Friday, May 15, 2015

Tomorrowland....coming VERY soon!!!

Learn about Disney's TOMORROWLAND in these new featurettes starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Producer/Writer Damon Lindelof and Director Brad Bird!

TOMORROWLAND is rated PG and is in theaters May 22nd!


"What Is Tomorrowland" featurette

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"Citizens Of Tomorrowland" featurette

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Genre:                          Mystery Adventure
Rating:                          PG
U.S. Release date:                    May 22, 2015
Running time:                            130 min.

Cast:                            George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson
Director:                       Brad Bird
Producers:                    Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov
Executive Producers:     John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor
Story by:                       Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen
Screenplay by:              Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird


From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Nebraska High School Theatre Awards

Students, Ensembles From 38 Nebraska Schools To Perform At Showcase

 Omaha Performing Arts will present the annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Modeled after the Tony Awards®, this red carpet event will feature performances nearly 300 students from 38 local high schools, with awards for outstanding productions, top ensembles and performers, and artistic excellence behind-the-scenes. The lead actor and actress selected to participate in the 2015 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York will be announced at the awards showcase. In its second year, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program has expanded to 38 schools, nearly double the participants in its inaugural year. 

Seven high schools will receive awards for Outstanding High School Musical Theatre Production, including: Bellevue West High School (BIG FISH); Gretna High School (SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!); Lincoln Southwest High School (WHITE CHRISTMAS); Millard North High School (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN); Millard West High School (HONK!); Papillion La Vista High School (MISS SAIGON); and V. J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School (BIG FISH). 

Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Number will be presented to: Bellevue West High School (BIG FISH); Gretna High School (SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!); Lincoln Southwest High School (WHITE CHRISTMAS); Lourdes Central Catholic Schools (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF); Millard North High School (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN); Norris High School (TARZAN); and Papillion La Vista South High School (ONCE UPON A MATTRESS). 

Fourteen leading actors and actresses will be honored for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role. This year’s award-winning lead actors are: Marcel Daly (Edward Bloom, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Sam Mitchell (Bob Wallace, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Matthew Hakel (Phil Davis, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Chris Kircher (Dr. Frankenstein, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Daniel Erickson (Chris, MISS SAIGON, Papillion La Vista High School); Scott Strigenz (J. Pierrepont Finch, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Platteview High School); and Matthew Pohlman (Edward Bloom, BIG FISH, V. J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School). This year’s award-winning lead actress are: Lauren Johnson (Sandra Bloom, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Nora Larson (Cinderella, INTO THE WOODS, Lincoln Southeast High School); Aubrey Jensyn (Judy Haynes, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Olivia Reid (Betty Haynes, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Casey Allen (Cat, HONK!, Millard West High School); Katelyn Hinderer (Ida, HONK!, Millard West High School); and Ally Sargus (Kim, MISS SAIGON, Papillion La Vista High School). 

Winners of Outstanding by an Actor in a Supporting Role are: Nicholas Hall (Amos Calloway, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Dylan Stiles (Pinocchio, SHREK THE MUSICAL, Elkhorn South High School); Chase Calhoun (Monster, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Zack Rahrs (Inspector Kemp, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Kyle Cunningham (Uncle Fester, ADDAMS FAMILY, Omaha South High Magnet School); Sam Keyes (Bud Frump, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Platteview High School); and Adam Perry (Prospero, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, West Point-Beemer High School). 

Winners of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role are: Jessica Butler (Carlotta Guidicelli, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Elkhorn High School); Taylor Grandstaff (Mrs. Paroo, THE MUSIC MAN, Fremont High School); Grace Kimnach (Grace, SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!, Gretna High School); Frances Munro (Martha Watson, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Payton Parks (Frau Bluecher, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Taylor Beck (Inga, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); and Kelsey Keres (Mama Euralie, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Omaha Burke High School). 

Millard South High School’s Dacota Schwarte will receive the award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management. Millard South High School will receive the Backstage Spirit Award. 

Sponsored by William & Harriet Otis and Wells Fargo, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is designed to celebrate, support and advocate for high school musical theatre education in Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding communities. 

High schools receiving outstanding production awards will perform selections from their award-winning musicals as a part of the Awards Showcase. Top actors and actresses in leading roles will perform in two interschool medleys, and student representatives from all 38 participating high schools will perform in opening and finale numbers. Awards Showcase performers will have the opportunity to work choreographer, Jeff Shade, who was mentored by Bob Fosse and has danced on Broadway in SWEET CHARITY, CHICAGO (dance captain) and TEDDY & ALICE. 

