Top selections for Omaha performance venues

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Will Patterson
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

1) The Orpheum Theater is first up in the list of essential performing arts venues in Omaha. Built in 1927, the Orpheum has served as a prime location for shows in Omaha throughout nearly the past century.

The vintage theater’s architecture alone is enough to impress the masses, throw in the variety of impressive performances brought in and you have a space well worth visiting. The Orpheum has a history of bringing Broadway hits to Omaha such as “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”

In the near future the Orpheum will be playing host to the internet sensation group, The Piano Guys on Sep 21 followed by Bill Burr’s comedic show on Oct 1.

2) Omaha Community Playhouse provides the perfect opportunity for those seeking a performing arts experience that is more “local” in flavor. As the largest community theater in the nation, the OCP brings out talent from all across Omaha in performances for all audiences.

As a community theater the venue focuses on providing opportunities to the public. This involves not only offering acting classes and workshops but through hosting open auditions for the aspiring thespian to seize.

An ongoing show through Sep 18 is OCP’s production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” which has been received exceptionally well received. In the weeks following OCP will put on “Sister Act” a musical comedy running from Sep 16 through Oct 16.

3) Opening only in 2005 the Holland Performing Arts Center is one of the newer editions the Omaha fine arts circuit. Ran in conjunction with the Orpheum theater, HPAC is another cornerstone of the downtown performing arts.

The Omaha Symphony, which has been performing in the area for over 90 years, uses the Holland Performing Arts Center as their primary venue. The orchestra hosts a series of performances every
month, with details available on their website’s calendar.

In addition to the Omaha Symphony the HPAC utilizes its space to showcase a variety of musical performances. One such show coming soon is Elvis Costello’s “Detour” performance on Oct 4.

4) Another vital contributor to the arts of Omaha is the Rose Theater in downtown. The theater gives families and children at heart the performances for a perfect night out.

The Rose, built in 1926, displays elegant architecture that has maintained its magnificence throughout the past 90 years. The walls are adorned with intricate carvings and paintings.

Upcoming shows at the Rose stay true to their promise to deliver a family friendly experiences with a selection including “Goodnight Moon” and “Shrek The Musical.”

5) Students at University of Nebraska at Omaha seeking musical entertainment on campus are given countless options throughout the year at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Recital Hall is the primary performance space in the building with 460 seats and an isolated acoustic design. Behind the main stage is the massive Casavant Organ that serves as a center piece for the room.

The Strauss Performing Arts Center hosts over 200 performances a year. Unless otherwise stated shows are free UNO students that present their MavCard.

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