May Metro Arts and Culture Pass Deal


Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts and Culture Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of May, you can receive 1/2 off admission price at The Centennial Fontenelle Forest as well as buy one, get one free tickets to June's Savor the Flavor through the Bluffs Arts Council.

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts and Culture Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Forest
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz and Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Nebraskans for the Arts
BlueBarn Theatre
Kaneko
Omaha Creative Institute

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the director of sales at lkaup@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.

When in Paris, Trois Fiancées for Bernard

Oh la la, Paris, the dazzling city of love, where romances begin, bloom and blossom. But is it possible for too much love to exist? Boeing, Boeing is the classic farce written by French playwright, Marc Camoletti. This English adaptation tells the tale of a man living his fantasy in the1960s. Meet Bernard, the handsome and successful architect, living a swinging bachelor’s life. With the help of his maid, he manages to juggle three gorgeous air hostesses. All of them think they are his one true love, when in reality, he is engaged to all three! His fiancées are American, German and Italian and all travel different flight schedules for different airlines.
Jennifer Gilg as Gabriella, Courtney Stein as Gloria, Teri Fender as Gretchen

But with the new and speedier Boeing jet and a naïve childhood friend, Robert, coming to stay, Bernard’s two-timing or in this case three-timing ways are at risk. Suddenly, all three ladies arrive simultaneously at his apartment. Will he be able to keep all three ladies in the dark of his scheming ways? Or will catastrophe loom as the truth unfolds?  

Some of the actors from the production give a little insight to their characters and their lives. Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek, who plays Bernard, doesn’t feel too much in common with his character.In terms of my character, he is not like me at all in my real life. Ive been married for 20 years, and I suppose the one thing about Bernard is that he is extremely organized and has a plan for everything, said Anthony. I would relate to that. Im a pretty organized guy; I normally have a schedule, and I follow that.

Part of the fun in being able to play these characters is that you have to be able to figure out how to be on their side because on the face of it, Bernard is conniving and certainly not the most honest guy in the world although he is not purposefully trying to hurt anyone, said Anthony. The challenge is to trying to identify with him and figuring out where he is coming from, so I can play an honest portrayal of the character.

Monty Eich, who plays Robert, describes his character as nervous, sincere and totally out of depth.  He understands Robert’s personality. I too, am nervous around air hostesses! said Monty.

The cast was also asked, what would be their ultimate life fantasy. Anthony said, Traveling and being able to go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I would love that.

Id like to be able to support my family doing comedy full-time, being able to travel and share those experiences, said Monty. Or a Froyo machine in the house. Imagine frozen yogurt whenever you wanted!

Weve all had a moment or two in our lives where we thought we had everything figured out only to have it unravel, said Monty. Bernards situation may be extreme, but its a feeling weve all had.
Jennifer Gilg as Gabriella, Courtney Stein as Gloria, Teri Fender as Gretchen
Audiences will enjoy the production because its a situation comedy, said Anthony. Audiences who watch television are very familiar to these scenarios.  If you have no conflict and all of a sudden, the conflict happens and unfolds all on stage, its thrillingly fun to watch.  Kind of like watching a long-form sitcom but in three acts, said Anthony.

Don’t miss this hilariously gut-busting production, Boeing, Boeing, April 18-May 11, in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Tickets are $35for adults and $21 for students. For groups of 12 or more, adult tickets are $23 and student tickets are $15. For more information call (402) 553-0080, visit the Box Office or click here.  


Story by Yoyo Ma

Young Frankenstein Cast Announced


Production:        Young Frankenstein
Show Dates:       May 30-June 29, 2014
 
Cast:
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein                       ABLAN ROBLIN
Inga                                                               KIRSTIN KLUVER
Igor                                                                SPENCER WILLIAMS
Frau Blucher                                                JUDY RADCLIFF
Inspector Kemp / Hermit                          JOE DIGNOTI
Elizabeth                                                      JULIA MACKENZIE
The Monster                                               RYAN PIVONKA
Victor Frankenstein                                   STEVE KRAMBECK
Ziggy                                                             CHRISTOPHER WORK
 
Ensemble
Lauren Anderson
Peter Barrett
Andrew Baumer
Julianna Cooper
Jason DeLong
Don Harris
Sara Kreski
Kimberly McGreevy
Brady Moe
Hunter Mruz
Maria Naylon
Kevin Olsen
Kate Simmons
Emily Tencer
Brady Vigness

April Metro Arts and Culture Pass


Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts and Culture Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of April, you can receive buy one, get one free tickets to Ballet Nebraska's Momentum, featuring Party Animals as well as $4.50 tickets and 20% off concessions (for all regular screenings) at Film Streams.

