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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
Thursday, September 29, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Hamlet is a play about a boy who loves his father, and misses him dearly. It is a play about a boy who loses sight of love in a place that is paradoxically claustrophobic as it...
Opera House
Saturday, October 15, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Featuring the biggest hits of John Denver's career, and more than a few surprises along the way, An Evening has delighted audiences through the Midwest with their stunning tribute...
Opera House
Friday, November 18, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-...
Opera House
Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:30pm
Midwest Dueling Pianos offers a wildly entertaining music and comedy dueling piano show that the audience will love. The amazing Midwest Dueling Pianos show will provide high-end...
Opera House
Saturday, January 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Lester Junction is ready to take the stage for the third time. This homegrown band last entertained a nearly sold-out audience in 2015 and they are sure to put on another stellar...
Opera House
Saturday, February 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brought to us by Hastings Community Theatre in Hastings, NE. This Tony nominated, nostalgic, musical revue takes us back to turn of the century America. The story of these...
Opera House
Friday, March 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Todd Green performs original music inspired by many different cultures in the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America on over 30 acoustic string, flute and...
Opera House
Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Clark & Company was created by triplet siblings from Omaha, Neb., with Sophie Clark on keyboard and vocals, Cooper Clark on acoustic and electric bass, and Simon Clark on...
Opera House
Friday, July 21, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm
“Experience The Feel Of Neil” in this Broadway style romantic Comedy, with quick change magic, a unique salute to Veterans, and all you Diamond favorite hits. Keith’s gift for...
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...
Opera House
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...
Opera House
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...
Opera House
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...
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 a sell-out and we cannot wait to hear the new music that the group...
Opera House
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,...
Opera House
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...
Opera House
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...
Opera House
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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