsomaha 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snapproductions/ 
2221 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Nebraska
402-341-2757
 
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Sunday Oct 01, 2023

SNAP! Productions has unveiled their new season! After overcoming some obstacles in recent years they are also on the cusp of unveiling their new space!  We find out about the amazing work they are doing for theatre, talk about their upcoming season shows, and discuss their meaningful mission statement.  You won't want to miss everything being planned!  
 
SNAP! Productions: 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/snapproductionsomaha 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snapproductions/ 
 
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Thursday Sep 28, 2023

We had an enjoyable conversation with Rafael Untalan, Director of the upcoming production "Sense and Sensibility" which opens September 28th through October 7th at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre in Lincoln.  Mr. Untalan is an Assistant Professor at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, as well as an Actor with acting and directing credits to his name all over the country. 
This production will be the adaptation from Kate Hamill of the original Jane Austen classic.  It promises a lovely story of strong women of the time, packed full of costumes and a creative set design for many different locations of the scenes.  Mr. Untalan talks about about some of the challenges of this production as well as some of the attributes that will make you want to get your tickets now and go!
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets & Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
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Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

We were so honored to talk with Hank Stratton, the new Executive Director of the Nebraska Rep and the Director of UNL's Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.  We had a fun discussion about their new season, which is packed with a variety of productions!  And it wasn't just their season, we had the opportunity to get to learn more about Mr. Stratton's acting, directing and education experience.  He has been on TV, film, commercials, Broadway, and regional theatres all around the country.  Nebraska is privileged to have Mr. Stratton at the helm of one of the state's most robust and recognized theatre programs! There's so much more, so be sure to make the time to listen! 
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets & Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
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Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

We were honored to talk with Kevin Doncaster, Founder of Warhawk PTSD Service Dogs, and also Jimmy Weber.  Both of these men are veterans of our military and have served overseas.  Along with two other musicians, Jimmy Weber will be performing at the Benson Theatre on September 21st at 7PM.  The event is called "Chords for Canines" and the event will support the important work of Warhawks. 
This will be an incredible and important opportunity for everyone to learn about the work of Warhawk, and how Kevin's organization is saving veterans lives, and the lives of children of our service members.  Please consider listening to what Kevin has to say.  If you can't make the event, you can donate online directly at warhawkptsdservicedogs.org. 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR WARHAWK PTSD SERVICE DOGS:
Website: https://www.warhawkptsdservicedogs.org/ 
 
CONTACT FOR CHORDS FOR CANINES AT BENSON THEATRE:
Tickets: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36337/production/1159251?performanceId=11333097 
Website Information: https://bensontheatre.org/event/chords-for-canines/ 
 
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Sunday Sep 17, 2023

We talk with Director, Todd Uhrmacher and Actor, Riley Pope about their production of The Prom!  This is a newer Broadway play, based on a real story and it is full of high energy, music, and dancing!  It is also the Nebraska Premiere of this play, so what a great chance to get to go see it!  Learn more about it here with our fun conversation with Riley and Todd!  You have just two more weeks of chances to see it!   The play runs September 15th to October 1st, 2023!
BELLEVUE LITTLE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets & Website: http://theblt.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bellevuelittletheatre/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellevuelittletheatre/ 
203 Mission Avenue, Bellevue, Nebraska 
402.291.1554
 
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Thursday Sep 14, 2023

We spoke with the Director and a few of the large cast of Oliver, Jr. at Chanticleer Community Theater at the Hoff Center at PACE!  Director Denise Putnam, Actors Lilly Ozello, Dean Patrick Pope and Moyer McDermott tell us about their experience, and even some great advice, in this exciting production!  We love to talk with the younger folks who are brimming with excitement in a production they are very proud of - as they should be!  It opens September 14th and runs until the 24th - so don't miss seeing this fun show!
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center at PACE:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
For Tickets:  go to PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment):  https://www.paceartsiowa.org 
 
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Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Angels Theatre Company just announced their 2023-2024 Season and we had the honor of talking with Timothy Scholl, Executive Director!  
Angels offers a wide array of programming for new works.  They have their full-length season productions, which are newer plays written by local playwrights.  The Solo Tales and Ales program allows the Playwriting Collective to write monologues, which are then performed by actors as a cold read.  In addition, their Playwriting Collective gives workshop support to local playwrights wanting to enrich their work and prepare it for performance. And lastly, they have their Salon Reading Series, which are new works that can include those plays who have been developed in the Playwriting Workshop, and then are performed as staged readings.
So for Angels, it's not just a handful of plays for the season, it's many plays in many formats.  So if you love new works, or if you are a playwright looking for development,  Angels has something for everyone.  Check out all the exciting things in store for next season!
ANGELS THEATRE COMPANY:
Website:  https://angelscompany.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelstheatrecompany/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelstheatreco_lincoln/ 
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/angelstheatreco
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/@angelstheatrecompany/ 
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Saturday Jul 29, 2023

We are happy once again to get the scoop on the upcoming Omaha Fringe Festival 2023 which will be held August 10-13th, 2023! We talked with Tamar Neumann, Executive Director and Jason Levering, Artistic Director of the Omaha Fringe Festival.  
Be sure to check out the Fringe participants appearance at the August 5th Omaha Farmer's Market, and also on August 7th, the Omaha Fringe Festival Preview Party!  At the Preview Party, you'll get to see the first 2 minutes of each of the performances at Fringe!
The Festival will be held at three places this year:  UNO Theatre, Benson Theatre and Blackstone Theater, home of Big Canvas Comedy.
Don't miss the Omaha Fringe Fest!  Tickets are available now at: https://omahafringe.square.site/product/all-fringe-pass/142 
They also need volunteers!
OMAHA FRINGE FESTIVAL CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://omahafringe.square.site/
To Donate and Support:  https://checkout.square.site/buy/WYCOWEZP5POWMYDMCLU2UOHW
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/omahafringefest/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omahafringefestival/
Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/omahafringefestival/
#FirstOmahaFringe
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Tuesday Jul 04, 2023

Brownville Village Theatre in Brownville, Nebraska is abuzz again, and they are bringing us 5 fabulous shows this summer!  Not only are they having their 56th season, they will also have a special lawn party on July 7th for the World Premiere of Death at Downton.  You can dress up in your favorite 1920's garb, and meet the writer of Death and Downton, Randall David Cook!   So don't miss the Premiere Party!
We talked to Co-Artistic Directors, Mitch Bean and Rachel Curtiss, as well as two of their company members, Lizzy Pegler and Bella Walker.  They discuss all 5 of the shows this summer:  The Hello Girls, Deliver Us From Mama, It Came From Mars, The Fox and the Fairway, and last but not least:  Death at Downton, An Aristocratic Upstairs-Downstairs Murder-Mystery Parody, Because Longer Titles Are A Certain Indicator of High Quality and Refined Taste written by Randall David Cook.  
Lizzy Pegler:  This season, Lizzy is the theatre’s associate technical director and is costume designing The Hello Girls, It Came From Mars, and Death at Downton!
Bella Walker:  Bella is the costume supervisor & costume designer for The Fox on the Fairway, as well as the intimacy coordinator for all five of our shows! She can be seen onstage as Norleen Sprunt in Deliver Us From Mama!, Dolores Breckinridge in It Came From Mars, and Violetta Squally/Mrs. Paditmore in Death at Downton!.
Rachel Curtiss, co - Artistic Director:  Rachel is directing The Hello Girls & Death at Downton!, and can be seen onstage as Julia Crane in It Came From Mars.
Mitch Bean co-Artistic Director:  Mitch is directing It Came From Mars & The Fox on the Fairway, set designing Death at Downton! & The Fox on the Fairway, and will be appearing onstage as Lt. Ernest Wessen and Others in The Hello Girls & Walker Sprunt in Deliver Us From Mama!
 
