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March 2011 Artfully Speaking

Another Opening! Another Show!

Touch it. Experience it. Own it.

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The Annual Press Club Show pokes fun at politicians, officials and events of the past year in the metro!

It’s always a hot ticket, but this year is extra special as the Omaha Press Club honors Creighton’s Father John Schlegel in Schlegelkegger! Schlegel, who has done much for the university and the city, is stepping down and this tribute will be a high-spirited sendoff!

My wife, Rebecca Noble, has been the music director of the show for the past three years. When longtime artistic director Howard Swain, Jr. retired this year, I was asked to take on this role. What fun it is and it’s all for a good cause! The Omaha Press Club Foundation awards scholarships to journalism students. Proceeds from the Press Club Show help fund these grants.

You may wonder how this all comes together. Foundation member, Chris Christen, and her husband, Kurt Keeler, function as the show’s producers. They are responsible for every aspect of the production. A perennial group of writers gathers months before with the artistic team to discuss the vision and theme of the show. They go to work writing song parodies to familiar tunes lampooning metro events and personalities.

Script writers take the submissions, choose viable numbers and craft a script. This script is constantly revised and tweaked until the night of the performance to make sure it is up-to-the-minute with current events and news.

Shortly after the holidays, a general meeting and sing-through of the songs is held. All past participants are invited to attend; an open invitation is extended to the press club membership and others. To participate, one must be a member or must join the organization. Following this, auditions for solo or small group numbers are held.

The entire group gathers again to kick off rehearsals with a read-through of the script and general notes on the directors’ vision for the entire show. Small and large group rehearsals follow up to the preview night and final performances.

Without giving anything away, look for the honoree, Father Schlegel, to have a major part in the production. Hosted by barkeep, Gary Sadlemeyer, look for personalities like Mary Maxwell, Dave Nabity and Father Steve Boes to appear. Politicians, broadcast personalities and civic movers and shakers may show up unexpectedly. You may even find yourself smack dab in the middle of the show!

The Omaha Press Club Show is Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. (An often-asked question is “Why is the Omaha Press Club Show in Council Bluffs?” The answer is two-fold. One is that the entire metro is involved and featured in the show; the other is financial consideration and recent tradition. The MAC is very accommodating to the organization and it is a fundraiser after all). Teri and Jack Diesing Jr. are the Honorary Chairs. For more information, visit www.opcshow.org.

It’s going to be a fun, fast and furious show full of laughs! Mark your calendars today! See you there!

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