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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
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.
Opera House
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:15pm
Free screening of Toy Story 4! Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky.
Opera House
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Silver bells are ringing at this seasonal stand-up performance. Your ticket purchase includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. Purchase deadline is Saturday, November 30.
Opera House
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
In honor of Veteran's Day, join us for a free concert featuring Offutt Brass, the premiere ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.
Opera House
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sheila Greenland’s career started at the early age of six when she began performing at local music festivals. Since then she has won numerous vocal competitions and was among the...
Opera House
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join us for this screening and a talk-back with writer, director, and producer Georg Joutras. The film examines life on a 130-year-old Custer County ranch operation.
Opera House
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Coming soon to our Red Cloud Opera House! This production takes a poignant look at the joys and challenges of women’s lives, reflected through the prism of their clothing.

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