February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s packed with exciting events and activities at Omaha Performing Arts.
This month, we’ll say bonjour to a brand new Broadway show. The romantic AN AMERICAN PARIS arrives in Omaha just in time for Valentine’s Day. I’ve seen it several times and can’t wait to share it with all of you at the Orpheum Theater. Based on the familiar film, the story is classic and – with the help of modern video effects – you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to 1950s Paris.
It’s still chilly outside, so families can enjoy coming indoors to experience a show together. YAMATO the Drummers of Japan brings the ancient art of taiko drumming to the Holland Center on Valentine’s Day, and our National Geographic Live speaker series kicks off this month as well. This series is special, because it brings the incredible stories and amazing photography from National Geographic Magazine to life.
We’ll also welcome some very special young performers to the Holland on February 26 for our second annual Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share event. Elementary students from five schools in Omaha and surrounding communities will perform numbers from their Disney KIDS musicals on the Kiewit Hall stage. The students and teachers spend weeks preparing for their musical debuts. Along the way, students learn valuable skills in collaboration, creativity and accountability. Teachers see improvements in confidence and even classroom behavior. We’re proud to help bring the arts into classrooms through Disney Musicals and Schools while also helping schools develop the resources needed to keep their theater programs going for years to come.
Finally, I am pleased to report that I was recently elected to a two-year term on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors. The national trade association has more than 700 members that include theater owners, producers and presenters and works to encourage interest in Broadway theater. It’s a privilege to represent Omaha with the Broadway industry.
Stay warm! March will be here soon, and will feature our exciting Season Reveal event. Be sure to connect with Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. You won’t want to miss the big announcement.
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts