The Lincoln Theatre Alliance has designated 2017 as “The Year of the Family” - an opportunity for area audiences to consider "family" from many points of view.
Please note: A show participating in the “Year of the Family” celebration should not automatically be considered appropriate for all audiences. Check with the producing organization for information on a show’s content and subject matter.
Individual theatre companies designate, at their discretion, which production(s) are eligible for participation in “The Year of the Family” celebration.
The Lincoln Theatre Alliance is not responsible for the staging, content,
or implementation of individual productions.
Tickets for productions should be purchased from the presenting company, and are subject to that organization’s box office policies and procedures.
Lincoln Community Playhouse - MOTHERS & SONS
"Mothers & Sons" by Terrence McNally is a timely and provocative play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today's world.
January 20-22, 26-29, 2017
Community Players - STILL LIFE WITH IRIS
Iris and her mom live in a magical world calle Noctumo. When the world's rulers decide they want Iris to be their daughter, she starts on a quest to discover her past and find the true meaning of family.
February 10-12, 17-19, 2017
Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film, UNL - THIS RANDOM WORLD
THIS RANDOM WORLD is a heart-breaking comedy of missed connections asks the question “How often do we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing?”
By Steven Dietz and Directed by Paul Steger
March 2-4, 7-12, 2017
Studio Theatre, 1st floor, Temple Building
The TADA Theatre - THE LAST FIVE YEARS
There are two sides to every love story. You will fall in love with Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt as they recount theirs. Funny, honest, uplifting and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, this award-winning musical is an emotionally powerful story of two young New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by optimism and the hope of finding true love. Through conventional storytelling and a musical roller coaster ride, the audience gets a unique look at their relationship over the last five years.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
March 16-19, 23-26, 2017
Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film, UNL - A BRIGHT NEW BOISE
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE is an award-winning play that delves into the prickly issues of faith, forgiveness and second chances.
By Samuel D. Hunter, Directed by Chadwick Taylor in partial fulfillment of his Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing for Stage and Screen
April 13-15, 19-23
Howell Theatre, 1st floor, Temple Building
The Lofte Theatre - THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill; and the arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility.
By Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
June 2-4, 8-11, 2017
The STAGE Theater - BIG FISH
BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a man who has lived a full and fantastical life, filled with giants, witches and werewolves, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. When Edward’s health declines, his son Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all.
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by John August.
June 15-18, 22-25, 2017
Pinewood Bowl, Inc. - DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is a hauntingly beautiful love story about a young mermaid trying to find her place in the world.
The music is by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater include "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Book by Doug Wright.
July 13-16, 20-23, 2017
Theatre Arts For Kids - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
July 28-29, 2017
YAAL - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR.
This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of
race, class, nationality, and religion.
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
October 6 - 8
Lincoln Community Playhouse - THE HUNDRED DRESSES
The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 children's book by Eleanor Estes. In the book, a young Polish girl named Wanda Petronski goes to a school in an American town, in Connecticut, where the other children see her as "different" and mock her.Wanda Petronski just wants to join the fun of having friends like everyone else, but in 1930’s small town America, a Polish immigrant doesn’t easily fit in.
Eleanor Estes, author
Mary Hall Surface, playwright
October 20-22, 27-29, 2017
Union College Drama - THE UNIVERSAL FRUIT FACTORY
A one hour musical that puts the themes of the Great Controversy into a courtroom setting. The Great Controversy is a book by Ellen G. White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In it, White describes the "Great Controversy theme" between Jesus Christ and Satan, as played out over the millennia from its start in heaven, to its final end when the remnant who are faithful to God will be taken to heaven at the Second Advent of Christ, and the world is destroyed and recreated.
November 3, 2017
Theatre Arts For Kids - SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR.
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
November 17-18, 2017
Lincoln Community Playhouse - BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
By Barbara Robinson
December 8-10, 15-17, 2017