• 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.

  • 2015-2016 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

    • She Stoops to Conquer
    • It's a Wonderful Life
    • Mary Poppins
    • Altar Boyz

    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 practially 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 & October 22, 23, & 24 2016


    Altar Boyz

    Our season finale will be the musical, "Altar Boyz" directed by Lori Evans. Altar Boyz is a fiit 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

  • 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


    2015-2016 Production Season

    • She Stoops to Conquer
    • It's a Wonderful Life
    • Mary Poppins
    • Altar Boyz

    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


  • Archives of Past Performances

    1955-56

    Harvey

    Night Must Fall

    1956-57

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Claudia

    Born Yesterday

    1957-58

    My Three Angels

    Witness for the Prosecution

    See How They Run

         

    1958-59

    Bus Stop

    Gaslight

    The Tender Trap

    1959-60

    Picnic

    The Four Poster

    Broken Dishes

    1960-61

    Our Town

    Mister Roberts

    Sabrina Fair

         

    1961-62

    Hasty Heart

    Reluctant Deb

    Three Blind Mice

    1962-63

    Gazebo

    Everybody Loves Opal

    One Acts

    Sorry, Wrong Number

    1963-64

    Curious Savage

    Hamlet

         

    1964-65

    Blithe Spirit

    1965-66

    Man in the Dog Suit

    Deadwood Dick

    1966-67

    The Chips Are Down

         

    1967-68

    Come Blow Your Horn

    The Drunkard

    1968-69

    Fantasticks

    Miranda

    Wedded to a Villain

    1969-70

    The Moon Is Blue

    Dirty Work at the Crossroads

         

    1970-71

    Harvey

    Rainmaker

    Pure as the Driven Snow

    1971-72

    Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Stalag 17

    Never Too Late

    1972-73

    Best Man

    Barefoot in the Park

    Annie, Get Your Gun

         

    1973-74

    Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    Bye, Bye, Birdie

    Laura

    1974-75

    Mary, Mary

    A Funny Thing Happened on the

    Way to the Forum

    Catch Me if You Can

    1975-76

    Two if by Sea

    Sunshine Boys

    The Girls in 509

         

    1976-77

    You Cant Take It with You

    Odd Couple

    Sunday in New York

    1977-78

    Mouse Trap

    Play It Again, Sam

    Gypsy

    1978-79

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Wait Until Dark

    Luv

         

    1979-80

    The Music Man

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    The Spoon River Anthology

    1980-81

    Come Blow Your Horn

    Two by Two

    Blithe Spirit

    1981-82

    Vanities

    Once Upon a Mattress

    On Golden Pond

         

    1982-83

    (First Season in the Neville Center)

    Anything Goes

    Life with Father

    Snoopy

    1983-84

    South Pacific

    Cactus Flower

    Death of a Salesman

    1984-85

    No Sex Please, Were British

    Robber Bridegroom

    South Pacific

         

    1985-86

    Oklahoma

    Lo and Behold

    Importance of Being Ernest

    1986-87

    Enigma

    Carousel

    The Lady Cried Fox

    1987-88

    Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

    My Fair Lady

    Canteen Reunion Over Here

    Fantasticks

    Noises Off

         

    1988-89

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Steele Magnolias

    I Do, I Do

    Deadwood Dick

    1989-90

    Rehearsal for Murder

    A Christmas Carol

    Camelot

    Squabbles

    1990-91

    Fiddler on the Roof

    All My Sons

    Brigadoon

    The Odd Couple

         

    1991-92

    Paint Your Wagon

    Alone Together

    The Sound of Music

    Love Letters

    1992-93

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    A Christmas Carol

    Anything Goes

    Harvey

    1993-94

    Damn Yankees

    Critics Choice

    Guys and Dolls

    Everybody Loves Opal

         

    1994-95

    The King and I

    Rumors

    Run for Your Wife

    Nunsense

    1995-96

    Oliver

    Greetings

    Kismet

    Opal Is a Diamond

    1996-97

    Annie, Get Your Gun

    Play On!

    Annie

    The Foreigner

         

    1997-98

    Grease

    Exit the Body

    Man of LaMancha

    Lend Me a Tenor

    1998-99

    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

         

    2000-01

    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

         
  • Auditions

    Frontier Revue

    May 11th & 12th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. CST



    Auditions for the 2015 Frontier Revue will be held May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Patty Birge Room both nights at the NP Community Playhouse, according to directors Anne Schmit and Donna Pucket. The production dates are June 14-18. Rehearsals will begin on Memorial Day and go for three weeks. Those auditioning do not need to prepare anything unless they want a solo. Anyone under 16 years of age must have a responsible adult with them at auditions and during all rehearsals and performances.

     

  • 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

    Contacts

    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

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