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The Nebraska Communities Playhouse Breaks Ground on New Performing Arts Facility

             The Nebraska Communities         ty with a bar/lounge, outdoor        tainly has it’s charms and quirks   profit organization, we do rely
          Playhouse (NCP) has BIG news -      patio and large foyer for events     and a new, larger facility will allow   heavily on corporate sponsor-
          so big…. it’s GROUNDBREAK-          and gatherings.  With construc-      us to expand and grow our pro-      ships and generous donations of
          ING!  Home of The STAGE             tion beginning in the recent         gramming, better serving our        our patrons.  We are hoping to
          Theater in Hickman, NE,  NCP is     spring, the three-phase project      patrons and the communities of      incur minimal debt in order to
          a 501(c)(3) entirely volunteer-     will continue into the fall and win-  southeast Nebraska and the         maintain our programming and
          operated non-profit organization    ter with hopeful finishing in the    greater Midwest.  Our new space     affordable ticket costs.”
          that strives to enhance the quality   late spring / early summer of      will allow us to continue to keep      For further information and
          of life in the southeast Nebraska   2021.                                ticket costs low and offer a broad-  details of NCP’s building and
          communities it serves by provid-       Once completed, in addition to    er-range of live entertainment and   expansion project, visit The
          ing quality theatrical and other    housing its well-known resident      performing arts experiences.        Nebraska Communities
          performing arts experiences to      production company, The STAGE        That really is our goal - to offer   Playhouse on-line at
          local audiences as well as attract-  Theater, NCP will expand its pro-   quality, affordable entertainment,   www.NebraskaCommunitiesPlayh
          ing patrons from across the state,   gramming to include other per-      better accommodating all of our and its sister organiza-
          the greater Midwest, the country    forming arts experiences includ-     patrons and community members       tion, The STAGE Theater at
          and globally.  The mission of The   ing: locally and nationally known    - including families of low-to-mod-
          Nebraska Communities                musicians, bands, comedians,         erate income, patrons with dis-     Donations can be made through
          Playhouse is to train, educate      dance troupes, magicians and         abilities and limited mobility and   NCP’s website or mailed to: The
          and collaborate with performers,    more.  In addition, NCP will main-   our elder patrons.”                 Nebraska Communities
          directors, technicians, artisans    tain operation of its current facility   With production halted and the   Playhouse, P.O. Box #43,
          and other community volunteers      which will serve as an education     theater remaining dark due to       Hickman, NE 68372.
          and then provide them an oppor-     and performance space for their      restrictions and guidelines to pre-    Wamsley concludes, “We firm-
          tunity to demonstrate and           Youth Programming as well as a       vent the spread of COVID-19, the    ly believe that everyone should
          improve their skills through partic-  secondary rehearsal space and a    volunteer teams of both The         have equal access to the per-
          ipation in live, on-stage produc-   “black box” theater for smaller,     Nebraska Communities                forming arts, especially in these
          tions.                              more intimate productions.  A        Playhouse and The STAGE             uncertain times and undeter-
             Due to success in its initial    breezeway will connect the cur-      Theater have remained busy          mined circumstances. The arts
          seasons and having outgrown         rent and new facilities.             behind the scenes with fundrais-    will be crucial in the emotional
          their current facility (a retro-fitted   “We’re thrilled to be expanding   ing and grant-writing.  Wamsley   recovery from the crisis of the
          1920s lumber yard seating only      in downtown Hickman,” says           says, “Of the approximate $1.9      pandemic, and we are grateful
          122-patrons), NCP has pur-          Robert Wamsley, President of         million of total construction costs,   that with our new and expanded
          chased the lot just south of their   The Nebraska Communities            about half of the funding has       facility, we will reach a broader
          current residence with the inten-   Playhouse, “While our current        been raised.  While fundraising     audience - serving more of our
          tion to construct a 436-seat facili-  home has served us well, it cer-   will remain ongoing, as a non-      community.”

                                                                                                                                                      Art by Ben Darling

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