Monday, August 24, 2009

Student Representative Board Applications due September 25th

In order to accomodate the schools already out of session earlier this summer, the deadline for those students wishing to apply for our newly formed "Student Representative Board" has been pushed back to September 25th.

The mission of this board is to:
· Network with other drama students regarding upcoming events, productions and other noteworthy items within their own drama programs.
· Share opportunities for education, volunteering and performing at the Playhouse with their own drama programs.
· Introduce a younger audience to the Playhouse through cultivation events.
· Learn about the artistic vision and general operation of the largest community theatre in the nation.

Our goal is to have two representatives from each drama program within the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro -- that's over 30 programs!

If you or your students haven't received information regarding this exciting opportunity, please contact Melanie Walters at

Friday, August 21, 2009

Educator's Night at the Playhouse for Joseph

Sunday, September 27th, 5:30 pm - Show and Party only $15!
Join other educators and support staff at the Playhouse for an evening of fun and theatre. Attend a pre-show cocktail/appetizer reception and “meet and greet” with a member of the production team - all for only $15! Receptions: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, Performance: 6:30 pm. Advanced reservations are required by calling Karli Newman at 553-4890 x147.

Other Educator's Nights for 2009-10:
Cheaper By the Dozen - January 24, 2010
All Shook Up - March 7, 2010
Mister Roberts - April 18, 2010
Fiddler on the Roof - May 30, 2009

Discount on OCP Season Tickets for Theatre Educators

Did you know you can purchase a “Star Card” (10 productions – regularly $185) for the student rate of only $120? At $12 per show, it’s a steal. If you bought a single ticket to each show, it would cost $38 per show! Contact Lanelle Poole, Box Office Manager, at 553-0800 for more information.

Fall 2009 Classes and Workshops Open for Registration

Classes and Workshops begin September 19th

Fall Workshops and Classes for Ages 14 and up:
* Acting I, II and III
* Acting for Film and TV
* Advanced Tap
* Audition Techniques
* Beginning Ballet, Jazz, and Tap
* Dialects and Character Voices
* Improvisation
* Intermediate Jazz and Tap
* Musical Theatre/Lyrical Jazz Dance Workshop
* Rhythm Tap
* Slapstick Comedy: The Basics
* Stage Combat (ages 12 - 18)
* Stage Make-up 101: Halloween SVU
* Voiceover for Radio & TV

Visit for more information!

$7 Opening Weekend tickets for Joseph

September 25th - September 27th
High School and Full-time College Students can attend opening weekend of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for only $7! A great, inexpensive theatre outing for your ITS Troupes or Drama Clubs. Contact Karli Newman at 553-4890 ext. 147 to make your group reservation or for more information. Pre-payment for group reservation is required seven days in advance of your chosen night. Each student is limited to one ticket. Bonus: Theatre educators who bring 10 or more students may receive their ticket at a reduced rate!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OCP Teaching Artists Available for Workshops

Looking to bring in guest artists for specific areas of interest? Below is a listing of our outstanding artist pool and their disciplines/focuses. From one hour to one production, these artists would be thrilled to work with you and your students. Rates vary from instructor to instructor. Contact the Education Office for more information.

Sarah Carlson-Brown - Acting Coach/Directing/Focused in Shakespeare's text, Movement-based work, and Vocal Training

Vincent Carlson-Brown - Acting Coach/Director/Fight ChoreographySpecialty in Shakespeare's text, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat (hand-to-hand, tumbling, broadsword/shield, rapier/dagger)

Michelle Gates - Dance/Choreography, Acting, Musical Theater, and Directing

John Lee - Voiceover (commercial, narration and animation) and General Acting (emphasis on voice)

Roxanne Nielsen - Dance Instructor/choreographer

Lynda Overman - Characterization, Actors' "acting" muscles (focus, memorization, body prep to perform, developing a character), Monologue Work, Story Developement

Rita Paskowitz - Storytelling Residencies (bringing stories to life, making a story your own, storysharing, taking the "myth-tery" out of mythology, Hate/Humanity and the Holocaust), Acting, Directing, Improvisation, Storytelling Performances

Trish Place - Puppetry (construction and performance), Theatrical Scenic Painting

Fran Sillau - Theater work with young people with physical and developmental disabilities, Theater workshops for educators, Acting, Improvisation, Creative Drama

Ashley Spessard - Beginning and Intermediate Acting, Improvisation, Scene Study and Movement

Suzanne Withem - Shakespeare, Multi-cultural Fairy Tales, Directing, Stage Management, Exploring History through Drama, Dr. Seuss