Theater work honored at Playhouse Awards

By Betsie Freeman / World-Herald Staff writer

Actors in a recent musical from the Monty Python folks and a classic play by Edward Albee took the top honors at the Omaha Community Playhouse Awards Night on Monday.

Melanie Walters and Brennan Thomas won the Fonda/McGuire award for the best performances in the theater’s recently completed season.
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As the Omaha Community Playhouse turns 90, we look back at its rich history

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

It started in the Burgess-Nash Tea Room, at 16th and Harney Streets.

A small band of Omaha business leaders, academics and arts lovers gathered Sept. 24, 1924, to found a community theater. By March 4, 1925, they had their first opening night at nearly new Technical High School — a vaudeville-style variety show starring Dorothy “Dodie” Brando.

None of them could have foreseen that evening that, by the mid-1980s, the Omaha Community Playhouse would become the largest community theater in the nation,
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