Omaha Community Playhouse, fueled by an army of volunteers and a core professional staff since 1924, performs a diverse array of Broadway-quality musicals and plays. On Golden Pond's actors warm hearts with their portrayal of an elderly couple's travails and triumphs, while the powerful voices behind The Fantasticks charm ears with a tuneful tale of star-crossed love. Altar Boys, the story of five small-town Christian boys and their pious pop act, bursts with respectfully irreverent humor and parody. Funny bones vibrate to the lines in Lend Me A Tenor, the farcical and chaotic tale of an opera star entangled in romance, mistaken identity, and a maze of treble clefs.
At Boulder Creek Amusement Park, people tap in putts on two 18-hole golf courses, wallop spheres in eight Monopole batting cages, and clamber up at 24-foot climbing tower. The Adventure mini-golf course ($7 for adults; $5.50 for children 12 years and younger) leads golfers over drawbridges and past whitewater rapids, and the wheelchair- and stroller-accessible Sport course challenges putters with lengthy greens and simulated sand traps. Ninety-three-foot deep batting cages ($1.75 for 15 pitches) offer eight stalls equipped with softball and baseball pitching machines with 35-foot-high ceilings to mimic the feeling of slugging home runs or clubbing asteroids from whence they came. Looming over the park, the 24-foot Mt. Boulder Climbing Wall ($4 for two climbs) features grips and foot holds designed to entice climbers upward with challenging configurations and spacing.
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.
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).