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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, 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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Past Events
Past Events
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.
Opera House
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
For those who desire to be entertained with music and story, as well as for the Modern Radio amateur, join us for prohibition-era cocktails at a virtual happy hour prior to the...
Opera House
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
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, 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.

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