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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
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Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:00pm to Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 9:00pm
Middletown is a deeply moving and humorous play that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival...
Opera House
Monday, August 1, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Missoula Children's Theatre will take place August 1-5. Auditions for Rapunzel will be Monday, August 1, at 10:00 a.m. and rehearsals throughout the week will be at 10:00 a.m...
Opera House
Friday, August 5, 2016
This year both performances will be on Friday, August 5. Would it surprise you to know that the story of Rapunzel happened in France? Well it didn’t really, but our story takes...
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...
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-...
3rd Annual December Night Soup Showdown
Opera House
Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Red Cloud Opera House will be brimming with enticing aromas as local chefs dust off their favorite recipe for the 3rd annual December Night Soup Showdown. The event is open to...
Opera House
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 11:00am
Dory is back in a fun loving under the sea adventure! The Willa Cather Foundation will be showing Finding Dory on December 10, at 11:00 a.m. We will be offering food and...
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
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 9:30am to Friday, January 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Buy early & save with a season pass! The Red Cloud Opera House is thrilled to bring you our 2017 season. Here are our two season pass options: Full Season = 10 shows for $150...

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