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Opera House Events

Opera House Events

Built in 1885 and fully restored in 2003, the Red Cloud Opera House figured prominently in the life of Willa Cather. From performing on the Opera House stage to enjoying traveling productions that came by way of the railroad, Cather’s interest in the arts was spurred by the experiences she had here in her youth. She delivered her high school graduation address from the Opera House stage in 1890. The facility closed in 1920. In a 1929 letter to friend and journalist Harvey Newbranch, Cather wrote, “When I go about among little Nebraska towns, the thing I miss most is the opera house. No number of filling stations or moving picture theatres can console me for the loss of the opera house.” Today, a visit to the Opera House transports patrons back in time to the 1880s, when Willa Cather and her friends eagerly anticipated the arrival of traveling productions such as The Bohemian Girl and The Mikado. We are proud to utilize the facility to create rich educational and cultural opportunities for area residents and our visitors from across the nation.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Opera House
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Composer Chris Ellenwood’s new composition, Children of the Moon , is based on Willa Cather’s One of Ours which celebrates its 100th publication anniversary in 2022. Featuring...
Opera House
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
Mark your calendars for this discussion with Jonis Agee about her book, The Bones of Paradise. This multigenerational family saga takes place shortly after the Wounded Knee...
Opera House
Monday, August 1, 2022 to Saturday, August 6, 2022
In this musical adaptation of The Jungle Book, Mowgli the man-cub outwits a tiger, enlists the help of a rock-python, and explores what it means to be human.
Opera House
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
Kick off the new school year with what is sure to be a lively poetry reading with Nebraska Poet Laureate Matt Mason. Mason will share poetry from his most recent collection, At...
Opera House
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
Transport yourself to the Colorado Rockies, Nebraska prairie, and beyond during our conversation with author Pam Houston! Join us as Houston shares excerpts from her book, Deep...
Opera House
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 7:00pm
Fronted by Mato Nanji, Indigenous plays a gritty, soulful, and rocking blues sound influenced by the likes of B. B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Opera House
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Settle in for a fascinating author talk with Joe Starita about his book, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Fleshe Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's...
Opera House
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
Paramount hits the Red Cloud Opera House stage playing high energy '80s anthems from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, Poison, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, and much more!
Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 7:00pm
SOLD OUT! Donovan Johnson returns with Nebraska Showdown and Shameless!—a tribute to one of the biggest stars in all of music history, Garth Brooks.
Opera House
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 7:00pm
Join us as author Steven Trout takes a hard look at Cather's analysis of the Great War.
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Sunday, April 10, 2022 to Friday, April 29, 2022
Performance artist Tim Youd will retype The Song of the Lark at our historic sites and landscapes in April.
Opera House
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
Cabaret Theatre brings a celebration of the great American songbook to the Red Cloud Opera House!
Opera House
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
Don't miss this captivating look into the Exodust movement, as freed African Americans established Black communities across the Great Plains during the late 19th century. At once...
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Saturday, March 12, 2022
In conjunction with Smithsonian's Museums on Mainstreet exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America , the Red Cloud Opera House is pleased to present the Great Plains Mini-Film...
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Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 7:00pm
Influenced by Appalachian string-band music and the corridos of the desert Southwest, Grombacher and Black's songs tell the stories of those who shaped the American West.
Opera House
Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Whether you are currently a volunteer or are interested in becoming one, we invite you to join us in the Red Cloud Opera House Gallery for a night of refreshments and good company...
Opera House
Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00pm
Mark your calendars for a reading and discussion with author Erin Flanagan! Set in 1980s rural Nebraska, Deer Season , Flanagan's 2021 novel, follows a mystery surrounding a...
Opera House
Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm
A playlist that spans five decades and covers nearly every genre of music imaginable. Sing and dance to Lemon Fresh Day.

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