Sister is back in Late Nite Catechism 3!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Late Nite Catechism, an interactive comedy and one of the longest-running shows in Chicago and United States theatre history. The show has visited every state in the U.S. as well as Canada, the U.K. and Australia. In this unique one woman show, Sister teaches students about all things Catholic. Now after years of doing so, Sister is ready to turn her attention to the topic of marriage with the production of ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3. Called part catechism class and part stand-up routine, she’s back in Omaha with the third installment.

Written and created by Maripat Donovan and Vicki Quade, the series has seen much success. Donovan found her inspiration at a dinner party in 1992. After hearing Donovan talk about St.Maria Goretti (the patron saint of virginity), a friend said to her, “This is so funny. You should do something with this.” That’s exactly what she did. Donovan contacted an acquaintance who ran a theatre in Chicago and created the first show of note about a nun since the musical Nunsense. Donovan and Quade wrote the original Late Nite Catechism in about three weeks and it premiered in 1993. Since the first production, audiences world wide have been pupils in Sister’s classroom, with five different versions of the show.


‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 is focused on the Sacrament of Marriage and Last Rites. Sister even presents her own wacky and hysterical version of the Newlywed Game, using audience members as contestants.

Be sure to grab your significant other and your sense of humor and visit the OmahaCommunity Playhouse for some special couples counseling from Sister. The show runs from June 14, through July 21, 2013 in the Howard Drew Theater; Wednesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $32 per person. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, visit the OCP Box Office or click here.

Article by Brittany Locke

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Be a part of Carl Beck’s and Susie Baer Collins’ last season as they, along with your favorite performers, transport you to other times and worlds. An exclusive BizTix subscription contains ten ticket vouchers to each of our ten season productions (including Les Misérables and A Christmas Carol) for you to wow and woo your clients or reward your employees. 

You receive a total of 100 tickets for $1,200. That’s only $12 per ticket for productions that are regularly priced at $35-$40 per ticket! You can even receive a significant discount on Prompter advertising with a BizTix Plus package.
To subscribe or for more information, call or email Lora Kaup, director of sales at (402) 553-4890, ext. 147 or

21 & Over presents 'Enron'

Omaha Community Playhouse's 21 & Over program presents Enron.

Monday, June 17, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Free and open to the public, with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Enron, by Sheila Callaghan
A theatrical tour de force chronicling the collapse of a company through a satirical mix of documentary and fiction. Inspired by real events, Enron follows CEO Jeffrey Skilling through the journey of the company’s meteoric rise and catastrophic fall. Part epic tragedy and part savage black comedy, Enron is an insider’s peek at what has been called “the corporate crime that defined the end of the 20th century.”
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 or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.

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

Illuminate your Fourth of July!

Are you looking for a way to illuminate your Fourth of July holiday? Support the Omaha Community Playhouse by purchasing fireworks!

The city of Omaha is allowing the sales of fireworks again this year within city limits with sales benefitting a sponsoring nonprofit organization.

Crazy Cracker Fireworks stand at 840 Saddle Creek Rd. (located in the No Frills Supermarket parking lot) will benefit the OCP. A portion of proceeds goes directly to the Omaha Community Playhouse!

Stock up on your favorite fireworks and support the Omaha Community Playhouse at the 840 Saddle Creek Rd. location!

Sales begin on June 24, 2013, and last until July 4, 2013.

OCP participates in Omaha Gives!


The Omaha Community Playhouse is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! - a 24 hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 22 from midnight to midnight. Mark your calendars because we will need your help! We will be joining nearly 300 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the match pool we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prize money.

Omaha Gives! is a one day event led by the Omaha Community Foundation to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits through online fundraising. It is a community-wide event to show off Omaha’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Learn more at OMAHAGIVES24.ORG.

How can you help the Omaha Community Playhouse during Omaha Gives!?

·         Donate to us on May 22! Visit on May 22 and donate to OCP. Or visit and we’ll direct you there.

·         Spread the word! Tell your friends that you will be giving to OCP during Omaha Gives! on May 22 and that you need their help.

·         Share the Social Media love! By friending us on Facebook and following us on Twitter, you can help spread the message about OCP’s participation in Omaha Gives! You can find us at and @omahaplayhouse.

·         Cheer us on! On May 22, watch the leaderboard on and update our progress on social media.

·         Save the date. May 22, 2013 will be a great day of generosity in Omaha. Get excited and ready to share your enthusiasm for OCP throughout the day.

Thank you for your ongoing support of OCP. We can’t wait to see the Omaha community band together to give.
For more information on Omaha Gives! or donating to OCP, call (402) 553-4890, ext. 129 or email

Lions and tigers and …you know the rest

After a largely contemporary season, which included two world premiere productions, the Omaha Community Playhouse closes out the season with a true classic. We have all have heard of The Wizard of Oz, right? Well, if not, now is your chance to come to OCP and experience this thrilling and entertaining musical that is perfect for the entire family. Come see your favorite characters such us Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow the Cowardly Lion, the munchkins and so much more. Most of all, come see the one girl that brings all these one of a kind characters to life. Meet Charlotte Hedican, wait, I mean Dorothy Gale, a farm girl from Kansas, who just wants to find her way back home after a tornado drops her off in Munchkin Land.

Charlotte Hedican, who plays Dorothy Gale in the OCP’s production of The Wizard of Oz, is just your average high school Sophomore who is balancing school and a starring role. I had the opportunity to talk with Charlotte and ask her some questions about her upcoming role as she balances school and prepares for such an iconic character. 

How are you preparing for this role?
I've been listening to a lot of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe because I feel like they're both vulnerable, yet strong women like Dorothy.”

What are you using for inspiration?
“I watched the movie a lot, and even the 2010 BBC show Over the Rainbow. That gave me quite a few pointers. I don't have any specific personal ideas, but every actor adds their own twist to a role.” 

How do you handle school and acting at the same time?  
“School is so hard, my gosh! In fact, the day we open the show is my last day of school and last day of finals. I like to think I'm a pretty good student, but I tend to have late nights and live on very little sleep. It can be very stressful for me. Some of my teachers are helping me out though. “

Is it difficult to memorize lines and study at the same time?
Memorizing lines is a challenge because usually once rehearsal is over, I have to get to my schoolwork and rarely have time to memorize. However, I'm a quick learner and I memorize things so often, that it's pretty simple. I just have to remind myself that it will all be worth it in the end and that I enjoy it more than almost anything. I am very grateful to have this role, and wouldn't trade hardly anything for it.” 

Did you ever watch the The Wizard of Oz growing up?
“Yes, I did. My grandma passed down her love for the series to my mom, who passed it to me. My mom owns all of the books, including copies that are quite old and originally bound. I never got into the series, but I've read the original The Wizard of Oz.

What’s the most exciting part for you, when taking on this role?
“I've always wanted to have one song that was my solo, where I would be the only one on stage. So I'm excited for "Over the Rainbow." This role is also significant to the women in my family, so I'm excited to carry on the legacy of the love for this character and her story.” 

Don’t miss out on this beloved and heartwarming story. Follow the yellow brick road to OCP and help Dorothy find her way back home. The Wizard of Oz will be live on stage in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre, May 31, through June 30, 2013; Wednesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $24 for students. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $29 for adults and $18 for students. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, visit the OCP Box Office or click here.

Article by Anna Venditte

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 $3.50 adult admission (regularly $7) to Fontenelle Forest and an offer to Kaneko found at 

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass is sponsored by The Reader and 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 Nature Association
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
For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the director of sales at or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.