Understanding K & Q: standing with each other
OmniArts nebraska, a new, 501(c)3 non-profit (pending) arts production company proudly announces the world premiere debut of its season one production. Understanding K & the Red Balloon will premiere at the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Theatre July 19 through July 21
Featuring completely original text, a never before heard musical score, in-house choreography and abundant visual and media art, Understanding K & the Red Balloon engages audiences to observe and experience the needs, hopes, and dreams of its members.
Understanding K is an original theatrical piece based on community workshops with children, and is created to shed light on their wisdom, dreams, fears, and desires. With a book and lyrics by OmniArts nebraska co-founders Daniel Kubert and Dustin Witte, Understanding K also features an original musical score by Dan Beard and Laurie Martinez. The ensemble cast of artists includes Kubert, Witte, and Martinez, as well as Larry Mota, Ciara McCormack, Karen Friemund Wills, Dana Uhrenholdt, Justice Strong, Zoe Zgud and Cyrus Zgud. Understanding K will introduce audiences to eleven fictional characters at various ages and throughout their lives as they share stories we should know, but probably don't, thereby giving voice to their unique, yet universal perspective in an innovative and moving way.
Please be advised that while Understanding K is a work of fiction, it has been created from stories and creative responses collected from workshops and interviews with people from ages 3-50+, including approximately seventy-five fifth grade students. Much of the language is used verbatim, as it has been taken directly from statements, stories and impressions that these young people shared.
While some of the subject matter and language may be difficult and uncomfortable to face, they are also issues and language that our children are presented with daily.
the Red Balloon [sic] is an original movement piece inspired by the 1956 Albert Lamorisse film, The Red Balloon. Created and choreographed by Daniel Kubert, the production features a score by Ed Love, as well as a professional performers and community members whose ages span more than five decades. This whimsical movement piece is dedicated to the dreams which swept us away as children; the dreams we hope may someday sweep us away again.
Understanding K & the Red Balloon will be presented July 19, 20 at 7:30pm and July 21 at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm, at the Johnny Carson Theatre, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The opening night performance will be a benefit for the Peoples City Mission, and other youth organizations. Tickets will go on sale June 22. For tickets, call 402-472-4715, $15 for General Admission, $12 for students and seniors, plus fees. For more information on OmniArts nebraska, please visit www.omniartsnebraska.org or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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