October 14, 2018

Fun Shows In 18-19 Omaha Symphony Family Series

Love “Star Wars”? I’ve got an Omaha Symphony show for you. Does your kid love pirates? Sit tight, I’ve got another Omaha Symphony show for you. I’ve taken my kids to quite a few Family Series shows to know a good show theme my kids will love, and this year, all three shows in the series are dialed into my kids’ passions: “Star Wars,” magical tales like “Aladdin,” and pirates.

What to expect at an Omaha Symphony Family Series concert, plus details on the 2018-2019 season #partner #orchestra #concert #familyfriendly

I’ve partnered with my friends at the Omaha Symphony to tell you about the 2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series – and throughout the season, I’ll be giving away tickets to each show! Follow Oh My! Omaha on Facebook for those giveaways.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Symphony. Omaha Symphony provided the tickets for the giveaways. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

What are Family Series shows like?

I think my youngest was about 2 years old when she went to her first Omaha Symphony concert. She was dressed like a little fairy. And she fit in.

My daughter’s was 2 years old when she went to her first Omaha Symphony show, the “Spooktacular.”

Omaha Symphony Family Series is a great introduction to the orchestral music because they’re designed to be short, fun, and super engaging. They’re in the middle of the afternoon, lights are not as dim, and there are plenty of jokes to make everyone smile. Every show is at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Related post: The Family-Friendly Omaha Symphony

What I liked about these shows, too, was that if one kid got a little antsy, it was fine for her to be squirmy in her seat because we were surrounded by other families. 

Signs direct you where to go for the lobby activities held before each Omaha Symphony Family Series show.

My kids’ favorite part is the pre-show lobby activities. Before each show in the Family Series, starting at 1:15 p.m., there are activities in the lobby that may include a craft table, photo opp, and our personal favorite… the instrument petting zoo. 

My kids love the instrument petting zoo because they get to play different instruments and make a lot of noise. 

My son, the pirate, testing out at trumpet at the instrument petting zoo.

They’re pretty affordable, too. Family Series shows are all general admission, and tickets are $15 each. While there are other great concerts coming up by the Omaha Symphony that may appeal to your children, you’ll have a hard time beating that $15 price. Same orchestra, much lower price to hear them play!

2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series

I’m pretty excited about each show in the 2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series. The themes are a lot of fun, plus it looks like some shows are going to have great guests at them. 

Omaha Symphony’s Spooktacular: Out Of This World

My all-time favorite Family Series show is the Spooktacular each year. Not only is most of the audience dressed in costumes, but the musicians on stage are too! 

This year’s show, “Spooktacular: Out Of This World,” has a space adventure theme running throughout, so you’re going to hear some very recognizable theme music. Of course, that means some “Star Wars” music, “Star Trek,” and more. The Spooktacular is on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Related post: What to expect at Omaha Symphony’s Spooktacular

Members of the 501st Garrison will be there, and you’ll want your camera for the lobby pre-show activities and photo opps. 

Plus, there is trick-or-treating after the show! 

Tip: I work at Omaha Children’s Museum and they’ve partnered with Omaha Symphony for an awesome promotion! Visit the Tinker Lab at the museum and make a lightsaber hilt, share a picture on social media (tagging both OCM and OS), and you’ll be entered in to win four tickets to the Spooktacular AND a pass for four to Omaha Children’s Museum. Plus, if your child brings the hilt to the Spooktacular, he/she gets a special prize and their own line to get a picture with a stormtrooper. 

“Aladdin, Cinderella and More Magical Tales”

The next show in the series is “Aladdin, Cinderella and More Magical Tales” on Feb. 10, 2019. This one will be fun to watch because the special guests are dancers from the Heartland Youth Ballet.

This one sounds like an adventure, featuring music from  “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and selections from Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.”

“Pirates Ahoy!”

My kids love them some pirates, so this last show in the series may be their favorite. “Pirates Ahoy!” is on March 31, 2019. There’s a story to this show, and apparently it’s a race against Captain Guerrero and his crew to find Blackbeard’s treasure.

If you want tickets to any of the shows above, visit OmahaSymphony.org. Also, don’t forget, I’ll be doing giveaways before each show on the Oh My! Omaha Facebook page (First one starts this week!). Follow the page or subscribe to the Oh My! Omaha e-newsletter to get a heads up on each giveaway. 

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April 1, 2014

Highlights From Omaha Performing Arts’ 14-15 Season

Omaha Performing Arts announced its 2014-2015 season yesterday. As some of you know, full disclosure, I work for Omaha Performing Arts, so I’ve been pondering this upcoming season for months now.

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Here’s my honest opinion on what I think are the highlights, or at least the stuff I think kids will like. I wouldn’t consider bringing my kids to a lot of the shows in our season (a toddler at a Lisa Lampanellis show? Nuh uh), but there’s plenty to choose from.

Here are a season’s worth of shows to consider:

Pre-K to early grade school crowd

Dinosaur Train LIVE! is Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Dinosaur Train LIVE! is Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure – Jan. 23, 2015. This is a live theatrical production of the PBS series. If your kids loved Sid the Science Kid Live this year, this is right up your alley.

