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Published Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:23 pm
Arts news and notes from around Omaha

Directors film series to spotlight Bergman

Film Streams will continue its Great Directors series of film retrospectives with a salute to the work of Ingmar Bergman, starting Friday and running through April 4.

The nonprofit art-house theater’s Ruth Sokolof Theater is at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.

Bergman used cinema to explore profound questions about life, death and the human psyche. The screening schedule:

“Smiles of a Summer Night,” 1955, Friday through Feb. 7; “The Seventh Seal,” 1957, Feb. 8-14; “Wild Strawberries,” 1957, Feb. 15-21; “The Magic Flute,” 1975, Feb. 16, 17 and 21; “The Virgin Spring,” 1960, Feb. 22-28; “Summer with Monika,” 1953, March 1-7; “Persona,” 1966, March 8-14; “Cries and Whispers,” 1972, March 15-21; “Fanny and Alexander,” 1982, March 22-28; and “The Passion of Anna,” 1969, March 29-April 4.

Information: 402-933-0259 or online at

‘The Producers’ will headline Lofte season

The Lofte Theatre, located just east of Manley, Neb., has announced its 2013 season of live theater, headlined by the Mel Brooks show-biz musical “The Producers” July 19-Aug. 4.

Other titles include “The Dixie Swim Club,” a comedy about friendships, May 25-June 9; “The Boys Next Door,” about special-needs men in a communal residence, Aug. 31-Sept. 15; “Nunsense Boulevard,” a musical spoof, Oct. 12-27; and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” about unruly kids in a Christmas pageant, Nov. 30-Dec. 15.

Special presentations will include Joseph Hall as Elvis on Feb. 23; Billy McGuigan’s Beatles salute “Yesterday and Today,” April 20 and 21; the Missoula Children’s Theater on June 15; and a Veterans Day salute Nov. 10.

For season tickets or more information, call the box office at 402-234-2553 or go online to

8 performers slated for Brownville stage

A wide range of musical styles will fill the Brownville Concert Series’ 23rd season, which kicks off with a lineup of eight performers in March in Brownville, Neb. The lineup:

Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins and pianist Joe Cartwright, March 15-17;

Harpeth Rising bluegrass band, April 19-21;

Eric Michael Gillett, cabaret show with songs from and about the movies, May 31-June 2;

Saucy Jack Band brings “Landslide & Killer Queen: Tributes to Fleetwood Mac and Queen,” July 19-21;

Deborah Brown singing the American Songbook, Aug. 16-18;

Ran Dank, concert pianist, Sept. 22;

Tony-nominated “Light in the Piazza” actress Christine Andreas, Nov. 8-10; and

A Christmas gala featuring four New York cabaret artists, Dec. 13-15.

Information: 402-825-3331 or online at

Concert to feature American legends

The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra will put the stories of American legends to music in a family concert Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Avenue, on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus.

Folk heroes showcased include Paul Bunyan, John Henry and the Lone Ranger. Chip Smith, a music professor at Hastings College, will narrate between and during numerous musical selections. The concert will also feature winners in the orchestra’s young artist competition, saxophonist Nicholas May, and Jennifer and Jehong Ahn on violin and viola.

A musical-instrument petting zoo will be presented at 1 p.m., along with craft activities and face painting.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 17 and under. Information: 402-476-2211 or online at

Festival recognizes Rose Theater students

Students from the Rose Theater in Omaha were recognized at the 2013 Junior Theater Festival, held Jan. 18-20 in Atlanta, Ga. More than 4,000 kids from 82 schools attended the festival.

The Rose school was one of eight to win a Freddie G Outstanding Production Award. Twenty Rose students performed a song from their “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” production in competition and at the festival’s closing ceremonies.

Justice Jones, 14, and Claire Booton, 13, were named to the Broadway Junior All-Stars — two outstanding performers from each school — and performed “Oh, Bless the Lord” from “Godspell Jr.”

Max Hauze, 16, and Cal Strawhecker, 12, were among 80 students who made it to the final call-back for future Broadway Junior shoots for how-to choreography videos for Broadway Junior musicals. The videos will be used in tens of thousands of schools across the country and internationally.

In addition to the four mentioned, participants were Annie Boggust, 13; Emma Creamer, 13; Cassidy Conroy, 14; Abby Cota, 11; Emma Dougherty, 10; Maya Dykstra, 12; Olivia Hess, 12; Noah Jeffrey, 14; Kelly Kroeger, 11; Gillian Krueger, 12; Kevin Mikuls, 14; Aleesha Singh, 10; Maddie Sitton, 9; Sierra Somer, 10; Mia Thomas, 13; and Kami Upah, 11.


“Sugar,” Bellevue Little Theatre, 5 p.m. Feb. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the theater, 203 W. Mission Ave. in Bellevue. Show runs April 12-28. Information: 402-292-1920.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Rose Theater, 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St.. Adults and children ages 8 and older. Come prepared to perform at least eight bars of a song. A basic dance audition may also be conducted. Weeknight and weekend rehearsals April 23-May 30. Show runs May 31-June 16. Information: 402-342-5119 or email

— Compiled by Bob Fischbach

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