• Little about us

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    The mission of the North Platte Community Playhouse is to provide quality entertainment and a beautiful venue for community events in the historically important building, the Neville Center for the Performing Arts.

    Thanks to the support and participation of citizens of North Platte and the surrounding area, the North Platte Community Playhouse has thrived and has enriched the cultural life of the community. Members of the present North Platte Community Playhouse Board of Directors hope that many years from now the Playhouse will still be producing plays that will entertain and delight local audiences.

    Our History

    1955 - Organized at the home of Charlie and Rose Craig

    The North Platte Community Playhouse was organized in 1955 at the home of Charlie and Rose Craig, who served bean sandwiches to members of the fledgling group.

    1956 - "Harvey," the first show produced by the newly-organized thespians

    "Harvey," the first show produced by the newly-organized thespians, was presented 'in the round' in the Crystal Ballroom of the Pawnee Hotel in February, 1956.

    At that time, Charley Craig was president of the Board of Directors. Others who served on the board during 1956 were Paul Muchlinski, June Alexander, Betty Heidbreder, Katy Varicak, Rose Craig, Virginia Robertson, Betty McConahay, Donald Swaim and Leo Anderson.

    In a program note, the playhouse board welcomed the audience with the wish that "Harvey" would be the first of many successful productions. The note also stated that the Playhouse's future was in the hands of the people of the community, because actors, musicians, directors, stage helpers, and financial support were needed.

    1968 - The Playhouse Auxiliary was organized

    In 1968, the Playhouse Auxiliary was organized to give support and to organize money-making projects.

    1969 - Purchase of the old State Theatre

    In 1969, the old State Theater was purchased and subsequently renovated. It was used until the Neville sisters donated the Fox Theatre to the Playhouse in 1980.

    A fund-raising campaign brought in more than $250,000, which was used to restore the theater to its former grandeur. Now all plays are presented in this beautiful and historic venue. Thanks to the generosity of the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, businesses, and individuals, the Neville Center is now air-conditioned and new rest room facilities have been added.

  • Theatre Guild

    The North Platte Communinity Playhouse Theater Guild was founded more than 40 years ago. Serving as a support group for the North Platte Community Theater, they provide ushers and intermission refreshments at each performance.

    Each year the Guild sponsors the Carousel Tour of Homes. Proceeds from the tour are donated to the NPCP for theatre improvements. Since its founding in 1969, the Guild has contributed more than $165,000 to the North Platte Community Playhouse. Some of the improvements made possible from the North Platte Community Playhouse Theater Guild include our sound system, tables and chairs, theatre seats, dimmer lights, drapes, kitchen cabinets and new bathroom construction.

    Guild Board of Directors

    President - Mary Johnson

    Vice President - Judy Thompson

    Secretary - Mary States

    Treasurer - Jenny Melott

    Tour Co-Chairpersons -Deanna O'Donnell and Dixie Francis

    Board Memebers - Diane Finch, Kay Johnson, Connie Madison, Irene Miller, Darlene Stewart, Carol Beggs, Arleen Peterson, Marge Thomas, Barbara Dowell and Pat Wagner

    Playhouse Board Member - Peggy Fox


    Theater Guild Memebers and volunteers are always needed as well as appreciated. To become a member of the Guild, please call +1 308 532 5613

    Donations are a large part of allowing the Neville Center to operate. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors, volunteers and donators who keep our doors open.

  • Town Hall: A Lecture Series

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    All lectures start at 10:30 a.m.

    For tickets, inquiries or membership, please call +1 308 530 8448

    Board of Directors

    President - Sue Huebner

    Vice President - Kathleen Keenan

    Secretary - Joni Lloyd

    Treasurer - Malinda Paloucek

    Membership - Betty Guynan

    Hostess - Marcia Olsen

    Sponsorhsip - Laura Troshynski

    Newsletter - Kathy Nutter

    Publicity - Wendy Staroska

    Luncheon - Jane Wilkinson


    Season Tickets $60 for all 4 lectures. Individual luncheon tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance.