BROWNVILLE VILLAGE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: http://www.brownvillevillagetheatre.com/home.html 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BVT1967/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bvt1967 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brownvillevillagetheatre/ 
Brownville Village Theatre, 222 Water Street, Brownville, NE
402.825.4121
 
 
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Sunday May 07, 2023

Join us for a very fun and totally off-the-rails conversation with one of our favorite Creatives! Jamie Bullins, who is a master of all theatre related trades, heads up the Angels Theatre Company's Playwriting Collective and is gearing up for their 8th Annual First Flight Festival.  The First Flight Festival will feature 12 locally written plays, monologues and even a musical which have been through a creative development process with Angels Theatre Co.
Don't miss Auditions for First Flight, which are coming up soon:  May 19th (6:30pm-9pm)  and 20th (10am-4pm) at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (6300 A Street) to be a part of these many works! 
The First Flight Play Festival will be held at the UNL Studio Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Temple Building at 12th and R Street on July 13th-16th and July 20th-23rd. 
I also just want to say that if you haven't heard Chris (or Sheri) laugh hysterically before, you will hear it on this podcast! 
Jamie Bullins has an MFA in theatrical design and scenography from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro and came to Nebraska from Kennesaw State University where was an Associate Professor for 17 years.  He has also held positions at Auburn University and the University of Florida.  He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Costume Design at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He has a plethora of Director credits, and just this year has Directed plays at Lincoln Community Playhouse, Doane State College as well as Costume Design for Wesleyan University and Scene Design at Angels. Jamie also works with the students at UNL for Theatrix, a student-run theatre. He is also a frequent writer - along with Chris and Sheri - for Appearing Locally.
For Ticket Information:  https://angelscompany.org/ 
Or call the box office at 402-472-4747.
ANGELS THEATRE COMPANY:
Website:  https://angelscompany.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelstheatrecompany/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelstheatreco_lincoln/ 
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/angelstheatreco
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Tuesday May 02, 2023

Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert of the Lofte Community Theatre and Actor, Jennifer Gilg talk with us about their upcoming play, Wit, ("W;t") written by Margaret Edson.  This play won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, and is a heartfelt play is about a strong and intelligent woman, Vivian Bearing (played by Jennifer Gilg) who realizes she is in the last two hours of her life due to her battle with ovarian cancer.  But don't let the premise scare you away!  This play is full of heart and humor as Vivian explores what makes life worth living, what achievements look like when faced with the reality of death, and how relationships are such an important part of every humans' story. 
And if the writing and acting of this play isn't already enough, Jennifer Gilg, an accomplished local actor, went "all in."  We talked to her just hours after she had her head shaved for this role and she carried on brilliantly.  She has taken this role on and owned it.  So join us for a great conversation with more talented local Creatives who are bringing everything they have to this endearing play.
Wit opens May 5th at the Lofte Community Theatre and runs until May 14th.
Get your tickets online at https://lofte.org 
LOFTE COMMUNITY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Tickets & Website: www.lofte.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loftecommunitytheatre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loftetheatre/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelofte?lang=en
The Lofte Community Theatre is located at 15841 Manley Rd in fashionable Manley, Nebraska.
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Friday Apr 28, 2023

The Musical Theatre Senior Showcase will be  April 28th and 29th at 7PM at the Creighton University, Lied Center for Performing Arts. We talked with the four Musical Theatre Seniors who are performing: Bratyon Matuska, Kiley Melean, Evan Peterson, Leticia Taveras.  These students have had a unique experience in college studying for theatre during the pandemic and now they are able to do a production singing and raising money in the process.  These students also raised money to have this performance recorded. 
This production is free to attend.  Donations encouraged for Alpha Psi Omega, Creighton University’s Theatre Honors Program.  
Come support these musical theatre major students for this unique and entertaining program!
CREIGHTON THEATRE
Lied Education Center for the Arts, 24th and Cass Street, Omaha
Tickets:  https://creightonfinearts.universitytickets.com/w/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreightonTheatre 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creightonthr/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CreightonTHR 
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Thursday Apr 27, 2023

Join us for a listing of what's happening in Eastern Nebraska in theatre.  And we feature the Platte River Art Show being held in Ashland at the Mahoney State Park this weekend, April 28-30th.  We had the opportunity at the last minute to talk to their Event Producer and Photographer, Nia Karmann, so check out the feature that is included in this months' episode!  And, there will be another Platte River Art Show this fall!
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Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Benson Theatre is bringing us a fresh take on a Shakespearean classic, Twelfth Night, which is an adapted play by Ryan Kathman, MFA. This production will be just one weekend on April 28th, 29th and 30th. And to make the experience of this wonderful production even more unique, Ryan Kathman adapted this play for two actors.  Ryan and Delaney Jackson will be the two versatile actors playing all of the parts in the play.  Both actors will alternate playing the principle and secondary characters in a wide range of styles and voices.
We talk with Moira Mangiameli and Ryan Kathman about how they are bringing this play to life!  And we get to hear a little bit about their theatre experience as well!  
BENSON THEATRE CONACT INFO:
Tickets and Website: https://bensontheatre.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonTheatre 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bensontheatre/ 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BensonTheatre 
6054 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 
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Sunday Apr 23, 2023

Experience the Renaissance Festival of Nebraska this season, May 6 & 7, and 13 & 14th at the Bellevue Berry Farm.  We talk with Producer Howard Coffin.  Howard gives us an entertaining "How To" of attending Ren Fair. The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska (also known as RenFest Nebraska) is not just a place where you can buy great things and great food, it has an entire infrastructure of groups of people, there to give you a great experience of fun.  We explore some of those in this podcast, and give you some great tips!
RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL OF NEBRASKA CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://renfestnebraska.com/ 
Facebook: https://facebook.com/RenFestNE 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/renfestnebraska 
The Bellevue Berry Farm is located at 48th street between Cornhusker Road and Highway 370 in Bellevue / Papillion.   The address is: 
11001 S 48th St, Papillion NE 68133.
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Cheer Crowd. This work Is licensed under the Creative Commons Noncommercial 3.0 License. Freesound.org.
 
Ren Fair Bagpipes. This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Credit to:  Alex Kingsley (@alexyquest). https://freesound.org/people/gertraut_hecher/sounds/560970/
 
Harp Appegios by gertraut_hecher.  This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0.  Credit to gertraut_hecher.  https://freesound.org/people/gertraut_hecher/sounds/560970/
 
Harp Appegios by gertraut_hecher.  This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0.  Credit to gertraut_hecher. 
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Orchestral Theme Fanfare by humanoide9000. This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Credit to Luis Humanoide. humanoide9000.
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Crowd Cheers.  Trumpet Fanfare. Medieval Dance. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. Freesound.org.
 
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Sunday Apr 23, 2023

We are basking in the after-glow of The Marriage of Figaro, and the best part is there's even more opera-goodness coming in Opera Omaha's 2023-24 Season!  We spoke with Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs and Kurt Howard, Producing Director at Opera Omaha.  We have the line up of everything they have in store for us, so don't miss this amazing behind-the-scenes chat with Kurt and Lauren. 
Their next event is Poetry & Music at the Benson Theatre on May 7th from 1PM to 3PM. 
And in June, Opera to Go will have outdoor concerts in in three neighborhoods: 
June 9th at Elkhorn Days
June 16th at Gifford Park Neighborhood Market
June 25th Florence Mill Farmer’s Market
And, Opera Omaha's Annual Opera Outdoors will be September 8th.  Opera Outdoors is a family-friendly outdoor concert featuring a sampling of opera's greatest hits and previews of Opera Omaha's upcoming season. 
And then in October, their 2023-24 Season begins - so be sure to listen in to the operas they will be bringing to Omaha for us to enjoy. And don't forget their free Opera in Conversation Events and After the Curtain events to discuss the season operas!
 
OPERA OMAHA CONTACT INFO:
For Tickets:  ticketomaha.com
Website: www.operaomaha.org 
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/operaomaha/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/operaomaha/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/operaomaha
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/operaomaha
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Monday Apr 17, 2023

We talk with Seth Fox, Curator and Laura Kelly, Storyteller of Musing: A Storytelling Series at the Bluebarn Theatre on April 19th. The Storytelling Series has been a fantastic success and we always love to hear about the process of pitching an idea and creating a personal story into an interesting and meaningful piece.
This event is free, and all seats have been reserved, however, there may be some seats remaining.  Fortunately, this Storytelling Series is available on the Bluebarn's You Tube Channe, so check it out!  
BLUEBARN CONTACT INFO:
Website: http://bluebarn.org/musing/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MUSINGOmaha 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musingomaha/
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/@bluebarntheatre 
Bluebarn Theatre: 1106 S. 10th St. (10th and Pacific) Omaha, NE
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Tuesday Mar 21, 2023

What a lovely conversation with two talented Creatives, Ellen Struve and Amy Lane, PhD.  You'll hear their incredible friendship and collaboration on Ellen's staged reading of Old Bat.  This play is co-produced by Benson Theatre and the Great Play Theatre Commons PlayFest and is a free staged reading on March 23rd and 24th at the Benson Theatre.  This staged reading has been reimagined into a different style of staged readings and it is sure to lure you in to another world and story.
Ellen's fanciful style and realistic perspectives will become centerstage in this fun play.  We talk about her process of writing plays, and how she and Amy became friends.  
It’s always an honor to talk with local Creatives who have brought so much to our Arts Community and to see Benson Theatre and Great Plains Theatre Commons collaborate for local playwrights.
For reservations go to https://gptcplays.com 
BENSON THEATRE
https://bensontheatre.org
GREAT PLAINS THEATRE COMMONS Playfest:
https://www.gptcplays.com/2022-23-playfest/ 
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Sunday Mar 19, 2023

The excitement is brewing!  Opera Omaha is ending this season with The Marriage of Figaro, and we had a lovely conversation with Michael Adams and Mary Feminear, who play the Count and the Countess in this beloved opera.  Mary and Michael are married in real life as well as their characters onstage, and it made for a great interview.  Our conversation was cut short because of technical problems, and we hope to talk with them again in the future.
Both of these Creatives are immensely experienced and talented and it was an honor to talk with them. 
Don't miss this famous and timeless opera, which is Directed by Dean Anthony and Conducted by Steven White.  
Performances are March 31st and April 2nd and ticket prices begin at $19. You can get your tickets to this beloved opera, The Marriage of Figaro at ticketomaha.com.   
Opera Omaha also offers their Opera in Conversation, The Art of Comedy: "Comedic Tropes at Types" which will be held at the Blackstone Theatre March 21st at 6PM.  And for a talkback after the opera, Opera in Conversation:  "After The Curtain Call" on April 4th at the Benson Theatre at 6PM.  These events are free of charge.
OPERA OMAHA CONTACT INFO:
For Tickets:  ticketomaha.com
Website: www.operaomaha.org 
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/operaomaha/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/operaomaha/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/operaomaha
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/operaomaha
Soprano Mary Feminear returns to Opera Omaha after last performing in Opera Under the Stars. This season Ms. Feminear will also perform the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Wichita Grand Opera and Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Maryland Lyric Opera. Her previous performances include the Countess Almaviva with Maryland Lyric Opera, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where she was also a member of the Troupe des Jeunes Solistes, Ginevra in a workshop of Handel’s Ariodante at the Opera Omaha One Festival, the soprano soloist in Mariana Sadovska’s The Wreck at the Opera Omaha ONE Festival, and Amore in Cavalli’s Il Giasone at the Château de Versailles. Other opera credits include the title role in Handel’s Semele at Opera Omaha and Seattle Opera, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Pacific MusicWorks, Proserpine in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera, and Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto at Juilliard.
 
Baritone Michael Adams returns to Opera Omaha after last performing in Opera Under the Stars. This season, Mr. Adams will also sing the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Madison Opera, Castro in La fanciulla del West with the Cleveland Orchestra, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Idaho, and Eugene Onegin with Vallejo Festival Orchestra. Last season, he made two company and role debuts: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Dallas Opera and Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Opera. He also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as the Count and Herald in Der Schatzgräber and Utah Opera for Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other recent performances include Les pêcheurs de perles with Gran Teatre del Liceu; Eugene Onegin, Così fan tutte, and L’elisir d’amore with Seattle Opera; La bohème, Alcina, and Don Giovanni with Grand Théâtre de Genève; Die Zauberflöte, Silent Night, Alcina and The Little Prince with Washington National Opera; Manon with Des Moines Metro Opera, Pagliacci, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and La bohème with Utah Opera; and Show Boat at Glimmerglass Festival.
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Friday Mar 10, 2023

We are back with all of the March theatre events and news that we could find in the area to share with you.   We also have some special music from Blixt, from their production "Puddin' and the Grumble" so please join us to find out all of the projects talented Creatives are bringing to our area!
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Saturday Mar 04, 2023

We talk with Mackenzie Zielke, Director of Into the Woods which opens March 10th at the Chanticleer Community Theater at the Pottawattamie Arts and Cultural Entertainment Center.  Mackenzie talks with us about her extensive musical and teaching background, her commitment to inclusive casting, and her experience with this specific show which has guided her to Direct this legendary musical that includes a large cast and a live orchestra.
You won't want to miss our interview or this latest production!  Into the Woods opens March 10th and runs until March 19th!  For tickets and information go to https://paceartsiowa.org. 
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center at PACE:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment):  https://www.paceartsiowa.org 
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Tuesday Feb 21, 2023

Emily A. Rollie Ph.D., Director of Men on Boats at UNO Theatre talks about this history reimagined production made up of non-binary and female cast members!  In addition, we learned about her other role as an Intimacy Choreographer, which is timely and a newer concept to the theatre stage.  Dr. Rollie also serves as an Educator and Faculty Member of the Washington Central State University theatre department, as well as an Associate Faculty Member for Theatrical Intimacy Education.  She has written numerous articles, has served as an Artistic Director at the Independent Actors Theatre, and has a Master's Degree in Theatre at Central Washington University and her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  
Dr. Rollie has many more credits and talents to her name and can be found on her website:  https://www.emilyrollie.com/.  And suffice to say, she has brought her vast talents to this production at UNO Theatre.  In addition, it's perfect timing, since March is Women's History Month to bring such a talented female to our state who has been a resource and advocate for women in theatre, and a gender and sexuality educator.  She was the Assistant Director of Troubling Violence Performance Project (TVPP) a group dedicated to opening lines of communication about issues of relationship violence through the performance of personal narratives.  
There's so much to unpack here:  Men On Boats is a history reimagined play about the 1869 exploration of what is known today as the Grand Canyon, as well as learning about Intimacy Choreography from such a talented Creative.  Join us for a great conversation with Emily A. Rollie, Ph.D.!
Men On Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus opens February 23rd through March 5th.
Performances are February 23-25th, and March 2-4 at 7:30PM; and Feb 26 and March 5th at 2PM.
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UNO CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Website:  UNO Theatre Website
Facebook: UNOTheatre on Facebook
Instagram: UNO Theatre on Instagram
Twitter: UNO Theatre on Twitter
For tickets at the door: 6505 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182
Walk up to the Box Office
Visit the Theatre Box Office, located on the first floor at the south lobby of the Weber Fine Arts Building.
The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights.
To Call for Tickets: Box Office: 402.554.PLAY (7529)
 
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Friday Feb 03, 2023

After a little bit of a needed rest, we are back with all of the theatre events and news we could find in the area to share with you.   Please join us!
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Sunday Dec 25, 2022

Angels Theatre Company in Lincoln, NE is bringing us a World Premiere of the play written by Jennifer Blackmer, based on the story of scientist Dr. Meg Crane.  Dr. Crane invented the home pregnancy test and revolutionized healthcare for women for decades to come.  In addition, on January 5th, 2023 there will be a community discussion at First Plymouth Congregational Church that is a free event, hosted by Patti Pansing Brooks, with Dr. Crane and Jennifer Blackmer to discuss stigmas surrounding the invention, as well as topical conversations about a persons ability to have bodily autonomy.  Don't miss this really important topic in women's rights, and one woman's journey in helping others take control of their lives.  We talk with Executive Artistic Director, Timothy Scholl, about this production, Predictor, and it's world premiere on February 10th as well as the free community discussion on January 5th.  
 
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.liedcenter.org/event/predictor-world-premiere or call the box office at 402-472-4747.
 
ANGELS THEATRE COMPANY:
Website:  https://angelscompany.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelstheatrecompany/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelstheatreco_lincoln/ 
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/angelstheatreco
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Jennifer Blackmer: https://www.jenniferblackmer.com/ 
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Sunday Dec 11, 2022


Holiday Lites is a collaboration between Benson Theatre and Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company.  If you haven't heard what it's about, our discussion with Jason Levering, Benson Theatre's Programming Director, and Murphy Wulfgang, Executive Director of Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Co., will give you a few exciting glimpses of this unique, inclusive, and festive show!  This is a locally written and devised holiday show that you won't want to miss.  It promises to make you feel connected, and explores the different ways we celebrate - and have celebrated - the holidays!
 
Get tickets here: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36337/production/1141961
12/9 – 12/11, and 12/15 – 12/18, 7:30pm showings with 2pm matinees on Sundays.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
 
BENSON THEATRE CONACT INFO:
Website and Tickets: https://bensontheatre.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonTheatre 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bensontheatre/ 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BensonTheatre 
6054 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 
 
BRIGIT ST. BRIGIT THEATRE COMPANY CONTACT INFO: 
Website: https://www.bsbtheatre.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSBTheatre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bsbtheatre/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bsbtheatre
 
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Thursday Dec 08, 2022

What's Happening in local theatre in December 2022?  We have it here for you - plus - a little bit of news - a little bit of corny chat - and also FREE tickets to “The Cemetery Club” at Chanticleer CommunityTheatre at PACE December 9th - 11th, 2022!
Go to:  https://ci.ovationtix.com/35635/production/1125075?promo=PODCAST
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Wednesday Nov 30, 2022

Experience sisterhood, friendship, joy, and hilarity with Chanticleer Theater's production of "The Cemetery Club" which opens at the Hoff Family and Arts Culture Center at PACE December 2nd.  We talked with a some of the talented cast:  Phyllis Cremonini, Connie Lee, and Heather Wilhelm as well as their Stage Manager Riley Pope, and Director Joey Hartshorn about this endearing play.  This production by Chanticleer offers wonderful roles and opportunities, and in the process we get to experience their enduring friendships, laughter and sisterhood.
You won't want to miss this endearing play, so find out more about it on our podcast! The Cemetery Club runs December 2-4, and 9-11th.  To get tickets go to paceartsiowa.org
 
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center at PACE:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paceartsia/?hl=en 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACEartsiowa 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment):  https://www.paceartsiowa.org 
 
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Sunday Nov 13, 2022

We always look forward to talking with Fran Sillau, the talented and accomplished Executive Artistic Director of Circle Theatre.  This is Circle's 39th Season, and their first show of their season, "Stronger Than Strong!  Great American Tall Tale Heroines", will be held NOVEMBER 19th at 7PM and NOVEMBER 20th at 2PM at the Jewish Community Center.  This play is written by local playwright, Brian Guehring.  To add even more fun to the evening, there will be an opening act of actors from the Munroe Meyer Institute, who will tell us about the early life of Paul Bunyan.
And hear a little about their second production "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" which will be performed March 9th, 11th, and 12th with Audition dates happening yet this month on November 28th and 29th! 
Circle Theatre believes theatre is for everyone, and these hard-working Creatives are making that mission a reality. You’ll find out about this production - and more - here on the Platte River Bard.
 
