April 5, 2019

Discount Tickets To ‘School Of Rock’ In Omaha

My favorite thing about the Omaha Performing Arts Broadway Series (OK, one of my favorite things), is that there’s one show each season picked to be a part of Kids’ Night On Broadway. The 2018-2019 Season show is “School of Rock,” which will be at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha April 23-28, 2019. What’s special about Kids’ Night On Broadway is that you can get BOGO tickets to the show that select night. So, buying one ticket for you, the adult, to “School of Rock” Kids’ Night On Broadway (which is April 24), you get one FREE ticket for your kid!

(Be sure to read to the end of this post – I have a ticket giveaway for readers!)

Omaha Performing Arts presents the Broadway touring production of “School Of Rock” April 23-28, 2019 at the Orpheum Theater. Kids’ Night On Broadway is Wednesday, April 24. Photos courtesy Matthew Murphy

Disclosure: The tickets for the giveaway are provided by Omaha Performing Arts. I was provided complimentary tickets for this post. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

Kids’ Night On Broadway In Omaha

Kids’ Night On Broadway is a tradition across the country that celebrates Broadway musicals and makes it easy for you to bring a kid aged 18 or younger to a show.

What’s extras special about Kids’ Night On Broadway is that before the show, there will be kid-friendly activities and photo opportunities at the Orpheum Theater. Doors open early — at 6 p.m. — exclusively for kids and their guardians to enjoy the pre-show lobby activities. Additionally, the first 150 kids to the theater will receive a swag bag of goodies!

Photo courtesy Matthew Murphy

The performance of “School Of Rock” begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 24. If you aren’t familiar with Broadway musicals, they tend to be lengthy (maybe 2 hours or longer), so keep that in mind for kids.

How to get the KNOB tickets: There is a limited number of buy one, get one free tickets for one adult and one child for the April 24 performance of “School of Rock” using the code SORKIDS at checkout at TicketOmaha.com. Don’t wait if you want to get this discount!

If you read nothing else about this special deal, read this paragraph: Kids’ Night On Broadway tickets are limited, so to take advantage if the BOGO offer, you should buy them soon. The promo code SORKIDS is valid for the buy one, get one tickets in all price levels for the April 24 performance while supplies last.

About ‘School Of Rock’

Based on the hit film, “School Of Rock” follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. The movie was funny, so you can bet the Broadway musical of it is, too (plus it has the added feature of including musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band). Plus, it has new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, in addition to the original songs from the movie.

As Vanity Fair puts it: “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!”

How to get tickets to ‘School Of Rock’ in Omaha

“School Of Rock” is performed at the Orpheum Theater, 4109 S. 16th St., in Omaha April 23-28, 2019. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. The Kids’ Night On Broadway performance is on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with pre-show activities in the lobbies starting at 6 p.m.

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the “School of Rock” Tour. Photo courtesy Matthew Murphy

Tickets are available through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket seller for shows at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets range from $32-$92. The buy one, get one Kids’ Night On Broadway ticket offer is only available for the Wednesday night performance, and you must use the ticket promo code SORKIDS when purchasing your tickets. This is good for the purchase of one adult ticket and one ticket for a child age 18 or younger. The promo code works for any price level, and there are limited tickets available.

Ticket tip: If you want to avoid ticket fees, buy your tickets at Ticket Omaha in person. The Ticket Omaha box office is located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 1200 Douglas St.

What's Kids' Night On Broadway? Learn about this program and how families in Omaha can save money on one Broadway touring show a year - and enjoy kids' activities in the lobby. The 2019 Kids' Night On Broadway show is "School of Rock"!

Giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Omaha Performing Arts to give one lucky reader FOUR tickets to see “School Of Rock”! Tickets are for the Wednesday performance of the Broadway musical, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

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If unusable to see the giveaway form, the giveaway is also found here.

No ticket purchase is necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter. The deadline to enter is April 18 at 11:59 p.m. CST; a winner will be contact on April 19 via email and will have 48 hours to respond before another entry is drawn. Tickets valid only for the April 24 performance and may not be exchanged for another show date. Ticket package valued at $300.

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March 1, 2019

What To Expect At Air Play

“Air Play” will be performed in Omaha soon, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m not sure if I can quite describe it to you, but I’m confident both the kids and I will love it. Why you ask? If there’s one thing I learned about Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series, it’s to trust them and just go see the show. (I still remember the season when I saw two amazing shows I’d never heard of in the Family Series: Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk and Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence).

I’m partnering with OPA to tell you about the show and to give away a four pack of tickets so one of you can with your family too! “Air Play” is on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com.

