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NCP welcomes our new artistic director, Tom Ossowski

The Nebraska Communities Playhouse is pleased to announce the hiring of a new artistic director, Tom Ossowski, who began his tenure working in partnership with the board to design our 2024 season. We are delighted that in May, Ossowski will begin his appointment as artistic director, ushering us through the rest of season.

This spring, Ossowski will be retiring as an associate professor in Florida State University’s nationally renowned music theatre department where he has served as the principal music director and/or director for musicals presented at FSU for 17 years. On an international scale, Ossowski has teaching, directing, and music directing experience as faculty in The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China as well as experience working in Switzerland, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ossowski’s breadth of experience makes him no stranger to the beauty of Nebraska, as he was born in Lincoln, raised on a farm near Beatrice and served for 16 seasons from 2007-2022 at Post Playhouse in Fort Robinson State Park. His professional directing credits include many familiar names including shows such as Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and Grease. He’s also directed many more contemporary productions such as Spring Awakening, Monte Python’s Spamalot and Legally Blonde. With more than 100 directing credits, Ossowski has worked with people of all ages and across many walks of life. 

Ossowski holds a BA from the University of Nebraska and an MFA from Florida State University’s directing program.  He is also a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Delighted to settle back down in his home state, Ossowski says “I am thrilled to be returning to Nebraska to collaborate with my fellow artists from the area and to join a community excited to participate and teaming up with us to enhance our lives through live theatre”.

Please join us in welcoming Tom Ossowski to our theatre and community!

Check out our 2024 Season!

We’ve got a huge season planned for 2024, filled with family favorites, classic broadway hits, an exciting youth production, and a brand new musical with a lot of heart.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Table (a new musical)
  • Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo Jr.
  • Grease
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Oklahoma!
  • White Christmas

Tickets are on sale now, so grab your seats and get ready for an amazing season!

Upcoming Events

 

The Table

MAY 3-5 & 10-12, 2024

“The Table is a heartfelt musical that resonates deeply with themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and the enduring power of relationships.”

This broadway-style musical tells the story of Laura, a young woman who has invited four friends to attend dinner at her house, once a month, for a year. Her friends have no connection to each other and seemingly little in common. As the year passes, the monthly dinners prove to be fertile ground for humor, conflict, and ultimately understanding, as the women experience what true friendship and community feel like. Laura’s husband, Ben, is skeptical but supportive of her efforts as he knows how important it to his wife, for reasons that will soon come to light.

This production underwritten by a grant from Tri-M Foundation.

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NCP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community playhouse that strives to enhance the lives of those in southeast Nebraska and the greater Midwest by providing affordable high-quality theatre and other performance arts entertainment.

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The Nebraska Communities Playhouse (NCP), a 501(c)(3), strives to enhance the quality of life in the southeast Nebraska communities that it serves. NCP provides quality theatrical and other performing arts experiences to local audiences as well as attracting patrons from across Nebraska and the greater Midwest. It is the mission of the playhouse to train, educate and collaborate with performers, directors, technicians, artisans and other community volunteers, providing an opportunity for them to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in live, on-stage productions. The Nebraska Communities Playhouse believes that all people, regardless of age, income or ability, should have access to affordable, quality theatrical entertainment. NCP is a place for all people to enjoy the arts.