– It’s a new year. With a new year comes new shows. With new shows comes auditions! There are a boatload of auditions hitting the Omaha area in the coming weeks featuring opportunities for all types of actors. Let’s run down the list:

– January 10th at 11am – Our Town – BLUEBARN Theatre – 614 S. 11th St.

– January 12th at 6pm – Charlotte’s Web – The Rose Theater – 2001 Farnam St.

– January 12th – 13th at 7pm – Harbor – SNAP Productions – 3225 California St.

– January 18th – 19th at 7pm – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 830 Franklin Ave., Council Bluffs, IA

– January 30th at 6pm & 31st at 12pm – As You Like It & Othello – Nebraska Shakespeare – 2500 California Plaza (Creighton University).

– February 3rd – 4th at 7pm – In the Jungle You Must Wait – Shelterbelt Theatre – 3225 California St.

– February 9th – 10th at 7pm – I Hate Hamlet – Omaha Playhouse – 6915 Cass St.

Make sure to check each theatre’s website for all the audition information.

            – Randall Stevens makes his directing debut as BLUEBARN’s Associate Artistic Director with the two-week run of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. The show is a collection of nine short plays written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright, conceived by Brian Shnipper.

            The BLUEBARN says the show seeks to put a face on one of the state’s hot button issues. Nebraska is one of the few states in the union that has a constitutional on same sex unions. That ban is being challenged by eight couples along with the American Civil Liberties Union in a federal lawsuit that was filed this past November.

            Standing on Ceremony will run Thursdays – Saturdays until January 17th at the BLUEBARN Theatre. Tickets are $25 for all patrons. For ticket information, visit www.bluebarn.org or call 402-345-1576.

            – Longtime Reader contributor Warren Franke wrote a new book entitled The Omaha Community Playhouse Story: A Theatre’s Historic Triumph documenting the past 90 years of the landmark theatre space. Pick up a copy at the Playhouse box office or find digital copies for sale on Amazon. For more information, call 402-553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.

            Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

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