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Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to improving the current state of diverse, inclusive casting.


Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: August 17 - September 16, 2018
Rehearsals Begin: July 2, 2018

Synopsis: Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel's discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist.[1] It is told in a series of non-linear vignettes connected by narration provided by the adult Alison character


Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: September 14 - October 14, 2018
Rehearsals Begin: July 30, 2018

Synopsis: Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun


Howard Drew Theatre
Auditions: July 16th and July 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 12 - November 4, 2018

Synopsis: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.


Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: January 18
- February 10, 2019

Synopsis: 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Of mice and men

Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: February 15 - March 17, 2019

Synopsis: Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?

Bridges of madison county

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: March 1 – 24, 2019
Rehearsals Begin: January 20, 2019

Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller and Tony award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown, Bridges of Madison County tells the tale of two people caught between duty and desire. Francesca is a dedicated, Iowan housewife, living a simple, yet dispassionate, life. Everything changes when her family goes on a trip to the State Fair in Indianapolis, leaving Francesca behind to take care of the house. Francesca is taken aback by a handsome National Geographic photographer named Robert, who asks for directions to the covered bridges of Madison County. The two connect; starting an emotional four-day love affair that has repercussions long after it’s over.


Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: April 12 - May 5, 2019

: Out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is working for someone else. Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend, who is none other than Stanley. Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck, who has arranged his daughter Pauline's engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, several unlucky audience volunteers, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly, Charlie's bookkeeper, and food.


Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: May 3 - 26, 2019

Synopsis:Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true (ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one armed captain, and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chard the course of the Colorado River. 


Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: May 31 – June 30, 2019
Rehearsals Begin:
April 14, 2019

Synopsis:Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred.

Omaha Community Playhouse held adult and youth season musical auditions for all five musicals for the 2018-2019 season in May, including auditions for Fun Home, Shrek The Musical, A Christmas Carol, The Bridges of Madison County and Ragtime. If you were unable to attend these auditions are still interested in these productions, please contact Breanna at 402-553-4890, ext. 110 or emailOmaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting.

Fun Home: August 17 – September 16, 2018, (Howard Drew Theatre)
Shrek The Musical: September 14 – October 14, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
A Christmas Carol: November 16 – December 23, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
The Bridges of Madison County: March 1 – 24, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Ragtime: May 31 – June 30, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)

Audition information for the following non-musical productions: She Kills Monsters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Of Mice and Men, One Man, Two Guvnors and Men on Boats, can be found here

Audition information for Alternative Programming events will be held throughout the year, and can be found here.

Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting.  For additional information on auditions please call Breanna, 402-553-4890, ext. 110 or email.

Actors please be prepared with the following:
  • If auditioning for a musical, provide sheet music with 16 bars ready to sing (an accompanist will be provided)
  • If auditioning for a musical, there will be a dance audition, so actors should be dressed to move (no boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc.).
  • If auditioning for a play, actors will be asked to read from the script, which will be provided at the audition.
  • Some plays may require a movement audition as well.  Actors should be dressed comfortably to move.
  • You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and schedules available to complete the form.
  • A recent photo to attach to your audition form. Please note, the photos do not need to be professional and will not be returned.
  • Should you not have a photo, one will be taken at the time of the audition.

Researching Shows

The Omaha Community Playhouse no long offers script check-out. If you would like to know more about a show prior to auditions enter the title into a search engine for reviews, information about the author, video clips, etc.

Performance Runs

The Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre performances are Wednesday through Sunday. The Howard Drew Theatre performs Thursday through Sunday. Productions run from four to six weeks. Each actor in a production receives four complimentary tickets for the first weekend of the show. OCP offers two auditions dates for every production. You only need to attend ONE of the audition dates to be considered for the production.

Additional Information and Accessibility Accommodations

For additional information on auditions, or to request accessibility accommodations, please call 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
*Audition dates are subject to change