January 27, 2015

Review: Little Women at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha Community Playhouse is staging the heart-warming musical “Little Women” on its main stage.

The March women in "Little Women" at Omaha Community Playhouse. Photos courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

The March women in “Little Women” at Omaha Community Playhouse. Photos courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

Being a story about four sisters coming of age, who better to bring with me than my own sister? You know, to nudge when a March sister does something ridiculous. I was never that sister. She was.

(Love you, Kelly!).

OCP was kind enough to provide complimentary tickets to their opening weekend so I can tell you all about it.

What to expect:

This production is a musical, so beware that your beloved Jo will break out into song frequently. Good thing Sims Lamason (Jo March) is a fantastic singer.

Time for a musical number. This was a fun one, "Five Forever," featuring Jo (Sims Lamason), Laurie (Tim Abou-Nasr), Amy (Jen Morris), Meg (Leanne Hill Carlson) and Beth (Carly Schneider).

Time for a musical number. This was a fun one, “Five Forever,” featuring Meg (Leanne Hill Carlson), Jo (Sims Lamason), Laurie (Tim Abou-Nasr), Beth (Carly Schneider) and Amy (Jen Morris).

Speaking of great singers, there isn’t a weak one in the cast.

The costumers are fetching, courtesy Denise Ervin who has worked on “A Christmas Carol” and “Will Roger Follies” at OCP in the past.

Warning: This production gives you the feels. As much as you don’t want to get all emotional, I dare you not start tearing up when sweet Beth is ill or when Jo’s dreams start to be realized.

Timing a potty break

This is three hours long, so even for a mom with a bladder of steel, you’ll want to visit the ladies’ room at intermission. The first act is longer than the second, so consider a preemptive visit before the show starts.

Is it kid-friendly?

I wouldn’t take my youngsters, but they’re 3 and 5. I saw a good handful of young girls with their mothers and friends at the Sunday matinee I attended. I’d say, a good rule of thumb is to think about who you’d gift the novel to in your life. If they’re old enough to appreciate the classic literary tale, they’d be fine sitting through this show.

Will an adult like this?

Marmee (center) is portrayed by Camille Metoyer Moten, a staple on Omaha stages for decades as an actress and a singer.

Marmee (center) is portrayed by Camille Metoyer Moten, a staple on Omaha stages for decades as an actress and a singer.

Yes. Most of us had to read this book for school, or remember watching one of the film adaptations (remember the Winona Ryder one?), so you’re familiar with it already. If you adored the story – likely a few of you related to a sister – then you’ll enjoy this show. Theater fans will appreciate the talent in the cast.

If you didn’t like the book and you don’t like musicals, why are you still reading this review? You won’t like this.

What was it about again?

Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, guided by their beloved Marmee, are more different than any sisters could be. With their father off to war, the women find strength in themselves and each other to endure heartache and loss and celebrate joys and accomplishments.

Oh, and there are also some love interests in the mix for the romantics out there.

If you want to go

"Little Women" is at Omaha Community Playhouse Friday through Feb. 22. Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

“Little Women” is at Omaha Community Playhouse through Feb. 22.

“Little Women”

When: Through Feb. 22, performances are Wednesdays through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse,

Tickets: Single tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets for groups of 12 or more are $30 for adults and $20 for students. Purchase online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.org or www.TicketOmaha.com.

Discounts:  Family package – four tickets for $100 for any performance of “Little Women.” Limit of one package per family. Whatta Deal Wednesday – On Wednesday, Jan. 28, tickets to that evening’s performance are $10 starting at 4 p.m. at the Box Office. Cash or check only. Subject to availability. Twilight Tickets – A limited number of tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office. Cash or check only. Subject to availability.

Live outside of Omaha? Be on the look out, Nebraska Theatre Caravan will take this show on the road for a national tour within two years.

January 13, 2015

Jamberry Nails Giveaway

I wish I had I had time to keep up with trends. Pinterest makes me feel plain, fashion-wise. Accessories are a mystery to me and then let’s talk about nail art. What?! 

I’ve been impressed with the nails of some friends and my sister, and it turns out, they are Jamberry Nails wraps. They aren’t nail artists, they have a secret weapon. And my friends, their kids even have nail wraps. Their kids are trendier than me.

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Clueless no more, I have Krista to keep me up-to-date. Krista is a local Jamberry consultant…you can call her dealer if you’re addicted to this stuff – you know who you are.

