Filmmaker to give talk after screening of ‘M’
Omaha filmmaker Mark Hoeger will present a post-screening talk about German director Fritz Lang’s 1931 movie “M” after the 7 p.m. Wednesday showing at Film Streams, 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.
The movie is seen as a precursor for the film noir movement of the late 1940s and 1950s and is part of a film noir retrospective now running at Film Streams.
“M” features Peter Lorre as a serial killer on the loose in Berlin, preying on children. The movie is known for its use of sound, lighting, cinematography, editing and its brooding approach to storytelling.
Information: 402-933-0259 or online at www. filmstreams.org
Free staged reading of ‘Boy Gets Girl’
The Great Plains Theatre Conference will present a free staged reading of “Boy Gets Girl,” a play by Rebecca Gilman, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.
Gilman is this year’s honored playwright at the conference, which will run May 26-June 2 on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus.
The play looks at stalking, as a woman’s blind date with the friend of a friend turns into a living nightmare.
The reading, directed by Lara Marsh, will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with the cast and audience. Panelists will include Omaha Police Sgt. Kim Retzlaff of the domestic violence unit and Bridget Fitzpatrick, a crime prevention specialist.
For more information, go online to www.mccneb.edu/gptc
‘SkullSketch’ musical at Pizza Shoppe
Skullduggery Productions will stage an encore performance of its first-ever adult musical, “SkullSketch the Musical,” at the Pizza Shoppe, 6056 Maple St., at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The musical features Darth Vader, a trash-talking gas pump, Cyborg Al Gore and more. The music of the Dresden Dolls, Pulp, Flight of the Conchords, Ludo and Puscifer are also featured.
Andrew McGreevy directs the show written by himself, Tracie Mauk, Geoffrey Stienblock, Edd Baye and Monty Eich. Stacy Robinson is music director, and Robert Williams is choreographer.
Teens can register for Lofte theater program
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, Neb., is taking registrations for its summer youth program, which begins in mid-July and will run four days a week. The program for students ages 13 to 18 culminates in the performance of a full-length musical in mid-August.
Workshops through the summer will teach stage fundamentals, acting, technical theater and overall performance. Tuition is $150 to $200.
The deadline for registration is May 21. Information: 402-615-1003 or email email@example.com
Ex-Omahan heads back to Broadway
Former Omahan John Lloyd Young, who originated the Broadway role of Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” will return to the show on Broadway from July 3 to Sept. 30.
Young won the Tony for best actor in a musical in 2006 for his star-making turn in “Jersey Boys.” The musical tells the story of Valli and the Four Seasons, whose hits include “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Sherry.”
Young lived in Omaha from 1985 to 1990. He told the World-Herald it was in Omaha that he decided to make acting his career, while performing at the Emmy Gifford Children’s Theatre (now the Rose) and the Omaha Community Playhouse.
Bellevue Little Theatre reveals season
The musicals “1776” and “Sugar” headline the Bellevue Little Theatre’s 2012-13 season, which was announced last week.
“1776,” about the signers of the Declaration of Independence, runs Sept. 14-30 to open the season. It will be followed by “It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play” Nov. 2-18, in which five actors take on all the roles in the Christmas movie classic.
“How the Other Half Loves,” a comedy about infidelity by Alan Ayckbourn, will run Feb. 1-17. “Sugar,” the musical version of “Some Like It Hot,” takes the stage April 12-28. The season closer will be a comedy about family, “Leaving Iowa,” May 24-June 9.
Music theater workshop offers intense training
The Broadway Dreams Foundation will again present an intensive summer training program at the Holland Center for young performers interested in pursuing a career in music theater.
The workshop will be held July 9-15, and auditions are Saturday and May 20 at the Holland. Tuition is $895. A public concert performance will be held the evening of July 14 at the Holland.
Regional theater director Matt Lenz will lead the workshop. Find information online at www.mybroadwaydreams.com or at omahaperformingarts.org
Omaha Academy Choir, by appointment, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, Room 105. Choir is for students in seventh through 12th grades. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at Countryside Community Church. Tuition is $200. Information, or to schedule an audition: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“August: Osage County,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs Aug. 17-Sept. 16. Note: The role of Violet has been cast. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach