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Omaha Theater Guide & Calendar (2024)

Those who know me, know I’ve long been a supporter of the local performing arts scene. I used to review live theater for a living, and I have many friends and family involved in local community theater. Given the success of the Omaha concert calendar I’ve maintained, I’m starting this Omaha theater guide and calendar in hopes that you all can attend more shows if you have enough advanced notice.

If I’ve missed a theater troupe or venue, it’s not intentional. Please let me know in the comments or at Kim (at) ohmyomaha (dot) com, and I’ll get them added to the list!

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Exterior of The Rose Theater, a children's theater in Omaha

Calendar of performances

The theater community extends beyond Omaha’s borders, so this list will include performances that are located in other communities in Nebraska and Iowa. Ticketing details and theater information is provided in the section following this theatrical calendar.

Kids in front of the Orpheum Theater marquee in downtown Omaha

Shows in April 2024

  • “More of a Heart,” March 28 – April 21, 2024 at BLUEBARN Theatre | Details
  • “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” April 5-21, 2024 at Ghost Light Theatre | Details
  • “9 to 5 The Musical,” April 12-28, 2024 at Bellevue Little Theatre | Details
  • “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” April 16-21, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” April 18-20, 2024 at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College | Tickets
  • “Charlotte’s Web,” April 19-May 5, 2024 at The Rose Theater | Tickets
  • “Chicken & Biscuits,” April 19-May 12, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets
  • “Cinderella,” April 27 & 28, 2024 at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center (SOLD OUT) and May 11 & 12, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets

Shows in May 2024

  • “El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego),” May 3 & 5, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “Radium Girls,” May 3-5 and May 9-12, 2024 at Loft Community Theatre | Tickets
  • “The Awesome 80s Prom,” May 3-19, 2024 at The Waiting Room | Tickets
  • “All Roads Lead To Florence,” May 9-11 and May 16-18, 2024 | Tickets
  • “A Chorus Line,” May 9-12 & 16-19, 2024 at Chanticleer Theater | Tickets
  • “The Inheritance, Part 2,” May 10-19, 2024 presented by Voices In Alliance at Bancroft Street Market | Tickets
  • “POTUS: Or, Behind Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” May 23 – June 23, 2024 at BLUEBARN Theatre | Details
  • “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” May 28-June 9, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “Hello, Dolly!” May 31-June 30, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets

Shows in June 2024

  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” June 7-23, 2024 at The Rose Theater | Tickets
  • “Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park,” June 7-23, 2024 at Bellevue Little Theatre | Details
  • “School of Rock,” June 14-23, 2024 at Wilson Performing Arts Center | Tickets
  • “Disney’s Descendants The Musical,” June 21-23 and June 28-30, 2024 at Elkhorn Valley Community Theater | Tickets
  • “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” June 28-30 and July 5-7, 2024 at Southwest Iowa Theatre Group | Tickets

Shows in July 2024

  • “The Wizard of Oz,” July 12-14, July 19-21, and July 26-28, 2024 at Ralston Performing Arts Center | Tickets
  • “The Outsiders,” July 19-21, 2024 at The Benson Theatre | Tickets
  • “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” July 20-21, June 25-28 and Aug. 1-4, 2024 at Lofte Community Theatre | Tickets

Shows in August 2024

  • “Errorplane,” Aug. 1-4, 2024 at Florentine Community Theater | Tickets
  • Omaha Fringe Festival, Aug. 8-11, 2024 | Tickets
  • “Plot Points In Our Sexual Development,” Aug. 15-25, 2024 presented by Voices in Alliance at Flixx Show Bar | Tickets

Shows in September 2024

  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical,” Sept. 6-22, 2024 at The Rose Theater | Tickets
  • “Jersey Boys,” Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets

Shows in October 2024

  • “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches,” Oct. 4 – Nov. 3, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets
  • “Coraline,” Oct. 11-27, 2024 at The Rose | Tickets
  • “Don Giovanni,” Oct. 18 & 20, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Oct. 24-26, 2024 at The Slowdown | Tickets

Shows in November 2024

  • “Funny Girl,” Nov. 12-17, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets
  • “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 2024 at The Slowdown | Tickets

Shows in December 2024

  • “Peter Pan,” Dec. 3-8, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater | Tickets
  • “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Dec. 6-22, 2024 at The Rose | Tickets
  • “Girls Like Us: A Little Naughty, Mostly Nice!” Dec. 6-22, 2024 at Omaha Community Playhouse | Tickets

Directory of Omaha theaters and performance groups

American Midwest Ballet

Location: Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa and Orpheum Theater, 809 S. 16th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: American Midwest Ballet inspires people through dance programs of the highest quality: breathtaking performances, enriching education, and uplifting community engagement. The resident professional dance company, bringing work beyond words to audiences in Nebraska, Iowa, and beyond.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Cinderella,” April 27 & 28, 2024 at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center and May 11 & 12, 2024 at the Orpheum Theater

Arts Center

Location: Iowa Western, 2700 College Road Arts Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa

About: The Arts Center presents performances by national touring artists as well as students at Iowa Western. Main stage theater has a capacity of 663 and the black box theater has a capacity of 125.

Ticket types: Reserved seats, season subscriptions

Upcoming shows:

  • “Forever Young,” March 10, 2024
  • “Ireland with Michael LIVE,” April 5, 2024
  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” April 18-20, 2024

Bellevue Little Theatre

Location: 203 E. Mission Ave., Bellevue, Neb.

About: The only performing arts center in Sarpy County, Neb., Bellevue Little Theatre‘s season consists of five productions: Two musicals and three plays. Their season runs September and June.

Ticket types: General admission, season tickets

Typical showtimes: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “9 to 5 The Musical,” April 12-28, 2024
  • “Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park,” June 7-23, 2024

Benson Theatre

Location: 6054 Maple St., Omaha, Neb.

About:  Benson Theatre‘s mission is to engage, enhance and enrich the community through educational and artistic experiences. The theater host stage plays, musical concerts, film events, workshops, seminars, networking events, forums, fundraisers, creative performances, receptions, private events and more.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Catholic Guilt,” March 15, 2024
  • “The Outsiders,” July 19-21, 2024
A sign for BLUEBARN Theatre behind the theater's bar

BLUEBARN Theatre

Location: 1106 S. 10th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: BLUEBARN Theatre is a professional contemporary theatre company bringing shows to the Omaha stage that are entertaining as well as thought-provoking. It’s an intimate venue, seating is for 96 people.

Ticket types: General admission, season tickets

Typical showtimes: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “More of a Heart,” March 28 – April 21, 2024
  • “POTUS: Or, Behind Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” May 23 – June 23, 2024

Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Co.

Location: No permanent home, various locations in Omaha, Neb.

About: Brigit Saint Brigit has a mission to present “the highest quality, professional theatre, meant to engage, educate and entertain, stimulating both feeling and thought.”

Upcoming shows:

  • “Molly Sweeney,” Feb. 23 through March 10 at First Central Congregational Church
  • “A Doll’s House,” TBA

Chanticleer Theater

Location: Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

About: Chanticleer Theater‘s mission is “to provide an educational, entertaining, cultural, and historic experience for the greater Council Bluffs Community through the performing arts.” It recently relocated to the new Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center.

Ticket types: General admission, season tickets

Upcoming shows:

  • “On Golden Pond,” March 14-17 & 21-24, 2024
  • “A Chorus Line,” May 9-12 & 16-19, 2024

CHI Health Center Omaha

Location: 455 N. 10th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: CHI Health Center Omaha typically hosts large concerts and sporting events, but occasionally, there are large productions and ice shows. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster. Save on online ticketing fees by purchasing tickets in person at the box office.

Upcoming shows:

  • TBA

Circle Theatre

Location: Various venues in Omaha, Neb.

About: Circle Theatre‘s mission is to “engage individuals of all abilities in creative opportunities on and off stage.”

Upcoming shows:

  • “The Little Prince,” April 6 & 7, 2024 at Jewish Community Center
  • “Grimms Tales,” Nov. 23 & 24, 2024 at Jewish Community Center

Elkhorn Community Theatre

Location: Elkhorn Valley Community Theater, 101 E. Gardiner St., Valley, Neb.

About: According to the theatre, “Elkhorn Community Theatre was founded on the objective to involve as many members of the community of Elkhorn as possible by participation in committees, by performing, or by attending the productions.”

Upcoming shows:

  • “Disney’s Descendants The Musical,” June 21-23 and June 28-30, 2024

Flatware Shakespeare Co.

Location: Based out of Lincoln but performs in various communities

About: The Flatwater Shakespeare Co. is a nonprofit with a mission to entertain and educate audiences in Lincoln and surrounding communities through Shakespeare and other high quality theater productions. Their summer production is designed to tour and is performed in some Omaha locations.

Upcoming shows:

  • TBD

Florentine Community Theater

Location: Florence City Hall, 2864 State St., Omaha, Neb.

About: The Florence Community Theater – home to The Florentine Players – has been staging productions in the Florence area since 1964. Known for the annual melodrama, the nonprofit theater stages four major stage productions per year plus a number of other community entertainment events such as the Annual Battle of the Improv All Stars and Breakfast With Santa.

Ticket types: General admission tickets are $12

Upcoming shows:

  • “All Roads Lead To Florence,” May 9-11 and May 16-18, 2024
  • “Errorplane,” Aug. 1-4, 2024

Grist Mill McCready Theatre

Location: 313 Main St., Macedonia, Iowa

About: Grist Mill Fine Arts Council was formed in 1977 to provide a means to bring the arts to southwest Iowa.

Upcoming shows:

  • “The Mousetrap,” March 22-24, 2024

Lofte Community Theatre

Location: 15841 Manley Road, Manley, Neb.

About: Lofte Community Theatre and Born-In-A-Barn Players are dedicated to providing opportunities for all ages to participate in the creative process and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of all art forms.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Sunshine Express,” March 22-24 and March 28-31, 2024
  • “Radium Girls,” May 3-5 and May 9-12, 2024
  • “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” July 20-21, June 25-28 and Aug. 1-4, 2024
  • “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 12-15, 2024
  • “Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo,” Oct. 12-13, Oct. 18-20, and Oct. 24-27, 2024
  • “Dickens’ Christmas Carol,” Dec. 6-8, Dec. 13-15, and Dec. 19-22, 2024

Mahoney State Park

Location: The Kountze Memorial Theater inside Mahoney State Park is located at 28500 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Typical showtimes: Showtimes during the Winter season are typically at 3 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 402-944-2957.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Tricks of the Trade,” Nov. 25 through March 23, 2024
  • “The Sound of Music,” Dec. 2 through March 30, 2024

Mills Masquers

Location: 56543 221st St., Glenwood, Iowa

About: Mills Masquers is a community theater based in Glenwood, Iowa

Typical showtimes: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Little Women the Musical,” March 1-3 and March 8-10, 2024
  • “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Spring TBD
  • “The SpongeBob Musical,” Summer TBD
  • “Cyrano De Bergerac,” Fall TBD

Omaha Community Playhouse

Location: 6915 Cass St., Omaha, Neb.

About: The mission of the Omaha Community Playhouse is to enhance quality of life through live theatre, professional touring, and arts education. The nonprofit is dedicated to enriching the lives of audiences and participants through entertainment, thought-provoking stories and first-hand involvement.

Ticket types: Reserved seats, season subscriptions

Typical showtimes: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Chicken & Biscuits,” April 19-May 12, 2024
  • “Hello, Dolly!” May 31-June 30, 2024
  • “Jersey Boys,” Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2024
  • “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches,” Oct. 4 – Nov. 3, 2024
  • “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, 2024
  • “Girls Like Us: A Little Naughty, Mostly Nice!” Dec. 6-22, 2024
  • “Waitress,” Jan. 24 – Feb. 16, 2025
  • “Dot,” Feb. 21 – March 23, 2025
  • “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” March 7-30, 2025
  • “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville,” April 18 – May 11, 2025
  • “American Mariachi,” May 2 – June 1, 2025
  • “Titanic The Musical,” May 30 – June 29, 2025

Omaha Fringe Festival

Location: TBD

About: The Omaha Fringe Festival strives to bring the different members of the Omaha theatre community together for one open access and inclusive festival where theatre artists can experiment with new works and audiences can experience new theatrical movements. The 2024 festival will run Aug. 8-11, 2024.

Ticket type: The Fringe Button to attend performances will go on sale soon.

Kim in front of the Hamilton marquee at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha

Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Series & Season Specials

Location: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) brings Broadway shows, live music, comedy and more to the Holland Performing Arts Center, Orpheum Theater and Steelhouse Omaha (opening May 12, 2023). The nonprofit also offer a broad range of education and community engagement activities that reach a wide and diverse audience across the state. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket retailer.

Ticket types: Reserved seats, season subscriptions. ** Purchase tickets through TicketOmaha.com, not through third party ticket re-sellers.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” April 16-21, 2024
  • “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” May 28-June 9, 2024
  • “Funny Girl,” Nov. 12-17, 2024
  • “Peter Pan,” Dec. 3-8, 2024
  • “Clue,” Jan. 7-12, 2025
  • “Kimberly Akimbo,” Feb. 11-16, 2025
  • “Hadestown,” March 14-16, 2025
  • “Some Like It Hot,” March 25-30, 2025
  • “Hamilton,” May 7-18, 2025
  • “MJ: The Musical,” June 10-15, 2025

Opera Omaha

Location: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

About: Opera Omaha‘s mission is to produce opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. 

Ticket types: Reserved seats, season subscriptions

Upcoming shows:

  • “El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego),” May 3 & 5, 2024
  • “Don Giovanni,” Oct. 18 & 20, 2024
  • “The Rake’s Progress,” Feb. 7 & 9, 2025
  • “Giulio Cesare,” May 1, 2025
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” June 5-8, 2025

Papillion Area Community Theatre

Location: SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

About: The Papillion Area Community Theatre aims to produce high quality productions in unique settings, which will enrich the Papillion, La Vista, and surrounding communities.

Upcoming shows:

  • TBD

Popcorn Productions Melodramas

Location: Kountze Memorial Theatre located inside Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Ticket types: Individual tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children (ages 12 and under); Family Package is $28 (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Typical showtimes: 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (in the summer); 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays (the rest of the year)

Upcoming shows:

  • TBA

Ralston Community Theatre

Location: Ralston Performing Arts Center located inside of Ralston High School, 8969 Park Drive, Ralston, Neb.

About: Ralston Community Theatre is a performing arts organization operating to provide quality entertainment at competitive prices. RCT’s specific intents are to further the Ralston and Greater Omaha community’s involvement in theatre, to provide an extension of the Ralston Public Schools performing arts program, and to foster public relations for the Ralston community.

Typical showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “The Wizard of Oz,” July 12-14, July 19-21, and July 26-28, 2024

Rave On Productions

Location: Various venues around Omaha

About: Rave On Productions created the Omaha Series to produce unique theatrical shows in untraditional venues. They also founded the McGuigan Arts Academy for students of all ages to learn about theatre, art and music through hands-on studies with professional teaching artists.

Ticket types: General admission tickets, reserved seats

Upcoming shows:

  • “The Awesome 80s Prom,” May 3-19, 2024 at The Waiting Room
  • “The Outsiders,” July 19-21, 2024 at The Benson Theatre
  • “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Oct. 24-26, 2024 at The Slowdown
  • “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 2024 at The Slowdown

The Rose Theater

Location: 2001 Farnam St., Omaha, Neb.

About: The Rose Theater is committed to inspiring young people and their families to discover the magic of theater, to find their voices and to enrich their communities.

Ticket types: General admission tickets, premium show tickets with reserved seats, subscriptions (includes four tickets to each of the six member shows)

Typical showtimes: Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. (but not always)

Upcoming shows:

  • “Charlotte’s Web,” April 19-May 5, 2024
  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” June 7 – 23, 2024
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical,” Sept. 6-22, 2024
  • “Coraline,” Oct. 11-27, 2024
  • “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Dec. 6-22, 2024
  • “Secret Kindness Agents,” Jan. 17 – Feb. 2, 2025
  • “Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical,” Feb. 14 – March 2, 2025
  • “Milo Imagines the World,” March 21 – April 6, 2025
  • “Pete the Cat: The Musical,” April 18 – May 4, 2025
  • “Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo TYA,” June 6 – 29, 2025

SNAP! Productions

Location: Ghost Light Theatre, 2221 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Neb.

About: Originally founded to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, SNAP! Productions has grown to become a respected institution in the city’s cultural landscape. Their mission is to produce thought-provoking, socially relevant theater that challenges both performers and the audience. In 2023, they rebranded as Ghost Light Theatre, home of SNAP! Productions.

Ticket types: Individual tickets

Upcoming shows:

  • “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” April 5-21, 2024

Southwest Iowa Theatre Group

Location: Park Playhouse, 604 Sportsman Park Road, Shenandoah, Iowa

About: The mission at the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group is to continue the tradition of producing quality amateur theatrical productions, and to promote all of the arts for the entertainment, education, and development of patrons and participants.

Ticket types: Individual tickets, season tickets

Typical showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” June 28-30 and July 5-7, 2024

Voices in Alliance

Location: Flixx, 1019 S. 10th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: The mission of Voices in Alliance (VIA) Theatre Company is to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride through inspiring, inclusive, diverse, provocative, and complex stories that explore both the ordinary and extraordinary of the queer experience.

Upcoming shows:

  • “The Inheritance, Part 2,” May 10-19, 2024 at Bancroft Street Market
  • “Plot Points In Our Sexual Development,” Aug. 15-25, 2024 at Flixx Show Bar
  • “Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties,” Nov. 7-17, 2024

The Union For Contemporary Art

Location: 2423 N. 24th St., Omaha, Neb.

About: The Union for Contemporary Art strengthens the cultural and social landscape of the community by using the arts as a vehicle to inspire positive social change. The Union uses the term “social change” as a broad umbrella to encompass a range of social and civic outcomes from increased awareness and understanding, to attitudinal change and increased civic participation.

Recognizing that change on the individual level is directly linked to the building of public will and the development of policy that corrects injustice, The Union embraces the opportunity to foster social change every day through programs, partnerships, and commitment to North Omaha.

Upcoming shows:

  • “Spunk,” Feb. 16-March 10, 2024

Wilson Performing Arts Center

Location: 300 Commerce Drive, Red Oak, Iowa

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Upcoming shows:

  • “School of Rock,” June 14-23, 2024

Omaha and the surrounding areas offer a diverse range of theater experiences for both locals and visitors. From large-scale productions in renowned venues to intimate performances in community theaters, there is no shortage of opportunities to experience the magic of live theater. Whether you’re a fan of musicals, dramas, comedies, or experimental theater, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you.

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