HELP SUPPORT LOCAL ART DURING COVID-19
The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for our community, our country and our world. Things here at the Omaha Community Playhouse have been challenging as well. This time of year, our lobbies and theatres would typically be bustling with friends and family from across the Omaha community congregating to share in the joy of our Spring plays and musicals. Our rehearsal halls and classrooms would be filled with music and laughter. And our staff, volunteers and apprentices would be happily buzzing around the building preparing for the next show.
But in an instant everything changed. Our theatres sit empty as the productions we were so excited to share with you were canceled. Our rehearsal halls and classrooms have fallen dark and silent. Our offices are mostly abandoned, as the majority of our staff works from home to help flatten the curve.
Being forced to close our doors has given us a renewed appreciation for what it means to be a community theatre. Art is healing. Art is human. Art connects us with one another in ways nothing else can. The art created within our walls is essential to our community now more than ever. And our community is essential to our art.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to ask how you can help. Your spirit and generosity embody what makes the Omaha community so special. Here are a few ideas we put together on how members of the community can help.
Make a Donation
With the cancellation of performances, our annual gala, and the full production runs of Bright Star and For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, the Omaha Community Playhouse has lost critical funding and ticket revenue we rely upon to sustain our beloved organization. But you can help! Please consider making a monetary donation in support of our continued work. Your support will help OCP endure these challenging times, ensuring that we will be ready to once again come together to share the power of live theatre and the joy of human connection. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and are 100% tax-deductible. Thank you.
Did you know?
As part of the Coronavirus relief bill, all tax payers
are eligible for a universal tax deduction of up to $300 for total
charitable contributions made in the 2020 tax year. In addition, for
those who do itemize, the cap on deductions for charitable contributions
has been lifted for 2020 from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%.
Purchase a 2020/21 Season Subscription
A great way to support the Omaha Community Playhouse is by purchasing a subscription to our 2020/21 season, opening in August. Not only will you have the chance to see some fantastic productions (Kinky Boots
, Willy Wonka
, The Miracle Worker
and In the Heights
, just to name a few), but you’ll also help ensure that future generations are able to gather under one roof to share this magical, healing, communal experience we call theatre. (Click here
for a complete show listing)
Purchase an OCP Gift Certificate
OCP Gift Certificates are a wonderful way to show your support. Gift certificates can be used to purchase subscriptions, single tickets, classes, workshops and more! Give yourself—or someone you love—something fun to look forward to!
To purchase a gift certificate, call the OCP Box Office at (402) 553-0800.
Donate the Value of Your Ticket
If you purchased a ticket to an OCP show, and that show was later canceled due to COVID-19, you can donate the paid value of your ticket back to OCP rather than requesting a refund. Not only will your donation help OCP during this critical time, but your donation is also 100% tax-deductible. As a reminder, the OCP shows that have been canceled include Native Gardens
, Bright Star
and For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday
. We are so grateful to the many generous patrons who have already chosen to donate the cost of their tickets back to OCP. Your support will make an important impact. Thank you!
To donate the value of your ticket, call the OCP Box Office at (402) 553-0800.
Purchase a Ticket to The Color Purple or Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks
We have two wonderful productions coming up later this spring/summer that we can’t wait to share with the Omaha Community. Purchasing a ticket to one of these great shows will give you something fun to look forward to once we are able to reunite!
The Color Purple opens on May 29 and runs through June 28. Subscriber presale begins April 14. Tickets go on sale to the public April 21.
Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks
opens June 11 and runs through June 28. Tickets are on sale now.
Purchase a ticket to Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks
Purchase a Ticket to Billy McGuigan’s Pop Rock Orchestra
Billy McGuigan has generously offered to donate 100% of all ticket sales for his new show—once 3,000 tickets are sold—back to the Omaha Community Playhouse. Billy McGuigan’s Pop Rock Orchestra
is set to open on Aug. 7, 2020. Here is a video message
from Billy explaining why this is so important to him. To help surpass this goal, Billy has taken a number of steps:
- The starting ticket price has been reduced to $38.
- Anyone who purchases a ticket before May 1 will now be upgraded to the VIP Package, which includes access to the VIP pre-show sound check and a photo op on stage with Billy and the Pop Rock Orchestra.
- All ticket buyers will receive exclusive presale access to purchase Yesterday and Today tickets before they go on sale to the public.
- We cannot thank Billy and his team enough for their generosity.
Sign up for a Spring Class (online) or Summer Camp (on site) with HFTA
The Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is continuing to teach life skills through stage skills—even while practicing social distancing!
Our spring classes for youth and adults begin April 6 and will take place online. As an added bonus, everyone who signs up to take an online class this spring will receive a scholarship for a class this Fall!
Our youth summer camps are a wonderful way to keep the kids learning and having fun over their summer break. Summer camps begin in June and registration is open now.
Thank you to everyone in the Omaha community who has already reached out in support of OCP, and thank you to everyone considering how they can help.
Until we meet again, stay safe!