Fall Arts Preview


By Betsie Freeman / World-Herald staff writer

Omaha theater in the coming season will feature beloved old stories, exciting new works and a Shakespeare classic presented in an innovative way.

The Omaha Community Playhouse chose a traditional French fairy tale set to music for its season-capping show in 2017. “Beauty and the Beast” will premiere May 26 on the Hawks Mainstage at the theater. The show had been on the Playhouse wish list for a few years.

The Shelterbelt Theatre, meanwhile, will produce four plays written by local authors, starting with “Revelation” by University of Nebraska at Omaha professor Samuel Brett Williams. It opens on Oct. 7.

And Nebraska Shakespeare will offer “Juno’s Swans,” an all-women performance of “Richard III,” on July 9.

Elsewhere, two theaters will stage musicals that are anything but mainstream, both based on popular movies: The Blue Barn will open “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical” on May 18, and SNAP Productions premieres “Carrie: The Musical” on Jun 2.

Theater fans who take in three or four of these will be assured of a fun, diverse season. Round it out with a Broadway favorite from Omaha Performing Arts — say, “The Sound of Music,” coming Jan. 24 — and you may just achieve perfection.


Information:; 402-690-2882

Sept. 23-Oct. 2: “Love and Information,” in partnership with Metropolitan Community College, Do Space, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Jan. 27-28: “genesis 2.0,” Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Spring TBA: Lisa Tejero, location to be announced

The Arts Center

Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs
Information:; 712-388-7140

Oct. 20: The Capitol Steps

Dec. 3: Church Basement Ladies present “Away in the Basement”

March 9: “Cirk La Putyka: Slapstick Sonata”

Bellevue Little Theatre

203 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue
Information:; 402-291-1554

Sept. 16-Oct. 2: “The Music Man”

Nov. 4-20: “The Haunting of Hill House”

Feb. 3-19: “Much Ado About Nothing”

March 24-April 9: “Clue: The Musical”

May 15-21: “All the King’s Women”

Blue Barn Theatre

1106 S. 10th St.
Information:; 402-345-1576

Sept. 22-Oct. 16: “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”

Sept. 28-Oct. 29: Out of the Blue: “Walk the Night,” immersive theater with Shakespearean ghost tale, location to be announced

Nov. 25-Dec. 19: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)”

Feb. 2-26: “Hir”

March 23-April 15: “Silent Sky”

May 18-July 1: “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical”

Brigit St. Brigit Theatre

Information:; 402-502-4910

Sept. 9-25: “Inherit the Wind,” First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36Th St.

Oct. 21-Nov. 19: “Operation Crucible,” Jewish Community Center, Mainstage, 333 S. 132nd St.

February-March: Irish Festival, locations to be announced

May 4-25: “Mary Stuart,” Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

Broadway Series

Omaha Performing Arts, Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Information:; 402-345-0606

Oct. 11-16: “Cabaret”

Nov. 15-20: “White Christmas”

Jan. 24-29: “The Sound of Music”

March 7-12: “Jersey Boys”

April 4-9: “Beautiful”

May 16-21: “Something Rotten”

June 3-4: “Rent”

Chanticleer Theater

830 Franklin Ave., Council Bluffs
Information:; 712-323-9955

Sept. 16-25: “Elf Jr.”

Nov. 11-20: “Witness for the Prosecution”

Feb. 3-12: “Steel Magnolias”

March 31-April 9: Musical to be announced

June 2-11: “Carousel”

Circle Theatre

Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St.
Information:; 402-553-4715

Dec. 2-17: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

March 10-25: “Master Class”

June 2-17: “Phil’s Diner”

Concordia University Theatre

Music Center, 800 N. Columbia Ave., Seward, Neb.
Information:; 800-535-5494

Nov. 4-6: “Marat/Sade”

Feb. 24-26: “The Women of Lockerbie”

March 30-April 1: “Murder’s in the Heir”

Creighton University Theatre

Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza
Information:; 402-280-1448

Nov. 11-20: “A War of Roses/A Fire Within,” with the University of Nebraska at Omaha theater department and Nebraska Shakespeare

Nov. 30-Dec. 4: “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

April 5-7: “Little Women”

Des Moines Performing Arts

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines
Information:; 515-246-2300

Nov. 25-27: “Rent”

Nov. 30: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Dec. 6-11: “Beautiful”

Jan. 17-22: “Mamma Mia”

Feb. 7-12: “The Sound of Music”

March 12: “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles”

March 14-19: “Jersey Boys”

April 4-9: “Fun Home”

May 16-21: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

July 18-23: “An American in Paris”

Elkhorn Community Theatre

Elkhorn High School, 1401 Veterans Drive
Information:; 402-289-2329

Summer show to be announced.

