Because of COVID-19, live theater shut down from Broadway to Omaha to Los Angeles. As marquees and footlights remained dark and auditoriums empty through spring, summer and fall, the scramble to secure funds became more fraught than ever, and remote programming emerged in lieu of in-person events. Streaming is how we mostly experience theater now, as one-offs or entire runs. The boundless possibilities of online theater give the old adage “All the world’s a stage” new meaning.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Today we have stories about Omaha City Council possibly extending the mask mandate, a proposed change to the state’s early voting process and three legislative staffers testing positive for COVID-19.
- A 25-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for having a Molotov cocktail during protests in downtown Omaha.
- Omaha’s mask mandate could soon be extended for a few more months.
- Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour provided a COVID-19 update during Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting.
- The Nebraska state Capitol was mostly quiet and business continued as usual while President Joe Biden was sworn into office.
- A Nebraska bill aims to change when early voting ballots can be sent to voters.
- Coronavirus concerns heightened at the state Capitol after at least three legislative staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
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Front-Row Tickets … On Your Couch
Every Wednesday at noon and Saturday at 6 p.m., Performing Arts Omaha presents Live on the Stream, entertainment at your fingertips. These concerts are streamed live by PA-O on Facebook and YouTube so you can watch them from the comfort of your home.
If you follow Performing Arts Omaha on Facebook, you will be sent a notification once the event is live. If you’re not on social media, you can get a link to the concert one week in advance at https://o-pa.org/on-stage/live-on-the-stream.