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BRAVO! Dec 2009: The Arts in Omaha

Makers of the Season Bright

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Life is a balancing act, especially at the busy holiday season.  You balance work commitments with family obligations.  You balance tradition with the desire to try something new when you add chocolate crinkles to your ever-growing cookie collection.  And you (try) to balance your check book. 



The holidays are a perfect time to strike a balance between the old and the new, between tradition and novelty.  Returning each December to your family’s favorite activities is like meeting a lifetime friend for coffee. But the many wonderful events scheduled this month invite us to expand our “circle of friends” with a museum visit, concert or night out at the theater.  Metro takes a look at some of what our city’s cultural institutions are offering this December.

The Rose

From Depression era New York City to the magical North Pole and scrumptious Land of Sweets, The Rose is your single holiday destination.  Continuing through December 20 on the Main Stage is Annie-The Musical.  Annie’s plucky optimism that secures her love and happiness is perfect holiday fare. 

The adventures of another young girl, Clara, come alive at the Orpheum Theater December 3through 6.  The Imperial Nutcracker, a Christmas favorite, chronicles a young girl’s magical voyage from her 1880 Russian home into the Land of Sweets.  There, she meets dancing sugar plums and marzipan confections.    

And who can resist such memorable characters as Rudolph, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman and Santa?  Join Rudolph and his fellow misfits at The Rose on December 26 through 30.  This warm tale of acceptance is the perfect cap to the holiday season.

For more information, contact the box office at 345-4849 or visit www.rosetheater.org.


Lauritzen Gardens

Christmas starts in July at Lauritzen Gardens.  During summer’s zenith, Omaha’s botanic garden begins to plant more that 5,600 poinsettias for its Holiday Poinsettia Show which continues this month and closed January 10.  Included in the exhibit is a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, alongside other holiday trees and antique sleigh.  Trains enthusiasts will enjoy the three model trains that wind their way through the display.

The first weekend of December hosts Holiday Happening at Lauritzen Gardens.  Visitors can make-and-take a holiday project while listening to holiday carols.  Santa will be available for photos in the poinsettia display.

Every weekend throughout the month is Holiday Harmony.  Sounds of the season, courtesy of live carolers, will enhance the Holiday Poinsettia Show.  Pop into the café for a meal or warm snack.  Or settle in by the cozy fire while listening to the performers.  It’s the opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this magical season.

For more information, call 346-4002 or visit www.lauritzengardens.org.

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