Disney Honors OPA and SNAP visits ‘Other Desert Cities’

The next time you attend a show at The Orpheum Theater, you might notice some new hardware hanging in Slosburg Hall. Disney Theatrical Productions has honored Omaha Performing Arts for its years of successful engagements of their Broadway touring productions, including most recently the record-breaking run of The Lion King. The award is a handcrafted lioness mask, a replica of the one originally created by The Lion King’s designer Michael Curry and director Julie Taymor.

According to Omaha Performing Arts, The Lion King’s 32 show, sold-out, four-week run grossed more than $5.6 million at the box office and brought in more than 79,000 partons, both Omaha theatrical records. Based on the Touring Broadway League economic report, the show also brought in $19 million of economic benefit to the city of Omaha through travel, hotels, restaurants, parking, and other businesses patronized by theatergoers.

Jack Eldon, Domestic Vice President of Disney Theatrical Productions, said, “Working and collaborating with Omaha Performing Arts’ remarkable staff and volunteers have always been a sincere pleasure for us at Disney Theatrical Productions, and we hope this tribute will serve as a reminder of their outstanding work and our deepest appreciation.”

Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires was appreciative of the Disney honor, thanking the staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts as well as their partnership with Broadway Across America. Squires also added, “A very big thank you and special recognition goes to the community for its overwhelming support of Omaha Performing Arts.”

If you looking to support more art these upcoming weeks, then don’t forget to check out one of the area’s smaller stages at SNAP Productions as they present Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz. The show, set on Christmas Eve in 2004, follows the well-to-do Wyeth Household.

Daughter Brooke (Daena Schweiger), an author recovering from mental illness and writer’s block, has completed and sold her latest book about her family’s turbulent past. When she asks for her family's permission to publish the book, family secrets and suppressed emotions reveal themselves in surprising ways.
Add to it the experienced cast of Connie Lee, Kevin Barratt, and Kim Jubenville, as well as Matthew Hemingway, and you have the potential for one engaging night of theatre. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to snapproductions.com

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 09:27 pm
on Monday, August 26th, 2013

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