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Pandemic delays shows, changes lineup at Omaha Community Playhouse

Pandemic delays shows, changes lineup at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha Community Playhouse rehearsal

A past dress rehearsal at the Omaha Community Playhouse, where the first spring production has been delayed until February. Shows with larger casts also have been replaced with ones requiring fewer actors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has prompted more changes in the Omaha Community Playhouse schedule.

The first production in 2021 now will open in February to allow more time for the coronavirus rate to drop, according to an email to Playhouse supporters.

In addition, shows with large casts have been replaced with others requiring fewer people to facilitate distancing at rehearsals and performances.

Playhouse officials made the changes after consulting with Douglas County Health Department personnel and local medical experts.

The spring 2021 lineup:

Feb. 26 to March 21: “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Susan Baer Collins. Hawks Mainstage.

March 19 to April 11: “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode, directed by Jim McKain. Howard Drew Theatre.

April 9 to May 2: “The Drawer Boy” by Michael Healey, directed by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek. Hawks Mainstage.

April 30 to May 23: “Constellations” by Nick Payne, director to be announced. Howard Drew Theatre.

May 21 to June 20: “Ain’t Misbehavin,” music by Thomas “Fats” Waller, conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz, directed by Kathy Tyree. Hawks Mainstage.

June 4-27: The Candy Project presents “Gutenberg! The Musical,” by Anthony King and Scott Brown, directed by Kaitlyn McClincy.

Enhanced safety precautions such as extensive cleaning and social distancing will continue at the theater.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect ending date for "The Last Five Years."

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