What OCP Means to Me:

Volunteer Actor Spotlight: Judson Cloudt, Age 8

Judson Cloudt (right) as the Pepper Shaker
Beauty and the Beast - 2017

Judson Cloudt is no stranger to the OCP stage.  At eight years old, Judson has already appeared in two productions during the 2016-2017 season, including OCP’s first Disney production, Beauty and the Beast

“I feel very lucky to have been a part of this production because of all the talented adults I was able to spend time with and learn from during our rehearsals and show productions.” Judson says of his experience performing in Beauty and the Beast, “One of the things I really enjoyed was having the opportunity to learn new acting skills from our Henry Fonda Theatre teacher.  When the youth ensemble members were not on stage, we were able to go downstairs and participate in fun and exciting musical theatre activities.” 

Judson isn’t the only one getting involved at OCP.  His mom, Nicole, has already become a season subscriber and supporter for the 2017-2018 season.  “As our family looked over the programming for the upcoming season, we were pleasantly surprised with the diversity of productions on the schedule.  We truly found productions that piqued the interest of all members of our family!  Of course, the kids were both excited to see James and the Giant Peach and Mamma Mia!  My husband and I own land and farm in Douglas and Washington counties; we are both anticipating attending Eminent Domain this fall.  We are all looking forward to each and every one of the upcoming productions!”

As for why she chooses to support OCP?  That’s easy.  “The most important reason we have for supporting OCP are the opportunities it has provided to our 8-year old son.  The growth and positive changes we have seen in him through his involvement with OCP have been absolutely phenomenal!  Not only has he learned how to present himself in front of an audience, but he has also developed his ability to interact and converse with adults in a mature manner.  His participation at OCP has allowed him to extend his self-esteem and self-confidence, developing poise and learning to effectively overcome anxieties.  At a very young age, Judson has experienced and learned both self-reliance as well as collaboration with others in order to reach a goal.  The creativity that is involved in an OCP production has extended to affect Judson’s emotional creativity and has enhanced his perceptions to new ways of seeing the world.  His reading level has absolutely soared, and he has developed an interest in reading classic pieces of literature because of his exposure to OCP.  We feel so fortunate and grateful that Judson has had these opportunities to work with such a plethora of personalities and learn from extraordinarily talented directors.”

The plethora of personalities have not only become teachers to Judson, but family.  “I feel like my family got a lot bigger because I now have a Beauty and the Beast family, too.  I have been on soccer teams and basketball teams, and I am in a 4-H club, but none of those ever feel like a family to me, not the way being a cast member of Beauty and the Beast has made me feel."

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What’s YOUR story? Do you have a story to share about how OCP has impacted you? If so, we’d love to hear it! E-mail Emily Andres, Development Director

Cast of Mamma Mia!


Sarah Ebke - Donna
Angela Jenson-Frey - Tanya
Emily Peklo - Rosie
Adam Hogston - Sam
Mike Palmreuter - Bill
Jacob J. Roman - Harry
Victoria Luther - Sophie
Cadie Jochum - Alie
McKenzie Phelps - Lisa
John E. Jones - Sky
Brendan Brown - Eddie
Justin Eller - Pepper
Marcus Benzel -Dionysus/Ensemble
Alex Nilius -Chiron/Ensemble
Zhomontee Watson -Clio/Ensemble
Caitlin Mabon - Calliope/Ensemble
Brooke Fencl -Thalia/Ensemble
Grant Mannschreck -Young Sam/Ensemble
Cody Girouex -Young Harry/Ensemble
Brandon Fisher -Young Bill/Ensemble
Tayler Lempke -Young Donna/Ensemble
Jax Barkhaus, Karin Berg, Donovan Foster, Elise O'Neil, Mia Sherlock and Mareshah Smith - Ensemble


Jeff Horger - Director
Mary Dew - Stage Manager
Jim Boggess - Music Director
Jim Othuse - Scenic and Lighting Designer>
Melanie Walters - Choreographer
Tim Burkhart - Sound Designer
John Gibilisco - Resident Sound Designer/Production Electrician
Darin Kuehler - Properties
Greg Scheer - Production Coordinator

Cast of Eminent Domain


Bill Hutson - Rob MacLeod
Erika Hall Sieff - Adair MacLeod
Jeremy Estill - Bart MacLeod
Christina Rohling - Theresa MacLeod
Cork Ramer - Cam MacLeod
Judy Radcliff - Jane MacLeod
Eric Salonis - Evan MacLeod
Chris Shonka - Trent Nichols
Thomas Becker - Mat Salinas


Amy Lane - Director
Steve Priesman - Stage Manager
Jim Othuse - Scenic and Lighting Designer
Megan Kuehler - Costume Designer
John Gibilisco - Sound Designer
Darin Kuehler - Properties
Greg Scheer - Production Coordinator

Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast


Belle - Leanne Hill Carlson                             
Beast - Tim Vallier                               
Maurice - Brian Priesman                                    
Gaston - Ryan Pivonka                                      
Lefou - Kyle Wright                 
Lumiere - Steve Krambeck
Cogsworth - Bob Gilmore
Babette - Melissa King
Mrs. Potts - Dawn Buller-Kirke
Chip - Sasha Denenberg, Maddie Smith
Madame De La Grande Bouche - Joey Galda
Monsieur D’Arque - Kevin Olsen
Narrator - Cork Ramer
Ensemble - Juliana Angel, Leonna Blake, Jennifer Bonge, Stella Clark-Kaczmarek, Judson Cloudt, Drew Cota, Tabor Cross, Julia Ervin, Brandon Fisher, Samantha Gillotte, Cody Girouex, Jude Glaser, Andrew Hedin, Megan Ingram, Cadie Jochum, Megan Kelly, Sierra Lancaster, Megan Morrissey, Alex Nilius, Emma Powell, Tessa Priesman, Isabelle Rangel, Jonathan I. Smith, Jordan Smith, Amina Teri, James Verderamo, Debbie Trecek Volkens


Kimberly Faith Hickman – Director

Steve Priesman – Stage Manager         

Jim Boggess – Music Director

Michelle Garrity - Choreographer

Jim Othuse  – Scenic and Lighting Designer

Georgiann Regan – Co-Costume Designer

Travis Halsey - Co-Costume Designer

Amanda Fehlner - Co-Costume Designer

Tim Burkhart – Sound Designer

Jeff Horger – Fight Director and Dialect Coach

Avi Littky – Assistant Director

Suzanne Withem – Assistant Director

 John Gibilisco – Resident Sound Designer/Production Electrician

Darin Kuehler - Properties

Ansley Lynn - Henry Fonda Theatre Academy Associate

Greg Scheer – Production Coordinator

Cast and Crew of Superior Donuts


Max Tarasov - Mark Thornburg
Officer Randy Osteen - Julie Fitzgerald Ryan
Officer James Bailey - Devel Crisp
Lady Boyl - Mary Kelly
Arthur Przybyszews - Kevin Barratt   
Franco Wicks - Aaron Winston
Luther Flynn - Jeremy Estill
Kevin Magee - Sean Tamisiea
Kiril Ivakin - Jon Shaw


Susie Baer Collins – Director

Stephanie Shattuck – Stage Manager   

Matthew D. Hamel  – Scenic Designer

Aja M. Jackson – Lighting Designer

Lindsay Pape – Costume Designer

John Gibilisco – Sound Designer

Jens Rasmussen – Fight Director

Vince Krysl – Music Composer Arranger

Bob Fischbach – Assistant Director

Brianna Welna – Assistant Stage Manager

Susie Baer Collins – Dialect Coach

Darin Kuehler - Properties

Greg Scheer – Production Coordinator 

Cast and Crew of Leading Ladies


Leo Clark - Michael Judah
Jack Gable - Kevin Goshorn
Meg Snider - Victoria Luther
Audrey - Catherine Vazquez
Doc Myers - Don Harris   
Florence Snider - Sue Mouttet
Duncan Wooley - Will Muller
Butch Myers/Frank - Christopher Scott


Jeff Horger – Director
Mary Dew – Stage Manager    
Steve Wheeldon  – Scenic and Lighting Designer
Amanda Fehlner – Costume Designer
John Gibilisco – Sound Designer
Darin Kuehler - Properties

Greg Scheer – Production Coordinator 

The Legacy of John Wayne

By Jaydn Harding, OCP Marketing Intern
The name John Wayne is well known and brings a certain image to most people’s mind. The name Marion Robert Morrison, however, is not as recognizable. That was John Wayne’s birth name.
Whether you are a fan of John Wayne and the Western movie genre, or perhaps you have never even seen a John Wayne film, his name is familiar. From some of his first films, such as Words as Music when he was credited as Duke Morrison, to some of his more popular films like The Searchers, Stagecoach and The High and Mighty, Wayne captivated audiences both young and old. As The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has made its way to the Omaha Community Playhouse stage, we mostly know this story from the 1962 John Wayne film version.  So what exactly makes John Wayne so alluring, even to this day?
John was born in Winterset, Iowa and eventually went on to play football for the University of Southern California. When he first visited a movie set, the director couldn’t believe his eyes. A 6’4”, taller-than-life cowboy was standing in front of him. He began his film career with small background roles but John eventually made his way to the center of the screen, acting in roles that brought out character traits such as bravery, sacrifice and self-reliance.
Fans of his films wanted to be like Wayne, a true “man’s man.” When you dive into John Wayne’s personal life however, you begin to see the turmoil and struggles he went through when the cameras stopped rolling. Growing up with a mother who mistreated him, John struggled with self-confidence and often had difficulty experiencing love. With three failed marriages, emotional troubles and failed business ventures, John’s life away from the screen was very different than his on-screen personas. His courageous acts on screen and his famous one-liners made John Wayne an idol to many. People felt they could relate to him, regardless of their own situations in life.
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Wayne played a troubled cowboy who competed with a lawyer for the love of Miss Hallie Jackson. This character fit the tough-as-nails cowboy image that comes to mind when thinking of John Wayne.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse now through March 12th, 2017 in the Howard Drew Theater. Although the play is based on the 1962 film version, there are several differences in the plots. These changes are guaranteed to keep audiences in suspense throughout the show, even the diehard John Wayne fans. If you are a fan of the movie version, you won’t be disappointed in the play.