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Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,

Thanksgiving is almost here! This is the perfect time of year to disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with family and friends. As the air turns colder, we hope you’ll share in the warmth of our November shows with your loved ones. We have a wide variety of events coming to our venues. 

At the Holland Center, we’ll welcome actress Rita Moreno. From her breakout role as Anita in the film adaptation of Broadway's WEST SIDE STORY to her starring part in the Netflix sitcom revival “One Day at a Time” – we’ll get to relive her storied career as she shares anecdotes and some of her favorite songs. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA returns to the Orpheum Theater at the end of November. There’s a reason this musical is still so successful after 30 years – with beautiful songs, costumes and sets, it is a truly magical event. We hope you’ll join us again or for the first time. 

As we approach Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude, we are reminded of the incredible generosity of our community. Thank you to our patrons, donors and sponsors who make it possible for us to fulfill our mission of presenting the best in arts and entertainment, caring for the Orpheum and Holland Center and providing Education and Community Engagement programs. We’re also deeply grateful to all who attend our shows. 

As you and your families build memories together this holiday season at Omaha Performing Arts, we ask that you join us to support “Shine the Light on Hunger.” We’re proud to partner with Conagra Brands again for this annual event, which features a food drive at the Holland Center, the Orpheum Theater, Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum. We encourage you to bring canned food and other nonperishable items to any performance from November 15 through February 15. All donations collected will support the Food Bank for the Heartland. 

We look forward to sharing the season with you! 

Happy Thanksgiving,


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Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts