• 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 Guild, founded some 47 years ago, serves as a support group for the Playhouse. The Guild provides ushers for each performance and each year sponsors the Carousel of Homes Tour.

    Proceeds from the tour are donated to the Playhouse for theater improvements. Since its inception in 1969, the Guild has contributed over $240,000 to the playhouse.

    Some of the improvements made possible by funding from the Guild include: the sound system, new carpet, lighting and cabinets, tables and chairs, theatre seats, dimmer lights, drapes, kitchen cabinets, new bathroom construction and restoration of the Neville Center basement. The Guild also decorates the theater for the holiday season.

    Theater Guild members and volunteers are always needed to help support the playhouse. The cost to become a member of the Guild is $10. If interested in becoming a member, please call Mary Johnson at +1 308 532 5613

    Join us for the 32nd Carousel of Homes Tour November 19, 2016, as well as complimentary refreshments at the Playhouse.

    Guild Board of Directors

    President - Darlene Stewart

    Vice President - Pat Wagner

    Secretary - Diane Oerter

    Treasurer - Karen Olson

    Tour Chairperson - Dixie Francis

    Board Members - Mary Johnson, Connie Madison, Irene Miller, Mary States, Marge Thomas, Deanna O'Donnell, Barbara Dowell, Mary Collins, Joni Lloyd, Sue Eggleston



    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 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 - Justin Morgan

    Administrative Assistant - Rajean Shepherd


    Board Members

    President - Sara Morris

    Vice President - Matt Pederson

    Treasurer - Stuart Shepherd

    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

    Elizabeth Peters


    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

    Season Tickets are $70 for all 4 lectures

    All lectures start at 10:30 a.m. CST

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    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


    2016 - 2017 Lecture Schedule

    For tickets, inquiries or membership, please call +1 308 530 8448 or visit the Town Hall website.


    Vicki Lawrence: "Life Is Much Too Short To Be Taken Seriously"

    Wednesday, Septemeber 14, 2016

    Award-winning actress and recording artist Vicki Lawrence has earned notoriety in the entertainment world. She spent 11 years on the Carol Burnett Show, earning one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations, and later went on to star in her own series, Mama’s Family. Currently, she travels all over the country with her stage production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show. Visit Vicki Lawrence's website here.


    Dean Jacobs: "7 Wonders, 7 Lessons"

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Inspired by lessons learned after calling it quits on a successful corporate career and following his dream to travel the world, Dean Jacobs takes audiences on an uplifting and motivating journey. With stunning visuals and riveting stories delivered with passion, Dean challenges the norm and provides a roadmap to effect change. Visit Dean Jacob's website here.


    Allison Massari: "Ignite the Fire Within"

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Co-Sponsored by Great Plains Health

    As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, severe burns and a traumatic head injury, Allison Massari exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Her story is more than just one of survival. It is a story of resilience, courage and the rigorous pursuit of hope. Visit Allison Massari's website here.


    B. Gentry Lee: "Vision of the 21st Century"

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Chief Engineer for Planetary Flight Systems Directorate at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), B. Gentry Lee is responsible for the engineering integrity of all robotic planetary missions managed by JPL for NASA, including the Mars exploration program. Lee will address how future innovations and discoveries will impact our lives in the 21st century. Read B. Gentry Lee's Wikipedia biography here.



  • 2016-2017 Theatre Season

    Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

    A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    The Little Mermaid

    I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change


    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

    Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

    Performance Dates: September 23, 24, 25 & 30 and October 1 & 2, 2016


    Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

    A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish!

    Director: Carolyn Clark


    A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    Performance Dates: November 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20, 2016


    A Christmas Carol

    Drawing strongly on the theme of time, this adaptation shows that we must use our time wisely and understand that we have but a moment to make the right choices. With time ticking onward, Scrooge must make his life mean something before it is too late. When the bell tolls for Christmas Day, will he have the strength to change the man he has become over so many wasted years? Filled with joy, laughter and heartbreaking moments, this new adaptation has something for everyone, both young and old.

    Director: Robert Allen


    The Little Mermaid

    Performance Dates: February 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19, 2017


    The Little Mermaid

    Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea", "Kiss the Girl", and "Part of Your World".

    Director: Anne Schmit


    I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

    Performance Dates: April 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30, 2017


    I Love You Now Change

    This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship". Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night"?

    Director: Scott Carlson




  • North Platte Community Playhouse Children's Theatre

    Our 2016 Summer production was "Aesop’s Fables: The Musical". The North Platte Community Playhouse Summer Children's Theatre Program is directed by Scott Carlson.

    The NPCP Children's Theatre is an amazing opportunity for young actors to gain experience in theatre and performance arts. We look forward to seeing you in 2017 for the next summer production!



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    Itty Bitty Stardust Children's Theatre

    Itty Bitty Stardust Children’s Theatre is directed by Anne Schmit and Donna Pucket, who have traveled for several years as Artists in Schools and Communities for the Nebraska Arts Council.

    We look forward to seeing you in 2017 for the next summer production!



  • 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

    1955-1956

    Harvey

    Night Must Fall

    1956-1957

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Claudia

    Born Yesterday

    1957-1958

    My Three Angels

    Witness for the Prosecution

    See How They Run

         

    1958-1959

    Bus Stop

    Gaslight

    The Tender Trap

    1959-1960

    Picnic

    The Four Poster

    Broken Dishes

    1960-1961

    Our Town

    Mister Roberts

    Sabrina Fair

         

    1961-1962

    Hasty Heart

    Reluctant Deb

    Three Blind Mice

    1962-1963

    Gazebo

    Everybody Loves Opal

    One Acts

    Sorry, Wrong Number

    1963-1964

    Curious Savage

    Hamlet

         

    1964-1965

    Blithe Spirit

    1965-1966

    Man in the Dog Suit

    Deadwood Dick

    1966-1967

    The Chips Are Down

         

    1967-1968

    Come Blow Your Horn

    The Drunkard

    1968-1969

    Fantasticks

    Miranda

    Wedded to a Villain

    1969-1970

    The Moon Is Blue

    Dirty Work at the Crossroads

         

    1970-1971

    Harvey

    Rainmaker

    Pure as the Driven Snow

    1971-1972

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Stalag 17

    Never Too Late

    1972-1973

    Best Man

    Barefoot in the Park

    Annie, Get Your Gun

         

    1973-1974

    Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    Bye, Bye, Birdie

    Laura

    1974-1975

    Mary, Mary

    A Funny Thing Happened on the

    Way to the Forum

    Catch Me if You Can

    1975-1976

    Two if by Sea

    Sunshine Boys

    The Girls in 509

         

    1976-1977

    You Cant Take It with You

    Odd Couple

    Sunday in New York

    1977-1978

    Mouse Trap

    Play It Again, Sam

    Gypsy

    1978-1979

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Wait Until Dark

    Luv

         

    1979-1980

    The Music Man

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    The Spoon River Anthology

    1980-1981

    Come Blow Your Horn

    Two by Two

    Blithe Spirit

    1981-1982

    Vanities

    Once Upon a Mattress

    On Golden Pond

         

    1982-1983

    (First Season in the Neville Center)

    Anything Goes

    Life with Father

    Snoopy

    1983-1984

    South Pacific

    Cactus Flower

    Death of a Salesman

    1984-1985

    No Sex Please, Were British

    Robber Bridegroom

    South Pacific

         

    1985-1986

    Oklahoma

    Lo and Behold

    Importance of Being Ernest

    1986-1987

    Enigma

    Carousel

    The Lady Cried Fox

    1987-1988

    Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

    My Fair Lady

    Canteen Reunion Over Here

    Fantasticks

    Noises Off

         

    1988-1989

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Steele Magnolias

    I Do, I Do

    Deadwood Dick

    1989-1990

    Rehearsal for Murder

    A Christmas Carol

    Camelot

    Squabbles

    1990-1991

    Fiddler on the Roof

    All My Sons

    Brigadoon

    The Odd Couple

         

    1991-1992

    Paint Your Wagon

    Alone Together

    The Sound of Music

    Love Letters

    1992-1993

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    A Christmas Carol

    Anything Goes

    Harvey

    1993-1994

    Damn Yankees

    Critics Choice

    Guys and Dolls

    Everybody Loves Opal

         

    1994-1995

    The King and I

    Rumors

    Run for Your Wife

    Nunsense

    1995-1996

    Oliver

    Greetings

    Kismet

    Opal Is a Diamond

    1996-1997

    Annie, Get Your Gun

    Play On!

    Annie

    The Foreigner

         

    1997-1998

    Grease

    Exit the Body

    Man of LaMancha

    Lend Me a Tenor

    1998-1999

    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

         

    2000-2001

    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

         

    2015-2016

    She Stoops to Conquer

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Mary Poppins

    Altar Boyz

         
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  • Auditions

    A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm CST

    Director: Robert Allen


    Auditions for the second show of the North Platte Community Playhouse's 2016/2017 season will be held on September 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patty Birge Room at the Playhouse, 301 East 5th Street for "A Christmas Carol: The Musical".

    Those desiring to audition should come to the Patty Birge Room prepared to read and sing selections provided by the director. They are welcome to come either Monday or Tuesday, or may come both nights if they desire.

    The cast for the musical includes parts for 25 adults and 12 children as well as three ghosts, villagers and tortured souls. Most of the parts include singing. Those who audition will be asked to read a portion from the script which will be provided. They will also sing the familiar Christmas song, "Deck the Halls."

    Drawing strongly on the theme of time, this adaptation shows that we must use our time wisely and understand that we have but a moment to make the right choices. With time ticking onward, Scrooge must make his life mean something before it is too late. When the bell tolls for Christmas Day, will he have the strength to change the man he has become over so many wasted years? Filled with joy, laughter and heartbreaking moments, this new adaptation has something for everyone, both young and old.

    Robert Allen will be directing the musical along with Carmen Allen as musical director, Carolyn Clark as assistant director, and Amariah Gesinki as choreographer. Auditions are open to everyone from the community.

    Come be a part of the NPCP!



    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    Performance dates for "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" November 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20, 2016



  • 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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