What to expect if you go to "Air Play" - The family-friendly touring production is part circus and part street performance theater. #AirPlay #Omaha

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts. I’m being compensated by tickets for myself to attend the show and to giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

What is “Air Play”?

“‘Fun for all ages’ is a common puff in the arts, but with Air Play it’s strictly true. From the minute the curtain goes up on this buoyant fusion of wordless clowning and aerial spectacle, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an enchanted world somewhere between childhood and what comes afterwards, where normal rules (gravity included) have been temporarily held at bay. A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Air Play” is a family-friendly show that’s part-circus, part-street theater performance. It’s the brainchild of husband and wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, who collaborated with renowned air sculptor Daniel Wurtzel to create the visually stunning, and often funny, show.

A scene from "Air Play," a family-friendly theatrical performance
Christina Gelsone and Seth Bloom are the creators, performers and producers behind “Air Play.” Photo courtesy Air Play by Florence Montmare

The show’s description gives you a little insight on what you can expect: “Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.”

Who is this show designed for?

All of the shows in the Omaha Performing Arts Family Series are curated to appeal to the widest audience and the broadest of age ranges. The show is about an hour long and in the middle of the day, which is ideal for families, if you ask me.

A scene from "Air Play," a touring show
“Air Play” is an hour-long show that appeals to children as young as 5 years old as well as adults. Photo courtesy Air Play by Florence Montmare

Given the whimsical description and the physical and visual nature of the show, this is going to appeal to kids who are at least 5 years old or older. It is not recommended for infants and toddlers.

Want to win tickets?

I’ll kick off a ticket giveaway on the Oh My! Omaha Facebook page on March 4. One winner will receive four tickets to the show on March 16!

A scene from the touring production of "Air Play" starring Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone
“Air Play” will be performed in Omaha on March 16, 2019. Photo courtesy Air Play by Florence Montmare

It’s going to be the first in several days of giveaways for family-friendly activities so if you don’t follow Oh My! Omaha already, now’s a good time to start.

If you go

“Air Play”

When: March 16 at 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $15-$30. Purchase tickets online at TicketOmaha.com or save on ticketing fees and buy them in person at the Ticket Omaha box office located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

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October 7, 2018

Why Omaha Families Will Like OK Go’s Concert

OK Go is coming to Omaha, you guys. Do you know how many times I’ve watched OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” with my son? So many, I could recreate their Rube Goldberg Machine in my dreams.

OK Go The Live Video Tour 2018
OK Go performs in Omaha on Oct. 19, 2018 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy Omaha Performing Arts

So, when I heard the OK Go: The Live Video Tour is exactly what it sounds like – live music and with video – I thought, this show is perfect for him. I’ve got the details on the Oct. 19 concert below and…a giveaway!

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Omaha Performing Arts for this post, who is providing the tickets for the giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

OK Go: The Live Video Tour In Omaha

OK Go, the rock band famous for their wildly creative videos, brings their unique magic to the stage in 2018. They’re performing at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Tip: Any chance you get to see a band you like play at the Holland Performing Arts Center, you should take it. 

According to the press release: “As you might expect from the pioneering band who danced on treadmills and in zero gravity, this show is unlike any you’ve seen before: it’s a film screening and a rock concert rolled into one.”

OK Go The Live Video Tour 2018
OK Go: The Live Video Tour is in Omaha on Oct. 19, 2018. Photo courtesy Omaha Performing Arts

Not your typical concert, the band will perform their songs live and in sync with 20 of their iconic videos. There will even be an interactive piece that the audience will perform. Between some of the songs, the band will do a Q&A with the audience. 

“Like the band, the show defies categorization, but bring your family and expect dancing, joy, and wonder,” according to promoters. 

Let’s hear from the band about why this is a show is going to be great for families (the video takes a while to appear on this page, so sit tight, it will appear soon):

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If you go

OK Go: The Live Video Tour

When: Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $35-$50. Purchase tickets at TicketOmaha.com or save on ticketing fees and purchase in person at the box office located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Giveaway

You want to go, right? 

I’ve partnered with Omaha Performing Arts to giveaway a set of FOUR tickets to OK Go: The Live Video Tour! Please enter through the Rafflecopter form below:

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Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, Oct. 14. One winner will be drawn and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. Tickets have no cash value and may not be exchanged for another show. Good luck!

February 22, 2018

Siro-A To Perform In Omaha {Giveaway Ended}

Update: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to Lisa T. for winning the giveaway!

Never heard of Siro-A?

Surely you’ve heard of “America’s Got Talent.”