CIRCLE THEATRE CONTACT INFORMATION:
For TICKETS and more information: https://circletheatreomaha.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/circletheatreomaha 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/circle.theatreomaha 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/circleomaha 
AUDITIONS: To reserve a space to Audition for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on November 28 and 29th:  Email Francis "" Sillau at Gmail "" com.  For more information see their website: https://circletheatreomaha.org.   Auditions will be held at the Hanscom Park United Methodist Church.
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Sunday Nov 13, 2022

We talked with Ron Zank, Ph.D., Director and Associate Professor of UNO Theatre, and Chloe Beltrand, the Actor who plays Little Red Riding Hood in their upcoming production, Into The Woods.  Production dates are NOVEMBER 17, 19-20, & DECEMBER 1-4, 2022.  We had an enjoyable conversation about this popular and fun musical written by James Lapine with music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. This is going to be a fun production and an opportunity to hear Sondheim's score by live musicians!  Hear how UNO is making this musical come alive, you won't want to miss it!
UNO CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Website:  UNO Theatre Website
Facebook: UNOTheatre on Facebook
Instagram: UNO Theatre on Instagram
Twitter: UNO Theatre on Twitter
For tickets at the door: 6505 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182
Walk up to the Box Office
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The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights.
To Call for Tickets: Box Office: 402.554.PLAY (7529)
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Sunday Oct 30, 2022

Jillian Carter returns to Directing and Playwriting at OmniArts Nebraska in their new 2022-2023 season.  We talk with Jillian and Dustin Witte, co-founder of OmniArts Nebraska, and Managing Artistic Director about their upcoming shows and events!  The next show is Hunter Gatherers that opens November 2nd.  The next shows are Marjorie Prime and Happy Birthday Lily!.  Plus OmniArts Nebraska has two more events this year, Yuletide Fright Fest and YAAS Ghosts!.
In talking with Dustin and Jillian, we discussed the gamut of things such as human primal nature, nudity on stage, and artificial intelligence.  But it all totally makes sense to their season!
OmniArts Nebraska's season is focused on nature and technology, and they have some fascinating shows planned, so find out all about it here at the Platte River Bard!
 
OmniArts Nebraska Contact List: 
Website and Tickets: https://www.omniartsnebraska.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OmniArts 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OmniArtsNE 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omniartsne/ 
 
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Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

Chanticleer Community Theater at the Hoff Center at PACE present a staged reading of "Love Is ?" by Playwright Edie Goodwin.   Chanticleer is committing to helping local playwrights present their work and receive feedback and this is the first in their new series!
We talk to Mrs. Goodwin and the Director of this reading, Lori Lynn Ahrends.  Register now to attend on October 28 - the "Hoff Fourth Fridays" at PACE!  There is a lot going on - costume contests, pumpkin carving and more.  But at 8PM you'll get to experience this free and heartwarming play!
 
CHANTICLEER COMMUNITY THEATER AT PACE:
To register: https://111615.blackbaudhosting.com/111615/PACE-Special-Event---Staged-Reading-of-a-Play-by-Edie-Goodwin 
Website:  https://paceartsiowa.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment):  https://www.paceartsiowa.org 
 
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Thursday Oct 20, 2022

Getting it right is always important to us, and in this particular instance we took a bit more time to make sure we brought you the right podcast with all the right things.  Finally, we were able to meet Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs, live and in-person after doing two years of podcasts remotely. And we had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Joy Pearson, Director of Belonging and Inclusion.  Together, we had a deep dive into their 2022-2023 Season and their new Opera, "The Life and Times of Malcolm X."  Opera Omaha is bringing this new work to the birthplace of Malcolm X:  here in Omaha.  And as always, they are working diligently to make sure that Opera is available to everyone. 
Join us for this deep dive and lovely conversation with Lauren and Andrea.  You won't want to miss it!
 
2022-2023 Season Shows: 
The Life and Times of Malcolm X
Suor Angelica
The Marriage of Figaro
 
OPERA OMAHA CONTACT INFO: 
Website & Tickets: www.operaomaha.org 
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/operaomaha/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/operaomaha/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/operaomaha
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/operaomaha
Opera Omaha, 1850 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 402.346.7372
 
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Wednesday Oct 12, 2022

We open Season 4 with two incredible female entrepreneurs, Becky Boesen and Petra Wahlqvist have built the Blixt Storefront Theater!  Blixt brings the performing arts to not just the Lincoln area, but all across the state.  Petra and Becky are innovative and making their dream a reality by bringing the performing arts to kids and adults alike.  Don't miss this fun conversation about everything Blitx - plus we talk with them about their new season in their new space at 2626 N 48th Street in Lincoln!
 
BLIXT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Website & Tickets:  https://blixt.info/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blixtartists 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlixtArtists 
 
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Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

It's always great to talk to young actors - and their Director!  Join us for this lively interview of Aladdin Jr. with the main cast:  June Gentry, Korbin Horton and Gabe Russell, along with their Director, Denise Putman.  Denise is the President of the Chanticleer Advisory Committee and also serves on the PACE Board (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment).  Aladdin Jr. opens September 15th and runs through the 25th.  There are costumes, magic, smoke machines, and a family friendly show that adults and young ones will appreciate.
This show has a large cast of 45 young people, so there will be lots of singing, dancing and high energy in this fun production! Break all the legs kids! 
 
CHANTICLEER CONTACT INFO: 
Website: https://www.paceartsiowa.org/theater/chanticleer-community-theater
For Tickets: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35635/production/1125073 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
PACE (Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment):  https://www.paceartsiowa.org 
 
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Thursday Sep 08, 2022

Join us for a fun and interesting conversation about how this new play came together! Local playwright, Brigid Amos premieres her new play, Dove, with the Angels Theatre Company.  We also talk with Director of Dove, Jamie Bullins, who is also the Associate Professor of Theatre for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and we talk with Timothy Scholl, the Executive Artistic Director of the Angels Theatre Company.  Angels Theatre Company cultivates local playwrighters and Brigid Amos has been working on this play in conjunction with ASOTO (A Stage Of Their Own) as well as her collaboration with Angels and Jamie Bullins to bring Dove to us! 
Dove is a heartfelt story that beautifully deals with the process of grief.   In addition, Angels will host a "talk back" and resources with their community partner, Mourning Hope, a local non-profit in Lincoln.
The cast of the play consists of Brenna Thompson as Effie, Eric Moyer as Grant, and Hannah Tewes as Dove. 
Dove opens September 14th at the Johnny Carson Theatre at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and runs September 14, 15, 16, & 18th.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.liedcenter.org/event/dove or call the box office at 402-472-4747.
Find out more about Brigid Amos' work on her website:  http://www.brigidamos.com/   Brigid has written many full length plays such as Losing the Ring in the River, Listen, and Heart of Gold, as well as many One Act Plays.
ANGELS THEATRE COMPANY:
Website:  https://angelscompany.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelstheatrecompany/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelstheatreco_lincoln/ 
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/angelstheatreco 
You Tube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXh2ka43c4WQp_5AdAyRIYg 
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Monday Sep 05, 2022

We have been wanting to talk to the Omaha Mobile Stage for quite some time and are really happy to bring this episode to you.  The Omaha Mobile Stage revives the Good Fellows Show Wagon and their Youth Auditions and Youth Shows - plus much more!  We speak with Founder and Executive Director Jessica Scheuerman with Partners for Liveable Omaha, and local talent and Event Manager for the September 18th Event, Keiria Marsha.  There will be three events in September for the Youth Auditions in three different locations. Find out all about how the Omaha Mobile Stage came about, how you can get involved, plus hear about Keiria's journey in singing and songwriting.  This episode is proof that projects like the Omaha Mobile Stage bring Creatives together!  Both of these talented women are making a difference for Creatives in Nebraska.  
PARTNERS FOR LIVEABLE OMAHA: https://partnersforlivableomaha.org/ 
OMAHA MOBILE STAGE:  https://omahamobilestage.org/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/omahamobilestage
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/omahamobilestage/?hl=en 
To Register for Youth Auditions:https://omahamobilestage.org/talent/ 
KEIRIA MARSHA: 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/keiriamarsha.1 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keiriamarsha/ 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KeiriaMarsha 
Apple Music:  https://music.apple.com/us/artist/keiria-marsha/1058453620 
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/keiria-marsha 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3WRAt2SxMOKavBxV3AIxVJ?si=FV4-HFqETpm-8_tRgDUtaQ 
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Saturday Sep 03, 2022

We talk with Troy Gagner, Executive Director of the Lincoln Arts Council, and Dr. Genna-Styles-Lyas, Director of AEP6 Community Engagement & Equity with the Americans for the Arts (AFTA).  They are launching the Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) Survey.  This survey will be held all around the nation with 387 participating communities - and Lincoln is one of them!  Find out all about it here and if you go to a Lincoln venue and see someone talking with others with a clipboard, they just might be doing the AEP6!  
Of particular interest to this survey is broadening the focus on communities of color and identify organizations that has a CEO who identifies as BIPOC/ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American), so that they are engaging BIPOC/ALAANA organizations, managing local research, creating training opportunities, and evaluating progress.
Find out all the details here and congratulations to the Lincoln Arts Council for being one of the organizations to conduct this survey in Nebraska!
 