Bubbles from John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, which is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum.

Bubbles from John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, which is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum.

John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean – February 20, 2015. It’s a  live, black-light puppet show. It looks pretty imaginative and fun for youngsters.

Grade school crowd

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring the Rockettes is Nov. 13-30 at the Orpheum Theater. Photo by Paul Kolnik for MSG Entertainment NYC

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring the Rockettes is Nov. 13-30 at the Orpheum Theater. Photo by Paul Kolnik for MSG Entertainment NYC

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring The Rockettes – November 13-30. You’ll get into the Christmas spirit early this year (how could you not when there’s a living Nativity in the show?). Expect an extravagant production with music and high kicking, gorgeous costumes, a full-size double-decker bus and Santa.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is Dec. 19-21 at the Orpheum Theater. Poto by Amy Boyle

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is Dec. 19-21 at the Orpheum Theater.
Photo by Amy Boyle

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” – Dec. 19- 21. Do I even need to say anything about this Broadway musical?! OK, since it is a Broadway show, only bring kids who can handle nearly three hours of theater, no matter how enchanting it is.

Catch Sinbad at the Holland Center on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Catch Sinbad at the Holland Center on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sinbad – February 6, 2015. He’s one of the cleanest comedians out there and you can feel comfortable bringing older kids to this show. Plus, he’s really funny (ranked by Comedy Central as one of the 100 best comedians of all time).

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will be at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will be at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Golden Dragon Acrobats – April 29, 2015. Your kids are going to be amazed by the feats this Chinese acrobatic touring company will perform (you will be too).

Pre-teens and teens crowd

The Blue Man Group performs at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 24-26. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Blue Man Group performs at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 24-26. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Blue Man Group – October 24-26. Such a fun, smart show that’s hard to describe. It’s comedy and music thrown at you through a wild multimedia presentation. They were very entertaining the last time they played the Orpheum.

The photographer who took this photo, Carsten Peter, will present Extreme Planet on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center.

The photographer who took this photo, Carsten Peter, will present Extreme Planet on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center.

Extreme Planet – February 10, 2015. This is part of the National Geographic Live Series and features Carsten Peter, an extreme weather photographer. He’ll share stunning pictures and stories about his career going to extreme ends of the earth.

The underwater photographer who took this photo, Brian Skerry, will present Ocean Soul on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center.

The underwater photographer who took this photo, Brian Skerry, will present Ocean Soul on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center.

Ocean Soul – March 10, 2015. Underwater photographer Brian Skerry will share some captivating tales from the deep as well as share gorgeous images you’ve come to expect from National Geographic photographers.

Primatologist Mireya Mayor will present Pink Boots and a Machete on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center. Photo by Mark Thiessen

Primatologist Mireya Mayor will present Pink Boots and a Machete on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Center. Photo by Mark Thiessen

Pink Boots and a Machete – April 7, 2015. Primatologist Mireya Mayor is a fascinating wildlife expert and she’ll be talking about working in exotic locations, and like the other two National Geographic shows, expect pretty pictures.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre – April 23, 2015. I saw their show the last time they were in Omaha and I’ve been a fan since. What they do is nothing short of phenomenal feats of athleticism. They’re going to do a Penn & Teller piece described as, “the ultimate in gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography” – intriguing, no?

Date Night Alert

Ballroom with a Twist is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum.

Ballroom with a Twist is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum.

Ballroom with a Twist – Jan. 21, 2015. If you’ve watched “Dancing with the Stars” and thought some of the dances were hot, wait ‘til you see them performed live. This is the show for reality TV fans because not only are there pro dancers from that show, there are stars from “American Idol” paired up with them.

Hot Sardines will play at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Center on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Photo by Harry Fellows

Hot Sardines will play at the 1200 CLUB inside the Holland Center on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Photo by Harry Fellows

Hot Sardines – Feb. 17, 2015. This is a jazz party band out of New Orleans playing on Mardi Gras. They’re described as war time Paris via New Orleans, so think rowdy hot jazz with some salty, sultry vocals. It’s going to be fun. Plus, they’re playing in the 1200 CLUB, which is a cozy nightclub kind of place (think candles on the table, full bar, dance floor).

"Once" runs May 12-17, 2015 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus

“Once” runs May 12-17, 2015 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus

“Once” – May 12-17, 2015. I loved the movie, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the Broadway touring production of it. “Once” tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his songs. The songs you loved in the movie? They’re in this musical.

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A caveat to my list above: Don’t feel like you can only bring your kid to the shows listed in the appropriate age group I arbitrarily picked. You know your kids. Some youngsters can sit still for three hours and will LOVE “Beauty and the Beast.” I’ll probably take my son to Blue Man Group, for instance because, having seen it before, I know it’s something he’d totally love. And seeing how well the kids liked the taiko drummers this year, I think they’d enjoy something like Golden Dragon Acrobats.

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So that’s just a handful of shows in the Omaha Performing Arts Season. It doesn’t include all the shows I’m excited about, but it’s enough for now. Season tickets to the series are available at OmahaPerformingArts.org. Tickets to individual shows go on sale later.

Your turn: What show are you excited about in Omaha Performing Arts’ new season?