Siro-A Tour launch at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Siro-A have been billed as “Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group” and their revolutionary mix of visual effects, mime, dance, comedy, music, magic, puppetry and audience participation certainly lives up to that reputation. Photo courtesy Paul Brown

This visually stunning group from Japan wowed judges on the 10th season of the show, earning the “Golden Buzzer.” And, now they’re touring! Omaha Performing Arts is bringing them to Omaha to perform at the Orpheum Theater on March 8. Keep reading for show details AND your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to go! (The giveaway has ended). You can save 25% off PL1 and PL2 tickets with the promo code OHMY! Be sure to purchase tickets at TicketOmaha.com.

Disclosure: I’m receiving complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway.

So, this video, guys. Looks incredible, right? It’s got kind of a Blue Man Group vibe but more modern. My kids are going to love this show.

Siro-A fuses groundbreaking visual effects with puppetry, mime, and a huge dash of techno music for an entertaining show that the judge Mel B described as “so exciting, jam-packed full of creativity.”

What you need to know about Siro-A

The performances is on March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Since it’s part of the Family Series, you can be sure it’s completely kid-friendly and it’s not going to be a super late night.

Having been to many, many shows through the years in the the Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series, I can also assure you that you’re going to love it as much as your kids.

Siro-A Tour launch at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Siro-A performs in Omaha at the Orpheum Theater on March 8, 2018. Photo courtesy Paul Brown

Tickets are available starting at $20. Be sure to get them through the official ticket seller for Omaha Performing Arts, Ticket Omaha.

Win Tickets

Omaha Performing Arts is sending one reader to the show! The winner receives FOUR (4) tickets to the performance on March 8. Tickets are only valid for this one-night-only show and cannot be transferred to another show. Must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on March 4 at 11:59 p.m. I’ll email the winner on March 5. Due to the quick turnaround, the winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before I draw another name. Good luck!

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September 21, 2016

Can A Preschooler Learn Jazz?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and based on my family’s experience at WeBop. This post contains affiliate links. Oh My! Omaha is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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I’ll be honest with you, I loved the premise of WeBop when I first heard it, but was a little skeptical about just how much learning a preschool jazz class could entail.

I got my answer after the first session.

We got home and my daughter insisted she needed to perform a concert before bedtime. She recruited her big brother to play percussion on a pail.

I had to pick a song from WeBop: A Family Jazz Party for them to play along to. Loudly.

Thanks a lot, WeBop.

My kid digs jazz.

And apparently, she has band leader potential.

 

What is WeBop?

Our late afternoon WeBop class starts off with playing along with a song using various musical instruments and call-and-response.

It turns out, my preschooler wasn’t the only kid in Omaha making music. Other classmates from her WeBop class have been composing – as only 3- to 5-year-olds could – their own music about playdates and dinosaurs.

Omaha Performing Arts brought WeBop, a preschool program created by Jazz at Lincoln Center, to Omaha this year. This fall is the first session. Parents attend and participate with their 3- to 5-year-old, learning about jazz through songs, dance, books and play. I go into detail about it in this post

We sing and dance a lot in class.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces in it to preschoolers in a fun way - like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture - you can see me in the background with very weak wings.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces it to preschoolers in a fun way – like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture – you can see me in the background looking like an angry airplane with weak wings.

It’s a pretty cool experience partly due to the teacher, Susie, who happens to be a well-known jazz vocalist in Omaha (check out her allmusic.com page!). Accompanying her is Matt, a talented pianist. I’m sure he’s probably got an allmusic.com page too.

Anyway. Susie sings, Matt plays, and we sing or play along too. The drums are a big hit every time they’re brought out in class.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

 

My daughter loves all of it. I mean, LOVES it.* 

She bows after each song in class, people.

It’s like she discovered the lure of the spotlight already.

* The class is 45 minutes long, so toward the end of it, her love starts dissolving into a puddle.

 

Keep the learning going at home

At our first class, parents were given a packet that included the curriculum for each week. In it, we were able to see which songs we heard in class, which book was read, and we were reminded which topic we covered (Week #1 – Swing, for instance). It also gave us tips to bring each lesson home.

Here are a sample of my daughter’s favorites:

1. Listen to jazz recordings and let your body swing to beats 2 and 4.

2. Sing a favorite book in a blues style.

3. Create a musical story using different sounds you find in your surrounds. (I call this, “bang on everything as you walk by.”)

 

Want to WeBop?

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

The fall session is in full swing. See what I did there?

You can get class details here; I recommend starting from the beginning so your child gets the most out of WeBop. I’ll let you know when they announce the next session.