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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, February 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Kellison Acoustic Duo is a fusion duo specializing in jazz, funk, rock, gospel and blues, delivering a high-energy performance that is both interesting and entertaining. The...
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 4:00pm
Lone Chimney's latest film, Home on the Range, has attracted both well-known actors and accomplished musicians. Featured in the film are the talents of Rance Howard, Buck Taylor,...
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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
Join us for the Red Cloud premiere of a song cycle commissioned by the Cather Project, Prairie Songs: Remembering Antonia. Prairie Songs is an hour long song cycle with piano,...
Opera House
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
It has been a busy year for Lucas Hoge, he was named by Rolling Stone as a new Country Artist to watch, he had a song go to #1 on the CMT 12 Pack for an unprecedented 7 week, his...
Opera House
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
As a young girl, Antonia moves with her family to Black Hawk, Nebraska. Isolated and unable to speak the language, she is desperately alone- until she meets Jim, a young neighbor...
Opera House
Friday, August 3, 2018 -
3:00pm to 7:30pm
Two Showtimes: Friday, August 3rd at 3 p.m. Firday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. ALICE IN WONDERLAND Music by David W. Simmons Lyrics by Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and David W...
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Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
Hardened and Tempered: hard enough to hold an edge; soft enough not to break. Austin-based duo Kristin Davidson and (Red Cloud native) Carolyn Phillips live that balance and...
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Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the next trick will be figuring out who the lucky winner is, and who will end up behind bars for malicious...
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Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Lightning Bugs will take you back to when the big bands were blowing, the dance floors were crowded and the Mills Brothers helped everyone fall in love. The Bugs use smooth...
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Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Blue Plate Special is a unique band—for music fans with a hearty appetite. Their songs, whether covers or originals, give the audience a feeling for American Roots music, music...
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...
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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 a sell-out and we cannot wait to hear the new music that the group...
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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:30am
Join us prior to the Red Cloud community Easter Egg Hunt to enjoy a free family-friendly concert and lunch. Music from The String Beans is a fun mix of rock, country, blues, pop,...
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
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 tells the story of Susan, an emerging...
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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
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 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an alfresco dinner and concert at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Burlington Depot featuring renowned guitarist Daniel Martinez. Tickets for this show must be...
Opera House
Monday, July 27, 2015 -
10:00am to 2:30pm
Auditions for King Arthur's Quest will be held Monday, July 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the Red Cloud Opera House. Students entering first through twelfth grades are eligible to try-out...

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