LINCOLN ARTS COUNCIL:
Website: https://artscene.org/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LincolnArtsCouncil
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lincolnartscouncil/ 
 
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS (AFTA):
AEP Information:  https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/research-studies-publications/arts-economic-prosperity-6 
AFTA Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/americans4arts
AFTA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americans4arts/ 
 
 
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Saturday Sep 03, 2022


Part 2 of our discussion with Dylan Rohde, founder and owner of The Backline and also the founder of Omaha Comedy Fest, which is being held this weekend. We talk to Dylan about some of the highlights of his career (so far!), training in LA at the Upright Citizens Brigade and iO West. And we discuss what The Backline has to offer by way of shows and classes. Plus, we also discuss his animated series, Troglo-bytes that he has been developing. Dylan is one of the amazing Creatives in our town, so tune in for another fun interview!
THE BACKLINE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://www.backlinecomedy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backlinecomedy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backlinecomedy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_backline?lang=en
TROGLO-BYTES: https://www.youtube.com/.../UC6J5MH0dosqsTzwAktX.../featured
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Friday Sep 02, 2022

Jamie Ulmer, Managing Artistic Director of the Community Players in Beatrice, Nebraska is always such a pleasure to talk with!  They have a fun season lined up for us.  If you've never been to Community Players, you will want to make a plan to do so because you will always find quality productions, welcoming doors and really well-done theatre!  Hear Jamie talk about not just their shows for this 2022-23 Season, but also about how theatre has helped the community come together and heal through a devised piece and a partnership with HBO's show, Mind Over Murder.  This DocuSeries discusses how six people in Beatrice admitted to a terrible crime, when they were innocent and later exonerated.
Jamie Ulmer will also celebrate his 25th Season with Community Players, and we talk about the fun show their Board of Directors have put together for him.  So don't miss it, there's so much happening in Beatrice at Community Players!
COMMUNITY PLAYERS CONTACT INFO: 
Community Players are located at 412 Ella Street, Beatrice, NE, 68310
Phone: (402) 228-1801
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPlayersInc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommPlayers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcplayers/
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeatriceCP 
Website: https://www.beatricecommunityplayers.com/ 
Email:  info@beatricecommunityplayers.com
Places Please Podcast: https://www.audible.com/pd/Places-Please-Podcast/B08K574977 or anywhere you find your podcasts!
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Friday Sep 02, 2022


Season 2 is going to be packed full this month! Since we took a little time off, we have been hitting the streets, so to speak. 
Today we talk with Jamie Ulmer, from the Beatrice Community Players In Beatrice, Nebraska. Jamie Is the Managing Artistic Director, and talks with us about their upcoming Gage County Ghost Walk, October 9th and 10th, and also their upcoming monologue play, Murderers running October 24-November 1st.
Find out all about it and what safety precautions you can expect in our new environment. You can also find out a little more about their upcoming season! Jamie is a fun guest and his enthusiasm for theatre is contagious!  You won't be disappointed when you visit Beatrice for a show.  Their productions are always done brilliantly, and totally worth the drive.  So check out the Ghost Walk and don't miss Murderers! 
 
Beatrice Community Players are located at 412 Ella Street, Beatrice, NE, 68310
Phone: (402) 228-1801
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPlayersInc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommPlayers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcplayers/
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeatriceCP 
Website: https://www.beatricecommunityplayers.com/ 
Email:  info@beatricecommunityplayers.com
Podcast, Places Please:  https://www.beatricecommunityplayers.com/holdplease-cp
Subscribe to their other Podcast "Places Please."
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© The Platte River Bard Podcast, 2020, Chris and Sheri Berger

Saturday Aug 27, 2022

Dylan Rohde, "ba-dah-ba-dah"!  This is Part 1 of a two-part interview with Dylan Rohde, founder and owner of The Backline, and also founder of the Omaha Comedy Fest!  In Part 1 we give you a fun conversation about what the Omaha Comedy Fest is this year in 2022.  They will be featuring comedians, such as Amber Ruffin and #IMomSoHard, as well as many other comedians, both local and from around the country!  The Festival also has Workshops available to attend.  If you have ever thought about how learning Improv could help you, this podcast will make you think even more about how beneficial it could be to your public speaking - or if you just want to have some fun!
 
Part 2 will be out in this weekend, and will feature a conversation with Dylan about his background, a little more detail about The Backline, projects he is working on. 
 
Don't miss the Omaha Comedy Festival which begins Thursday, September 1st and consists of many Workshops and Shows!  Go to https://omahacomedyfest.com for details and tickets!
OMAHA COMEDY FEST
Website: https://www.omahacomedyfest.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omahacomedyfest
 
THE BACKLINE:
Website: https://www.backlinecomedy.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backlinecomedy 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backlinecomedy/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_backline?lang=en 
 
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Thursday Aug 25, 2022

Are you ready kids?  And grown-ups too?  Because this show is for all of you!  We talk with Matt Gutschick, Artistic Director at The Rose Theater in Omaha!  The Rose is producing The Spongebob Musical and it's full of zany costumes and a contemporary rock music score composed by some of the industries biggest names, including John Legend and David Bowie.  Matt talks about this incredible Cast of Creatives for this fun show, which includes:
Roni Shelley Perez (SpongeBob)
Candace Gould (Sandy) 
Joshua Orsi (Patrick)
Trey Mendlik (Squidward) 
Jaden “Jay Nedaj” Hollinger (Plankton)
Anna Jordan (Karen/Ensemble)
Angel Hernandez (Mayor/Ensemble)
 Karl Houser (Krabs/Ensemble)
Hannah Rember (Mrs. Puff/Perch Perkins/Ensemble
The Show opens August 26th and runs until September 18th!  It is Directed by Carrie Smith Lewis with Musical Director Jerry Brabec.
THE ROSE THEATER CONTACT INFORMATION
Website: www.rosetheater.org 
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/the_rose_theater
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/therosetheater/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RoseTheaterCo  @RoseTheaterCo
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7oWcQQVIuQHWASiMucxsEw 
The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 402.345.4849 
 
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Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

We LOVE TAGG.  We have been TAGGing for years!  So if you haven't heard of this wonderful organization that helps both businesses and non-profits in the area, you will definitely want to listen to this podcast.  And even if you do know about TAGG, and are a "TAGGer", you will want to listen and appreciate this business even more!  Meet Leslie Fischer and Holly Baker, the co-founders of TAGG.  They will tell us everything we need to know about the new changes to the process of uploading TAGG receipts to help our favorite designated organizations.  We are so appreciative of this non-profit here to help the Creatives in our state!
 
TAGG CONTACT INFORMATION:
Website: https://tagg.today/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/togetheragreatergood/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/togetheragreatergood/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoinTAGG 
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Saturday Aug 13, 2022

The Bard crashed the rehearsals of the Benson Theatre, and had the rewarding opportunity to talk with Kathy Tyree, Jared Cernousek, Kerri Forrester, and Moira Mangiameli!  Their show "American Son" opens Thursday, August 18th and will run from the 18th-21st and the 27th-29th.  Join us for some really deep conversations about race and perspective in this show, which was written by Christopher Demos-Brown.  We were so honored to talk with Director, and Omaha's Queen of Soul, Kathy Tyree;  the talented classical singer and now Actor, Kerri Forrester; the recent UNO Graduate of Theatre and Directing, Jared Cernousek, and the Benson Theatre's Executive Assistant, Moira Mangiameli.  Moira tells us about the new Benson Theatre and it's creation, orchestrated by Executive and Founding Director, Amy Ryan. 
American Son made its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA in June 2016. The play won the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright.  It then premiered on Broadway in 2018, and ran until 2019.   It was later adapted as a Netflix original movie which was nominated for an Emmy in 2020.  You may have heard us speak about Kenny Leon on our podcast before when talking about August Wilson's plays, and it’s important to note that  Kenny Leon directed both the Broadway play and the Film. 
Join us for a timely, heavy, yet fun interview about this play and meet the makers of this play at the new Benson Theatre!
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BENSON THEATRE CONACT INFO:
Website and Tickets: https://bensontheatre.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BensonTheatre 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bensontheatre/ 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BensonTheatre 
6054 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 
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Saturday Jul 30, 2022