Florentine Players

Florence City Hall, 2864 State St.
Information: 402-359-1203

Oct. 20-22: “The White Liars” and “Black Comedy”

May: Annual melodrama

Iowa Western Community College Theatre

The Arts Center, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs
Information:; 402-388-7140

Nov. 3-12: “Othello”

March 2-4: “Twelve Angry Jurors”

April 20-22: “Dark Play or Stories for Boys”

Lied Center for Performing Arts

301 N. 12th St., Lincoln
Information:; 402-472-4747

Oct. 7-8: “Once”

Oct. 18: “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash”

Oct. 21: The Capitol Steps

Dec. 5: “Rhapsody in Black”

Jan. 27-29: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

Feb. 8-12: “Late Night Catechism”

Feb. 16-17: “Into the Woods”

Feb. 22: “Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We Are in a Play’”

March 3-5: “Mamma Mia”

March 9: Heather Henson’s “Crane: On Earth, in Sky”

April 20: “Defying Gravity” starring Stephen Schwartz

May 31-June 3: Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical”

Lincoln Community Playhouse

2500 S. 56th St., Lincoln
Information:; 402-489-7529

Sept. 23-Oct. 2: “My Fair Lady”

Oct. 28-Nov. 6: “The Boxcar Children”

Dec. 9-18: “Elf Jr.”

Jan. 20-29: “Mothers & Sons”

Feb. 10-19: “Exit Laughing”

March 31-April 9: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

May 5-14: “Ragtime”

Lofte Community Theatre

Nebraska Highway 1, east of Manley, Neb.
Information:; 402-234-2553

Sept. 9-18: “The Red Velvet Cake War”

Oct. 15-30: “Funny Money”

Dec. 3-18: “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”

2017 season to be announced later.

Mahoney Park

Kountze Memorial Theatre, Mahoney State Park, Ashland, Neb.
Information:; 402-944-2523, ext. 7122

Through Oct. 23: “Mr. Meany Goes A-Courtin’”

Nov. 28-Dec. 27: “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”

Jan. 22-Feb. 14: “The Housekeeper”

March 11-April 10: “The Queen of Bingo”

Summer melodramas to be announced later.

Midland University

900 N. Clarkson St., Fremont, Neb.
Information:; 402-941-6399

Oct. 5-9: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Nov. 9-13: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Dec. 9-10: A Night of One Acts

Jan. 25-Feb. 5: “The Music Man”

March 8-12: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

April 26-30: “Big Fish”

Nebraska Shakespeare

Elmwood Park, south of UNO bell tower, 6001 Dodge St.
Information:; 402-280-2391

June 22-25, July 5, 6, 8: “King Lear”

June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 7, 9: “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

July 9: “Juno’s Swans,” all-female performance of “Richard III,” location to be announced

Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre

51st Street and Huntington Avenue, Lincoln
Information:; 402-465-2384

Sept. 15-25: “Romeo and Juliet”

Sept. 29-Oct. 9: “Boeing Boeing”

Oct. 27-Nov. 6: “The Rocky Horror Show”

Nov. 10-20: “The Taffetas”

Dec. 1-11: “A Christmas Carol”

Jan. 19-29: “Lion in Winter”

Feb. 2-12: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Feb. 16-26: “Love and Information”

March 16-26: “Noises Off”

March 30-April 9: “Electra”

April 20-30: “Into the Woods”

Omaha Community Playhouse

6915 Cass St.
Information:; 402-553-0800

Hawks Mainstage

Sept. 16-Oct. 16: “Sister Act”

Nov. 18-Dec. 23: “A Christmas Carol”

