A Season Reimagined
This year, COVID-19 brought the world to its knees, and the performing
arts—including live theatre—were hit hard. From London’s West End to
Broadway, New York, to right here in Omaha, stages around the world have
At OCP, we have worked tirelessly to invent new ways to keep performing
art alive during this crisis. From streaming productions online to
moving shows outdoors, we have adapted and innovated to keep art in our
While we’ve been imagining new ways to stay connected, we’ve also been
reimagining what a safe in-theatre experience could look like in the era
of COVID. We believe we’ve created a plan that places the health of our
community first while creating a safe environment for live theatre to
thrive. It begins with our reimagined 2020/21 season lineup.
OCP’s New 2020/21 Season Lineup
Billy McGuigan's Pop Rock Orchestra*
Aug. 5 – 23 | Storz Parking Lot at OCP
Don’t Stop Me Now! A Celebration of Rock Musicals
Aug. 28 – Sept. 20 | Storz Parking Lot at OCP
Sept. 25 – Oct. 18 | Howard Drew Theatre
Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience*
Oct. 2 – Nov. 1 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
I Am My Own Wife
Oct. 30 – Nov. 15 | Howard Drew Theatre
A Christmas Carol*
Nov. 13 – Dec. 23 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Title To Be Announced
Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 | Howard Drew Theatre
The Last 5 Years
Jan. 15 – Feb. 7 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
The Candy Project Presents: Gutenberg! The Musical!*
Feb. 12 –March 14 | Howard Drew Theatre
Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express
Feb. 26 – March 21 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
In The Heights
April 16 – May 9 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
May 7 – 30 | Howard Drew Theatre
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
May 28 – June 27 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre
*Special engagement; Not a regular season production
We reimagined our season lineup.
- We added concert-style drive-in shows to take advantage of our outdoor space as long as possible.
- We removed shows with large cast sizes from our fall and winter
time slots. In their place, we have added four wonderful productions
with two performers or fewer. The new shows are compelling, entertaining
and—most importantly—safe. The small cast sizes will allow our actors
to safely rehearse and perform, create plenty of room for our backstage
crew to social distance and help protect our patrons by reducing the
overall number of people present in the theatre.
- Fan favorite Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
will move to the larger Hawks Mainstage theatre and open in October.
The larger stage will allow the band to socially distance and the larger
theatre will safely accommodate the show’s many fans.
- The holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol will live on for 2020 in a unique and imaginative small cast format.
- Finally, we shuffled four titles from our original lineup to the
end of the season. While these shows do feature more cast members, we
are hopeful that these productions will be safe to carry out by next
Spring. These four shows were selected based on existing ticket sales
(via subscriptions), director availability, and royalties logistics.
We reimagined our performance spaces.
- Patrons attending a show in either theatre will be socially distanced from other guests with all groups at least 6 feet apart.
- In the Howard Drew theatre, a plexiglass barrier will be
installed around the perimeter of the stage to provide separation
between guests and performers.
- Productions will not incorporate any physical audience participation.
We reimagined our safety precautions.
OCP will continue to evaluate our processes and
procedures to ensure we are constantly creating the safest environment
possible for our patrons, artists, volunteers and staff. For the most
up-to-date information, please continue to check back on this page.
- All audience, staff and volunteers will be required
to wear masks. Masks will be available free of charge and must be worn
properly in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Audience members will be required to self-screen for
a fever and symptoms of illness prior to arriving at OCP. Those with
fever or other symptoms may exchange their ticket at no cost.
- New arrival and dismissal procedures will help
encourage social distancing, including staggered vehicle
loading/unloading, assigned will call pick up times and row-by-row
dismissal after a show.
- Lobbies, reception areas and lines will be arranged and marked to encourage social distancing.
- Plexiglass barriers will be installed in the box
office windows with cash-free payments encouraged, touchless credit card
transactions offered and touch-free ticket pickup available.
- Common areas and performance halls will be cleaned
and sanitized on a daily basis with both cleanser and electrostatic
- All restrooms will be outfitted with touchless fixtures and will be sanitized daily and throughout performances.
- We will no longer hold post-show meet and greets with the actors in the lobby.
- Concessions and drinks will not be available and public water fountains will be closed.
- For a full list of safety precautions, please click here.