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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
Friday, January 31, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Whey Jennings, the grandson of country music legend Waylon Jennings, plays the music of his famous grandfather while forging his own unique musical identity.
Opera House
Saturday, February 29, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Rock the night away as Blackberry Winter takes concert-goers on a memorable musical trip to the iconic 1960s and 1970s. This band delivers classic rock with high-energy creativity.
Opera House
Friday, March 20, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Laugh, dance, and sing to music inspired by ancient Celts, English coal miners, Irish leprechauns, Scottish kilt-wearers, and Irish pub-goers, performed by Lincoln trio Paddywhack.
Anansi the Spider has a few lessons to learn!
Opera House
Saturday, April 11, 2020 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Join the Mesner Puppet Theater's "Anansi the Spider" for a free live show for the whole family!
Opera House
Friday, April 17, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
African Culture Connection (ACC) endeavors to promote understanding of Africa's unique place in the world through drumming, dancing, and visual arts.
Nebraska Chamber Players
Opera House
Saturday, July 18, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Nebraska Chamber Players present the winner of the Willa Cather Chamber Ensemble Competition in a work based on Cather’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "One of Ours".
Opera House
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 5:30pm to Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 2:00pm
Journey with fun-loving Hobgoblins to the “land of colored ice” as they tell the heart-warming tale of a young girl and her quest to find her best friend.
Garan Coons is a versatile Native American entertainer.
Opera House
Friday, September 11, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Through music, dance, and storytelling, Garan Coons, a professional entertainer of the Oglala Lakota and Navajo tribes, offers a magnificent educational experience for all ages.
Kevin and Heidi Cheng violin-piano duo
Opera House
Friday, October 23, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Popular area performers Kevin and Heidi Cheng team up on violin and our Steinway grand piano for a memorable evening of music making!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Opera House
Friday, November 6, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:15pm
A classic novel set in Depresssion-era Mississippi is adapted for stage and presented by The Ensemble Theatre of Houston, TX.
Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Saturday, December 14, 2019 -
10:30am to 12:15pm
Free screening of Toy Story 4! Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky.
Opera House
Friday, December 6, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Silver bells are ringing at this seasonal stand-up performance. Your ticket purchase includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. Purchase deadline is Saturday, November 30.
Opera House
Friday, November 8, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
In honor of Veteran's Day, join us for a free concert featuring Offutt Brass, the premiere ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.
Opera House
Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sheila Greenland’s career started at the early age of six when she began performing at local music festivals. Since then she has won numerous vocal competitions and was among the...
Opera House
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join us for this screening and a talk-back with writer, director, and producer Georg Joutras. The film examines life on a 130-year-old Custer County ranch operation.
Opera House
Sunday, September 22, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Coming soon to our Red Cloud Opera House! This production takes a poignant look at the joys and challenges of women’s lives, reflected through the prism of their clothing.
Opera House
Friday, August 2, 2019 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm
The charming story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who longed to become a real, live boy, comes to life in an original musical adaptation.
Opera House
Friday, July 12, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Please join us for a free concert on Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. Featured artist is Andrea von Kampen from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Opera House
Saturday, April 20, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. Admission is free,...

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