Join us as we talk with Tamar Neumann, Executive Director of the Omaha Fringe Festival, Lara Marsh, Managing Director, and Jason Levering, Artistic Director.  The Omaha Fringe will again be held at UNO Weber Fine Arts and Big Canvas in Omaha! We discuss all of the events, so you won't want to miss it!
The Performances you won't want to miss are: 
Chrysalis Studio Productions presents Dance of the Seven Veils
Benjamin Stanford presents One-Sided
Nicholas Jansen presents On The Line
Gurukulam Center for Indian Arts presents Indian Classical Dance
Vox Dance Collective presents (re):member, mind, collect
Hello There Production Company presents Become Paradise
Beth McLaughlin presents Here To See The World
Big Canvas presents A Night of Improv
Hailey Neumann presents A Boy Named Hailey
Jason Levering presents Live, Laugh, Lush
Jungle Productions 2 presents Jungle
Next Stage presents Meaningless
Get Real Entertainment presents I Am a Black Woman
Steven Nicholas presents ExperiMENTAL
 
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Website and to get Tickets: https://omahafringe.square.site/
To Donate and Support:  https://checkout.square.site/buy/WYCOWEZP5POWMYDMCLU2UOHW
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/omahafringefest/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omahafringefestival/
Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/omahafringefestival/
#FirstOmahaFringe
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Friday Jul 08, 2022

Meet Mitch Bean and Rachel Curtiss, Artistic Directors at the Brownville Village Theatre in Brownville, Nebraska.  This little theatre is brimming with high energy, company members, and full-on theatre!  About a dozen Company Members make this jam packed Summer Season of five shows a success.  If you are a performer, this model is fully immersive as you learn not just lines, but learn all the technical aspects of theatre.  If you are a theatre-lover, you will love quality theatre with a small town charm.  We also talk with two Company Members, Bella Walker and Ben Salazar about their experience in Brownville as well.  It's a great time to take a drive down to Brownville and experience it for yourself!
BROWNVILLE VILLAGE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: http://www.brownvillevillagetheatre.com/home.html 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BVT1967/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bvt1967 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brownvillevillagetheatre/ 
Brownville Village Theatre, 222 Water Street, Brownville, NE
402.825.4121
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Tuesday Jun 14, 2022

Factoids are fun!  And we certainly learned quite a few about Stephen Santa and all of the productions the upcoming Omaha Community Playhouse's 2022-2023 Season!  This was a great chance to get to know Mr. Santa, who comes to us from Pittsburg.  His extensive experience in theatre, directing, and also in ways to make theatre available to everyone, along with his passion for theatre, is a perfect match for OCP.  Find about it all here on our podcast!   
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Omaha Community Playhouse Contact Information:
Facebook: omahaplayhouse
Instagram:@omahaplayhouse
Website: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/   
To Donate: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/
Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132
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Saturday Jun 04, 2022

Morrie Enders, Executive Director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse is a burst of refreshing energy!  He talks about their new season, Season 77 called "Stepping in to Season 77" !  Mr. Enders is an introspective and easy to talk with, and we also talk about how LCP handled the height of the pandemic and how the theatre is planning the future.  So listen in!  You won't want to miss it!
 
LINCOLN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE CONTACT INFO: 
Website: https://www.lincolnplayhouse.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lnkplayhouse/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lnkplayhouse/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LNKPlayhouse
You Tube Season 77 Video and LCP Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1kF4eyakUU&t=1s 
2500 S 56th Street, Lincoln NE
PH: 402-489-7529
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Saturday May 28, 2022

It's going to be a busy week in theatre!  We talk with Kevin Lawler, Artistic and Administrative Coordinator of the Great Plains Theatre Commons New Play Conference, which begins Sunday, May 30th and runs every day until June 4th, 2022.  The Conference will be held at Mid Town Crossing and the Fort Dodge Metro Community College campus.  
The Conference will have workshops as well as the showing of new plays written by Playwrights from all over the globe.  The people involved are too many to list, but we do talk through the 14 plays being done, who has written them and where each Playwright is from, so you won't want to miss this podcast and this Conference!  The Conference is free, but they ask that your RSVP on the website:  https://www.gptcplays.com/ but find out more here!
And also - don't miss In The Upper Room June 1st through the 3rd at 7:30PM at the Lied Education Center for the Arts at Creighton University.  This is a production written by local Playwright Beaufield Berry, and is being done in partnership with Great Plains Theatre Commons and Creighton University and the Union for Contemporary Arts! 
GREAT PLAINS THEATRE COMMONS CONTACT INFO:
Website:  https://www.gptcplays.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GreatPlainsTheatreConference/photos/?ref=page_internal
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/gptcnebraska 
Office:  2707 North 48th Street, Omaha, NE 68104
Ph: 402-370-8259
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Plays: 
No Nothing by T. Adamson
Stains by Sarah Cho
Neighbor Jane by Tina Esper
In The Canyon by Daniel Hurewitz
Body + Blood by Shannon TL Kearns
The Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 - 2020 by Jennifer Maisel
Culture Shock by Gloria Majule
Deadass by Nia Akilah Robinson
oh to be pure again by Kira Rockwell
Diaspora! by Phedra Michelle Scott
Greater Illinois by Steven Strafford
Rx Machina by Caity-Shea Violette
Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters
Coco Queens by LaDarrion Williams
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Friday May 13, 2022

Opening TONIGHT, May 13, 2022, "The 39 Steps" opens at the Chanticleer Community Theatre.  We talk with the Director, Roxanne Wach, and her muliti-talented and multi-character cast:  Will Muller, Roz Parr, Brennan Thomas, and Marcus Benzel.  This small cast packs a lot of fun and suspense in this mix of a Hitchcok masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python.  We were able to see the preview last night of this wonderful show and talk with these wonderful Creatives! Don't miss this wonderful podcast and this action-packed and funny show.  It's only two weekends:  May 13th-15th and 20th-22nd. 
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**This performance is dedicated to Cheri Hultman Sanwick, who worked for many years for the Isben Costume Gallery, and with Chanticleer, including the 39 Steps.**
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CHANTICLEER CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Website: https://www.paceartsiowa.org/theater/chanticleer-community-theater
For Tickets:  https://ci.ovationtix.com/35635/production/1067687 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chanticleertheater 
Chanticleer Community Theatre / Pace Arts Iowa 1001 S 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA
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Friday Apr 29, 2022

We had a fun conversation with Derek Kowal, Director, Shelly Gushard, Musical Director and Lisa Scheve, Choreographer for the 56 Annual Melodrama by the Florentine Players in Florence!  And because the weather is nice, we even were able to podcast outside.  Don't miss learning about the show - it will even have a parade!
The Melodrama "I Saw Her Standing There" or "The Show Must Go On" will run May 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14th at 7:30PM.  And in full Florentine Players style, there will be drinks and food available.  Satisfy your spring fever with a fun, interactive show with the Florentine Players!
 
FLORENCE COMMUNITY THEATER CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://www.florentineplayers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlorentinePlayers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/florencecommunitytheater/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlorenceTheater
The Florence Theater, 2864 State Street, Florence, Omaha, NE
#florencetheater #florentineplayer
 
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Friday Apr 22, 2022

Last but definitely not least, Charles James Adams talks to the Platte River Bard.  From the era that Sheri and Chris grew up in,  it was always a joke that five people make an official party, but in this case, if you add Mr. Adams and his wonderful energy and sense of humor, that makes five, so we were an official party! 
And speaking of party, Mr. Adams plays Simon Stimson, a character that  is a little bit wild in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town".  Mr. Adams is an Actor, Director, and Writer who has toured all over the world with theatre and television. His one-person show, Prattville, opened at the Wells Cultural Center in Lafayette, Indiana.  On-screen, he has worked for Apple Tv Plus, AGBO, and The Asylum.  He has worked for numerous regional theatre companies, notably for Crossroads Repertory Theatre who he toured through Germany and Poland with in 2014.  In 2017 he toured Croatia for the production of Cyrano Debergerac.
It was such a pleasure to meet Charles and he is a riot. So join us for some fun!   We were a little out of control, but it was wonderful fun!
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Charles James Adams Backstage Bio:  https://www.backstage.com/u/charles-adams/
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Friday Apr 22, 2022

Shawn Whitsell is yet another impressive and multi-talented individual in the cast of "Our Town" at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre where he plays the role of Mr. Webb.  We talk with him about his performance company, Destiny Theatre Experience, as well as some of his other acting experience.  He delivers a caring performance as Emily's father in Our Town, and we are fortunate to have been able to meet him and hear his inspiring love of acting!
Get your tickets for the last weekend of Our Town at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre (nebraskarep.com)!
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Destiny Theatre Experience
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/destinytheatreexperience/ 
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/TeamDTE
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Thursday Apr 21, 2022

Christopher Austin, who plays the "Stage Manager" in Nebraska Repertory's production of Our Town was so much fun to interview!  He has film, theatrical and voiceover credits, and is the current Casting Director at the Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, Ohio.  We can tell you that he breathes a new life into the role of the Stage Manager, which is a huge role in this production, and it's refreshing to watch him turn this character into someone who is relatable and contemporary  After you listen to this interview, you will hear his creative and positive energy.
Don't miss this play as this is the LAST weekend at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre.  We promise you it's worth It!  Get your tickets at nebraskarep.org.
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Thursday Apr 21, 2022

We are always so delighted to talk with Ron Himes, even if it's just for a few minutes in his busy day.  Mr. Himes, Founder and Producer of The Black Rep in St. Louis, was invited along with his cast and crew to perform “Sweat” at the 2022 Inge Festival (Kansas' Official State Playwright Festival in Independence, Kansas) by Lynn Nottage on Friday, April 22nd.  Ms. Nottage is being honored at this Playwright Festival.  You can either go in person this weekend, or you can watch it virtually (link below).  
 
