April 14, 2015

Omaha Performing Arts’ 2015/2016 Season

Updated April 28, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen me share some photos at the Omaha Performing Arts 15/16 season announcement a few weeks ago. I was the weird girl in the “Newsies” hat.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, my day job is at Omaha Performing Arts. Lemme take a second to tell you how hard it’s been to not tell you all about the shows next season? There are so many shows to take the kids to next year. And that’s not just the PR woman in me, it’s the mom. Princesses! A yellow brick road! Daniel Tiger!

Be sure to read all the way to the end because I’ll share details on a FREE all-day festival featuring live music and performing arts, including performances by BANDALOOP. I saw two members of this aerial dance troupe perform at the OPA season announcement and I was way impressed. I cannot wait to see the entire troupe perform on the walls of the Holland Performing Arts Center. That’s right. They perform on walls and hang from ceilings.

BANDALOOP will perform during the free all-day festival at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Oct. 17.

BANDALOOP will perform during the free all-day festival at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Oct. 17.

Anyway, let’s get to the season, shall we?

 

Broadway Series

There are five shows in this series and they’re all pretty fabulous, but I probably wouldn’t take the kids to all of them. The ones you’ll want to consider? Definitely, “Disney’s Newsies,” Feb. 16-21, 2016 and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” March 15-20, 2016 are in the series. Note, that “Cinderella” isn’t Disney’s Cinderella, but I heard there’s some incredible stage magic with the costumes that rivals animation.

The Omaha premiere of "Disney's Newsies" is Feb. 16-21, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater. Photo by Deen van Meer

The Omaha premiere of “Disney’s Newsies” is Feb. 16-21, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater. Photo by Deen van Meer

A Broadway add-on show that the whole family will love is “The Wizard of Oz,” coming to Omaha right before Christmas, Dec. 8-13. It’ll have the familiar songs you love, but also a few more touches that only Andrew Lloyd Weber could do.

"The Wizard of Oz" opens just in time for Christmas - running Dec. 8-13 at the Orpheum Theater.

“The Wizard of Oz” opens just in time for Christmas – running Dec. 8-13 at the Orpheum Theater.

Family Series

I love this three-show series! It’s the best way to introduce kids to performing arts while knowing for sure that it’s designed with them in mind.

Mummenschanz - The Musicians of Silence is Feb. 27, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.

Mummenschanz – The Musicians of Silence is Feb. 27, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.

Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk is the first show in the series, which will be Nov. 12 . It’s kinda like cirque meets BMX bikes meets steampunk. Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence will be on Feb. 27, 2016. I’ve never seen Mummenschanz but they’ve been around forever. You probably watched them on the “Muppet Show” back in the day.

The third show is the one I’m most excited about because my kids are huge fans: Wild Kratts – Live! It will be on May 5, 2016.

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See the Kratt brothers in person when they’re at the Orpheum Theater on May 5, 2016 for Wild Kratts – Live!

 

Dance Series

After taking my 5-year-old to see Compagnie Kafig last month, and seeing how he enjoyed the performance, I can honestly say even young kids can enjoy watching amazing dance. The standout in this series for most people will be “The Sleeping Beauty” featuring Moscow Festival Ballet on Jan. 23, 2016. It is traditional ballet and in my book, that means a looong show for my little ones. But, if you have an older fairytale lover, it’s going to be a beautiful one to see.

For a much more varied performance, I want to turn your attention to SHAPING SOUND – dance reimagined on Nov. 5. It’s contemporary dance featuring exhilarating choreography. This one I’d bring my 5-year-old to.

SHAPING SOUND: Dance Reimagined comes to the Orpheum Theater on Nov. 5.

SHAPING SOUND: Dance Reimagined comes to the Orpheum Theater on Nov. 5.

Dance Theatre of Harlem round out this series on Feb. 25, 2016. It’s their first time in Omaha and their style of modern dance is described as “unequivocally cool” by the Washington Post. Coolest part of this show? They’ll do a piece with music from James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

 

National Geographic Live Series

I’ve talked to more and more people bringing their kids to listen to National Geographic Live speakers at the Holland Center. Mary over at “Living a Sunshine Life” has brought her 6-year-old daughter to one, and she even asked a question at the end! So, Nat Geo is now on my radar to bring my kids to.

Here’s what’s coming next season: On The Trail of Big Cats with Steve Winter on Feb. 2, 2016; Untamed Wild with Corey Richards on March 8, 2016; and The Search for Life Beyond Earth with Kevin Hand on  April 12, 2016.

Steve Winter, a National Geographic photographer, took this photo. He'll present "On the Trail of Big Cats" on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.

Steve Winter, a National Geographic photographer, took this photo. He’ll present “On the Trail of Big Cats” on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.

FYI: Season packages are on sale now, not individual tickets. So, if there’s a show you really, really want to see and you want good seats, buy a package to the series the show is in. Go here to see all six Omaha Performing Arts 15/16 series.

 

Specials

There are several shows in the  Omaha Performing Arts 15/16 season that don’t belong to a series. If you want to get tickets to any of those shows, you have to be a subscriber and the add it on to your season package. The big one for families with little ones? “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE” is April 13, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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Another fun one you’ve probably never heard of is called Blaze, which is a street dance and break dance show featuring songs by Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and more. It’s billed as family-friendly and looks totally fun.

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Holland Stages

Remember that dance troupe, BANDALOOP, I mentioned at the beginning? They’re performing at the Holland Stages Festival on Oct. 17. This FREE all-day festival will feature performances by local and national touring artists. It’s the 10th anniversary weekend of Omaha Performing Arts and the Holland Center, so they’re inviting everyone to come out and celebrate.

 

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own and not of Omaha Performing Arts.

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