Jan. 20-Feb. 12: “Around the World in Eighty Days”

March 3-April 2: “Rock of Ages”

April 14-May 7: “Leading Ladies”

May 26-June 25: “Beauty and the Beast”

Howard Drew Theatre

Through Sept. 18: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Oct. 14-Nov. 20: “Murder Ballad”

Nov. 25-Dec. 31: “Yesterday and Today”

Feb. 10-March 12: “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

May 5-June 4: “Superior Donuts”

Omaha Performing Arts

Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Information:; 402-345-0606

Oct. 7: “Basetrack Live”

Dec. 10: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

Dec. 15: Lightwire Theatre: “A Very Electric Christmas”

March 2: “Odd Squad Live”

March 26: “Taj Express”

Omaha Theater Company

Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.
Information:; 402-345-4849

Main Season

Through Sept. 18: “Goodnight Moon”

Sept. 30-Oct. 16: “Shrek the Musical”

Oct. 28-Nov. 13: “The Jungle Book”

Nov. 25-Dec. 18: “Prancer”

Jan. 27-Feb. 12: “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”

Feb. 24-March 12: “Huck Finn”

March 24-April 9: “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

April 21-May 7: “Stellaluna and Other Tales”

June 2-18: “Peter Pan”

Pre-K Shows

Oct. 15-Nov. 6: “Mouse on the Move”

Jan. 14-Feb. 5: “Thumbelina”

Teens ’N’ Theater at The Rose

Sept. 8-11: “The Intern Project: Playscape”

Feb. 9-12: Pride Players

March 2-5: “Alice in Wonderland”

March 9-12: Broken Mirror 17

April 6-9: Young, Gifted & Black: Devised Theater

May 18-21: Young Playwrights Festival 22

Orpheum Theater

409 S. 16th St.
Information:; 402-345-0606

Nov. 26-27: PAW Patrol Live: “Race to the Rescue”

Feb. 16: One-Woman Sex and the City

Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre

Sumtur Amphitheater, 108th Street south of Highway 370

July 2017: “Guys and Dolls”

Performing Artists Repertory Theatre

Crossroads Mall, 7400 Dodge St.
Information:; 402-706-0778

Season begins Nov. 26 and runs through August. Shows to be announced.

Ralston Community Theatre

Ralston Performing Arts Centre, 8969 Park Drive
Information:; 402-898-3545

July 2017: Summer show to be announced

Shelterbelt Theatre

3225 California St.
Information:; 402-341-2757

Oct. 7-30: “Revelation”

Jan. 27-Feb. 19: “The Motherhood Almanac”

April 21-May 14: “Catherland”

July 14-Aug. 6: “Neighbors, Lovers and All the Others”

Snap Productions

3225 California St.
Information:; 402-341-2757

Through Sept. 18: “The Quality of Life”

Nov. 18-Dec. 11: “Hand to God”

March 10-April 2: “Detroit 67”

June 2-25: “Carrie: The Musical”

Tada Productions

701 P St., Suite 203, Lincoln
Information:; 402-438-8232

Oct. 13-30: “Young Frankenstein”

Dec. 1-18: “The Wickedly Sensational Songs From Oz”

Feb. 2-19: “Thank You for Being a Friend”

March 30-April 15: “And the World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb”

April 27-May 7: “The Last 5 Years”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Theatre

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, 12th and R Streets, Lincoln
Information:; 402-472-4747

Sept. 22-25: “The Baltimore Waltz”

Oct. 6-16: “Fuddy Meers”

Nov. 10-13: “Alice vs. Wonderland”

Nov. 17-Dec. 4: “Hamlet”

March 2-12: “This Random World”

University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre

Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St.
Information:; 402-554-7529

Sept. 28-Oct. 8: “Shakespeare’s Dog”

Nov. 2-13: “A War of Roses: Foreign Flames,” with Creighton University theater department and Nebraska Shakespeare

Feb. 22-March 4: “The Guard”

April 12-22: “Tales of the Lost Formicans”

Wilson Performing Arts Center

300 Commerce Drive, Red Oak, Iowa
Information:; 712-623-3135

Oct. 26-30: “The Addams Family”

Feb. 10-12: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”

June 9-18: Musical to be announced

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