School is back in session! We’re passionate about connecting young people to the arts, so this is always an exciting time of year at Omaha Performing Arts. Last year, we reached more than 42,000 students through our Education and Community Engagement activities – and we hope to reach even more as our programs continue to grow.
This school year, our Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program will reach statewide for the first time. Starting with just 22 schools, it will now serve 7,000 students from 70 schools across Nebraska. At local elementary schools, more than 3,000 K-2 students from Omaha – and for the first time – Council Bluffs will learn about music from different cultures in Musical Explorers. And Disney Musicals in Schools expands to five more elementary schools: Plattsmouth, Douglas County West, Edison, Loveland and Wake Robin. All this plus our Student Matinee Series, WeBop® program and more. It’s going to be a fantastic year of learning!
Our 2017/2018 Season of performances also kicks off this month. You can introduce the young people in your life to the magic of live theater during Kids’ Night on Broadway at FINDING NEVERLAND. On opening night October 11, we’re hosting kid-friendly activities and photo opportunities with the show’s young cast members. Buy One, Get One Free tickets for one adult and one child are available while supplies last.
Finally, the Orpheum Theater turns 90 next month. We hope you’ll visit us during the Orpheum Open Houseon October 22 to help mark this special milestone.
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts