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OPERA OMAHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tim Hart, Chair Richard O’Brien, Vice Chair Executive Committee Linda Matson Andersen Dr. Gail Baker Robert H. Culver, Jr. Terry Ferguson David Gardels Mark Hinrichs Richard Holland Beth Kramer Robert Meaney John Newman Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. Scott Searl Frederick Simon Kim Simon Jerry Syslo Jim Winner

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Board of Directors


Welcome from the General Director


The Power of Music and Theatre


Frank Loesser: An American Genius


About The Concert: Act I


About The Concert: Act II


Concert Program


Artists Bios


Omaha Symphony


Opera Omaha Chorus


Opera Omaha Staff


Office Volunteers


Craftsman’s Guild


Opera Omaha Guild


Get Involved with Opera Omaha


Simon Salute!


Opera Omaha Donors


Fortissimo Society


Special Funds


Memorials and Tributes


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Opera Omaha Performance History


Once In Love With Amy


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Welcome to So In Love with Broadway! We are so glad you’re here to help us end this wonderful season on such a high note! I’m a little surprised the season is nearly over. It seems like just a little while ago we were getting ready for Pagliacci and Mozart 101. Maybe that long permafrost winter changed my perception of time; it sure changed my perception of warmth! As we finish out this season, preparations for next year are well under way. Current subscribers should already have renewal materials in their homes and new subscribers will have their opportunity to join Opera for Everyone right around the first of May. Here are some highlights of the 20102011 season, a Season of Journeys: • The season opens in October with a spectacular and meaningful special event we’ve called Opera for the Cure. This event features a partnership with the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure as Opera Omaha presents the Nebraska premiere of a special piece commissioned by Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®. Sing for the Cure is a musical work about the journey into and through breast cancer. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. • In February, Our WAM! (Wild About Mozart) Festival continues with Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni. Garnett Bruce directs, Kelly Markgraf (the Count in The Marriage of Figaro) returns as the Don, and Hal France conducts.


• The main stage season concludes in April when Opera Omaha presents a triumphant return. Jun Kaneko teamed with Opera Omaha in 2006 to create a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and after huge successes in numerous cities across the United States and Canada, it returns to the Orpheum. The only way to guarantee that you can see this amazing production is to subscribe. We are constantly working to make opera accessible to everybody. Next season, that includes reducing some ticket prices and creating an introductory subscription price just for newcomers. We plan a special event in May when we’ll have subscription and other specials, as well as chances for you to get to know us. Please stop by one of our information tables in the theater today or go to and let us know that you’d like to receive a season brochure and information about Mozart 101, Butterfly 101, and all of our other activities that educate, engage and enrich. Thank you for making this one of our best seasons yet. We really appreciate your patronage and support. See you here next fall! John Wehrle General Director

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THE POWER OF MUSIC AND THEATRE The first time I ever became aware of the power of music and theater was as a scrawny sophomore in high school. With none of the requisite life experience, but oversupplied with the honest enthusiasm and chutzpah of youth (and a lot more hair), I tackled Curly in Oklahoma!, then Billy Bigelow in Carousel, then…..with greasepaint roaring in my ears, I embarked on a quest, spending many hot and hazy Midwest summer nights doing legitimate “theatah” and musicals. I was hooked! Off to college (ah… college) and I shifted focus into what we call “classical music”. I made some really cool new friends named Mozart, Schumann, Verdi and Puccini. I found it harder to spend time with my old pals Curly and Billy Bigelow. We still nodded when we saw each other on the quad, but my new friends had opened new worlds to me, challenged me and fed my ego, and took me to new places, new cultures, new ways of thinking and feeling. The hook was set, even deeper, and now I had a mission! As it must, school (oh… school) ended. What became clear to me as a young singer was that “picky” equaled “hungry”. As I pondered my options, I realized it was time to make amends with Billy Bigelow and his cronies. Thankfully, sincere expressions of regret at leaving (and a few cold beers) were all it took for me to be accepted back to music theatre with open arms. But things were a little different. Now, Gilbert and Sullivan went to the movies with Benjamin Britten. Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera was a warm up for Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. Mozart had kaffee with Sondheim and Sweeney Todd. Some nights I had to count complicated rhythms and some nights I could just tap my toe. As time passed, I realized my goal as a performer was to merge and balance these worlds. My lack of boundaries between genres made me uncomfortable until I read this quote from Duke Ellington, “There are only two kinds of music … good music and the other kind.” Performing opera is different from performing music theater, although I can’t really tell you what the difference is. Where the experiences are alike is in moments, glorious moments, when an audience of strangers becomes one through that familiar strangeness created by theater. That’s the same, no matter whose music is playing that night. Words, music and gesture form a secret language that allows us to connect with other people. Fast forward - hook still deep - to now. Opera Omaha’s long tradition of presenting authentic, fully realized performances of opera and music theater – going back to the very first seasons – is part of why I was so honored to be invited to come here. What a great resource for our community: a company that provides so many different ways to relax, enjoy, and learn. A company and an audience that “get it”! I hope you enjoy these performances, these “glorious moments”, as much as I do! John Wehrle, General Director, Opera Omaha

FRANK LOESSER: AN AMERICAN GENIUS CELEBRATED DURING HIS CENTENNIAL YEAR Frank Loesser, who has frequently been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers, wrote some of the most enduring music of our time. He would have turned 100 in 2010, and a year-long commemoration of his life and work pays tribute to the rich musical legacy of the man who became one of the most influential musical writers in history: an American Genius. The centennial celebration kicks off with Opera Omaha’s celebration of American musical theatre: So In Love with Broadway, featuring a centenary tribute to Frank Loesser. On May 3, The Kennedy Center will host two special events: Millennium Stage will unveil a new stage work based on Frank Loesser’s previously unheard “animal songs.” Later that evening, the Terrace Theater will present Broadway Up Close and Personal: Frank Loesser. There are a number of revivals of Loesser’s musicals currently in development, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which opens in September at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. During Loesser’s career, which spanned nearly four decades, he wrote the lyrics to over 700 songs, composed five Broadway musicals – Where’s Charley?, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and perhaps most famously, Guys & Dolls. He contributed lyrics to some 80 films and he picked up two Tony Awards, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize along the way. Loesser wrote his first song at the age of six (“The May Party”) and as a child taught himself the harmonica and then the piano. Growing up in New York, he attended the Townsend Harris High School and then City College in New York. He left college in 1930, experimenting with several jobs including newspaper advertising, process server and newspaper editor until he began to write songs and sketches for radio scripts. Loesser’s first published song was “In Love With the Memory of You”.

In the mid-1930’s, he collaborated with composer Irving Actman, contributing 5 songs to the Broadway show The Illustrator’s Show. While the show was unsuccessful, Loesser had been discovered by Hollywood. Universal Pictures put him under contract in 1936 to write songs for film musicals. For Universal and then Paramount Pictures, Loesser would write the scores for more than 60 films over the next 30 years. In Hollywood, Loesser collaborated with several composers, such as Harold Rome and Alex North, but his biggest successes came after he took over writing both the lyrics and music. The first song written entirely by Frank Loesser was “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” a huge wartime hit. After World War II, Loesser moved back to New York City to write for the Cy Feuer-Ernest Martin production Where’s Charley?, which became his first Broadway hit. It introduced the song, “Once In Love With Amy.” Loesser followed up the success of Where’s Charley, with the hit Guys and Dolls, which opened on November 24, 1950. With a score full of standards like “A Bushel and a Peck,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before”, “Luck be a Lady”, “I’ll Know”, “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”, Guys and Dolls swept the Tony Awards that year, taking home the coveted Best Musical trophy. The 9-time Tony winner has been staged on Broadway four times, and the 1955 film adaptation that starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons cemented its place in popular culture. In 1952, Loesser returned briefly to Hollywood to write the score for Hans Christian Anderson, a Danny Kaye vehicle that included “Ugly Duckling”, “Inchworm”, and “Thumbelina” (nominated for an Oscar in 1952). Returning to Broadway in 1956, Loesser wrote the score and book for The Most Happy Fella, which included the hit songs “Standing on the Corner” and “Big D”, “Joey, Joey, Joey”, and “Happy to Make Your Acquaintance”. Stanley Green, in his 1984 book The World of Musical Comedy, says that in The Most Happy Fella Loesser “proceeded to write the first successful Broadway opera since Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. While The Most Happy Fella won the New York Drama Critics award in 1957, the production was memorable for another reason: it starred Jo Sullivan who would later become Mrs. Frank Loesser. Another success came in 1961 with the Broadway production How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The production ran for four years and won the Pulitzer Prize and seven Tony Awards. Throughout the years, Loesser collaborated with several of the great Tin Pan Alley composers, including Burton Lane, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy McHugh, Jule Styne, Victor Schertzinger and Arthur Schwartz. Since Loesser’s untimely death in 1969, The Most Happy Fella has been revived on Broadway and at the New York City Opera, where it has become part of the permanent repertory.

