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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, August 4, 2017 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Two showtimes available: August 4th at 3:00 p.m. August 4th at 7:00 p.m. The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, an original adaptation of the classic...
OH/PIONEERS
Opera House
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
Three Show Times: September 8th at 7 pm September 9th at 7 pm September 10th at 4 pm After the death of her father, Alexandra Bergson takes over her family's farm in the small...
Treo
Opera House
Saturday, October 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
TREO is a 7 piece band out of Kearney, Nebraska. They have been together for more than 10 years and have 5 albums to their credit! They play almost all original music and combine...
Mary Carrick
Opera House
Friday, November 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm
We are excited to welcome back award winning Mary Carrick to the Red Cloud Opera House stage! Mary known as one of the best cabaret singers in the Midwest, she has been performing...
Opera House
Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
What can you expect from Lloyd McCarter & the Honky-Tonk Revival? A toe tapping good time. They play good country music the way it used to be according to McCarter. Growing up...
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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