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Opera House Events

Opera House Events

Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

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, and the facility closed its doors 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, March 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Red Cloud’s homegrown band is returning to the Opera House stage for a second time! Last year’s performance was fantastic and we cannot wait to hear the new music that the group...
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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:30am
String Beans music is a fun mix of rock, country, blues, pop, polka and even a little rap! String Beans songs are all about the stuff kids love — dinosaurs, sports, animals, food...
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
We are thrilled to bring the first staged reading of this new musical from the writing team of Becky Boesen and David von Kampen. Catherland: The Musical tells the story of Susan...
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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
Over the course of three weeks in May and June, playwright A.P. Andrews along with four collaborators will be in residency in Red Cloud to create a theatrical retelling of Willa...
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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join us for an alfresco dinner and concert at the historic Burlington Depot featuring renowned guitarist Daniel Martinez. Martinez is originally from Iquitos, Peru, and attended...
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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
King Arthur, of legend and song, strode across medieval England with courage and confidence…or did he? What if the troubles of his kingdom threatened to overwhelm him? Watch the...
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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 7:30pm
For over 40 years, award winning actor, musician, educator, and writer, Earl Bates has been performing on stage and screen all across the country. This fun show takes a wry look...
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
Red Cloud native and world-renowned opera singer Sarah Arneson will return to the Red Cloud Opera House for a performance of several operatic pieces.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Known for their high-energy show, tight instrumentals, and Tim Zach’s strong vocals, Whiskey Bent is a five-man country rock band based in central Nebraska. Whiskey Bent writes...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
With a song list packed full of diverse hits from Journey to Rascal Flatts; Bruno Mars to AC/DC, The Innocence is sure to play some of your favorite songs! Their instrumental and...
Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 7:30pm
Taxi Driver, a 6-piece cover band hailing from Omaha, is back by popular demand at the Red Cloud Opera House. Bringing their uncanny ability to cover a wide variety of musical...
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
Elvis lives on through the incredible performances of Joseph Hall, who returns to the Red Cloud Opera House for the third time. Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
What’s your favorite Beatles song? When asked this question, people don’t just tell you the name of the song. They tell you a story associated with that song – about a first love...
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Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
As one of Kansas City’s most sought-after bands, The Patrick Lentz Duo plays a wide variety of music of music, including pop, rock, hip hop, blues, and soul. A show by these...