And the cast and crew in St. Louis is in rehearsal for August Wilson's play, Jitney, which opens May 11th, 2022.  There will be more to come about this play, but we were able to chat just a little about it with Mr. Himes!
 
ST. LOUIS REPERTORY COMPANY CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Website:  https://www.theblackrep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stlblackrep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stlblackrep/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stlblackrep
6662 Olive Blvd, University City, MO. 
314.534.3810
 
2022 Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas
William Inge Center for the Arts
Website:  https://ingecenter.org/
Get your Virtual or in-person Tickets online here: https://ingecenter.org/civicrm/event/register/?id=4&reset=1 
 
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Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

Ms. Thomas is a striking individual, and she lights up the stage with her smile and energy!  Joni Thomas is also a UNL Theatre Alumni Graduate and is used to working behind the scenes in local Lincoln theatres including the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the Lincoln Community Playhouse.  But this time she is in front of the audience, and Our Town is her stage debut as the gossipy Mrs. Soames.
Don't miss this great show!  
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Tuesday Apr 19, 2022

This is the third interview with the cast and crew of Nebraska Repertory Theatre's produciton of Our Town.  We talked with Composer, Craig Woerz, and Music Supervisor and Arranger, Charlie Alterman about how they recreated and arranged the brand new score for Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
Craig is a Composer, Musician and the Managing Partner of Media Storm, and was named a “Media Maven” by AdAge (Inc. 500) for creating one of the most successful media agencies. Charlie is a Broadway Musical Director and his Broadway production of Pippin won a Tony for Best Musical.  Together, these two very humble and talented individuals have come to Nebraska to work on a brand new score for Our Town.  
You'll have to listen and meet these experienced artists, and I'm sure you'll want to get your tickets at nebraskarep.org!
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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More information on Craig Woerz:  https://www.merkleinc.com/people/craig-woerz
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More information about Charlie Alterman: https://www.playbill.com/person/charlie-alterman-vault-0000005178
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Sunday Apr 17, 2022

Shawn K. Jain, theatrical, tv and film Actor, is an inspiration to all Creatives young and old!  Today in our podcast, he shares his story about Acting full-time.  Mr. Jain is currently in the production "Our Town" at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and he plays Dr. Gibbs in this newly reimagined and inclusive version of Thornton Wilder's play.  In addition, the play contains a newly revised score which adds life to this heartwarming story (more on that soon!).
This is the next in a series of several podcasts that we are releasing of some of the cast and crew of "Our Town."
Mr. Jain has traveled from New York to be part of this production, and he has performed in theatres all across the country.  He has also studied abroad.  He has many television and film credits to his name, with one of his recurrent roles from the Amazon Series, "Thespians."  You may have even seen him in such Film/TV credits as "WeCrashed" from Apple TV+, "Blue Bloods" from CBS, "Billions" from Showtime, "Girls5Eva" from Peacock, "Gossip Girl" from HBO Max, and "A Ring for Christmas" from UPtv.  
And - if you haven't listened to the podcast we just posted with the Director of "Our Town", Arthur Feinsod, we would recommend checking it out and learning more about the production as well as Dr. Feinsod.
Get your tickets today to this wonderfully redone classic!  You can purchase tickets at nebraskarep.org!
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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For more information on Mr. Jain's work: 
Website:  https://linktr.ee/shawnkjain 
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10690438/ 
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Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

What a special treat it was to sit down with Dr. Arthur Feinsod, Guest Director of Our Town at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre that opens April 13th!  Dr. Feinsod has served as Artistic Director for Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute, Indiana. He also co-founded and served as Artistic Director for Theatre 7 where he staged plays that included Death of a Salesman in the historic Indiana Theatre. 
As a Playwright he has written Malcolm’s Call, Table 17, Between the Dams and Coming to See Aunt Sophie.  He taught theatre at Trinity College in Hartford, and he served as Resident Dramaturg with the Hartford Stage Company for Mark Lamos and Bartlett Sher.  Between 2001 and 2021, he was Professor of Theater at the Honors College at Indiana State University (ISU), where he received the Caleb Mills Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Theodore Dreiser Award for Research and Creativity.
His immense talent and experience has brought us to the re-imagination and inclusion of the story of Our Town.  And due to his great working relationship with composer, Craig Woerz, we will see this play with Cragi's newly redeveloped score! We are so privileged to speak with him about this production you won't want to miss that opens April 13th and runs until April 24th.  Learn about the amazing history and work to bring this play to our great State, and get your tickets today!
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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Monday Apr 04, 2022

Musing, A Storytelling Series:  LIfe and Death, Stories about Starts and Stops, Beginning and Endings, Renewal, and Letting go at Bluebarn Theatre is already SOLD OUT!  But that's okay because there will be a Virtual Offering coming shortly.  And on top of that, we had such a fun talk with Seth Fox, Story Curator for this Series, you must listen and find out more!
This production's Storytellers are: Angela Fernandez, Brenna McCune, Jeff Koterba, Maureen Mangan, Ralph Kellogg, and Tom Becka
Each Storytelling event has several storytellers taking the stage to deliver a 6 to 12 minute story.   The next Musing is called: HOME:  Stories About Where We Come From, Where We End Up and Where We Fit In.  will be Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30PM.  
All events are Free but require an RSVP.
Stay tuned for virtual details - we will share their information on Social Media!
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MUSING: A STORYTELLING SERIES CONTACT INFO:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musingomaha/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MUSINGOmaha 
Website: http://bluebarn.org/musing/
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO_LxAt6KcI 
BLUEBARN THEATRE | 1106 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE
http://bluebarn.org/ 
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Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

The upcoming production of God on Trial by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre Company will be an illuminating and fascinating look at a supposed legendary event during World War II of Holocaust prisoners at Auschwitz who decide to put God on trial for breaking his Covenant with the Jewish people.  Director and Actor, Murphy Wulfgar (formerly known as Scott Kurz) talks about this moving and powerful play.  There is a lot to unpack in this play, and this discussion with Murphy adds so many elements to enhancing our understanding of this production.  Murphy is a fascinating and well-spoken seasoned Actor, Writer, and Director who has been involved in numerous productions, and has movie and TV film credits to his name.  We are fortunate to discuss this powerful story.  It is simply a podcast - and a production - you won't want to miss!
BRIGIT ST. BRIGIT THEATRE COMPANY CONTACT INFO: 
Website: https://www.bsbtheatre.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSBTheatre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bsbtheatre/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bsbtheatre 
Location: First Central Congregational Church, 421 South 36th Street.
For Tickets: https://www.bsbtheatre.com/god-on-trial
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Friday Mar 25, 2022

It's our 100th Episode!  And we are celebrating by talking with Ron Himes, founder and Producing Director of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, who graces us with a devised piece, Traveling Shoes, at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre.  There are only two performances of this important piece of work which includes poems, prose, dance, and songs to convey the need to have difficult conversations and realizations about contemporary social issues.
Ron also talks with us about his current productions at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company in St. Louis, Missouri, in which the rest of the current season also invokes provocative discussions - and yet, there's still more to hear in our discussion.  So listen in to the podcast, come to one (or both) of the performances this weekend March 26th and 27th at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and then plan your next trip to St. Louis to see Ron's other illuminating productions!
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NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
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ST. LOUIS BLACK REPERTORY COMPANY CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://theblackrep.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stlblackrep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/305030412/the-st-louis-black-repertory-company/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stlblackrep
6662 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO
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Friday Mar 25, 2022

Meet the talented Hal France, UNO Theatre's Music Director to talk about the upcoming Auditions for this summer's High School Musical Theatre!  Auditions are March 26th and April 2nd. This is a new opportunity for area theatre students to work with UNO's talented Directors!  Don't miss this great opportunity to be in the musical, Fame!
We also talk with Hal about his vast experience in the arts.  From Kaneko Art Gallery, to Opera, to Julliard and more!  Omaha has a wonderful resource for the Arts!    We can't wait to see how the UNO Theater's Summer Musical Theatre Academy changes the lives of high school students this summer!
 