    2014- 2015 Lecture Schedule

    Elizabeth Smart "The Past and Who You Are"

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth’s captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. After being held prisoner for 9 months, police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family. Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Her life now is a daily demonstration that it is possible to overcome extreme adversity by not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future.

    Erin Palinski "Eating Your Way to a Healthier Heart"

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet and Belly Fat Diet For Dummies, Erin promotes nutrition and wellness as an author, media spokesperson, motivational speaker and corporate consultant. She contributes her nutrition expertise to a variety of national and regional media including The Doctors, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, Prevention Magazine and Fitness Magazine.

    Andy Och "First Ladies: Influence and Image"

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    For the C-SPAN series "First Ladies: Influence and Image", Andy Och spent over a year traveling to nearly every location that helped tell the stories of every First Lady of the United States of America. He covered Martha Washington through Michelle Obama and visited with people and places all across the country, learning everything he could about these women before, during and after their time in the White House. He is the First Ladies Man, and he is excited to share the stories of his adventures.

    Jo-Ellan Dimitruis "Reading People"

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    President of Dimitrius & Associates, a full service trial consulting firm, Jo-Ellan provides consulting for cases throughout the United States, including the recent Casey Anthony trial. In her time, she has evaluated over 10,000 jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and even judges during trial. Among her specialties, Dr. Dimitrius advises her clients about how regular people, like those who would be on a jury, would respond to their witnesses, claims and defenses. Her astonishing ability to understand and predict the behaviors of jurors, witnesses and judges led to her being nicknamed "The Seer" by American Lawyer Magazine.

  • 2014-2015 Production Season

    Friday and Saturday showings are at 8pm CTS & Sunday Matinee showings are at 2pm CTS

    General Admission $15.00

    Ages 16 and under $8.00

    Students with I.D. $8.00

    Shows List

    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
    • Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
    • Sherlock Holmes

    Show Dates and Details

    Sherlock Holmes

    Performance Dates: April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 2015

    Sherlock Holmes

    Sharp-witted detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusted companion, Dr. Watson, prepare to rescue Miss Faulkner from the clutches of the dastardly Moriarty in Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette’s play based on Doyle’s legendary literary character. The play first opened in New York City on November 6, 1899.

    Director: Andrew Lee

    Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

    Performance Dates: February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 2015

    Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

    The Tony Award winning Best Musical, &Spamalot&, is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, &Monty Python and the Holy Grail&. &Spamalot& retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. It features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention flying cows, killer rabbits and French taunters. The 2005 Broadway musical was nominated for 14 Tony Awards and received three.

    Director: Anne Schmit

    Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

    Performance Dates:November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 2014

    Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

    Come celebrate the holidays with the Church Basement Ladies in this all-new musical show filled with their heart-warming humor and wisdom. The year is 1959, and the ladies are putting the final touches on the annual Sunday School Christmas Program. You can almost smell the cookies baking as these ladies dish out more than holiday goodies. "Away in the Basement" is a delightfully funny way to celebrate the holiday season.

    Director - Carolyn Clark

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Performance Dates: September 27 & 28 and October 3, 4 & 5 2014

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is a musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee at Putnam County Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. In an unusual twist, four real audience members will be invited to the stage to compete in the Bee alongside the six young characters. The Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards.

    Director: Darrell Drullinger

  • Individual Tickets

    Friday and Saturday showings are at 8pm CTS & Sunday Matinee showings are at 2pm CTS

    General Admission $15.00

    Ages 16 and under $8.00

    Students with I.D. $8.00

    2014-2015 Production Season

    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
    • Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
    • Sherlock Holmes

    Individual & Season Tickets

    We accept cash, check, credit card and now PayPal!

    Tickets may be purchased in four different ways:

    1. (1) In person ~ Beginning the Monday before each show, the office and ticket booth are open at 301 E. 5th St. in North Platte, NE between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

    2. (2) Over the phone ~ You may also phone your order during these same hours at 308-532-8559 with a credit card.

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    4. (3)You may purchase your tickets 24 hours a day once tickets go on sale online (also the Monday before performance).

    5. (4) Walk up ~ Come by the box office 1 hour before show time and purchase your tickets at the door. (Based on ticket availability.)

    Please note that tickets must be paid for at the time of reservation. We are unable to process refunds or exchanges.

    Season Tickets

    Snail Mail Order Form

    Season Tickets

    Adult $50.00

    Student $25.00

    Family Pass $135.00 (2 adult and 2 student memberships)

    Season Tickets

    Patron Membership

    All Patrons receive name mention on our new digital advertising

    "Bravo" $125.00 - Includes 2 season memberships

    "Encore" $250.00 - Includes 4 season memberships

    "Take a Bow" $500.00 - Includes 6 season memberships

    "In the Spotlight" $1,000.00 - Includes 8 season memberships

    Patron Membership
  • Current Fundraiser

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    Light the Marquee

    Recently, the company that manufactures the message boards on the marquee went out of business.

    The New Look

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    Your support is greatly appreciated

    Mail your donation to NPCP "Light the Marquee", PO Box 1045, North Platte, NE 69103.

    Support Us

    Donations are a large part of allowing the Neville Center to operate. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors, volunteers and donators who keep our doors open.

    We gratefully acknowledge donations and thank you as every dollar adds up.

    Financial support by those who believe in the work of the NPCP is an essential part of creating great theatre. As a nonprofit theater, gifts from individuals, businesses, government and foundations underwrite much of NPCP's annual operating budget and are the means by which we create beautifully crafted productions, keep ticket prices affordable and offer stimulating children's programs.

    Volunteers are also critically important to NPCP, and we are proud to have more than 100 active volunteers who donate their time and talents to help the theater realize its mission.

    You might not realize it but . . .

    When you buy a theatre ticket, the cost of that ticket only covers 50% of the expenses associated with producing the play. Theatres are non-profit organizations which thrive off the generosity of their donors. Raising ticket prices would decrease ticket sales and discourage attendance therefore the expense difference is covered by good-will donations.

    Your NPCP donation is tax-deductible.

    The NPCP accepts non-monetary donations as well. Just like a household, we can use toiletries, office supplies, furniture, garage bags, paper products, cleaning supplies, burnable CDs, office labels, clear storage bins, costumes & other items. These donations are tax-deductible also.

    The NPCP is always in need of new volunteers as well. There are costumes to be mended and altered, sets to paint, general cleaning & errands to run. As volunteers age, move away and their schedules become overloaded, the need for new volunteers grows.


    Light the Marquee

    Recently, the company that manufactures the message boards on the marquee went out of business. As a result, the Playhouse is unable to get replacement light bulbs and parts.

    Because of this, the only option is to replace the message boards with newer more up-to-date technology. The new boards will feature full-color LED lighting.

    The Playhouse is asking the community for their support in this endeavor, with the cost of the project totaling about $20,000. The NPCP Board of Directors is asking the community to contribute so the project can be completed by the beginning of 2014.

    The only part of the marquee being replaced is the message boards. The historic Fox Theater sign will not be removed or replaced.

    Original Article by The North Platte Post

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    A big thank you to all the children and parents who participated in Itty Bitty Stardust! Your participation is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again.

  • Contact Address

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    301 East 5th Street
    PO Box 1045
    North Platte, NE 69101
    Telephone: +1 308 532 8559
    E-mail: northplattecommunityplayhouse@gmail.com


    Executive Director - Scott Carlson

    House Manager - Carol Swain

    Administrative Assistant - Rajean Shepherd

    Board Members

    President - Daniel Harder

    Vice President - John Hales

    Treasurer - Bea Webster

    Secretary - Carolyn Clark

    Corresponding Secretary - Rajean Shepherd

    Recording Secretary - Carolyn Clark


    Anne Schmit

    Sara Morris

    Lou Cox Fornander

    Peggy Fox

    Dick Hall

    Wayne Pressnall

    Todd Turner

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