Tickets for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase are $10 general admission. To reserve tickets, contact the Ticket Omaha Box Office at 402.345.0606 or visit To learn more about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards visit More information about the National High School Musical Theater Awards is available at

The seventh annual National High School Musical Theater Awards will take place on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Rehearsals for this one-of-a-kind event will be held Wednesday, June 25, through Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York City. For more information, visit For more information about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, visit or contact J. Dominic Green at or 402.661.8425. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Schlitterbahn, Kansas City!

Schlitterbahn!  Such a FUN summer time location for you and your family!!

* Waterpark Tips for Frugal Moms: 
Going to Schlittebahn is an incredible experience!  It is very easy to be frugal there!  
Schlitterbahn saves money by offering free parking, free life jackets and you can 
even bring your own food in!!!
Food prices are reasonable and healthy options abound. 

* Toddlers and Tweens in Tow: 
Schlitterbahn is designed to have something for every age - 
inland surfing on the boogie bahn is very doable with a lesson or two, 
splash zones are designed to be safe for the littlest guests. 
With free life jackets and kids tubes even cautious moms can feel safe. 

* Green before Green was cool: 
Schlitterbahn, which was born on the banks of a river, has always been a steward 
of the water in the park. 98% of the water is recaptured, filtered, and reused all season. 
Our new resort in South Padre is built out of wood reclaimed from the wildfires that 
took place in Austin (more on our sustainability efforts here)

* Making Memories: 
Schlitterbahn has been part of hundreds of thousands of great memories for guests - 
what are your favorite memories at the park?
I know I have a lot!  My family and I go every summer!  We have never had so much 
fun together!  TONS of memories!  Check out the pictures!

* Waterpark Survival Tips: 
1. Swim shoes or flip flops - Schlitterbahn parks are among the largest in the nation, 
and that means that invariably there will be some hot spots without shade or outdoor 
carpet.  Wear some sort of water worthy shoe. 
2. Suncreen - Water rides remove the best in sunscreen. Apply, ride, repeat. 
3. Pack a lunch - Schlitterbahn allows ice chests, but no glass or alcohol. 
Make sure to pack some favorites but leave room for park specialties like 
funnel cake and turkey legs!

Key News:

1) Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is our flagship park and is America's #1 waterpark for 
17 years and has won awards for the best waterpark, best waterpark ride, and best 
new ride.

2) Schlitterbahn has been the birthplace of nearly every waterpark ride innovation 
the world's first uphill water coaster and the inland surfing ride, the Boogie Bahn.

3) Every park has a claim to fame:
* New Braunfels: World's longest tube ride; America's Favorite Waterpark
* South Padre: World's first Transportainment system where interconnected rivers 
are queue lines for rides.
* Galveston: World's favorite indoor park
* Kansas City: Midwest's longest tubing adventure, and home to the 
World's Tallest Waterslide

Captain American : Civil War is coming next year!!

I wanted to share with you the exciting news that Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. It just went into production (so no images are available yet) and all the current details including the cast are below! The movie opens in theatres everywhere on May 6th, 2016!


Principal Photography Begins in Atlanta
For May 6, 2016 Release

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (May 7, 2015) – Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on “Captain America: Civil War,” the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”). The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

After his debut in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” ”Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.”

The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get on Up”) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Revenge”) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Bourne Ultimatum”), Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Warrior”) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (“A History of Violence,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk”) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).  

“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Elysium”), production designer Owen Paterson (“Godzilla,” “Matrix”), and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1941, “Captain America: Civil War ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Marvel’s “Ant-Man” on July 17, 2015, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” on November 4, 2016, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on May 5, 2017, and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios most recently continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015. The film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has been released.

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Marvel's Ant-Man!

Marvel’s ANT-MAN, one of the original members of the Avengers, makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut this summer following the global, critical and box office success of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

ANT-MAN stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas and is in theaters everywhere on July 17th!



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Genre: Action-Adventure
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: July 17, 2015
Running Time: TBD
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “Ti” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà and Michael
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright, Stan Lee
Story by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Screenplay by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

Songwriter context winners announced!