She sent me a starter kit to try out Jamberry Nails for myself. Look how cute the chevron wrap is. Just possessing it made me feel more with it.

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My Jamberry starter kit came with a wrap, mini heater, mini scissors and a cleaning pad to prep my nails.

 

Knowing myself, I knew better than to try to do all of my nails – I’m short on time, plus I didn’t want to startle my loved ones with my new-found fashion sense.

So I did an accent nail.

The Jamberry accent nail, a beginner's way to fake style.

The Jamberry accent nail, a beginner’s way to try out a nail wrap.

The lone decorated nail on each hand perplexed my husband, and a co-worker (female) complimented it. Success, in my book.

It was fairly easy to do – not going to lie, though, it wasn’t like a second nature thing to me. Luckily, Jamberry is great about tutorials. Head to youtube and find out how to easily apply them.

One week into the nail wraps and they look much nicer than my painted nails. They last about two to three weeks on fingernails, so I’m going to have to repaint my other nails.

So, readers, how many of you use Jamberry?

If you need to replenish your supply, find Krista on Facebook and Twitter, or go directly to her website at www.kristaboeding.JamberryNails.net.

How many want to try out Jamberry?

 

GIVEAWAY

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Krista is going to give a wrap to one lucky reader. A wrap of her choice!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and be sure to comment below to get the bonus entries! Giveaway ends Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!

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January 12, 2015

These Places In Omaha Will Cheer You Up

Inspired a post a friend shared on Facebook – where to go in LA when you’re down* – I posed the question on the Oh My! Omaha page – Where do you go in Omaha when you need to cheer up?

And you answered!

Cheer you up

 

You had some answers that were off my radar, though they are happy places in Omaha I’ve enjoyed. Take Melissa and Anna, who suggested specific things at the Joslyn Art Museum. Melissa said she heads for Jennifer Steincamp’s tree installation. Anna loves the museum’s new children’s area (ArtWorks… I love it too!).

1. Bookstores – This is one of my top picks.

Head to Jackson Street Bookstore to really get lost in pages – this used bookstore in the Old Market is incredible. I love the old cookbooks, the well-read travelogues and peeking at the collectibles.

 

Jamie recommended The Bookworm. I haven’t been to its new location on Center Street, but I trust this locally-owned shop for featuring both bestsellers and the underdogs with great stories.

2. Omaha Public Libraries – Let’s stay with the book theme. Bobi recommended any location within our public library system. She suggests browsing through magazines – you never know what you’ll find there.

 

3. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium – Dana said the zoo was one of her picks, and I’m with her on it. I’ll admit it, I go to the zoo without my kids sometimes. I got off of work early on Christmas Eve and decided to check out all the new babies at the zoo. Holy cuteness, Batman. But, it’s not just the furry lion cubs making me smile – in the winter, I head to the indoor rainforest to warm up (and perk up). Any time of year, you can’t beat sitting down and watching the penguins at the aquarium.

 

4. Parks – Without fail, being outside in green space lifts my spirits. How about you? The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a place that makes reader Jaimie happy.

In a pinch, I’ll go to the places closest to me, so from my downtown office, I’ll walk around the Heartland of America Park and watch the geese and swans or Pioneers’ Courage Park for a little more isolation in the bustling city.

Midtown, I’ll head to Elmwood Park and walk the short trails hidden in the trees near the grotto.

 

I prefer larger parks, though, with trails to explore for more than the five minutes it takes at Elmwood. Last winter, I needed a quick escape and brought the kids to Platte River State Park. We left in better moods that day.

While not a park, a beautiful place to head for some nature therapy is Lauritzen Gardens, which was suggested by Anna.

5. Comfort food and drinks – Sometimes something sweet or savory provides a brief pick-me-up. Chai latte from Crane Coffee is comforting. For comfort food at its best, I like the mac and cheese at Mark’s Bistro – as an added perk at that restaurant, sitting out in their pretty patio is also an easy mood boost.

Dana recommended her comfort foods spots, all downtown staples – Hiro 88, Heritage, Wilson & Washburn, and Kitchen Table.

 

Michele had a good drink suggestion – try the Mango Margarita at Roja. That’ll put a smile on your lips.

6. Fun stores – I can count on City Limits in the Old Market to have funny stuff. Browse the quirky items and giggle at inappropriate cards. Another Old Market shop was suggested by a reader, Pretty in Patina (thanks, Dana!).

 

Now it’s your turn: Where do YOU go in Omaha to cheer up! Comment below.

 

* Turns out, I have a bad memory. It was where to go in LA when you’re bored. Oh well.

December 30, 2014

Top Posts Of 2014

Oh, what a year! I’m so grateful that you’ve decided to visit Oh My! Omaha in 2014, whether it was one time or 100. I write because I love it, and I write about Omaha because I love this city.

So, thank you for indulging me! I promise 2015 will be an even more exciting year.

It’s fun to look back at the year and see what you all have been reading. Curious?

Top 2014

 

Top posts on Oh My! Omaha in 2014

1. My  Nebraska Bucket List – The most popular post is a travel one?! People are still reading my daydreaming list for Nebraska I wrote in March. All those gorgeous photos have made it popular on Pinterest, too. I’m embarrassed to even write how little from this list I’ve checked off since I wrote it. 2015, I’ll start whittling down this list.

Nebraska Bucket List

2. 25 Things to Do In Omaha Under $25 – This was a fun post to write because it was a challenge. I can find plenty of FREE things to do in Omaha, but it took a little more effort to come up with this great list of affordable activities.

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3. Top 10 Fall Events In Omaha (Part 2) – You all love the outdoors, which is why Part 2 of the Top 10 Fall Events list this year was so much more popular than the indoor stuff.

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4. Girls Night Out – Freedom At Last (At Least For A Few Hours) – This 2013 post is still a big one for you all. I get it. Mama’s gotta get out once in a while. I’m going to write more girls night out posts in 2015, just for you.

Spank in Omaha

Nothing says classy like a girls night out at the Orpheum. To catcall the lone male actor on stage. At a “50 Shades” parody. We’re classy ladies, we are.

5. 11 Free Things To Do In The Old Market – You guys. This was one of my first posts EVER on the blog. And it’s still in my top 10 list, a year and a half later. You can’t beat FREE, I guess.

This is the world's longest slide, if you ask any 3-year-old in Omaha.

This is the world’s longest slide, if you ask any 3-year-old in Omaha.

6. 50 Holiday Activities In Omaha 2014 – I love writing this post each year because I can refer back to it for two months when trying to find things to do with the kids. Some of my family’s favorite moments happened because of something found on this list. Plus, this year’s list included many giveaways – which means many memorable and FREE moments for lucky readers!

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7. 100+ Days Of Free Summer Movies & Concerts – This biggie of a list shows why I love summer in Omaha: The city has so many options for outdoor concerts and movies.

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8. Omaha Food Trucks – An Introduction – My friends at The Walking Tourists wrote this awesome guest post, and poor Lisa and Tim, they just had to eat some of the food these food trucks offered. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it. I’m thinking we need more food truck posts, don’t you?

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9. Mahoney State Park For Families – Another post from the early days of the blog, but I can see why it’s still a favorite. There is so much to do at my favorite state park in Nebraska any time of year.

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10. Apple Picking Near Omaha – Raise a hand if you love Ditmars too. I wrote this post in 2013, but every fall it’s revisited frequently by you all because, well, it’s such a charming place so near our city (and because of those amazing apple cider donuts). It’s on our fall to-do list every year.

My family visiting Ditmars Orchard last fall.

My family visiting Ditmars Orchard last fall.

 

There you have it. The top posts of 2014. Thank you for all your support this year. I won’t disappoint you next year.

 

Love,

Kim

 

November 18, 2014

7 Christmas Shows In Omaha 2014

Updated on Dec. 5, 2014

As much as I enjoy a great Christmas movie, nothing compares to the magic of seeing a Christmas production on stage. We’re lucky in Omaha – we have a lot of opportunities to see Christmas shows in Omaha – both theatrical and dance:

 

Christmas shows 2014

 

New York at Christmas

 

“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes”

“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes” is in the middle of its 34-show run at the Orpheum Theater. It’s a 90-minute family-production features the Rockettes dancing their way through an awe-inspiring journey that features a 50-foot LED screen and transports audiences to Times Square and Santa’s Workshop.

When: Through Nov. 30, times vary

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Get tickets

 

“A Christmas Carol”

"The Christmas Carol" runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse.

“The Christmas Carol” runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse.