1993 saw the publication of A Most Remarkable Fella , a biography by his daughter Susan Loesser. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying returned in 1995, starring Matthew Broderick, and becoming a long running hit. Guys and Dolls won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Revival, and returned in 2009 for its fourth run on Broadway. In 1999, Frank Loesser was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a postage stamp bearing his likeness. In 2003, Knopf published The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser, and in 2006, Loesser was the subject of the PBS documentary Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser.

“…SIT DOWN YOU’RE ROCKIN’ THE BOAT” Loesser’s songs have been recorded by a dazzling array of performers including Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Betty Carter, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson, Les Paul, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Rufus Wainwright, among countless others. Those songs were performed by another dazzling array of performers on October 26, 2009 when Jo Sullivan Loesser and Sir Paul McCartney co-chaired a benefit concert for The Actors Fund entitled Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. Star participants included Annette Benning, John Bolton, Liz Callaway, Alan Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Debbie Gravitte, Hugh Jackman, Lauren Kennedy, Judy Kuhn, Michele Lee, Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Sir Paul McCartney, Audra McDonald, John McMartin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, , Phyllis Newman, Chita Rivera, John Stamos, and Nia Vardalos. Opera Omaha celebrates the centennial of Frank Loesser, a man oft – described as being “his own Damon Runyon character” – a tough-talking New Yorker with a generous heart, and a passion for living that came through in his music. An American Genius. To learn more about Frank Loesser, visit

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ABOUT THE CONCERT: THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE AMERICA MUSICAL ACT I “State Fair Suite” from State Fair Music from State Fair with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and music by Richard Rodgers. Rodgers and Hammerstein originally adapted the novel of the same name for a 1945 movie musical. The movie was remade in 1962 with a cast that included Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Ann-Margret. The 1996 stage production closely followed the plot of its movie predecessors, providing a glimpse into the life of the farming Frake family and their threeday adventure at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 1946. While parents Abel and Melissa are hoping to win a few blue ribbons, siblings Margy and Wayne are more interested in finding romance on the midway. “Bloody Mary” from South Pacific Bloody Mary is an islander character in the book Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener, which was turned into the stage musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1949, starring Metropolitan opera great Enzo Pinza as the French planter Emile De Becque. The role of De Becque was written for Pinza. Currently on Broadway, De Becque is played by David Pittsinger. On Saturday, March 20, 2010, Pittsinger sang De Becque in the matinee performance of South Pacific at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Then he walked across Lincoln Center to the Metropolitan Opera where he sang the ghost of Hamlet’s father in the evening performance of Ambroise Thomas’ opera Hamlet. In the 1958 movie version of South Pacific, the role of De Becque was sung by Giorgio Tozzi, the distinguished Metropolitan basso; Rodgers and Hammerstein had decided that actor Rossano Branzzi was unsuited for the singing portion of the role. Bloody Mary was “ghost sung” in the film by opera great Muriel Smith. Bloody Mary trades with the US sailors who are stationed on nearby islands during World War II. This song about her makes U.S. Navy sailors sing “Bloody Mary is the girl I love. Her skin is tender as DiMaggio’s glove”. South Pacific highlighted and attacked racial prejudice through its plot and enchanting music. “There is Nothing Like a Dame” from South Pacific Sung by sailors who long for women in their lives, this song is widely popular, often sung by men’s choirs. It was also used as the theme for ITV’s television series The Dame Edna Treatment.

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“I Whistle a Happy Tune” from The King and I From the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, this classic is sung by the governess Anna Leonowens to her son Louis to persuade him not to be afraid as they arrive in Siam to serve the King. The King and I is based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The plot comes from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who became the school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Auditions for the role of the King were scheduled, and the first candidate to walk on stage was Yul Brynner who was then hosting a weekly variety show for CBS. The producers were impressed with his authoritative stage presence and reading, and immediately offered him the role. Yul Brenner will always be remembered as the imperious King of Siam. “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” from Carousel Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel was innovative for its time, being one of the first musicals to contain a tragic plot as societal attitudes and prejudices were explored through the themes of spousal abuse, social class, hypocrisy and conduct. The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945, and ran for 890 performances. The musical has enjoyed several awardwinning revivals, notably in 1994 in New York with Broadway and opera powerhouse Audra McDonald. In her biography of Richard Rodgers Somewhere for Me, Meryl Secrest writes that “Rodgers designed Carousel, and particularly Act 1, as an almost continuous stream of music. Asked if he had ever considered writing an opera, Rodgers said he and Hammerstein were sorely tempted a couple of times, and he imagined Carousel in those terms.” TIME magazine named Carousel as the best musical of the 20th century. “And This is My Beloved” from Kismet Kismet – the musical – was commissioned by Edwin Lester, founder and director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. The production premiered in Los Angeles before opening in New York at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 3, 1953. The original production starred Alfred Drake as the poet Hajj, Doretta Morrow

as his daughter Marsinah, Richard Kiley as the young Caliph of Baghdad, and Joan Diener as Lalume, the vampy wife of the evil Wazir. Written by Robert Wright and George Forrest and adapted from the music of Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin’s 1890 opera Prince Igor, the musical was recently restaged by the English National Opera. “She Loves Me” from She Loves Me She Loves Me is a musical and movie with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The musical is the fifth adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, following the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullivan film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It would surface yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie You’ve Got Mail. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other’s secret pen pal met through lonelyhearts ads. The original Broadway production played in 1963 and the show enjoyed a Broadway-revival in 1994. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl “Don’t Rain On My Parade” is a wildly popular song from the 1964 musical Funny Girl, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne. It was also featured in the 1968 movie version of the musical. Both the movie and stage versions feature Barbra Streisand performing the song and it has become one of her signature tunes. Streisand has sung this song live on many occasions, including during her highly successful comeback tour Barbra Streisand: The Concert Tour (1993-1994), Timeless Live In Concert Tour (1999-2000) and the recent Streisand: The Tour (2006-2007). The song has been covered by many artists, including Bobby Darin in 1966, by Japan in 1978 and by Only Men Aloud! in 2008. The Darin version was used in the film American Beauty and on the trailer for Catch Me If You Can. Robin Williams also sang this song while dressed as Streisand during a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire. LaToya London sang the song on the third season of American Idol. Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland also performed this song live. Lois Griffin sang

parts of this song on Family Guy. It was also used in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People. The song was performed by Toni Collette and Nia Vardolos in the movie Connie and Carla. It was also performed by Lea Michele in the 2009 fall finale of the Fox TV show Glee in the episode “Sectionals”. Tony Award Winner Idina Menzel also performed this song in the Kennedy Honors concert dedicated to Barbra Streisand. “People Will Say We’re in Love” from Oklahoma! In Oklahoma!, other characters think – correctly - that Laurey and Curly are in love. In this song they warn each other not to behave indiscreetly, lest people misinterpret their intentions. Neither wants to admit to the other - or themselves - his or her true feelings. At the end of the show the characters reprise the number after becoming engaged, saying “Let people say we’re in love.” Alfred Drake - creator of the role of Curly in the original Oklahoma! in 1943 – was in love with Broadway. He was offered the title role in Britten’s Billy Budd at the Metropolitan Opera, because of his magnificent voice, but his Broadway career was doing too well to give it up. “Oklahoma!” from Oklahoma! Oklahoma! was the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. The second romance concerns flirtatious Ado Annie and her long-suffering fiancé Will Parker. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. A box-office smash, it ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. It has long been a popular choice for school and community productions. This musical, building on the innovations of the earlier Show Boat, epitomized the development of the “book musical”, a musical play where the songs and dances are fully integrated into a well-made story, with serious dramatic goals, that is able to evoke genuine emotions other than laughter. In addition, Oklahoma! features musical themes that recur throughout the work to connect the music and story more closely than any musical ever had before. A special Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for Oklahoma! in the category of “Special Awards And Citations - Letters” in 1944.

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“Standing on the Corner” from The Most Happy Fella (1956) The Film Years This song was introduced by Shorty Long, Alan Gilbert, John Henson and Roy Lazarus in the Broadway musical The Most Happy “I Hear Music” from Dancing On A Dime (1940) Fella. A recording of the song by The Four Lads was also popular Future Universal contractees Robert Paige and Grace MacDonald in 1956, peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts. On February 9, 2010 star in the Paramount mini-musical Dancing on a Dime. The story the Irish group Celtic Thunder released their 4th album entitled “It’s concerns an entertainment troupe financed by the government’s Entertainment”. This album, meant to pay homage to past musical Work Projects Administration. When the WPA drops its funding, the styled, features their youngest member Damian McGinty singing young performers despair until they come across an abandoned roll “Standing on the Corner.” of money. Unaware that the cash is counterfeit, the kids use this windfall to finance their upcoming show, but the Feds catch up with “Big D” from The Most Happy Fella (1956) them on opening night. Will a last-minute miracle permit the film to Loesser took four years to write not only the score, but also the book end on a happy note? (Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide) for The Most Happy Fella, which he called an “extended musical comedy.” Whereas such opera-like musicals as Porgy and Bess and “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” from The Forest Rangers (1942) Street Scene were unsuccessful in their time, The Most Happy Fella The Forest Rangers is an action film directed by George Marshall, with the hit songs “Standing on the Corner” and “Big D” opened starring Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard, and Susan Hayward, May 3, 1956, and ran two years. It was the first show recorded in its written by Harold Shumate, and Thelma Strabel. entirety by Columbia Records. “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You” from Sweater Girl (1941) Someone is stalking a Midwestern college campus, murdering students left and right. Among the victims is campus radio personality Miles Tucker and aspiring composer Johnny Arnold. If this keeps up, there won’t be anyone left to stage the annual college musicaland that would be disastrous! (Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide) “On A Slow Boat to China” from Neptune’s Daughter (1948) According to its opening voiceover, Neptune’s Daughter is “a story about a guy, a girl, and a bathing suit.” Esther Williams plays Eve, a swimming champion who gives up her amateur status to design and model swimwear. She also plays chaperone to her boy-crazy sister Betty, who is determined to meet Jose (Ricardo Montalban), the captain of the visiting South American polo team. The song is now a well-known pop standard, recorded by many artists, including Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Buffett, Fats Domino and Liza Minnelli. Bette Midler and Barry Manilow recorded the song for Bette’s album Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook (2003). Roger Moore sang the tune on an episode of The Muppet Show, Paul McCartney performed the song at the Frank Loesser Tribute in October, 2010. “Junk Man” (1937) One of Frank Loesser’s early successful songs, “Junk Man” (music by Joseph Myer), was recorded by Mildred Bailey with Benny Goodman’s band when Loesser was 23.

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“Once in Love with Amy” from Where’s Charley? (1948) Where’s Charley? with music & lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by George Abbott, opened at the St. James Theatre in October, 1948 and ran for 792 performances. It was also directed by George Abbott. The story was based on the play Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas and the song was introduced by Ray Bolger (Charley in the show). Additional recordings are by Frank Sinatra, Ray Bolger and Perry Como, among others. “The Company Way” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961) In 1952, Shepherd Mead’s satirical book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, became a bestseller. Playwrights Willie Gilbert and Jack Weinstock created a dramatic interpretation in 1955 that went unproduced for five years. Agent Abe Newborn brought the work to the attention of producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin, with the intention of retooling it as a musical. Feuer and Martin had great success with the 1950 adaptation of Guys and Dolls and brought in the creative team from that show to work on How to.... Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser set to work on the new adaptation. Burrows collaborated on the book with Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Their new adaptation became even more satirical and added romance to the story. Loesser wrote both music and lyrics for the

show. In “The Company Way”, Twimble, head of the mailroom, is moving to the shipping department. He tells the ambitious Finch that the secret to longevity at the company is to play things “The Company Way”. Twimble appoints Finch as his successor, but Finch, heeding the words of his trusty “How To….” book, declines the promotion, saying that Bud Frump is more qualified. Frump accepts, vowing to play things “The Company Way,” too. The musical opened on Broadway in October 1961, running for 1,417 performances. The show won seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, a film based on the musical was released by United Artists, with many of the original cast recreating their roles. A 1995 revival was mounted at the same theater as the original production and ran for 548 performances, starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally. “Fugue for Tinhorns” from Guys and Dolls (1950) “I got the horse right here - The name is Paul Revere And here’s a guy that says that the weather’s clear Can do, can do, this guy says the horse can do If he says the horse can do, can do, can do.” You know the song, but the title – “Fugue for Tinhorns” – probably is new to you. Guys and Dolls was one gamble that paid off! Guys and Dolls was named by TIME Magazine as one of the best musicals of the 20th century. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show is based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure”, two short stories by Damon Runyon. It also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories, most notably “Pick the Winner”. The description “Runyon-esque” was attached to Loesser as well. Premiering on Broadway in 1950. Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances, won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and has had numerous Broadway revivals as well as West End productions. The 1955 film starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The show has had numerous award-winning revivals and tours and is a popular choice for school and community theatre productions.

a strip. Now this was a week or so before we left Philly. Alvin Colt was excited and began working on costumes and props that could be easily taken off, pearl bracelets with bicycle clips, things like that. He went back to New York and we continued to work, laid out the whole number with rehearsal props and makeshift minks. The costumes arrived the morning of our last day, with only a few hours before a matinee. The show started, but there was still no music for the number. Near the end of the first act, the music arrived - the smell of ammonia from the copiers nearly knocked us over when the package was opened. Irving Actman got the orchestra together at intermission and gave them their parts, quickly talking everyone through the material they would have to play cold for the first time in a few minutes. They ran through the fingering as Actman gave them tempos and cues. The costumes, music, everything was happening for the first time. And it literally stopped the show. Like in the movies, only for real.” – “My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls (1950) When Sky Masterson and Sister Sarah Brown return to New York it is three or four o’clock in the morning, Sky’s favorite time of the day. He admits to Sarah that she is the only woman he has ever wanted to share it with as he sings “My Time of Day”, introduced by Robert Alda as Sky Masterson in the original production. Recorded also by Jo Sullivan Loesser and Don Stephenson, Mel Tormé and Carmen Cavallero, among others. “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls (1950) While playing in the “oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York”, Sky Masterson takes the biggest gamble of his life: staking everything on a single roll of the dice. He bets every man at the game $1,000 against their souls. If he loses, everyone gets $1,000, but if Masterson wins, they must all attend a prayer meeting at Sarah’s mission (“Luck, Be a Lady”). He tosses the dice.

“Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat” from Guys and Dolls (1950) At the mission, no sinners have come to be saved, and Sister Sarah is “Take Back Your Mink” from Guys and Dolls (1950) Choreographer Michael Kidd, in a 1990 interview with Steve Nelson giving up when all of the gamblers shuffle in. Nathan Detroit forces recalled how this song was added to the show [Guys and Dolls] just Nicely-Nicely Johnson to speak. Nicely comes up with a dream which encouraged him to repent, and quickly gets the crowd on their prior to its New York opening: “Take Back Your Mink” was added on the last night we were in feet! Thanks to Philadelphia. The act used to start with “A Bushel and a Peck.” Abe for much information used in these program notes. [Burrows] had the idea of going to the Hot Box earlier, moving Bushel to the first act and coming up with a new number for Act 2. Frank had a number in the trunk all the time, and figured we could do it as

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Celebrating the Great American Musical April 16 & 18, 2010 | Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall | Omaha, Nebraska

Conductor Stage Director Stage Manager Chorus Master & Rehearsal Accompanist Lighting Designer

Hal France Roxanne Nielsen* Kate Williams J. Gawf Michael Arch

Cast John Bolton* Emily Loesser* Ron Raines Karen Ziemba*

Opera Omaha’s Voices in Residence Jennifer Berkebile* Ric Furman* Maria Lindsey Jonathan Stinson

Omaha Symphony | Opera Omaha Chorus *Opera Omaha Debut

The performance runs approximately 2 hours including one intermission.

CONCERT PROGRAM ACT I State Fair Suite from State Fair

Music by Richard Rodgers | Orchestrated by Sid Ramin

Omaha Symphony

The Film Years

I Hear Music from Dancing On A Dime Music by Burton Lane

John Bolton, Emily Loesser, Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba Jingle, Jangle, Jingle from The Forest Rangers Music by Joseph J. Lilley

Bloody Mary from South Pacific

John Bolton

Opera Omaha Chorus

I Don’t Want to Walk Without You from Sweater Girl Music by Jule Styne | Emily Loesser

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

There is Nothing like a Dame from South Pacific Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett

Ric Furman, Jonathan Stinson, Opera Omaha Chorus I Whistle a Happy Tune from The King and I

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett

Opera Omaha Chorus June is Bustin’ Out all Over from Carousel

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett

Jennifer Berkebile, Opera Omaha Chorus And this is my Beloved from Kismet

Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest on musical themes by Alexander Borodin

Jennifer Berkebile, Ric Furman, Maria Lindsey, Jonathan Stinson She Loves Me from She Loves Me

Music by Sheldon Harnick | Lyrics by Jerry Bock

John Bolton Don’t Rain on my Parade from Funny Girl Music by Jule Styne | Lyrics by Bob Merrill

Karen Ziemba People Will Say We’re in Love from Oklahoma! Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett

Ron Raines, Emily Loesser

On A Slow Boat to China from Neptuneʼs Daughter Ron Raines Junk Man | Karen Ziemba

Music by Joseph Meyer

Piano Medley Heart and Soul - music by Hoagy Carmichael Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition What Are You Doing New Yearʼs Eve? Two Sleepy People - music by Hoagy Carmichael from Thanks For The Memory

John Bolton, Emily Loesser, Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba, Hal France Baby, It’s Cold Outside from Neptuneʼs Daughter Emily Loesser, Ron Raines

The Great White Way

Standing on the Corner from The Most Happy Fella John Bolton, Rick Furman, Ron Raines, Jonathan Stinson My Heart Is So Full of You from The Most Happy Fella Emily Loesser, Ron Raines Big D from The Most Happy Fella John Bolton, Karen Ziemba, Opera Omaha Chorus Once In Love with Amy from Whereʼs Charley? John Bolton

Oklahoma! from Oklahoma!

The Company Way from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Ron Raines, John Bolton

Jennifer Berkebile, John Bolton, Ric Furman, Emily Loesser, Maria Lindsey, Ron Raines, Jonathan Stinson, Karen Ziemba Opera Omaha Chorus

Fugue for Tinhorns from Guys and Dolls John Bolton, Emily Loesser, Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett

ACT II: A TRIBUTE TO FRANK LOESSER, AMERICAN GENIUS All lyrics by Frank Loesser All music by Frank Loesser unless otherwise noted

Overture/Medley John Bolton, Emily Loesser, Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba

Take Back Your Mink from Guys and Dolls Karen Ziemba, Opera Omaha Chorus My Time of Day/ I’ve Never Been in Love Before from Guys and Dolls Emily Loesser, Ron Raines Luck Be A Lady from Guys and Dolls Ron Raines, Opera Omaha Chorus Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat from Guys and Dolls Jennifer Berkebile, John Bolton, Ric Furman, Maria Lindsey, Emily Loesser, Ron Raines, Jonathan Stinson, Karen Ziemba, Opera Omaha Chorus

ARTISTS BIOS sang Pamina in The Magic Flute and Yum Yum in The Mikado. She has participated in scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Rigoletto, and Die Fledermaus. Most recently she was Adina in the Loveland Opera Theatre’s The Elixir of Love, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with CU Opera. This summer Maria was an apprentice with the prestigious Santa Fe Opera where she covered Coryphèe in their production of Alceste, as well as sang Juliette from Roméo et Juliette in the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Opera Scenes. Ms. Lindsey most recently appeared as Barbarina in Opera Omaha’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Emily Loesser* Soprano On Broadway, Emily Loesser played Kate Mullins in the Tony award-winning production of Titanic. At Carnegie Hall, she sang the lead in the concert version of the rarely heard Gershwin musical, Tip Toes, and was Kitty in Where’s Charley? at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She played Stiffy Byng in the American premiere of the Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical By Jeeves, which was performed at The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. She appeared in the off Broadway musical Swingtime Canteen, played Linda in Holiday at the Court Theatre in Los Angeles, and starred in the “lost” Gershwin musical Strike up the Band at Goodspeed Opera House. Prior to that, she played the title role in Yiddle with a Fiddle at Town Hall in New York and Los Angeles. She was Liesl in the New York City Opera production and subsequent tour to Japan of The Sound of Music, starring Debby Boone, and appeared as Mirele in The Witch for The Jewish Repertory Theatre, both of which earned her Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. She made her Off-Broadway debut opposite her mother, Jo Sullivan, in the musical revue, Together Again For The First Time. They have since appeared together and with her husband, Don Stephenson, in numerous concerts, club engagements, and on recordings, most notably Loesser By Loesser as well as The Most Happy Fella and Guys and Dolls, featuring for the first time all the music her father composed for both the Broadway

show and then film version of Guys and Dolls, as well as the original orchestrations. Ron Raines Baritone Ron Raines continues to expand his diverse music and acting career. Mr. Raines played the role of Alan Spaulding on television’s Guiding Light, and has been featured on Broadway, in theater and concert performances. Broadway and theater credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Showboat, Teddy and Alice, Olympus on the Mind, The Merry Widow (NYCO), The Duchess of Gerolstein, One Touch of Venus, A Little Night Music, Oh Lady! Lady!, and Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to Lerner and Loewe. Other theater leading roles include South Pacific, Annie, Kismet, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, and Man of La Mancha. He was also featured in four PBS “Great Performances” (My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, Gershwin at 100, The Rodger and Hart Story – Thou Swell, Thou Witty, and Evening at Pops). In concert Mr. Raines has performed with over 50 symphony orchestras including Atlanta, Boston Pops, Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Pops, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington DC’s National Symphony in addition to the Israeli Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, and BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Most recently, Raines performed an evening celebrating the work of Jerry Herman with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Palladium in London and also appeared opposite Christine Ebersole in A Little Night Music with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and at Tanglewood. He will appear with the Opera Theater of St. Louis in June, 2010. Jonathan Stinson Baritone Currently part of Opera Omaha’s Voices in Residence program, Jonathan Stinson is enjoying a busy ‘09-’10 season as Slim in Of Mice and Men and Peter in Hansel and Gretel for Kentucky Opera, a return to Cedar Rapids Opera for the Nazarene in Salome, and as Antonio in Opera

Omaha’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Mr. Stinson’s ’08-’09 season included appearances in La Bohème with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, La Traviata with Opera New Jersey and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rigoletto with Springfield Regional Opera, Cosi fan tutte with Cedar Rapids Opera, and The Marriage of Figaro for the Bay View Music Festival. A Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2006, Mr. Stinson is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University. Karen Ziemba* Soprano Karen Ziemba received the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of The Wife in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For her performance as Georgia Hendricks in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and L.A.’s Ovation Award. Other appearances on and off-Broadway include, Never Gonna Dance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination); Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Nominations); And The World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Crazy for You and leading roles at the New York City Opera in 11O in the Shade, and The Most Happy Fella for City Center Encores! she starred in Bye Bye Birdie, The Pajama Game, Ziegfield Follies of 1936, and Allegro. Regionally she has appeared as Kate in Sylvia at the Long Wharf Theatre, CT., Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as Ouisa Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation at The Old Globe in San Diego, and as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for both The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. and the Hartford Stage. Her film and TV appearances include The Producers, Once More With Feeling, Scrubs, all three Law and Order series, The Kennedy Center Honors, in tributes to Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris, and for PBS’ Great Performances, “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies”, “Gershwin at 100”, and “Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall”. Karen’s voice appears on many recordings including several original cast albums and audio books and has received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Niagara University.

J. Gawf Resident Music Director, Chorus Master & Rehearsal Accompanist Mr. Gawf serves as Opera Omaha’s Redident Music Director and Chorus Master. Within the last three years, Mr. Gawf has prepared four world premieres, including David DiCheral’s Cyrano for Michigan Opera Theater, Ned Rorem’s Our Town for Lake George Opera and Opera Omaha’s premieres of Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream and Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voice. Kate Williams Stage Manager A longtime member of the Opera Omaha team, Kate Williams has served as Stage Manager for The Abduction from the Seraglio and Madama Butterfly in 2006, Paul Bunyan, La Traviata, and Turandot in 2005, She is currently the Assistant Production Manager at Omaha Performing Arts Society. Michael Arch Lighting Designer Michael Arch is a freelance lighting designer in Omaha. He most recently designed lights for Bellevue West High School’s production of Starmites: the Musical and he Was the house lighting designer at the Rose Children’s Theater for 3 ½ years. * Opera Omaha debut

OMAHA SYMPHONY Thomas Wilkins, Music Director | Ernest Richardson, Resident Conductor 1st Violin Amy Sims, Concertmaster Ann Beebe, Associate Concertmaster Christopher Hake, Assistant Concertmaster Ricardo Amador Phyllis Duncan Rebecca Kia Anne Nagosky Arnold Schatz 2nd Violin Keith Plenert, Principal Frank Seligman, Associate Principal Scott Shoemaker Tracy Dunn Dan Fletcher Norma Nummela Viola Amy Peterson-Stout, Principal Margo Romig-Motycka, Associate Principal Judy Divis Sarah Curley Patricia Morrow Thomas Kluge Cello Paul Ledwon, Principal Gregory Clinton, Associate Principal Margaret Wilmeth Mark Motycka Bass Will Clifton, Principal William Ritchie, Assistant Principal Leslie Carter

Guitar Jeff Scheffler Flute Maria Harding, Principal Erica Peel, Assistant Principal Christine Polson Oboe Alexandra Rock, Principal Jason Sudduth, Assistant Principal Clarinet Carmelo Galante, Principal Thomas Aber, Assistant Principal Lou DeMartino Bassoon James Compton, Principal Adam Trussell, Assistant Principal Saxophone Ken Janak Ashley Gilbert David Polson Adam Green Tom Hartig Horn Jason DeWater, Principal Libby Barnette Ross Snyder, Associate Principal William Sprague

Trumpet Scott Quackenbush, Principal David Hunsicker, Associate Principal Carl Eitzen Trombone James Schanilec, Principal Jason Stromquist, Assistant Principal Jay Wise Tuba Craig Fuller, Principal Timpani Dwight Thomas, Principal Percussion Ken Yoshida, Principal Richard Jones, Assistant Principal JB Ferguson Randall Henderson Jeff Baron Harp Mary Bircher, Principal Keyboard Christi Zuniga, Principal Ricardo Amador, Personnel Manager Jessica Slais, Librarian Gregory Clinton, Assistant Librarian

OPERA OMAHA CHORUS Kyle Avery Colin Brown Katie Burns Leanne Hill Carlson Mary Carrick Brian-Mark Conover John Dart Brian Jay Janeen Jensen Trevor Kern James C. Little Anne Miller Edward Perini Laureen Pickle Robert Poole Nora Ryan Jon Ryba Susan Seamands Seth Shirley Kevin Smith Daniel Tracy Jodi Vaccaro Shelby VanNordstrand Camellia Watkins

OPERA OMAHA STAFF John Wehrle General Director Garnett Bruce Artistic Adviser & Principal Stage Director Mark Blice Director of Production Tom Chandler Director of Patron Services Jenny Daggett Director of Finance & Human Resources Emily Huddleston Production & Community Programs Coordinator J. Gawf Resident Music Director/Chorus Master Monica Marean Administrative Assistant

Joe Toppi Development Officer Sarah Uhrich Director of Development Blythe Watkins Assistant to General Director/ Artistic Administrator Brad Watkins Operations Manager Kaleigh Wiese Graphic Designer

where p ersonality meets design.

Leslie Rehbein Marqua Development Consultant

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS Sam Bastian Joan Haberman Eugenia Hartig Jenn Kreitz Rick Miner Shawn Newman Dawn Sumrell Sandra Squires Liz Shefter

CRAFTSMAN’S GUILD Tom Burton President Betty Beach Bob Beckenhauer Harriet Beckenhauer Larry Bjorkman Sue Brennan Pat Camenzend Gina Carusi John Domian Kristen Drescher John Gibson Nora Mae Gibson Dolores Gruber Rhonda Hall Sally Jo Holm Laura Jay Andrea Kadavy Anna Kania Rick Kania Karen Kelley Joann Lefevers Julie Mead Mary Meier Bob Ridder Cheryl Sanwick Dick Serpan Maria Singhal Mary Elise Smith Stephanie Thomas Angela Turner Blythe Watkins Brad Watkins Annika Weber

PRODUCTION STAFF Al Dusek* Master Carpenter Collie MacCardell* Master Electrician Marty Bierman Sound Designer Jenn Kreitz Assistant Technical Director Jamie Fields Production Intern *IATSE Local 42

Stagehand services are provided by IATSE Local 42

Opera Omaha productions are made possible, in part, with significant support from the Craftsman’s Guild.


OPERA OMAHA GUILD Executive Committee Mark Hinrichs President Jennifer Locke President-Elect Beth Kramer Past President | Adviser Jennifer Locke Vice-President Fundraising Janet Syslo Vice-President Membership | Recording Secretary Jennifer Taylor Vice-President Social Sheila McNeill Corresponding Secretary Debbie Hart Treasurer

Fundraising Committees Cotillion Casey Fehringer Barbara Greene Kathy Neary Chairs Jill Goldstein Reservations Julie Liakos Sally English Graduation Dinner Ann Marie Abboud Gabby Mormino Reunion Party Beth Wilson Invitations Robin Purchas Dinner Classes

April Karstens Public Relations Burgers & Bordeaux Janet Syslo Chair Jennifer Taylor Mark Hinrichs Silent Auction

Sheila McNeill Treasurer Lisa Hagstrom Publicity Susan Bonnett Donna Callender Tom Chandler Beth Kramer Jennifer Locke Tam Webb Committee

Spirits of the Opera Jennifer Taylor Lisa Hagstrom Chairs

Eve & Fred Simon Celebration Jan Buckingham Mary Ellen Mulcahy Chairs

Membership Committee Janet Syslo Membership Chair Betty Rath Director’s Circle Liaison Beth Kramer Nominating Committee Sally Lusk Mary Ellen Mulcahy Metropolitan Auditions Laurine Brown Parliamentarian Sandi Bruns Advocacy/Artist/OVI

Social Committee Beth Kramer Holiday Luncheon Emily Jung Fall Luncheon Jennifer Taylor Spring Luncheon

GET INVOLVED WITH OPERA OMAHA! Without the dedication and perseverance of outstanding volunteers and support groups, our productions would not be as beautiful, our bottom line would not be as sound, and our sense of community would not be as strong. For these, and many other reasons, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the following organizations. We invite you to get involved and become a volunteer or member of one of our support groups. For more information about the following opportunities, please visit or email

OPERA OMAHA GUILD The Opera Omaha Guild is a group of men and women dedicated to supporting the Company with fundraising and opera education efforts. Members plan and promote events such as Cotillion (etiquette classes for area six graders), an Annual Gala and new this season, the Burgers & Bordeaux chef competition and Spirits of the Opera event.

CRAFTSMAN’S GUILD Integral to Opera Omaha’s success since 1962, the Craftsmans’ Guild members donate stagecraft skills in the areas of wardrobe, makeup/wigs, concessions and parties. Focused on meeting the backstage needs of guest artists and the production, members enjoy the camaraderie and reward of helping to bring top notch performances to the Omaha community.

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS The true “administrative angels,” Office Volunteers help Opera Omaha complete essential tasks for day-to-day business. Whether it is answering phones, aiding in large mailings, data input, researching and compiling data, or providing sales support in the boutique, it is clear that without their help, Opera Omaha could not bring world class opera to the Orpheum Theater stage, nor send meaningful outreach into the community.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS Opera Omaha invites students ages 16 and above who are interested in serving as audience service volunteers for all mainstage performances. Young Ambassadors have the opportunity to watch the coinciding performance for free and get a look at the opera from behind the scenes (or from behind the tickets).

SUPERNUMERARIES Supernumeraries are volunteers who appear on stage in non-speaking, non-singing roles, much like being an extra in a movie. Being a “super” takes some time and patience, but is a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Super roles are varied, but might include servants, soldiers, peasants, priests and priestesses, dancers, bartenders, waiters, Japanese relatives, ragamuffins, pickpockets, and sometimes even animals! The majority of super roles are for men ages 18–60, but women and children often have an opportunity to participate, including the very young.

INTERNSHIPS Opera Omaha is looking for area students ages 16 and above who are interested in all aspects of producing opera – from production to marketing. Positions include Assistant Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Wardrobe Assistant and Marketing Assistant.


SIMON SALUTE! For over 40 years, Eve and Fred Simon have trumpeted the benefits of having an opera company in Omaha. They have also supported many other cultural organizations throughout the metro area, as well as Opera Theatre of St. Louis and The Santa Fe Opera. To say “thank you” and to honor their dedication, the Opera Omaha Guild hosted (l-r) Jane Hill, Fred Simon, Eve Simon a celebration dinner entitled “Celebrate Opera – Celebrate Eve & Fred Simon” on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Hilton Omaha. Richard Holland served as the honorary chair. The evening began at with a cocktail reception. Dinner, entertainment, and special recognition followed, featuring the Opera Omaha Voices in Residence and actors Nils Haaland and Jill Anderson. Hal France, former Opera Omaha Artistic Director and current Executive Director of the KANEKO, performed the master-of-ceremony’s duties. Chuck Penington, J. Gawf, Resident Music Director at Opera Omaha, and the Opera Omaha Chorus were also featured. More than 250 people attended the event and over $87,000 was raised. Proceeds from the evening help support Opera Omaha’s educational and outreach programs. The chairs for the event were Jan Buckingham and Mary Ellen Mulcahy. Committee members included Linda Matson Andersen, Shari Frey, Lisa Hagstrom, Debbie Hart, Tim Hart, Connie Heiden, Ruth Keene, Mike Klug, Jennifer Locke, Mary Ann Strasheim, Richard White and Mark Hinrichs, president of the Opera Omaha Guild. Jane Hill, former General Director of Opera Omaha and James de Blasis, director of many productions in the early history of Opera Omaha and former General Director of Cincinnati Opera, attended and spoke about the Simons’ contributions. Legacy Preservation conducted interviews and wrote testimonials from local arts organization leaders as well as from Marc Scorca President and CEO of OPERA America that were included in the program book. A proclamation by Governor David Heinemann was read at the event declaring March 27th as Eve and Fred Simon Day for their contributions to the state of Nebraska and opera nationally. Co-chair Mary Ellen Mulcahy said she received many phone calls from attendees the day after the event with compliments about the “beautiful and fun evening” they had. Were it not for Eve and Fred Simon’s generous investment of time, talent, and treasure, Opera Omaha would be a vastly different and less dynamic company, and Omaha’s cultural landscape would be infinitely less rich and diverse. Our continuing thanks to them!


Our thanks to all who have made gifts to the Opera Omaha Annual Fund or the Opera Omaha Endowment Fund. We appreciate your support!

Opera Council Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. James H. Keene III Members of the Opera Omaha Council provide the financial foundation that Opera Omaha requires to maintain high quality mainstage productions and community programs. Opera Council members value what Opera Omaha provides to our community and they generously demonstrate that commitment through annual contributions of $2,500 or more.

Jan Buckingham and Lauren Ronald Mary and Hal Daub Darlynn and Tom Fellman Linda and David Gardels Debbie and Tim Hart Connie and Geof Heiden DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Anda Howe $25,000-$49,999 Annette and Steven Huff Joan Gibson and Donald Wurster Mary Jetton Barbara and Wallace Weitz Mr. and Mrs. James H. Keene III Joanne and David Kolenda PRODUCER’S CIRCLE Sharon and Howard Kooper $10,000-$24,999 Vicki and David Krecek Dr. Debra Reilly-Culver and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Martin Mr. Robert H. Culver, Jr. Langdon, Jr. Catherine and Terry Ferguson Bruce R. Lauritzen Carmen and John Gottschalk Ann Mactier Mary and Charles F. Heider Sheila and Bruce* McNeill Vernie and Carter Jones Sharee and Murray Newman Joan and Richard O’Brien Shawn and John Newman Kay and Robert E. Owen Ann and Paul O’Hara Martha and David Slosburg Kathryn and Robert Okeefe Ellen and Richard Slosburg Lenore Polack Annette and Paul Smith Ivel and John Reed Gail and Michael Yanney Susanne Shore and Pete Ricketts Terrie and John Ringwalt BENEFACTOR Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. $5,000-$9,999 Cynthia and Charles Schneider Linda and Jerome Gordman Terri and Phillip G. Schrager Myrna and Robert Krohn Dr. Kay Shilling Sally and Graham Lusk Kim and James Simon Helen and Frank Matthews Judith K. Stoewe, M.D. Sharon McGill Mary Ann and Jerrold Strasheim Angenette and Bob Meaney Janet and Jerry Syslo Dorothy Otis Anne Thorne Weaver Lisa and William Roskens Dr. Chris Link and Julie Morsman Schroeder and Ms. Jennifer Toebben John Schroeder Dr. and Mrs. James M. Tracy Dr. F. Miles Skultety * Diane Owens and John Wehrle Sue and Tom Weidner PATRON Philip Willson $2,500-$4,999 Willie Podesta Young Anonymous Marian and Harold Andersen GUARANTOR Linda Matson Andersen $1,000-$2,499 Laurence Bjorkman Betty L. Beach, PhD Barbara and Frank M. Blank Carol Dworak Anne and Steve Bruckner Carol Frost Sandi and Bill Bruns Michele van Deventer and Charles Gifford MAESTRO’S CIRCLE $100,000+ Richard Holland Opera Omaha Guild Eve and Fred Simon

Jerry Gose Jeff Grinnell Margaret and Jackson Hammitt Rae Keogh Marsha and Milton Kleinberg Wende and John Kotouc Joseph Laferla Mark Allen Maser Jane and Richard Miner Drs. Patricia and Richard Morin Anne and Alan Simon CONTRIBUTOR $500-$999 Anonymous (2) Dr. Robert Binhammer Carole Christ-Jespersen Dr. Timothy J. Crowley and Ms. Celann LaGreca Colleen and Roger Dilley Gloria Rees Dunbar Karen and Robert Duncan Anne C. Foley Shari and Mark Frey Dana and Stephen Gehring Karen and Kim Hawkins Clara and Harold Hoover Dr. Edward Horowitz Sarah and Gary Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Lackner Dr. Leland F. Lamberty Deana and Mike Liddy Harriet and William* Otis Polly and Frank L. Partsch Dr. and Mrs. Hans Rath Joan Squires and Thomas Fay Janet Strauss Monte and Duane Thompson Mary Beth and James Winner SUPPORTER $250-$499 Anonymous Sally G. and Frederick M. Bekins Maria Burgess Sarah and Christopher Campbell Tom Chandler and Bill Schaffer Helen and James Chapple Barbara and Cliff Levitan Linda and John Downey

Dr. Caitlin B. Foxley Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gelber Rev. and Mrs. Roland A. Jank, Jr. Cec and Jim Kelley Dale Kent Dr. Merlyn Knudson and Mr. James F. Davis Mary Alice and David Laferla Elaine Leise Ann Jansen Michelson and Brent Michelson Leslie and Curt Myers Sharon and G. Larry Owens Linda and William Pratt Ms. Maria Reinitz Dr. and Mrs. Larry Roffman Molly and Scott Searl Katherine Slaughter Lucy and Don Spielman Gaylen Taylor Anne and Charles Trimble Sarah and John Uhrich Dr. Margaret West and Mr. Larry West Ann and John Williamson AFFILIATE $100-$249 Anonymous (3) Judith Amber Pat and Douglas Amedeo Ames Consulting, Inc. Mary Ann and Edward Arnone Nancy Askew* Jo Bartikoski and Don Westling Catherine and Ron Bevil Phyllis Boe Dr. and Mrs. Richard Booth Lyn and Stephen Bouma Dr. Sylvia Rael and Mr. Larry Bradley Dale Branch Ann and David Burkholder Clare and Tom Burton Karen and David Campbell Janet Carlson Campbell and Chuck Campbell Murray Joseph Casey

Dr. Chelsea Chesen and Mr. Van Argyrakis Joan and Don Cimpl Mikel Clayborn Fr. Thomas J. Coenen Kara and Charles Collins Cora and Maurice Conner Maureen and Dan Crouchley Jacquelyn and Herbert Crowley Deborah Denenberg Eunice and Norm Denenberg Joan Desens and Simon Carr-Ellison Joyce Dixon Jan and Frank Duffy Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ecklund Barbara Egerer Mary Kaye and Ronald Eggers Rita C. Eldrige Jill and Michael Erman Helga and Clark Fensterman Dr. and Mrs. Paul Fine Fluehr Family Mollie and Terry Foster Muriel Frank Judith and Craig Fuller Elizabeth and John Fullerton Wilma and Donald Getz Turkiz and David Gokgol Dr. and Mrs. John Gordon Judy and Richard Gray, III Rosalie and Charles Graz John K. Green Beverly and Randall Greer Kathy and Mike Gross Joan and David Haberman Kathy Hahn Joyce and Allen Hall Opal and Richard Hallworth Hathor Associates Cheryl Hazel Tari Hendrickson and Clayton Naff Dr. John W. Hill and Ms. Tommie Parker Kelly and Dean Hodges Barbara and Paul E. Hodgson John Hoich Judith and Morgan Holmes Laura and David Honeycutt Jane Renner Hood Silke and Sven Jasinski David W. Johnson, Sr. Noreen and William Johnson Patricia and Elden Jonas Joyce and Ronald Jones Sally and Kenneth E. Kampfe Ellen and Bruce Karsk Audrey and Richard F. Kauders Emily and Philip Kemp Helen and John Kenefick

Dianne and Walker Kennedy Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth I. Knowles Janet and Frederick Kuehl Barbara C. Kuhn Antoinette Kuhry and Thomas Haeuser Barbara and Marshall Kushner Carole and Wayne Lainof Russell Lang Lynnette and Richard Lawson Mary F. Lindsay Barbara and Donald Mackintosh Angela Starke and Vincent Mainelli Betty Anne Maline and Allan Armbruster Jr. Margaret and William March Marissa and Michael Mayhan Dr.* and Mrs. Beverley Mead Ruth and Kenneth Meints Janet Miller Jeanne and Steve Miller Sue Moskovits Julie and Mark Mowat Karen and Paul Mullen Helen Murphy Margaret and Jon A. Nelson Dr. Paul J. Nelson Dawn and John Nielsen Mrs. Beverly M. Otis Josephine Taulborg and Isaiah Peerman Rev. Roland Peschel Richard Peterson Rose Pitlor Helen and Roger H. Porter, Jr. Gloria and Wayne Pressnall Neva Pruess Jim Pyrzynski Athena Ramos Patricia and Robert Ranney Margaret and John H. Rebensdorf Daniel Regan Joan Reist Juliana and Russell Reno David M. Rice Harry Richman Debbie Riesland and Ted Kawa Mary Ann and Matt Roberts Noyes W. Rogers Molly Romero Susan Rothholz Dr. Robert G. Ruetz Betty and Lawrence Rundlett Judy and Larry Sampier David M. Sandoz Susan Scherl Mary and Tobin Schropp Alice and L. Donovan Schuler Margaret Shearer Marcella Shortt and Robert Haller Mary Siahpush Sissy and Howard Silber Howard Silberg

Suzanne Singer Ruth and Roy Singleton Mrs. Robert Slabaugh Susan and Charles Smith Dr. Sandra Squires Nancy Sunderland Grey L. Taulborg Susan Thomas and Steven Hutchinson Alice Thompson Bruni and Roy Thylin Dr. Richard and Mrs. Jean Tobin Dorothy and Dean Tuma Ann Van Hoff Ann Stephens and John Vasiliades Gail and Irv Veitzer Patricia Victor Joyce and Frank Vovk Donna Walsh and Grant Lippincott Fern Watanabe Margaret Watson Sarah Watson Verne A. Weber Mona Williams Mrs. Margaret Wiltse Brother William Woeger Elaine Wolf Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Yonkers Sara and John Young Judy and Fred Youngscap Susan and John Zeilinger Susan and Jeff Zindel, Sr. * Deceased

FORTISSIMO SOCIETY The Fortissimo Society brings together generous friends who have included Opera Omaha in their estate plans. Participants have made estate gifts through a beneficiary designation in a will, trust, insurance policy, real estate or retirement plan; others have planned an irrevocable life income arrangement. We invite you to become a member of the Fortissimo Society. Your personal legacy will inspire others and provide a future for Opera Omaha. We extend our continued gratitude to the members of the Fortissimo Society for their commitment to the Company’s long-term financial stability. Anonymous (2) Peppy and Norman Bahr Jo Bartikoski and Don Westling Betty L. Beach, PhD Sandra L.E. and William C. Bruns Ike* and Roz* Friedman Foundation Linda and David Gardels Connie and George F. Heiden Mary and Charles Heider Mary*and Richard Holland Aline Hosman* Sally and Graham Lusk

Ann and Allan* Mactier Ephraim L. Marks* and David M. Rice Mark Allen Maser Joan F. and Richard L. O’Brien Jane D. and Thompson H. Rogers Jane and Carl Rohman Ruth and William Scott Eve and Fred Simon Bruni and Roy Thylin * Deceased

If you have already made a provision for Opera Omaha in your estate plans, we would appreciate your notifying us so we may thank you through the Fortissimo Society. Members enjoy an invitation to a special Black Tie Dinner and other recognition. If you would like more information about possible gift arrangement, please contact Sarah Uhrich at 402-346-4398 x106 or

SPECIAL FUNDS We thank the donors who have established restricted funds to honor a family, friend or loved one. These named funds provide important support for Opera Omaha in perpetuity. The William Randolph Hearst Fund, Inc. The Jane Hill Education Fund The Barbara Willson Memorial Fund

MEMORIALS AND TRIBUTES Donors who have made gifts to the Annual Fund in honor or in memory of a loved one are recognized below. This list acknowledges contributions that were received between March 31, 2010 to April 1, 2010.

IN HONOR OF: David Gardels: Jan Buckingham and Lauren Ronald Bill Schaffer’s Birthday: Kate Bradley Sandi and Bill Bruns Jackie McCabe Marie Payton and Marsha Keith John Prouty Kay Telford Michael Toth Anne Thorne Weaver Willie Podesta Young Mary Ellen Mulcahy: Judith and Ronald Parks Mozart: Estelle and Robert Faier Eve and Fred Simon, 35th Wedding Anniversary: Jan Buckingham and Lauren Ronald Eve and Fred Simon: Marian and Harold Anderson Lynne and John K. Boyer Carole and Donald Burt Holly and John Cimino Sylvia Cohn and Cynthia Schneider Eunice and Norm Denenberg Barbara and William Fitzgerald Joan Gibson and Donald Wurster Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Rhonda and Howard Hawks Richard Holland Claire M. Hubbard Karen Sokolof Javitch Connie and Bob Kully Barbara and Marshall Kushner Barbara and Cliff Levitan Joan and Max Lomont Sally and Graham Lusk Marisa and Michael Mayhan Mary Ellen Mulcahy Leslie and Curt Myers Sharee and Murray Newman Carmen and Toma Ovici

Helga and Philip Patterson Pete Ricketts and Suzanne Shore Terri and Phillip Schrager Kim and James Simon Anne and Alan Simon Suzanne Singer Ellen and Richard Slosburg Martha and David Slosburg Annette and Paul Smith Mary Anne Vaccaro Rosie and Jim Vincent

IN MEMORY OF: Hazael and Mercer Bruce: Garnett Bruce Ruth Fox: Jeri L. Falk Phyllis Fried and Ellen (Fried) Kopp Dr. Bill Gaus Nora Mae Gibson Barker Phillips Jackson Ruth and James Keene III Joanne and David Kolenda Mary Ellen Mulcahy Omaha Performing Arts Opera Omaha Craftsman’s Guild Opera Omaha Staff Cynthia and Charles Schneider Ruth and Roy Singleton Jill Thomas Fern Watanabe William and Mary Gustin: Jennifer Dotter Edward Hart: Joyce and Harry Dixon Alice Kaya: Raydelle Meehan Jack Kostich: NE/IA Chapter ASID Rosemary Mulligan McCann: Maureen and Dan Crouchley Maureen McCann Waldron and James P. Waldron

Bruce McNeil: The McNeill Family Elizabeth R. Anderson Mabel Boyd Claudia Fontaine Joyce and Kenneth Goad G. Darlene and Kenneth Graf Melissa and Steven Gustafson Joann and Bill Hays Kelly and Dean Hodges Vernie and Carter Jones John Kraemer Kathryn Lancaster Sally and Graham Lusk Joan and Richard O’Brien Opera Omaha Guild Tom Chandler and Bill Schaffer Lorri and Kelly Sell Mary Siahpush Margaret and James Sykora Wylene Twombly Andrea and Jay Vickerman

Barney Strattan: Mary Anne and Jerry Strasheim Eloise Squires: Dr. Sandra Squires John C. Wehrle: Hathor Associates Institute for Holocaust Education Opera Omaha Staff Mr. and Mrs. G. Larry Owens Annis Gilmore Williams: Beverly Otis William Matthews: Linda Matson Andersen Patti and John Benker Valerie and Kevin Beyersdorfer Kelly and Mark Blice Marian Bogard Mary and Fred Brich Sandi and Bill Bruns Jan Buckingham and Lauren Ronald

Tom Chandler and Bill Schaffer Agnes Clark Joan Desens and Simon Carr-Ellison Gloria Rees Dunbar Dr. Bill Gaus Helen and John Kenefick Susan Kratochvil Barbara and Marshall Kushner Karen F. Levin Edward Lindsay Mary F. Lindsay Monnie H. Lindsay Sharon McGill Elizabeth and Edgar H. Morsman Jr. Mary Ellen Mulcahy Joan and Richard O’Brien Opera Omaha Staff Margaret and Thomas Quinn Ivel and John Reed David M. Rice Dr. Robert G. Ruetz and Family Eve and Fred Simon Ruth and Roy Singleton Cathy and Lawrence Sosso Lucy and Don Spielman Angela Starte and Vincent Mainelli Judith K. Stoewe, MD Monte and Duane Thompson Dorothy and Allan Tubach Joyce and Frank Vovk Dr. and Mrs. James J. Wigton Mary Beth and James Winner Eileen M. Wirth




Our deepest gratitude goes to those corporations, foundations and public entities who demonstrate their commitment to our community through their support of Opera Omaha. Mutual of Omaha Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. Valmont Industries Wells Fargo Bank

GUARANTOR $1,000-$2,999 Gordmans Old Market Habitat & Niche Woodmen of the World


$25,000-$49,999 Lincoln Financial Group Omaha World-Herald Company University of Nebraska Medical Center Wright Printing

$5,000-$9,999 Broadmoor Development Kutak Rock Omaha Nightlife Qwest Foundation Regal Printing Company U.S. Bank Union Pacific Railroad Matching Gift Program University of Nebraska - Omaha



$10,000-$24,999 Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE ConAgra Foods, Inc. Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP infoGroup, Inc. Leopard, Inc.

$3,000-$4,999 KETV-7 Metro Community College Midwest Airlines RK Digital US Bancorp Foundation, Matching Gift

$50,000- $99,999 + First National Bank


CONTRIBUTOR $500-$999 American National Bank Linda Matson Andersen, CBS Home Realty Aromas Coffeehouse Batten Trailer Leasing, Inc. Michael Bydalek, Kutak Rock, LLP City Weekly Complete Payroll Services, Inc. Panera Bread Physicians Mutual Security National Bank University of Nebraska-Lincoln V. Mertz Restaurant and Wine Bar




$100,000+ Opera Omaha Guild

$10,000-$24,999 Argosy Foundation Rose Blumkin Foundation Cooper Foundation Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation Opera Fund of OPERA America

$3,000-$4,999 The William Randolph Hearst Foundation William R. Patrick Foundation

MEDICI CIRCLE $50,000-$99,999 Douglas County Board of Commissioners National Endowment for the Arts Peter Kiewit Foundation

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $25,000-$49,999 Iowa West Foundation Nebraska Arts Council Nebraska Cultural Endowment

BENEFACTOR $5,000-$9,999 Anonymous Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The Hawks Foundation Julie Morsman-Schroeder Foundation Nebraska Humanities Council Whitmore Charitable Trust

GUARANTOR $1,000-$2,999 Blue Stem Prairie Foundation Ike* and Roz* Friedman Foundation Theodore F.* and Claire M. Hubbard Foundation

1958-59 Madama Butterfly Hansel and Gretel Oklahoma! Tosca 1959-60 Carousel Pagliacci Quivera 1960-61 Die Fledermaus La Traviata 1961-62 La Bohème The Merry Widow 1962-63 Carmen La Perichole 1963-64 Aida The Barber of Seville 1964-65 Lucia di Lammermoor The Marriage of Figaro 1965-66 Madama Butterfly Rigoletto 1966-67 Il Trovatore The Ballad of Baby Doe 1967-68 La Bohème Tosca

1972-73 Romeo and Juliet Un Ballo in Maschera Tosca 1973-74 La Bohème The Elixir of Love The Marriage of Figaro 1974-75 La Traviata La Pericole Lucia di Lammermoor The Barber of Seville 1975-76 Aida Bilby’s Doll Manon 1976-77 Don Giovanni Don Pasquale Madama Butterfly The Merry Widow 1977-78 The Abduction from the Seraglio* The Barber of Seville The Bartered Bride 1978-79 La Bohème Werther 1979-80 Die Fledermaus* La Traviata* The Pirates of Penzance

1968-69 Carmen La Traviata

1980-81 Così fan tutte Rigoletto Susannah

1969-70 Cavelleria Rusticana Faust Pagliacci

1981-82 Daughter of the Regiment Carmen The Magic Flute

1970-71 Aida Die Fledermaus

1982-83 Don Pasquale Faust Madama Butterfly

1971-72 Madama Butterfly Rigoletto The Tales of Hoffmann

1983-84 Aida* The Tales of Hoffmann Don Giovanni

Opera Omaha has been bringing opera to everyone in Omaha since 1958.

