• Our Mission

    North Platte Community Playhouse

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

    Thanks to the support and participation of the citizens of North Platte and the surrounding area, the North Platte Community Playhouse has thrived and enriched the cultural life of our community.

    We at the North Platte Community Playhouse Board of Directors hope to still be producing plays that will entertain and delight our audiences for many more years to come.

    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 Community 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 Members

    Diane Finch

    Kay Johnson

    Connie Madison

    Irene Miller

    Darlene Stewart

    Carol Beggs

    Arleen Peterson

    Marge Thomas

    Barbara Dowell

    Pat Wagner


    Playhouse Board Member

    Peggy Fox


    Theater Guild Members 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.



  • Event Planning & Rentals

    In addition to our live theatre season, the Frontier Review, the Children's Theatre, Itty Bitty Stardust Children's Theatre and our Town Hall Lecture Series, the North Platte Community Playhouse at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts offers a 851-seat theatre. This is a wonderful rental venue for the public. We've held weddings, small and large presentations, recitals, pageants, concerts, senior portraits and other events.

    If you are interested in booking us as your venue, please contact us for more information regarding availability, accommodations, features and pricing. We look forward to making your event memorable and successful!

    Take the Virtual Tour of our Theatre


    North Platte Community Playhouse

    Please contact Scott Carlson for further details.

    Our Patty Birge Room for Smaller Occasions

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    The Patty Birge Room is located within our building. There is access from within the theatre itself and also street-side access through the doors on 5th street just east of our main entrance and office doors. If you have auditioned for a play, sang with the Frontier Review or picked up your child from a recital held at the North Platte Community Playhouse, then you are familiar with this room.

    The Patty Birge Room is named after Kathryn Patricia "Patty" (Williamson) Birge. Patty led remodeling the old North Platte Fox Theater and served as president of the Playhouse for most of 30 years. The Patty Birge Room stands in her honor.

    The Patty Birge Room features the following amenities and resources:

    • Tables and chairs
    • Podium
    • Room for 125 people
    • Access to a full-service kitchen
    • Full-wall-length counter for buffet line or display
    • Numerous electrical outlets (counter " room)
    • Direct access to restrooms

    The Patty Birge Room has held birthday parties, baby showers, business meetings and presentations, graduation parties, holiday parties and service club meetings. Please contact Scott Carlson for further details.

    Costumes and Props

    The North Platte Community Playhouse provides costume and prop rentals for schools, churches, and individuals for different events. The theatre boasts more costumes and props than we technically have room for. To scratch the surface of our wonderful and diverse collection, we have period clothing and undergarments, full service uniforms including dress blues, gowns and suits, shoes, period and modern hats, period purses and luggage. Our prop room is full of diverse treasures and period pieces. If you need it, chances are that we have it!

    Please contact us for more information



  • General Contact Information

    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

    Leadership & Board of Directors

    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


    Directors

    Anne Schmit

    Sara Morris

    Lou Cox Fornander

    Peggy Fox

    Dick Hall

    Wayne Pressnall

    Todd Turner

    Andrew Lee

    Bob Allen


    Additional Contacts

    Theater Guild Contact +1 308 532 5613

    Town Hall Lecture Series +1 308 530 8448



  • Town Hall: A Lecture Series

    North Platte Community Playhouse

    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

    Sponsorship - Laura Troshynski

    Newsletter - Kathy Nutter

    Publicity - Wendy Staroska

    Luncheon - Jane Wilkinson


    2015- 2016 Lecture Schedule

    Season Tickets are $65 for all 4 lectures

    All lectures start at 10:30 a.m. CST

    Peter Bergen "A World of Trouble"

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

    National Security Analyst for CNN, Peter Bergen is one of the few Westerners to have ever interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face. His presentation provides audiences with updates on the current geopolitical hotspots around the world, what we need to keep our eyes on, and the impact these issues will have on our country. Visit Peter Bergen's website here.

    Joan Lunden "A Morning with Joan Lunden"

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    Co-Sponsored by Great Plains Health

    An award-winning television journalist, New York Times best selling author, sought-after motivational and keynote speaker, successful entrepreneur, and one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, Joan Lunden is one of the most visible women in the country. In her refreshingly straightforward style, Joan shares the candid advice that has motivated her throughout her career and her battle against cancer, inspiring audiences to take charge of their health, their happiness, and their success. Visit Joan Lunden's website here.

    Fredi Lajvardi "Improbable to Unstoppable"

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    A science teacher for nearly 30 years, Fredi’s ability to engage and teach his students about robotics landed them in the national spotlight. After taking their designs to a national underwater robotics competition in 2004, his team beat out MIT and a number of other major universities, continuing their reign as one of the top three teams in the coming years. The story of Fredi and his students lead to a major motion picture, Spare Parts (starring George Lopez), to be released in 2015. An inspiring storyteller, Coach Fredi shares the improbable story of the Falcon Robotics Team, lessons learned and how he was able to embrace the obstacles put in front of him by accepting the challenge and finding a solution.

    Dan McNichol "The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System"

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

    Dan McNichol is a best-selling author and foremost authority on highways. A former White House Appointee, he served the President on transportation matters. Dan will discuss behind the scenes tales of the engineering and construction of the largest project in the history of the United States: The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate & Defense Highways. Visit Dan McNichol's website here.



  • 2015-2016 Theatre Season

    She Stoops to Conquer

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Mary Poppins

    Altar Boyz


    Friday and Saturday showings are at 8:00 p.m. CTS & Sunday Matinee showings are at 2:00 p.m. CTS - BUY TICKETS

    General Admission - $15.00

    Ages 16 and under - $8.00

    Students with I.D. - $8.00

    Show Dates and Details

    She Stoops to Conquer

    Performance Dates: September 25, 26, 27 & October 2, 3 & 4 2015


    She Stoops to Conquer

    Join us for the opening of our season with the masterpiece classic, "She Stoops to Conquer", directed by Bob Allen. The comedy was written by the Irish author, Oliver Goldsmith. The opening night audience at Covent Gardens Theatre in 1773 London roared with continuous approval! Over the centuries, it has become one of the most popular comedies in English literary history. "She Stoops to Conquer" is a comedy of manners, which satirizes the way of life and social customs of the class-consciousness of eighteen-century Englishmen. The show contains vital energy, many farcical elements and amusing irony.

    Director: Bob Allen


    It's a Wonderful Life

    Performance Dates: November 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, & 22 2015


    It's a Wonderful Life

    Come celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with the Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life", directed by Carolyn Clark. The story tells the saga of George Bailey, the "everyman" from the small town of Bedford Falls. His dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligation and civic duty. George's guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save George from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had her never been born, that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!

    Director: Carolyn Clark


    Mary Poppins

    Performance Dates: February 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27 & 28 2016


    Mary Poppins

    Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" musical adventure directed by Scott Carlson & John Hales. The jack-of-all-trades, Bert, introduces us to 1910 England and the troubles Banks family. Young Jane & Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic, common sense and many memorable adventures, Mary Poppins teaches the family how to value each other again.

    Director - Scott Carlson & John Hales


    Altar Boyz

    Performance Dates: April 15, 16, 17 & April 22, 23, & 24 2016


    Altar Boyz

    Our season finale will be the musical, "Altar Boyz" directed by Lori Evans. Altar Boyz is a fit stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band from Ohio on the last night of their "Raise the Praise" tour. The show is a light satire on the phenomenon of boy bands and the popularity of Christian themed music in contemporary American culture. The musical is presented in real time as the final concert of the nation tour stages by their five-member group, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan & Abraham.

    Director: Lori Evans




  • North Platte Community Playhouse Children's Theatre

    Our 2015 Summer production was a "A Brief History of the United States". The children enjoyed performing this fast moving dramatization of the rise of the USA, from the early days of discovery and colonization, through industrialization and two World Wars up to the present day.

    The 2016 Summer production will be open to the first 45 students paid and registered in grades 3-8 (entering 3rd and exiting 8th). All students who register will be involved in the show. We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

  • Annual Frontier Revue

    Coming Again 2016

    The Frontier Revue is an annual theatrical production celebration that depicts actual events and characters from Nebraska’s frontier heritage through music, comedy, dancing and fun.

    All the music performed in the show was written as all-original score by the late Dr. James "Doc" Thayer of Sidney, NE whose love of Nebraska's western heritage produced more than 150 songs for the revue.

    Directors Anne Schmit and Donna Pucket are back again this year. Anne Schmit said, "The Frontier Revue has been around for a lot of years and people have been really faithful. We promise a new show every year so the audiences and we don't get bored. We brought it back to the Neville Center, so it's a great western atmosphere."

    Men and women are encouraged to try out. No preparation is necessary unless the performer would like to sing a solo. Performers under age 16 are required to have an adult with them for all rehearsals and performances.

    "We are looking for people who want to entertain an audience and have fun," Anne Schmit said. "It's fun for us and fun for the tourists." Each year, the theme changes and 2015 marks the Revue's 47th year. "This is the best remnant representation of vaudeville we have left," Anne Schmit said.


    Tickets are $10.00 each and dinner theater tickets running $18.00.



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    Itty Bitty Stardust Children's Theatre

    Performance August 16th, 2015 2:00 p.m.


    Itty Bitty Stardust Children’s Theatre invites children who just finished grades K-2 to register for audition. Itty Bitty Stardust Children's Theatre rehearses and performs in early August yearly. Registration fees are $35.00 per child. Show capacity is limited to the first 45 registered children.

    Itty Bitty Stardust Children’s Theatre, directed by Anne Schmit and Donna Pucket, traveled for several years as Artists in Schools and Communities for the Nebraska Arts Council.

    "Although we are not on the road anymore, we see a need for the very young ones to experience the delight of dressing up and performing on stage", says director Anne Schmit. Pucket agrees adding, "Arts are so beneficial for children and there are very few opportunities for the younger grades." Both directors believe that, "costumes and songs work magic."

    Those interested in registering should contact the North Platte Community Playhouse or, please return the attached registration form and payment to the North Platte Community Playhouse. Payment must accompany the registration.


    Registration Form



  • Thank You For Donating

    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.

    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.



  • Archives of Past Performances

    1955-1956

    Harvey

    Night Must Fall

    1956-1957

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Claudia

    Born Yesterday

    1957-1958

    My Three Angels

    Witness for the Prosecution

    See How They Run

         

    1958-1959

    Bus Stop

    Gaslight

    The Tender Trap

    1959-1960

    Picnic

    The Four Poster

    Broken Dishes

    1960-1961

    Our Town

    Mister Roberts

    Sabrina Fair

         

    1961-1962

    Hasty Heart

    Reluctant Deb

    Three Blind Mice

    1962-1963

    Gazebo

    Everybody Loves Opal

    One Acts

    Sorry, Wrong Number

    1963-1964

    Curious Savage

    Hamlet

         

    1964-1965

    Blithe Spirit

    1965-1966

    Man in the Dog Suit

    Deadwood Dick

    1966-1967

    The Chips Are Down

         

    1967-1968

    Come Blow Your Horn

    The Drunkard

    1968-1969

    Fantasticks

    Miranda

    Wedded to a Villain

    1969-1970

    The Moon Is Blue

    Dirty Work at the Crossroads

         

    1970-1971

    Harvey

    Rainmaker

    Pure as the Driven Snow

    1971-1972

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Stalag 17

    Never Too Late

    1972-1973

    Best Man

    Barefoot in the Park

    Annie, Get Your Gun

         

    1973-1974

    Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    Bye, Bye, Birdie

    Laura

    1974-1975

    Mary, Mary

    A Funny Thing Happened on the

    Way to the Forum

    Catch Me if You Can

    1975-1976

    Two if by Sea

    Sunshine Boys

    The Girls in 509

         

    1976-1977

    You Cant Take It with You

    Odd Couple

    Sunday in New York

    1977-1978

    Mouse Trap

    Play It Again, Sam

    Gypsy

    1978-1979

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Wait Until Dark

    Luv

         

    1979-1980

    The Music Man

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    The Spoon River Anthology

    1980-1981

    Come Blow Your Horn

    Two by Two

    Blithe Spirit

    1981-1982

    Vanities

    Once Upon a Mattress

    On Golden Pond

         

    1982-1983

    (First Season in the Neville Center)

    Anything Goes

    Life with Father

    Snoopy

    1983-1984

    South Pacific

    Cactus Flower

    Death of a Salesman

    1984-1985

    No Sex Please, Were British

    Robber Bridegroom

    South Pacific

         

    1985-1986

    Oklahoma

    Lo and Behold

    Importance of Being Ernest

    1986-1987

    Enigma

    Carousel

    The Lady Cried Fox

    1987-1988

    Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

    My Fair Lady

    Canteen Reunion Over Here

    Fantasticks

    Noises Off

         

    1988-1989

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Steele Magnolias

    I Do, I Do

    Deadwood Dick

    1989-1990

    Rehearsal for Murder

    A Christmas Carol

    Camelot

    Squabbles

    1990-1991

    Fiddler on the Roof

    All My Sons

    Brigadoon

    The Odd Couple

         

    1991-1992

    Paint Your Wagon

    Alone Together

    The Sound of Music

    Love Letters

    1992-1993

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    A Christmas Carol

    Anything Goes

    Harvey

    1993-1994

    Damn Yankees

    Critics Choice

    Guys and Dolls

    Everybody Loves Opal

         

    1994-1995

    The King and I

    Rumors

    Run for Your Wife

    Nunsense

    1995-1996

    Oliver

    Greetings

    Kismet

    Opal Is a Diamond

    1996-1997

    Annie, Get Your Gun

    Play On!

    Annie

    The Foreigner

         

    1997-1998

    Grease

    Exit the Body

    Man of LaMancha

    Lend Me a Tenor

    1998-1999

    Nunsense II

    Anybody Out There

    Joseph and the Amazing

    Technicolor Dream Coat

    Blithe Spirit

    1999-2000

    The Wizard of Oz

    Its a Wonderful Life

    The Music Man

    Moon Over Buffalo

         

    2000-2001

    A Grand Night for Singing

    Miracle on 34th Street

    Cinderella

    You Cant Take It with You

    2001-2002

    The Cemetery Club

    Nuncrackers

    Meet Me In St. Louis

    Father of the Bride

    2002-2003

    The Miracle Worker

    Quilters

    Once Upon a Mattress

    Flaming Idiots

         

    2003-2004

    Lets Murder Marsha

    Meshuggah Nuns

    Mame

    Over the River and

    through the Woods

    2004-2005

    Two by Two

    Opals Million Dollar Duck

    How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

    Come Blow Your Horn

    2005-2006

    Steel Magnolias

    I Remember Mama

    Seven Brides for

    Seven Brothers

    Who's on First?

         

    2006-2007

    Little Shop of Horrors

    A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

    She Loves Me

    Grace and Glorie

    2007-2008

    State Fair

    A Christmas Story

    Beauty and the Beast

    On Golden Pond

    2008-2009

    Godspell

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    Hello Dolly

    Barefoot in the Park

         

    2009-2010

    The Odd Couple

    The Pirates of Penzance

    Gypsy

    Exit Who

    2010-2011

    Seussical the Musical

    Papa's Angels

    Urinetown

    Dearly Departed

    2011-2012

    Mister Roberts

    White Christmas

    Arsenic & Old Lace

    The Marvelous Wonderettes

         

    2012-2013

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    A Tuna Christmas

    Oliver!

    Broadway Cabaret

    2013-2014

    Noises Off

    Almost Maine

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    Annie

    2014-2015

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

    Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

    Sherlock Holmes

         
  • Photos From Past Productions


    Check out even more theatre production photos on our PhotoBucket Account


    Seussical



    Cinderella



    Beauty and the Beast



    Barefoot in the Park



    Godspell



    Oliver!



    The Sound of Music



    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



    Guys and Dolls



    Camelot



    Arsenic and Old Lace



    A Tuna Christmas



    Fiddler on the Roof



    My Fair Lady



    Oklahoma



    Check out even more theatre production photos on our PhotoBucket Account

  • Auditions

    There are no current auditions, but please come see our next show



  • Buy Tickets Online

    tix logo Tickets can be purchased online starting the Monday before opening performance.



    Buy Tickets In Person

    Beginning the Monday before each show, the office and ticket booth is open at 301 E. 5th St. in North Platte, NE between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday - Friday and 1 hour before show time you may purchase your tickets at the door.

    Buy Tickets Over The Phone

    Individual Tickets

    General Admission - $15.00

    Ages 16 and under - $8.00

    Students with I.D. - $8.00

    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

    Town Hall Lecture Series Tickets

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



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