Broadway at the Rose, a group of young musical-theater entertainers who take classes at the Rose Theater, won an outstanding performance award Jan. 20 in Atlanta at the Music Theater International Broadway Junior show.
The prize ranks the group among the top eight of 89 teams that took part in the musical-theater festival, the nation's largest. It was the Rose's first year participating in the event since Broadway at the Rose was founded two years ago.
Sue Gillespie Booton, director of the 21-member group, said she was astounded the group won the festival's highest honor in its first year, performing “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.”
The group also got an outstanding ensemble award. Members Justice Jones and Claire Booton won Junior Theater All Star awards. Cal Strawhecker and Max Hauze became demonstrators in festival choreography videos.
'Crumble' reading free at Playhouse Monday
A free staged reading of “Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)” will be presented Monday night at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The 7:30 p.m. reading is part of the Playhouse's 21 & Over program, presenting material aimed at adult audiences. A free-will offering will be taken.
The play by Sheila Callaghan centers on 11-year-old Janice, whose refuge among family troubles is a celebrity crush. Her mom has panic attacks, her aunt is fixated on cats, and Janice is left to mend the chasm in their lives.
Amy Lane directs Leanne Hill Carlson, Eric Salonis, Angela Jenson Frey, Bethany Jones, Paul Hanson and Beth Thompson.
Free screening of film about Whitney Young
Film Streams, Omaha's nonprofit art-house movie theater, will present a free screening of the documentary “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights” Thursday at 7 p.m.
A post-show discussion will be led by producer Bonnie Boswell, Young's niece. Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater is at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets in north downtown.
Whitney Young was a founding figure for the Urban League of Nebraska and was president of it in the 1950s. He was a diplomat in the 1960s between those in power and those striving for change.
Shakespeare film fest runs three Tuesdays
The third annual Shakespeare on the Silver Screen Film Festival will unspool for three consecutive Tuesdays, starting Feb. 26, at Marcus Midtown Cinema, 32nd and Farnam Streets.
Through a partnership with NET Television, Nebraska Shakespeare will present free showings of two hourlong episodes of the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered,” starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 26.
“Twelfth Night,” directed by Trevor Nunn in 1996, will be screened March 5 at 6 p.m., and “Titus,” directed by Julie Taymor, will be screened at 6 p.m. March 12. Suggested donation for these two films is $10 each, as a fundraiser for Nebraska Shakespeare.
For more information, visit nebraskashakespeare.com.
Benson Theatre fundraiser Friday
“Toons & Brews,” a fundraising event Friday night at the Pizza Shoppe Collective, will benefit the restoration of the historic Benson Theatre, which is nextdoor the Pizza Shoppe, 6054 Maple St.
An exhibit of Omaha World-Herald cartoonist Jeff Koterba's work will open at 7 p.m., and he will talk about his work at 8 p.m. Jason Levering, executive director of the Omaha Film Festival, will serve as host.
Beer tastings of New Belgium beers and food from the Pizza Shoppe will be available throughout the night, and the theater will be open for tours.
Tickets, $20, can be purchased online at bensontheatre.org or at the door.
'Reveal' screening to benefit bicycle club
“Reveal the Path,” a bicycling documentary, will be screened Thursday at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St. The 7 p.m. event is a fundraiser for the Omaha Pedalers bicycle club.
Filmed on four continents, “Reveal the Path” features world-class mountain bikers, including Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider. It explores Europe's snow-capped mountains, Scotland's lush valleys, Alaska's rugged coastline beaches, Nepal's elevated wonders and Morocco's high desert.
Symphony to feature Russian composers
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's Saturday concert will showcase the classical romanticism of Russian composers.
The 7:30 p.m. concert, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, will feature strings for the opening segment, playing Borodin's “Nocturne” and Shostakovich's “Chamber Symphony.” After intermission the full orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's “Symphony No. 6 in B Minor.”
A pre-concert chat will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Steinhart Room, led by NET Radio music director William Stibor and the symphony's music director, Edward Polochick. The Lincoln Youth Symphony will play in the lobby.
Tickets are $10 and $25 for adults, $5 for those 17 and under. Information: 402-476-2211 or online at lincolnsymphony.org
Big band showcase Friday at UNO
The Jim Widner Big Band will perform a public concert Friday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Strauss Performing Arts Center.
The 8 p.m. concert coincides with the release of the group's latest album, recorded last summer during the UNO Jazz Camp. Band members, some of whom have worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson, will sign autographs after the show.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door. Information: 402-554-2297 or online at jimwidnerbigband.com.
“A Year With Frog and Toad,” Rose Theater, 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs April 26-May 12. Paid acting positions. Minority actors highly encouraged to audition. Roles for all ages and genders. Information: 402-342-5119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Hotels, Motels, Holiday Inn (Say What?), or We Didn't Start the Fire,” Florentine Players melodrama, noon Feb. 24 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Florence City Reception Hall, 29th and State Streets. Show runs May 9-11. Information: 402-517-6229.
Original multimedia production about artist Jackson Pollock, Metropolitan Community College, noon Saturday at Building 21 (Mule Barn) on the Fort Omaha campus. Need actor-writers and tech crew applicants to write, rehearse, act, perform and tour with the show to Metro campuses, metro-area venues. Earn 4.5 credit hours from MCC tuition-free. Performances in mid-May. Information: 402-917-1709.
“The Good Lie,” a feature-length studio film about “The Lost Boys” of Sudan. Seeking members of the South Sudanese community to play roles in the film. Director is Oscar nominee Philippe Falardeau. Producers: Imagine Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and Black Label Media. Auditions at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Information online at thegoodliecasting.com
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach