The Omaha Community Playhouse announced it’s latest offerings of alternative programming with some notable expansions. Returning for another year are the ‘21 & Over’ staged reading series, ‘The Play is the Thing’ Drama Book Club, and the mid-season ‘Broadway Karaoke’ event while adding on a new play development wing, community night presentations and other special events.
The ‘21 & Over’ series will continue on September 22nd with the staged reading of the play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods. The play tells the story of Christine, a middle-aged, middle class white woman who meets Gabriel, a former “Lost Boy” refugee from Sudan working in the produce section of Whole Foods in Pittsburgh. Moved by the story of the trauma he survived as a child, she invites him to live with her and her teenage daughter. The play explores what can happen when we open up ourselves to help another human being.
The new ‘From the Ground Up’ series is an official collaboration with the Great Plains Theatre Conference to make workshops that provide a safe and nurturing playground for artists to develop new work for the theatre. The playwright’s piece will be shared with an audience while still in the developmental phase then will continue to be developed to be included in the next Great Plains Theatre Conference. This year’s play is Prince Max’s Trewly Awful Trip To The Desolat Interior by local playwright Ellen Struve on October 20th.
The new ‘Community Night Presentation’ will take place on December 8th with the African Culture Connection. The mission of the African Culture Connection is to provide African culture and art experiences to the public to encourage an appreciation for the richness diversity brings to all. The evening will consist of traditional African dancing and drumming from local artists.
‘Live Broadway Karaoke’ returns for a 5th year on January 5th. Attendees are free to bring their own sheet music or choose from several sets of provided sheet music to sing a variety of musical theatre pieces accompanied and emceed by Playhouse Music Director Jim Boggess.
March 16th, the Playhouse will showcase the work of Omaha teens in the special event called ‘New Voices’ and the series will finish on June 15th with the Special Event Prairie Girl – A Tribute to Joni Mitchell.
For a full list and details on the Omaha Community Playhouse new Alternative Programming. Visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.
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