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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On the morning before Thanksgiving, adult and youth performers at the Omaha Community Playhouse excitedly gathered at a bus, ready to hit the road as part of a holiday tradition in its 39th year.

A week earlier, members of Mannheim Steamroller left from Chip Davis’ farm and American Gramaphone studio north of the city, continuing a musical trek now in its 33rd year. Thursday, the band will play for the lighting of the National Christmas tree near the White House.

It’s a remarkable custom — Omaha annually sending out two major Christmas productions around the country.

Including rehearsals that start in Omaha in early November, both shows’ performers and crew members — some local, some from elsewhere — give a good chunk of time to traveling, spreading holiday cheer and living out of suitcases.

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Fans of Billy McGuigan have had a good year at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

This summer, the theater premiered his latest show, “Rock Twist,” to enthusiastic crowds. Now a yearly favorite is about to open in the Howard Drew Theater.

“Yesterday and Today,” featuring McGuigan and his band performing the music of the Beatles, premieres Friday and runs through Dec. 31.

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I think I’m becoming a Christmas softie. I was always more of a “Scrooged” kind of Christmas story girl, not “A Christmas Carol.” The Dickens classic was a little too sweet. But here I am, joyful after seeing Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol” this past weekend. I get it, now, why families make it a tradition to see every year. I feel like it’s the quintessential show to kick off the holiday season. Read More »
YESTERDAY & TODAY, THE INTERACTIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE returns to the Omaha Community Playhouse for the 10th year. This popular show starring Billy McGuigan and his two brothers, Ryan and Matthew, is a musical tribute to their late father who started them on this path as children. Having memorized more than 200 Beatles songs, the McGuigans personalize each show by taking requests from the audience.

I recently spoke with Billy over the phone while they were on tour.

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It’s not a cast of thousands, but it’s close enough for a local theater stage.

“A Christmas Carol” at the Omaha Community Playhouse features 48 performers this year, 22 of which are children. That’s larger than previous casts.

The show, adapted by the late Charles Jones from a Charles Dickens story, opens for its 42nd season Friday on the Hawks Mainstage. It’s an extravaganza: lavish sets, luscious costumes, wonderful music and the special effects you’d expect from a tale that features several ghosts.

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It wouldn’t be the holidays in the metro area without the Omaha Community Playhouse’s annual tradition: ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Now in its 42nd year at the Playhouse, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old curmudgeon who is inspired to change his miserly ways after a series of ghostly vists from his deceased business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The story looks at the life events that make Scrooge who he is and forces him to examine his path and change his future.

For the 12th year, Omaha actor Jerry Longe will return to the stage as Scrooge.

This year, some familiar faces can be seen in the cast. At least four people — two children and two adults — will perform in the show.

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A Christmas Carol will run at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre Nov. 17-Dec. 23, 2017.

This will be the 42nd year for this holiday production at OCP. Actor Jerry Longe returns for his 12th season as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) presents the 10th anniversary of Yesterday and Today the Interactive Beatles Experience Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, 2017 in the Howard Drew Theatre featuring Billy McGuigan and his brothers. Read More »
Holiday shows A Christmas Carol and Yesterday and Today, the interactive Beatles show featuring Billy McGuigan and his brothers, return to the Omaha Community Playhouse for their 10th year this holiday season.

Tickets for Yesterday and Today are available now and tickets for A Christmas Carol go on sale Tuesday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m.

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An important part of starting or returning to college is  finding activities to get involved with,  and something to do during free  time. The Omaha Community  Playhouse fills both of those .

Located less than a block away  from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Dodge Campus is the Omaha Community Playhouse.It’s worth noting that Omaha is home to the largest community playhouse in the entire country, and it certainly lives up to that title.

One of the greatest benefits that the Omaha Community Playhouse brings to the community is the options for volunteering and involvement. Kimberly Faith Hickman, the artistic director ofthe playhouse, stresses the fact that there are plenty of choices for students that require little to no experience.

“There are opportunities in pretty much every area of our building,” Hickman said.

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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 »
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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