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Opera House Events

Opera House Events

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. The facility closed 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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Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Join us on Zoom for our second installment of readings and fascinating conversation with Kate Gaskin, Lisa Fay Coutley, David Phillip Mullins, and Jim Reese!
Opera House
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, December 25, 2020 - 11:30pm
Bell-issimo, Lincoln's own handbell choir, presents a festive virtual holiday concert!
Opera House
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Holiday fun for the whole family in this virtual puppet show which is sure to bring some good fun and seasonal cheer!
Opera House
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join us for an evening of readings and lively discussion with four Nebraska writers!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Opera House
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 12:00am to Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 12:00pm
A classic novel set in Depresssion-era Mississippi is adapted for stage and presented by The Ensemble Theatre of Houston, TX.
Opera House
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join us for a virtual book talk with Daryl W. Palmer, who will discuss his book, "Becoming Willa Cather: Creation and Career."
Kevin and Heidi Cheng violin-piano duo
Opera House
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Central City-based performers Kevin and Heidi Cheng team up on violin and our Steinway grand piano for a memorable evening of music making!
Opera House
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
African Culture Connection endeavors to promote understanding of Africa's unique place in the world through drumming, dancing, and visual arts.
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 an educational experience for all ages.
Opera House
Saturday, August 15, 2020
We're re-imagining our children's theatre production! Outdoor performance, local leaders and volunteers will help ensure the safety of all.

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