• 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


    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



    Night Must Fall


    The Man Who Came to Dinner


    Born Yesterday


    My Three Angels

    Witness for the Prosecution

    See How They Run



    Bus Stop


    The Tender Trap



    The Four Poster

    Broken Dishes


    Our Town

    Mister Roberts

    Sabrina Fair



    Hasty Heart

    Reluctant Deb

    Three Blind Mice



    Everybody Loves Opal

    One Acts

    Sorry, Wrong Number


    Curious Savage




    Blithe Spirit


    Man in the Dog Suit

    Deadwood Dick


    The Chips Are Down



    Come Blow Your Horn

    The Drunkard




    Wedded to a Villain


    The Moon Is Blue

    Dirty Work at the Crossroads





    Pure as the Driven Snow


    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Stalag 17

    Never Too Late


    Best Man

    Barefoot in the Park

    Annie, Get Your Gun



    Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    Bye, Bye, Birdie



    Mary, Mary

    A Funny Thing Happened on the

    Way to the Forum

    Catch Me if You Can


    Two if by Sea

    Sunshine Boys

    The Girls in 509



    You Cant Take It with You

    Odd Couple

    Sunday in New York


    Mouse Trap

    Play It Again, Sam



    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Wait Until Dark




    The Music Man

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    The Spoon River Anthology


    Come Blow Your Horn

    Two by Two

    Blithe Spirit



    Once Upon a Mattress

    On Golden Pond



    (First Season in the Neville Center)

    Anything Goes

    Life with Father



    South Pacific

    Cactus Flower

    Death of a Salesman


    No Sex Please, Were British

    Robber Bridegroom

    South Pacific




    Lo and Behold

    Importance of Being Ernest




    The Lady Cried Fox


    Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

    My Fair Lady

    Canteen Reunion Over Here


    Noises Off



    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Steele Magnolias

    I Do, I Do

    Deadwood Dick


    Rehearsal for Murder

    A Christmas Carol




    Fiddler on the Roof

    All My Sons


    The Odd Couple



    Paint Your Wagon

    Alone Together

    The Sound of Music

    Love Letters


    Arsenic and Old Lace

    A Christmas Carol

    Anything Goes



    Damn Yankees

    Critics Choice

    Guys and Dolls

    Everybody Loves Opal



    The King and I


    Run for Your Wife






    Opal Is a Diamond


    Annie, Get Your Gun

    Play On!


    The Foreigner




    Exit the Body

    Man of LaMancha

    Lend Me a Tenor


    Nunsense II

    Anybody Out There

    Joseph and the Amazing

    Technicolor Dream Coat

    Blithe Spirit


    The Wizard of Oz

    Its a Wonderful Life

    The Music Man

    Moon Over Buffalo



    A Grand Night for Singing

    Miracle on 34th Street


    You Cant Take It with You


    The Cemetery Club


    Meet Me In St. Louis

    Father of the Bride


    The Miracle Worker


    Once Upon a Mattress

    Flaming Idiots



    Lets Murder Marsha

    Meshuggah Nuns


    Over the River and

    through the Woods


    Two by Two

    Opals Million Dollar Duck

    How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

    Come Blow Your Horn


    Steel Magnolias

    I Remember Mama

    Seven Brides for

    Seven Brothers

    Who's on First?



    Little Shop of Horrors

    A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

    She Loves Me

    Grace and Glorie


    State Fair

    A Christmas Story

    Beauty and the Beast

    On Golden Pond



    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    Hello Dolly

    Barefoot in the Park



    The Odd Couple

    The Pirates of Penzance


    Exit Who


    Seussical the Musical

    Papa's Angels


    Dearly Departed


    Mister Roberts

    White Christmas

    Arsenic & Old Lace

    The Marvelous Wonderettes



    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    A Tuna Christmas


    Broadway Cabaret


    Noises Off

    Almost Maine

    Jesus Christ Superstar



    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Away in the Basement-A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

    Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

    Sherlock Holmes

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  • Auditions

    There are no current auditions. We hope to see for for our closing weekend of "She Stoops to Conquer"

  • 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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