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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
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
World-renowned opera soprano and Red Cloud native Sarah Arneson returns Saturday, October 3, for a 7:00 pm performance. Arneson, accompanied by her husband, pianist George Kern,...
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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
This show takes a wry look at our crazy world through the bewildered eyes of beloved long gone cowboy philosopher, Will Rogers. Eighty years after his tragic plane crash, Rogers...
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Friday, July 31, 2015 to Saturday, August 1, 2015
King Arthur, of legend and song, strode across medieval England with courage and confidence…or did he? What if the troubles of his kingdom threatened to overwhelm him? Watch the...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...

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