UNO THEATRE AUDITIONS CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Website:  https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/news/2022/03/summer-musical-theatre-academy.php
Website to register: https://square-universe-d01.notion.site/UNO-2005c62416fb4416a2b0ab223038d59c
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unotheatre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unotheatre/
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Saturday Mar 19, 2022

It's always a treat to meet new talented people, and we were certainly not disappointed in the least when meeting Jill Anderson.  Jill is Guest Directing "King Lear" which will be opening at Bluebarn.  Jill discusses what will be a fantastic Shakespeare experience, with a large cast packed with local talent, complete with period costumes and an intimate set.  We were so fortunate to also not only discuss the works of Shakespeare with Jill, but also to talk about her music and theatre experiences.  Jill has her BFA from UNO, and has produced several Celtic music albums including  "Cool of the Day" which features 12 Irish and Scottish Songs; "Seven Songs" and "Celtic Cabaret Live."  We were even blessed to hear some of her voice in-person, so don't miss this podcast or this production! 
Jill's theatrical experience and love for Shakespeare makes her the perfect Director for this play, and we can't wait to see it.  It opens March 24th and runs through April 16th.  Tickets can be purchased at bluebarn.org.
 
BLUEBARN CONTACT INFO:
Website:  http://bluebarn.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluebarn
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluebarntheatre_omaha/ 
Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/bluebarntheatre_omaha/
Bluebarn Theatre: 1106 S. 10th St. (10th and Pacific) Omaha, NE
PH: 402-345-1576
 
 
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Saturday Mar 05, 2022

It's a British farcical party on the podcast!  We had all full guest list, the most we have ever had so far on the podcast! This close-knit cast is making their mark in Glenwood, Iowa by portraying the hilarious cast of the smash hit of the London and Broadway stages, Blithe Spirit, written by Noel Coward.  It is now being performed by Mills Masquers at the Barton-Rowe Theater and opens March 12th.
Joining us today are: 
Kari Drake, Director
Rita Miller McKinney, the crazy psychic medium Madame Acardti
Debra Wake, who plays Elvira Condomine 
Don Vinkenberg, the widower and eligible Charles Condomine
Ken Whitacre, the voice of reason, Dr. George Bradman
Tasha Marie Helms, plays Ruth Condomine, who is a Sesquipedalian
 
Show Dates:  March 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM
 
MILLS MASQUES CONTACT INFO:
Website:  https://millsmasquers.com/https://millsmasquers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/54189039275
Instagram: 
The Barton-Rowe Theater
56543 221st Street, Glenwood, Iowa 51534, United States
(712) 527-3600
 
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Sunday Feb 27, 2022

Join us for a delightful conversation with Todd Uhrmacher, Director and Costume Designer, of Grease!  Nebraska is fortunate to have such a talented Director "behind the wheel" (pun intended) of this production at Bellevue Little Theatre.  Todd is so much fun to talk with, and we are honored he took the time to meet with us.  Your chills will multiply when you hear the amazing voices of 25 cast members of this hit musical return to the stage.   It will be electrifying, so don't miss it!
Grease opens March 11th and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sundays until March 27th at the Bellevue Little Theatre.   
 
BELLEVUE LITTLE THEATRE CONTACT INFO:
Website: http://bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bellevuelittletheatre/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellevuelittletheatre/ 
203 Mission Avenue, Bellevue, Nebraska 
402.291.1554
 
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Wednesday Feb 23, 2022

We speak to Steven Williams, Professor at UNO and Head of Design and Production at UNO, Jocelyn Reed and Aaron Butler, both Co-Producers of the Crossing the Street Festival at UNO and also UNO Fine Arts students.  Jocelyn and Aaron produced and directed a festival of plays, poetry and prose which celebrates BIPOC voices and addresses the need for difficult conversations about race, gender, and age - and our human connectedness.  The title of the festival has some special origins as well that you'll find out about.  So join us to enjoy our conversation with these three talented individuals, and learn about this valuable festival made for all of us to experience together.
"In America we 'Cross the Street' to avoid difficult dialogues, but we also cross the street to engage them.  What adventure could be bigger than sharing what we experience, or examining what we don't know? A unique student-directed performance project, Crossing the Street is a festival of short plays, poetry, and spoken word, to provide opportunities to performers across a range of ethnicities, ages, and the gender spectrum."
The Festival performances are March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30PM and Sundays, March 6th and 13th at 2PM at the Weber Fine Arts Theatre.  There will be a Preview Performance on March 2nd at 7:30PM.  Tickets are available online here:  https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/unotheatre/6817 
 
CONTACT INFO FOR UNO THEATRE:Website:  UNO Theatre Website
Facebook: UNOTheatre on Facebook
Instagram: UNO Theatre on Instagram
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6505 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182
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Monday Feb 21, 2022

We are always so honored and await in eager anticipation of being able to speak with Andy Park, Artistic Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre.  Andy has written and directed the Nebraska Repertory's upcoming production, The Way to the Way.  This will be a fantastic performance full of rich cultural history, a powerful message of connectedness and humanity, paired with a stage full of puppets in every form as only Andy's imagination can deliver an experience of exporting ourselves into a spectacular world.  Andy and Scenic Designer, Jill Hibbard have been working hard on this production and what will happen will be magical!  Hear about it on our podcast with Andy!  
The Way to the Way opens February 23rd and runs until March 3rd.  Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 7:30PM and Sunday shows are at 2PM at the Howell Theatre in downtown Lincoln.
 
NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATRE CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Get your tickets now at https://nebraskarep.org/season_specific.php?show=5
Website: https://nebraskarep.org/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskarep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nebraskarep/
Box Office phone number 402-472-2567.
301 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
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Sunday Feb 13, 2022


Now You Are Dead: A Pick Your Own Play Adventure opens February 17th and runs just one weekend through Sunday, February 20th, The Florentine Players at the The Florence Community Theater brings You, the Audience, the power to choose the structure of the play! Find out all about it here on our podcast as we talk with Writer, Director, Eric Green and Actor, Nate Hunzeker!
Written by Bill Grennan, Greg Harries, Shannon Jackson, and Andrew Yolland.
Adapted by Eric Green, Derek Kowal, and Tracey Mauk.
Cast includes: Ben Webb, Sara Scheidies, Jim Watson and Nate Hunzeker.
Parental guidance suggested.
FLORENCE COMMUNITY THEATER CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://www.florentineplayers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlorentinePlayers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/florencecommunitytheater/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlorenceTheater
The Florence Theater, 2864 State Street, Florence, Omaha, NE
#florencetheater #florentineplayer
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Saturday Feb 05, 2022

Find out What's Happening in the Arts in Eastern Nebraska in February 2022!
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Saturday Jan 15, 2022

We are so excited to bring to you our conversation with Petra Wahlqvist, Executive Director of Nebraskans for the Arts!  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful resource for supporting Creatives in our State!  Petra has such a fun background to talk about, which has prepared her well for her new role at NFTA.  Petra is the co-founder of Blitx, a non-profit, arts innovation and education and engagement community building in Lincoln, NE.  Petra has studied and performed all around the world and is such a pleasure to talk with! 
So tune in and learn more about what NFTA does for us and how you can join forces!  And also, don't miss the event being held by Be An Arts Hero on January 19th.  Learn all about it here!
*Upcoming Events:* 
Be An Arts Hero is holding The Hearing on the Power, Peril and Promise of the Creative Economy on January 19th.  You can add your voice to the testimony by emailing it to petra@nebraskansforthearts.org.
Arts Advocacy Day will be virtual again this year on February 16th and begins at 8AM and ends at 12PM.    Registration is open now on their website nebraskansforthearts.org.
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NEBRASKANS FOR THE ARTS CONTACT INFO:
Website: https://www.nebraskansforthearts.org/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nebraskansforthearts/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neb4thearts/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Neb4TheArts 
Address: PO Box 8517, Omaha, NE 68018
PH: 402.817.8176
info@nebraskansforthearts.org
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Friday Jan 07, 2022

Musing, A Storytelling Series have begun at Bluebarn Theatre!  We talk with Seth Fox, Curator of the Series and he discusses how this live event came about and what all they have planned!  Seth is incredibly easy to talk to and you'll enjoy hearing about these unique events!  
Each quarterly event has several storytellers taking the stage to deliver a 6 to 12 minute story.  Musing is making an open call to storytellers!  So if you are thinking about pitching an idea to Seth, you can email him at musingomaha at gmail dot com. 
The next Musing It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Stories about about the Best of Intentions and Unforseen Consequences will be January 19th at 7:30PM.  
On April 13th at 7:30PM, Musing Life & Death, Stories about Starts and Stops, Beginnings and Endings, Renewal and Letting Go will also be held at Bluebarn.
And on June 15th at 7:30PM, Musing Home, Stories about Where We Come From, Where We End Up, and Where We Fit In will be held at Bluebarn.
All events are Free but require an RSVP.
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Check out Musing's pages below:  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musingomaha/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MUSINGOmaha
Website: http://bluebarn.org/musing/
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO_LxAt6KcI 
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Bluebarn Theatre:  1106 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE
http://bluebarn.org/ 
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