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Mackenzie Dehmer and Thomas Becker won top honors at the Omaha Community Playhouse Awards Night on Monday.

The Playhouse has the ceremony each year to celebrate volunteers who make productions possible. Actors, backstage workers, staff members and other community supporters received awards.

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The Omaha Community Playhouse will present Camille Metoyer Moten in Color Me Camille: The Music of Barbra Streisand, on Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre. Tickets for Color Me Camille: The Music of Barbra Streisand will go on sale to the public Friday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. through the OCP box office. Read More »
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 »
Billy McGuigan has entertained with his popular Beatles, Buddy Holly and “Rock Legends” shows, but now he’s taking a new tack.

How about songs from Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr. and others, but with a twist — a classy rock twist?

“I wanted something really polished and professional-feeling,” Billy said. “That’s really where this starts for me.”

And so “Rock Twist” will premiere this summer at the Omaha Community Playhouse, and then go on tour.

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The Omaha Community Playhouse will present the world premiere of Billy McGuigan's Rock Twist July 12 - 23, 2017 in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre. Tickets for Billy McGuigan's Rock Twist go on sale to the public Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. through the OCP box office.

Omaha favorite Billy McGuigan returns to the Omaha Community Playhouse stage with this new show. He is joined by the Omaha-based Steve Gomez Band to present rock hits with a big band sound and big band standards with a rock and roll sound. Read More »
The Omaha Community Playhouse has produced only a handful of world-premiere shows in its 93-year history.

In the coming season, it will present two, both created by local talent.

A new show from a longtime Playhouse performer will open the 2017-2018 season on July 12. “Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist” will feature classic rock tunes in a big-band style and big-band standards with a rock ’n’ roll tinge. The Steve Gomez Band, including a full horn section, will accompany McGuigan, who’s known for his portrayal of rocker Buddy Holly and his popular Beatles show each season.

And “Eminent Domain” by Omahan Laura Leininger-Campbell will be the season’s first show in the Howard Drew Theatre, opening Aug. 25. The play is the story of a Nebraska farm family that’s in conflict over construction of an oil pipeline. It was a finalist at the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

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  The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP), the nation's largest community theatre, announces the lineup for its 93rd season, the 2017-2018 season.
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 The staccato chirping of crickets ranks right up there with that of a needle being ripped across an LP when it comes to clichéd sound effects used to denote an emphatic FAIL. But to John Gibilisco, a cacophony of crickets is never a cliché … it’s an art form.

“When Ablan [Roblin] directed To Kill a Mockingbird earlier this year,” the Omaha Community Playhouse sound designer said, he had a specific soundscape in mind. We went with a symphony of sounds in all of the outdoor scenes — crickets, swamp frogs, tree frogs, cicadas.

“I wanted the audience to be right there in the action,” Gibilisco added, “so we installed tiny speakers under every fourth seat — we’d never done that before — so you got everything that you would hear if you were right there on the porch with Atticus and Scout. But I didn't want the audience to be overtly aware of sound. I didn't want them to be consciously thinking, ‘Wow, those crickets are awesome.’ I only succeeded in distracting you if that would have happened. I failed if you left here thinking about crickets."

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From now on, people taking classes at the Omaha Community Playhouse will be enrolled in a program that honors a great American thespian.

They will be studying at the Henry Fonda Theater Academy, recently named after a man whom critics have called one of the best actors of all time.

Fonda, who grew up in Omaha, got his start at the Playhouse and supported it throughout his life with money and time. He went on to star in numerous movies, but the stage always was his first love, his widow, Shirlee, said in a phone interview from Los Angeles.

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