Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,
We’re looking forward to an extraordinary 2019 at Omaha Performing Arts. The New Year kicks off with several amazing shows.
Omaha is one of the first stops on the national tour of Disney’s ALADDIN, and we’re thrilled to welcome the blockbuster to the Orpheum Theater stage beginning January 16. Based on the animated film, the musical is filled with all the wonder, magic and talent you’d expect from Disney. The whole family will love it. One of my favorite numbers is “Friend Like Me,” performed by the Genie. When I saw the production in New York City, this song brought down the house. You can learn more about the show on TicketOmaha.com, our official ticket retailer.
We often work with Broadway touring shows to provide valuable education opportunities for students. While Disney’s ALADDIN is here, our Nebraska High School Theater Academy students will have the chance to take a professional dance class with an artist from the show. A college student will spend a week backstage learning about careers in stage management through the Broadway League and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers offer a Diversity Internship program.
We’re also excited to introduce grade-schoolers to Broadway when a group of students from our Disney Musicals in Schools attends a matinee. These students are currently rehearsing for their own school musicals. I can’t wait for them to experience a live show and learn from the performance.
Our 1200 Club also resumes in January with Sidewalk Chalk and Omaha native Dave Stryker. If you haven’t been to one of these intimate concerts, you should make it a New Year’s resolution! The 1200 Club series turns Scott Recital Hall in the Holland Center into a cozy nightclub. This up-close venue features a full bar and light fare. You can arrive early, pick your table and relax while listening to the best touring jazz, blues, Broadway singers and more.
Earlier this month, I attended the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in New York City with Laura Kendall, OPA’s vice president of programming. We spent several days attending artist showcases – there are more than 1,000 during the conference! It’s wonderful to experience the latest dance, jazz and other performances live in venues across New York City. The quality and level of artistry is always inspiring as we determine future programing for our venues here in Omaha.
We’re already putting the final touches on our 2019/2020 season. Be sure to connect with Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates about the Season Reveal event. You can also sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to have the latest about OPA delivered straight to your inbox. You won’t want to miss this news!
Happy New Year to all!
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts