2018–19 Season

May 31–June 30, 2019

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

Written by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens |  Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow

A tragic yet hopeful tale, four-time Tony Award-winning Ragtime explores the pursuit of the American dream and the meaning of family. Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life. With soaring ballads and a stunning score, these characters are connected by their compassion, belief and resolution that they, too, will find their place in the world.

Disclaimer: Contains violence and racial tension.

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities
Producing Partner: HDR
Producing Partner: Physicians Mutual
Orchestra Sponsor: Kiewit Corporation
Stage Manager Sponsor: Gross & Welch, Attorneys at law
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

Past Productions

August 1–12, 2018

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

*SPECIAL EVENTS are not part of the regular season series.

Billy McGuigan and the Steve Gomez Band | By Rave On Productions

Billy McGuigan’s big band sound is back! Classic rock tunes with a big band twist; big band standards with a rock and roll twist. Rock Twist features Billy McGuigan with an all-star lineup of the country’s finest musicians, backed by a 4-piece horn section. With an ever-changing set list, you will hear Frank Sinatra next to The Doors, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., The McCoys, The Turtles, Petula Clark, Duke Ellington…all enhanced with fresh rearrangements that will have audiences screaming for more!

Presenting Sponsor: Valmont Industries, Inc.

Aug. 17–Sept. 16, 2018

Howard Drew (Thurs.–Sun.)

Music by Jeanine Tesori | Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron | Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

The winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a story of self-discovery and navigating challenging family dynamics. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she explores her past to tell the story of their tumultuous relationship. The brilliant storytelling moves between the past and the present, while Alison relives her unique childhood playing in her family’s funeral home and her discovery of her own sexuality. Based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, with music by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Caroline, or Change) and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest and moving story that takes us on a cathartic journey of seeing our parents through grown-up eyes.

Presenting Sponsor: Conagra Brands Foundation
Orchestra Sponsor: UNMC
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

Sept. 14–Oct. 14, 2018

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

Written by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire | Based on the DreamWorks Animation film

Based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical follows everyone’s favorite green ogre as he embarks on a life-changing journey, discovering his place in the world along the way. Full of beloved fairytale characters and endless humor that will captivate children and adults alike, Shrek The Musical is a don’t-miss show for the whole family. Written by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Caroline, or Change) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Ripcord, Rabbit Hole) and nominated for eight Tony Awards, Shrek The Musical will inspire you to let your freak flag fly!

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities
Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha
Orchestra Sponsor: CHI Health
Makeup Sponsor: Omaha Steaks
Stage Manager Sponsor: Mr. Frankie C.
Additional Support: Anne Thorne Weaver
Media Sponsor: Cox
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

Oct. 12–Nov. 4, 2018

Howard Drew (Thurs.–Sun.)

Written by Qui Nguyen

Delve into the alternate universe of Dungeons & Dragons, filled with a five-eyed dragon, homicidal fairies and loads of 90s pop culture nostalgia. Following the death of her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and stumbles into an imaginary world where she begins to better relate to her often-misunderstood sister. Packed with humor and heart, this coming-of-age adventure/comedy explores the world of fantasy role-playing games and the rare opportunity to connect with a lost loved one.

Producing Partner: David and Anne Rismiller
Media Sponsor: The Reader
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

Nov. 16–Dec. 23, 2018

Hawks Mainstage (Wed. 7:00 p.m., Thurs.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

*SPECIAL EVENTS are not part of the regular season series.

By Charles Dickens | Adapted by Charles Jones | Musical orchestration by John J. Bennett

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

Presenting Sponsor: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG LLP
Bakery Shoppe and Special Effects Sponsor: Rotella's Bakery
Counting House Sponsor: NP Dodge Company
Cast Dinner Sponsor: JK Barker Foundation
0Stage Manager Sponsor: Gross & Welch PC LLO
Media Sponsor: KETV
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

Nov. 23–Dec. 31, 2018

Howard Drew (Thurs.–Sun. eve)

*SPECIAL EVENTS are not part of the regular season series.

The Interactive Beatles Experience Featuring Billy McGuigan
©2007 By Rave On Productions

Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back at Omaha Community Playhouse! This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Share your stories and relive your memories with your favorite Beatles songs. No two shows are the same, and every show is a guaranteed exhilarating time!

Presenting Sponsor: WoodmenLife

Jan. 18–Feb. 10, 2019

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

Written by Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, and based on the best-selling mystery novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the emotional story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with autism, who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. As he embarks on an incredible adventure to find answers, his perceptions of trust and reality are turned upside-down. With stunning design and innovative staging, this impactful story is a must-see!

Disclaimer: Contains adult language.

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities
Producing Partner: Rich and Fran Juro
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners
Media Sponsor: KMTV

Feb. 15–March 17, 2019

Howard Drew (Wed.–Sun.)

Written by John Steinbeck | Based on the best-selling book

Based on the critically-acclaimed classic American novel by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men explores the ultimate meaning of friendship. Migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression, George, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie, a large man with the mind of a child, dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and violence.

Producing Partner: Heider Family Foundation
Director Sponsor: Lamp Rynearson
Specialty Sponsor: James and Susan Tracy Charitable Foundation
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners
Media sponsor: KETV

March 1–24, 2019

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown | Book by Marsha Norman

The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair. Robert, a National Geographic photographer, seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local Iowa housewife, Francesca. Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), The Bridges of Madison County heartbreakingly explores the “what if…?” in life and will leave audiences breathless.

Disclaimer: Contains themes of infidelity.

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities
Artistic Team Sponsor: Security National Bank
Specialty Sponsor: Gale and Judy Wickersham
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

April 12–May 5, 2019

Hawks Mainstage (Wed.–Sun.)

Written by Richard Bean

When out-of-work Francis becomes employed by two men, he goes to great lengths to serve both employers without them finding out about each other. But soon, cases of mistaken identity and the introduction of several unusual characters begin to thwart his plan. How long will Francis be able to keep them apart? The result is a side-splitting farce packed with physical comedy and hilarious hijinks, set in 1960s England. One Man, Two Guvnors premiered in London in 2011 with James Cordon as Francis, a role he reprised in the original Broadway production in 2012, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and humor.

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities
Presenting Sponsor: Carter & Vernie Jones
Media Sponsor: Link Media Outdoor
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners

May 3–26, 2019

Howard Drew (Thurs.–Sun.)

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity… led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the “true-ish” story of ten explorers on four boats charting the course of the Colorado River in 1869. Guided by a one-armed captain, the outlandish but loyal crew encounters various disasters, conflicts and harrowing adventures along the way.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language. 

Producing Partner: Friend of the Playhouse
Costume Care Sponsor: Fashion Cleaners