Don your most elegant Elizabethan-era gown and experience a fun-filled day of circa 16th-century delights. The outdoor festival promises to amuse with reenactments of Renaissance-era entertainment, and as fair-goers nosh on a hand-held turkey leg or sip homemade root beer, there is a good chance of an encounter with traveling gypsy hordes, a jester, or a juggling magician romping through the fairgrounds. Other entertainment includes live jousting and live shopping. Peruse the festival’s diverse selection of merchants and stock up on swords and leather goods, or purchase a feather-plumed hat for future acts of forest heroism. Enjoy a day of being immersed in costumed folks walking to the charming sounds of traveling bands of merry minstrels.
Since 1925, the Dundee Theatre’s gold curtains have been parting for generations of rapt audiences. Originally a vaudeville theater, the venue was transformed into a movie house during the Great Depression as a cost-cutting measure. For the next half century it traded hands, sometimes screening art films, sometimes featuring family fare, and once showing a 118-week run of The Sound of Music, which was eventually halted by a town statute banning raindrops on roses.
In 1980, current owner Denny Moran stepped in and renovated the theater to recapture some of the splendor of its early days. The old vaudevillian stage and dressing rooms still lurk behind the silver screen, counterbalanced by a state-of-the-art Dolby Digital EX sound system and Cyrano de Bergerac smell system. Under Moran's watch, the Dundee Theatre now screens an eclectic mix of art and independent films, cinema classics, and cult favorites.
Two-year-olds in HappyFeet soccer training sing “Roll, roll, roll your ball” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The program’s graduates, though, often go on to more sophisticated activities—such as collegiate and professional soccer careers and jobs kicking computers that won’t work right. Founded by Andy Barney, the HappyFeet franchise encompasses two programs: one for tots aged 2–6 and Legends soccer for older youths. HappyFeet’s coaches focus on childhood development while hosting onsite classes at preschools. Their curriculum fuses soccer drills with kid-friendly characters such as Gus the Gorilla. Meanwhile, the Legends program takes a more grownup approach, emphasizing the arts of dribbling, scoring, and evading opposing players with deft footwork.
Pulverizing opponents for the past 11 seasons, the Omaha Beef delight their devout fan base, known as the Meatheads, with hardnosed football matches and high-flying aerial attacks. Plunk down in a gridiron level seat ($139.10 per person; tax included) for the entire season of hard-hitting histrionics as the Beef look to terrorize their IFL opponents and capitalize on their 2009 division championship. The team's home at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, dubbed the Slaughter House, also plays host to the lovely ladies of the Omaha Beef prime dancers, as well as the rump roasters, a male dance team that brings elegance and grace to each porterhouse-themed pom-pom routine. Groupon purchasers also receive an Omaha Beef T-shirt (up to $26.75 value; tax included).
An Omaha theater fixture since the 1920s, the Omaha Community Playhouse flash-cooks acting chops with acting and stage performance classes taught by committed, experienced instructors. Beginners and experienced performers can take part in a variety of adult and youth courses, including acting, improv, musical-theater dance, youth acting, and speaking in iambic pentameter at work. Learn new skills or revisit old passions at weekly classes that last six weeks, with new courses starting on April 18, 2011. The creative drama/movement class offers youngsters acting games coupled with creative movement interventions, and culminates with a showcase of the skills learned in both areas. Classes are first come, first served, and you can go online for detailed class descriptions or to register for an upcoming course.
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