1984-85 Tosca Falstaff Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi 1985-86 Turandot Lucia di Lammermoor The Marriage of Figaro 1986-87 La Traviata The Barber of Seville Porgy and Bess

1992-93 Ermione** The Gardens of Adonis*** Autumn Valentine*** Eugene Onegin* The Flying Dutchman 1993-94 Fidelio The Pirates of Penzance Requiem Variations*** 1994-95 The Merry Widow La Traviata Carmen

1987-88 Amahl & the Night Visitors* 1995-96 The Turn of the Screw* Daughter of the Regiment* The Juniper Tree* Turandot Where’s Dick The Barber of Seville Carmen La Bohème 1996-97 Così fan tutte* 1988-89 La Bohème Oklahoma! Faust Partenope** White Rose 1997-98 The Diary of One Don Pasquale Who Vanished A Celebration of Bel Canto Madama Butterfly La Cenerentola Rigoletto Manon 1998-99 Eric Hermannson’s Soul*** 1989-90 Aida Placido Domingo The Marriage of Figaro in Concert Showboat 1999-2000 Madama Butterfly Samuel Ramey in Romeo and Juliet* A Date with the Devil Samson et Dalila Tosca* 1990-91 Carousel Angelina Reaux in Stranger 2000-01 Amahl and the Night Here Myself Visitors* Maria Padilla** Man of La Mancha Golem** Pagliacci/Carmina Burana Il Trovatore* Falstaff The Magic Flute 1991-92 My Fair Lady Tosca Don Giovanni*

2001-02 All-American! concert Amahl and the Night Visitors Otello Little Women Don Giovanni

2002-03 Richard Rodgers’ America concert Carmen The Turn of the Screw* HMS Pinafore Bloodlines*** 2003-04 La Bohème Lucia di Lammermoor Cold Sassy Tree* 2004-05 The Threepenny Opera* The Tender Land* Dream of the Pacific*** Turandot La Traviata 2005-06 Paul Bunyan Madama Butterfly* The Abduction from the Seraglio* Evenings With Stewart Robertson 2006-07 Tosca Wakonda’s Dream*** The Barber of Seville Evenings with Stewart Robertson 2007-08 All The King’s Men* The Tragedy of Carmen* Aida* Evenings with Stewart Robertson 2008-09 The Blizzard Voices*** The Pirates of Penzance La Bohème 2009-10 Night for American Song Pagliacci Brundibár The Marriage of Figaro So In Love with Broadway * New production ** American Premiere *** World Premiere


Once in love with Amy, Always in love with Amy, Ever and ever Fascinated by her, Sets your heart afire to stay. Once you’re kissed by Amy Tear up your list, it’s Amy. Ply her with bonbons, Poetry and flowers, Moon a million hours away. You might be quite the fickle-hearted rover, So carefree and bold, Who loves a girl and later thinks it over, And just quits cold. Ah, but once in love with Amy, Always in love with Amy. Ever and ever Sweetly you’ll romance her, Trouble is, the answer will be Ha, ha, ha, ha, That Amy’d rather stay in love with me! © 1948 Frank Music Corp.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ®Dreamcoat

Quilters August 21–September 27, 2009

September 25–October 25, 2009

Almost, Maine

Cheaper By the Dozen

October 23–November 22, 2009

January 22–February 14, 2010

Death of a Salesman

All Shook Up

February 19–March 21, 2010

March 5–April 3, 2010

Awesome 80s Prom

Mister Roberts

April 30–May 30, 2010

April 16–May 9, 2010

A Christmas Carol

Fiddler on the Roof

November 20–December 23, 2009

May 28–June 27, 2010

Yesterday And Today December 4–31, 2009

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FOOD SERVICES The Orpheum Theater and Holland Center are served exclusively by fine food providers who deliver a range of offerings, including preperformance and intermission service. Menus are available for private parties, special events and meetings that are tailored to individual needs and event budgets. For more information or to book an event in either venue, contact 402-345-0202 or Thank you for enjoying your food and beverage in the lobbies only.

OPERA OMAHA BOX OFFICE INFORMATION Location: 17th and Farnam Streets Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm Phone: (402) 34-OPERA (346-7372) Toll-Free 877-34-OPERA Fax: (402) 346-7323 E-mail: SINGLE TICKETS Single tickets are on sale for the current season at the Opera Omaha Box Office, by phone at (402) 34-OPERA, or online at Single tickets may also be purchased at the theater one hour prior to performances. Subscribers are entitled to the subscriber discount when purchasing additional tickets. Personal checks and all major credit cards are welcome. Single tickets can also be purchased through Ticket Omaha, (402) 345-0606 or

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Doctors, parents or patrons expecting phone calls are advised to leave their seat location (shown on the ticket) with the appropriate parties and with the house manager or head usher. The emergency telephone number during performances is (402) 661-8555. The attendant will forward calls to the appropriate venue. PARKING Orpheum Theater – nearby and conveniently located garage parking is available at OPPD with entrances on Howard Street between 16th and 17th streets and on 17th Street. The OPPD garage closes one hour after final curtain. Surface lots and street parking are also available.

GROUP TICKETS Discounts on tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (402) 346-4398.

Holland Performing Arts Center – easy-access garage parking is available in Omaha Park 8 directly north of the Holland Center with entrances on Dodge or Capitol Streets. Park 8 closes one hour after final curtain. Surface lots and street parking are also available.

GIFT CERTIFICATES Gift certificates make a perfect gift, and are available for any Opera Omaha production in any dollar amount. Call the Box Office for details at (402) 34-OPERA (346-7372).

FIRE OR TORNADO NOTICES In the event of fire, tornado or other emergency, patrons will be given instructions regarding evacuation of the facility or relocation to areas of refuge. Please do not run–walk to the designated areas as directed.

EXCHANGE PRIVILEGES AND UNUSED TICKETS Season Subscribers may exchange tickets to attend another performance of the sameproduction. Exchanges must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Ticket holders who are unable to attend a performance may make a charitable contribution to Opera Omaha by returning their tickets to the Opera’s Box Office at least 48 hours prior to the performance.

LOST AND FOUND Lost articles may be retrieved by speaking with an usher. If you have already left the venue, please call 402-661-8555.

PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDING AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES Unauthorized cameras and recording devices are not allowed inside the theater at any time. Photographs of the performances are strictly prohibited. Cell phones, beepers, pagers and other electronic devices must be turned off prior to performances. LATE SEATING POLICY Opera Omaha will not admit latecomers and patrons who exit during a performance until an appropriate pause in the music. For Orpheum productions, a closed-circuit television in the lobby on the main level enables latecomers to view the performance until a designated seating pause. Orpheum Ambassadors have been asked to strictly enforce this policy.

ACCESSIBILITY Omaha Performing Arts is committed to making performances and facilities accessible to everyone under the criteria established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Requests for accommodations are made when purchasing tickets. Accessible Features • Accessible seating positions in every ticket price range • Accessible restrooms • Hearing devices available for checkout • Accessible parking adjacent to the venue • Accessible backstage accommodations for performers and technicians, including entries, dressing rooms and restrooms • American Sign Language interpretation must be arranged in advance of the performance Special requests or concerns regarding accommodations may be directed to Ticket Omaha toll free at 866-434-TKTS (8587), 402-345-0606, or 402-341-1811 (TTY), or We are pleased to assist you with your needs.

OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS Omaha Performing Arts is the local non-profit arts organization that manages the Orpheum Theater and owns and operates the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Lisa Cuevas-Jorgensen, Vice President for Development Trisha Hoffman-Ahrens, Vice President for Marketing and Communications Arnold Reeves, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Omaha Performing Arts Board of Directors John Gottschalk, Chairman Richard D. Holland, Vice Chairman Meg Lauritzen Dodge Todd L. Johnson Carl G. Mammel Walter Scott, Jr. D. David Slosburg John K. Boyer, Secretary

Ticket Omaha Tickets for performances at the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center may be purchased through Ticket Omaha online at; by mail at 1200 Douglas Street, Omaha, NE 68102; by phone toll free at 866-434TKTS (8587) or 402-345-0606, Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM; or in person at the Ticket Omaha box office, 13th and Douglas Streets, Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays, noon to 5 PM.

Omaha Performing Arts Staff Joan H. Squires, President Denise E. Bartels, Vice President for Capital Endowment Joi Brown, Vice President for Programming and Education

Cherish the Ladies

Motown Tribute

March 12, 13 & 14, 2010 ✴ Holland Center

April 30 - May 1 & 2, 2010 ✴ Holland Center

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”: a Boston Globe critic’s praise for Cherish the Ladies, the first and only all-female Irish band. The most sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music offers audiences the whole package: virtuosic instrumentals, gorgeous vocals, and stunning step dancing.

Take a musical stroll down memory lane, as the group Spectrum sings the soulful classics you love by the Temptations, the Platters, the Four Tops, and more. Their tight harmonies and polished choreography, combined with the smooth sounds of the symphony, are bound to impress and entertain.

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