Songwriter Showcase, Pro Panel Discussion Is May 11 At The Waiting Room

          Omaha Performing Arts announced the winners for the songwriting contest inspired by ONCE today. Using the theme of ONCE as inspiration, aspiring singer-songwriters were invited to write an original song for the competition for a chance to win a demo recording session for their song, a chance to play at showcase and for tickets to attend the opening night of the Broadway touring production of ONCE. Two songwriters were selected to win the recording session – Luke Heffron, 17, of Omaha for “Forget Myself” in the 13-18 Age Division, and Drew Nenemen, 29, of Omaha for “Another Love Song” in the 19-29 Age Division – and 20 were selected to perform at the showcase on Monday, May 11.
          Heffron and Nenemen each won a free demo recording of their song at ARC (recording studio), produced by nationally renowned musician, producer and sound engineer, Mike Mogis.
The top songwriters overall and the Top 10 songwriters from each age division were selected by judges who viewed videos submitted for the contest. Those 20 songwriters will perform in a local showcase, Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Waiting Room in Benson. Ryan Link, who plays Emcee in the Broadway touring production of ONCE and is the understudy for the lead character, Guy, will be at the event, as well, performing his original music from his recent album and music from ONCE. Admission to the showcase will be free and open to the public.

 “The talent displayed by each of the entrants was fantastic to see,” said Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Omaha Performing Arts vice president, programming and education. “The judges were blown away at the thought put into the songs and the passion with which they were presented. Omaha Performing Arts was excited to present this competition and we’re pleased that so many people participated.” 
“I was particularly impressed by the overall quality of all the entries,” said Mogis. “I enjoyed going through the songs, and it was inspiring to see all these kids put themselves out there like that. There are a lot of talented kids in Omaha.” 

The Top 10 songwriters performing in the showcase are: 

 13-18 Age Division: Sophie Clark, Omaha, “To Rule the World”; Griffin Gillen, Plattsmouth, Neb., “The Most Overrated Season”; Noah Gose, Lincoln, Neb., “Without You”; Luke Heffron, Omaha, “Forget Myself”; Jack McLaughlin, Omaha, “Just Like A Child”; Mary Ruth McLeay, Omaha, “The Guest”; Nicole Miller, West Des Moines, Iowa, “Do You Miss Me (Would You)”; Roni Perez, Omaha, “Off to Paris”; Chloe Pinkman, Lincoln, Neb., “You”; and Anna Wade, Lincoln, Neb. “Thing Is.” 

 19-29 Age Division: Cody Barta, Omaha, “Cancer”; Kait Berreckman, Omaha, “I'm Fine”; Makesha Carter, Omaha, “Drowning”; Logan Larkin, LaVista, Neb., “Battle Scar”; Josh Lawler, Omaha, “Summer Blues”; Dominique Morgan, Omaha, “Stand Up”; Drew Neneman, Omaha, “Another Love Song”; Elsa Rae, Omaha, “Intercom”; Sam Swerczek, Omaha, “Holding Back”; and Tara Vaughan, Blair, Neb., “Gotta Get Myself Right.” 

          A music industry pro panel discussion will precede the showcase performance. The panel will feature: professional musicians and recording artists Orenda Fink and Matt Whipkey; Mogis; C.J. Olson, key staff member at Saddle Creek records; and will be moderated by Tim McMahan, indie music journalist and blogger. The panel will discuss best practices for developing a successful music career. Following the discussion, audience members can engage with panelists in a Q&A discussion. 
Winners of the Top 50 songs will receive complimentary tickets to ONCE the musical at the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, May 12. The songwriters will also have the opportunity to participate in a post-show talk-back discussion with cast members from ONCE. The Top 50 songwriters are mostly from Omaha, though there were selected songwriters from Blair, LaVista, Lincoln, Minden, Plattsmouth, Plymouth, Neb.; Council Bluffs and Neola, Iowa; Bloomington, Ind.; and Akron, Ohio. The youngest applicant for the contest was 13 years old. 
          ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, will play Omaha’s Orpheum Theater for a limited engagement Tuesday, May 12, through Sunday, May 17. Tickets for ONCE are available through Ticket Omaha.* 
          The tickets, starting at $30 each, are available by going online at; by phone at 402.345.0606; or by going to the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. The show is part of Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Series. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015


The wait is finally over and Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is now playing in theatres everywhere!!! 


Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer

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