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts and Culture Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Forest
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz and Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Nebraskans for the Arts
BlueBarn Theatre
Kaneko
Omaha Creative Institute

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the director of sales at lkaup@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.

21 & Over presents 'We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...'



Omaha Community Playhouse's 21 & Over program presents We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.

Monday, March 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Free and open to the public, with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, by Jackie Sibblies Drury
When a group of young amateur actors attempt to dramatize the first genoicde of the twentieth century, things get a bit out of hand. Exploring the potentially explosive issues of race, violence and colonialism, this group inadvertently comes face to face with demons that hit a little too close to home. We Are Proud to Present...is a unique, brave, chilling, but often hilarious new work unlike any other. This is an experience not soon forgotten and not to be missed.
The 21 & Over productions are intended for a mature audience and discretion is advised. For more information on 21 & Over and other OCP alternative programs, contact Amy Lane, Resident Director, at alane@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.

21 & Over is sponsored by Omaha Steaks and media sponsored by Omahype.

March Metro Arts and Culture Pass


Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts and Culture Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of March, you can receive 20% off tickets to GNIT at the Blue Barn Theatre and $1 off admission (per person) to El Museo Latino.

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts and Culture Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Forest
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz and Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Nebraskans for the Arts
BlueBarn Theatre
Kaneko
Omaha Creative Institute

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the director of sales at lkaup@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.

The Exemplary Voice of Ella Fitzgerald



As you enter the room and close your eyes, the smooth music and rhythmic feeling that resonates from the singer and band fills your mind. Her vast vocal range along with the background beats bring forth feelings of elation, mournfulness and all those alluring feelings that make you think about the complexities and subtleties of life.
Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
  Ella is the true story of the iconic “Queen of Jazz” singer Ella Fitzgerald. Her famed voice flows through and tells the audience about her life with her classic songs and a look back to her early days into one of her most challenging performances.

Kathy Tyree as Ella Fitzgerald

 In Ella Fitzgerald’s own words, she said, "I've had some wonderful love affairs and some that didn't work out. I don't want to dwell on that, and I don't want to put people down, but I think all the fabulous places I've been, the wonderful things that have happened for me, the great people I've met that ought to make a story.“
 She won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Ella could even imitate every instrument in an orchestra. Audiences will get to know who Ella was on a personal level and how she became the legendary figure we all know today.
Kathy Tyree as Ella Fitzgerald
             From an early age, Ella loved listening to jazz music and dancing, even getting the nickname, “snake hips. Through hardship in her early life, she learns to find solace through her singing. Singing was a way for Ella to relate to people from all around the world of all different religious backgrounds, race, rich and poor alike, they all loved listening to Ella.
              Jim Boggess, music director of the production, can relate to Ella’s passion of singing with his own passion for music. “Music in any aspect is a different world for me. Listening feeds my soul. Ella Fitzgerald was an incredible singer and innovator through her use of “scat” singing. Her improvisatory style never interfered with her innate understanding of the composer’s intent or the text,” said Jim. “Besides a performance that will knock their socks off, audiences should come away with a three-dimensional portrait of Ella, the woman,” said Jim. 
Kathy Tyree as Ella Fitzgerald
              Director Susan Baer Collins has had a rewarding experience working on the production. “There is nothing more fun for me than to be in the same room with talented, creative people. Rehearsing with actress Kathy Tyree and Music Director Jim Boggess is an inspiring and exciting experience,” said Susan. “Both of these musicians are exceptional collaborators and they contribute great nuance and depth to this production.”
            “The audience is in for an exceptional concert of the music of Ella Fitzgerald,” said Susan. “What makes this special is they will come to know Ella as a vulnerable human woman, with whom they will identify and come to love and admire. I am thrilled with how Jeffrey Hatcher’s script explores both Ella’s personal challenges as well as her professional triumphs,”
Catch Ella Fitzgerald’s story in Ella, Feb. 28-March 30 in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Tickets are $40 for adults and $24 for students. For groups of 12 or more, adult tickets are $29 and student tickets are $18. For more information call (402) 553-0080, visit the Box Office or click here.
 
Story by Yoyo Ma