It just isn’t Christmas without Omaha Community Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol.” Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

When: Nov. 21 through Dec. 23, times vary

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Get tickets

 

“The Nutcracker”

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This is a Ballet Nebraska tradition to see at least once – beautiful costumes and set, memorable music and, of course, incredible dancing by our very own professional dance company.

Orpheum Theater and the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College

When: Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa Western Community College Arts Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

For reservations to the Arts Center performance, call (712) 388-7140.

When: Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 7, 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Get tickets to Orpheum performances

 

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)”

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The name describes it all. This farce includes everyone from Frosty the Snowman to the Grinch to Tiny Tim.

When: Nov. 28 through Dec. 21

Where: Blue Barn Theatre, 614 S 11th St

For reservations, contact BLUEBARN directly at 402-345-1576.

Win tickets! Giveaway ends Nov. 23.

 

The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste

A Renaissance-style dinner show featuring the Lord and Lady of the Manor, a multi-course feast, music and mirth.

When: Dec. 3-5, 6 p.m. Warming Hour, 7 p.m. Dinner and Show

Where: Regency Marriott Ballroom, 10220 Regency Circle

For reservations, call Ibsens Costumes at (402) 556-1400.

 

“A Steampunk Christmas”

This themed performance, food, and art event asks what Christmas would look like in a steam powered world full of anachronistic technologies and and retro-futuristic inventions. This is an adult event, though the theater welcomes younger guests (just call to ask them about age appropriateness first). Tickets include dinner. I’ve never been to The Apollon, so I can’t really vouch for what it’s like.

When: Dec. 5-20, doors open at 7 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.

Get tickets

 

“A Christmas Story The Musical”

Christmas_Story-2This musical adaptation of the beloved movie brings all the characters to life on the Omaha stage. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up.

When: Dec. 5-28, various times

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Get tickets

Win tickets to this show! Giveaway ends Nov. 23.

 

Nutcracker Delights!

Ever After Productions Inc, stages the eighth annual dance production of “Nutcracker Delights,” with original script by Julian Adair, and traditional score by Tchaikovsky.

When: Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Get tickets or call 855-222-2TIX(2849)

 

 

More from Oh My! Omaha:

Today’s Giveaways

Start A Tradition: 12 Days Of Christmas

Beginners Guide To Wells Fargo Family Festival

 

November 14, 2014

BLUEBARN’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told Giveaway

I’m so excited BLUEBARN Theatre has brought back “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!).” The last time it was here, I missed my chance to see it, and all I heard was how funny this show was.

I don’t want to miss it this time.

 

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This show is a “fast, fond and furious look at the holiday traditions we all remember, and a few we’d like to forget!” Characters include Tiny Tim and the Grinch, Frosty to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and according to the theatre, nothing is spared.

My sister-in-law works at BLUEBARN so I picked her brain to see who would like this show.

Good news: It’s appropriate for teens! In fact, she said 12 and up would get a kick out of it.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 21, with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Sartudays at 7:30 p.m,, and Sundays at 6 p.m. This show is back by popular demand and already two nights are sold out (so forget about going on Dec. 13 or 14). Call the theatre for tickets at (402) 345-1576.

You know you want to go! Maybe bring some friends along, right?

 

Giveaway!

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BLUEBARN Theatre and I are giving away FOUR (4) tickets to an opening weekend performance! Sweet, right?

To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter entry form below! The giveaway ends Nov. 23 at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be randomly drawn; I will contact the winner via email within 48 hours. The winner has 48 hours to respond before another name is drawn. Tickets are worth $120!
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Be sure to check out the post “50 Holiday Activities in Omaha” – it’s full of great family-friendly events and ideas to make this year’s holiday season memorable!

Find out more about the following awesome events and giveaways:

 

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Nov. 14 – BLUEBARN Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  – Giveaway ends Nov. 23

Nov. 15The Rose presents “A Christmas Story” – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 19Amazing Pizza Machine – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 21Omaha Symphony’s Christmas Spectacular – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov 22Ugly Sweater Run – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 26Omaha Children’s Museum presents Santa’s Magic – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 28Sky Zone Omaha – Giveaway ends Dec. 14

 

Disclaimer: BLUEBARN Theatre provided tickets for this giveaway. All opinions are my own, though I’ll admit having my sister-in-law working there does provide a favorable influence on me. Still, I liked the theatre long before she worked there.

 

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Christmas Music You’ll Never Hear On The Radio

Where To Go After The Show For Treats In Omaha

Guide To Free Or Discounted Movies In Omaha