Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP), the nation's largest community theatre, announces the lineup for its 94th season, the 2018-2019 season. Read More »
A green ogre, fantasy game players and a woman who was raised in her family’s funeral home are among the characters who will take the stage next season at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

The theater announced its 2018-19 season Tuesday night at an event for patrons. Nine new titles will join three yearly favorites — “A Christmas Carol,” “Yesterday and Today” and “Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist” — on the lineup.

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Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP), the nation's largest community theatre, announces the lineup for its 94th season, the 2018-2019 season.

Watch a clip from the Season Annoucement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74ncx8KMGgo
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We sent mother-daughter thespian duo to check out OCP's James and the Giant Peach and report back to us about all of the Dahl-esque onstage magic. When we talk about youth performances and reviews it is important we include their opinions on the work too, as they are the target demographic. Omaha is so full of spectacular youth performers, I can't wait to see and hear more from all of them. Read More »
The theater is one of the most magical places imaginable. Few people can’t be captivated by a well-executed song and dance, and children are certainly not among them. However, pulling off a performance that can truly be enjoyed by all ages is a real feat. “James and the Giant Peach” at the Omaha Community Playhouse does just that. Read More »
The Omaha Community Playhouse is holding its annual fundraiser, Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6-9 p.m. at OCP. The event, which salutes the closing musical of OCP's 2017-2018 season - Singin' In The Rain - will benefit the productions and programming of the Omaha Community Playhouse. The event will honor the legacy of generous, longtime participants and supporters of OCP, Ed and Dee Owen. Honorary chairs are the Owen family. Read More »
Most of the main characters in “James and the Giant Peach” are insects.

They have as many personalities as a classroom full of kindergartners. Individually, they’re funny, shy, cranky, nurturing and outspoken. As a group, they’re as endearing — and perhaps as cuddly — as those kids.

When you add the main character, James, to the mix, you have a lively and heartwarming show that’s hard to resist.

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH has all the ingredients to make up a memorable musical: an enchanted adventure with a magical peach; fantastic music by Pasek and Paul; beautiful sets, lighting and costumes; and a message of friendship and family told with humor and wit. Now showing at the Omaha Community Playhouse, this is a show that will enthrall kids of all ages. Read More »
Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions, which take place March 1-4. Read More »
Each season, the 93-year-old Omaha Community Playhouse has at least one family-friendly show: “A Christmas Carol.”

Artistic Director Kimberly Faith Hickman hopes to expand that programming.

“It’s important to offer something for everyone,” she said, “The best way for us to experience another 93 years is to bring more young people into the theater to experience the magic.”

To further that cause, “James and the Giant Peach” opens Friday night in the Howard Drew Theatre. Hickman said the new musical appealed to her in part because the lead character is a child who overcomes adversity, offering an example for kids in the audience.

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The best work of local artists was honored over the weekend at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

The 12th annual awards were given for the best in visual arts, local music, theater, dance and comedy.

In the performing arts categories, "To Kill a Mockingbird" won best dramatic play, and "Murder Ballad" won best musical. Both were productions at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Read More »
James and the Giant Peach, a magical story of adventure and unexpected friends in a family-friendly musical, will run March 2 - 25, 2018 at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre.

James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new musical guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. A compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda) and music composed by the award-winning team of Pasek & Paul (La La Land, A Christmas Story, television's Smash), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree. Strange things start to happen and James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places. Read More »
Tickets for two upcoming shows, Ripcord and James and the Giant Peach, are now on sale through the Omaha Community Playhouse box office.

Omaha Community Playhouse will hold opening night celebrations for each show from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. free to that evening's ticket holders. No reservations necessary.

To celebrate Ripcord, on Friday, January 19, ease into the weekend with some leisure activities before the show! Enjoy tea sampling courtesy of The Tea Smith and rounds of BINGO (with prizes).

To celebrate James and the Giant Peach, on Friday, March 2, our friends at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are helping make opening night special by bringing some special guests...of the insect variety. Take a peek at these fascinating creatures and also grab a treat before the show!

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Two widely known plays — “1776” and “Angels in America” — and some locally written works will be featured in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Alternative Programming series next season.

The series includes staged readings, special events and play development collaborations. Each is produced at the Playhouse.

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The Omaha Community Playhouse is announcing its Alternative Programming series for the 2017-18 season. Alternative Programming includes a series of staged readings, special events and play development collaborations. All events are held at OCP. Read More »