A New York Christmas is Coming to Omaha

Heather is the blogger behind The Home Alien Blog where she documents her journey through life as a wife and mother.  Heather is a stay-at-home Mom to three (almost four!) children and currently lives in West Omaha.  In her spare time she enjoys baking treats with her kiddos, crafting, taking naps and reading.

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A New York Christmas is Coming to Omaha

Stepping onto the bustling streets of New York City is a rush of excitement.  And, no season in New York City is more exciting than Christmas. There are bells ringing, horns blaring and brilliant holiday decorations everywhere you look. My family would make the short trip from New Jersey to New York each and every Christmas season. There was Rockefeller Center with its iconic ice sheet and glittering Christmas Tree to see. Then, a trip to Macy’s was in order, to take in its dazzling window displays and decorations. Next, we would hop into St. Patrick’s Cathedral, lighting candles and staring up into the breathtaking heights of the ceiling until we got dizzy.  But, the main purpose of our trip was always to see The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.  There isn’t another stage production that captures the magic of New York City at Christmas quite like The Christmas Spectacular.

blogJust a couple of crazy siblings enjoying Rockefeller Center! (Heather, Jenn and Ryan circa 2000)

It was my family’s tradition to make our yearly pilgrimage on Christmas Eve.  I believe traditions hold such an important place in our hearts because of the feelings they stir up.  For me, nothing captures the magical feelings of Christmas quite like this show. From the opening chords of the overture to the final moments of the Nativity Scene, I was always mesmerized.   I am beyond thrilled at the chance to share this tradition with my own children when Omaha Performing Arts presents The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes at the Orpheum Theater in November.  I know it will be the perfect way to begin our Christmas season and yours too!

Heather’s Don’t Miss Moments:

  • The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.  This beloved number has been captivating audiences since its conception in 1933.  You won’t want to miss The Rockettes taking their famous tumble across the stage.
  • The Ragdolls. Reinvented for the 2014 Season, this classic number will be sure to captivate your little ones with a playful dose of magic by giving them a sneak peek into Santa’s Workshop.
  • The Santa Number. Nothing captures the magic of Christmas more than Santa himself explaining how he manages to deliver all those presents, all over the world.  Be prepared to be amazed as the magic of Christmas, literally, multiplies before your eyes.
  • New York at Christmas. This number perfectly depicts the glitz and glamor of the holiday season by taking you to some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks.

rockettesMiss Hannah meeting The Rockettes! Christmas here we come!

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com.

For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Secrets Behind The Rockette’s Signature Look

Written by Ashley Rich
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Ashley writes at If You Give A Girl A Ring, a lifestyle blog that documents her travels, beauty and fashion favorites, running race recaps and life as a newlywed. She is a graphic designer and marketing professional and lives with her husband and 2 dogs in Omaha.

The Secrets Behind The Rockettes Signature Look
When you’re a Rockette, you rehearse for 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for 6 weeks before you finally get that moment to kick your heels onstage. Once the holiday season kicks off, the Rockettes perform in up to 4 shows a day, 6 days a week and they do it all while looking fabulous. So what does it take to look so glamorous while dancing under those bright stage lights? Recently, I was able to meet 2 of the Rockettes that perform in this famous holiday show and they shared some of the behind-the-scene secrets of what it takes to really look like a Rockette.


Each Rockette does their own hair and makeup
All of the Rockettes must look the same onstage and each girl is required to do their hair in the signature French twist. This might not be an easy task for a new rookie, but the girls say they form a sisterhood and each one helps out the other to learn how to do their hair. The Rockettes are split into smaller dressing rooms and veteran Rockettes request to have a rookie in their room to help them out and learn the ropes.

Rockette Tip for doing your hair: Don’t wash your hair every day when styling it. Dirty hair that is day-old will hold better than clean hair.

They can do their hair and makeup…fast!
The girls come in early before a show starts not only to stretch but to begin their hair and makeup routine too. It takes about 15 minutes to do their makeup before the show and have fast touch-ups in between scenes during the show.

Want to know the best pose to do when taking a photo?
If you notice when the Rockettes pose, they always have their hands on their hips. Their secret? Place your thumb in front instead of the back when placing your hand on your hip for a pose. This makes your biceps look more toned.


Finding makeup that is sweat-proof is necessary
Kicking under those hot lights certainly makes the Rockettes work up a sweat. Oil blotting sheets are essentials for each of the girls to use while they touch up between each dance. While each Rockette has her own favorite makeup products, some of the staples that can be found in their makeup bag include a moisturizer to calm irritated skin, foundation primer, liquid eyeliner, and fake eyelashes.

Red lipstick is essential to the Rockette look
Rockettes always sport a trendy red lip. A brand favorite for them is MAC lipstick in either Red or Russian Red.


Do your hair before you start your makeup
Prior to starting your makeup, the Rockettes do their hair first. The reasoning behind this? If you reverse this part of the routine, your forehead will get shiny from the hairspray.

Now it’s your turn, what makeup essentials or tips could you not live without?

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com.

For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Food & Fitness with the Rockettes

Written by Erin Fairchild
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Erin is the blogger behind Her Heartland Soul, a lifestyle blog focused on the joys of putting down roots in Omaha. Erin is a Marketing professional that lives with her husband and cat in Downtown Omaha. She loves to travel, eat good food, wear pretty dresses, and document it all on her blog.

7 food and fitness secrets – straight from the Rockettes!


Have you ever wondered how the Rockettes are able to dance so well? How they look so good in their costumes? How they are able to smile through hours of workouts on stage?  I was recently invited by Omaha Performing Arts to meet two Rockettes that will be performing in this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I asked them these and many more questions. There they dished on their fitness and food routines and shared seven secrets we all can apply to our own lives.

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1. ABD (Always be dancing)

Rockettes not only love to dance, they’ve likely been dancing since they were toddlers. Dancing is an incredible way to lean out, get strong, and stay in shape. Rockettes dance all year round, from onstage during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, to dance classes they teach off-season, to barre, tap, and ballet classes they take for fun and fitness purposes. You don’t have to be a professional dancer to reap the benefits of dance. Find a form that interests you and sign up for a class at your local gym and/or studio.

rockette workout

2. Train hard

Rockettes know that practice makes perfect and hard work is the key to success. Before they hit the stage for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, they train 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 6 weeks. Imagine how much you could improve at something by doing it even one hour a day, six days a week, for six weeks.


3. Pucker up!

The Rockettes know how important it is to stay hydrated and replenish their electrolytes in between dance routines. One of the ways they do this is with pickles and pickle juice! A pickle only has about 16 calories, but it has electrolytes your body needs after a strenuous workout.

rockette stretching

4. Take care of your body

A Rockette does 300 kicks a show, 4 shows a day, 6 days a week. That’s 7,200 kicks a week! To help their bodies recover, they stretch all the time, take ice baths at the end of each day, and visit with the Rockette’s athletic trainer if they have any aches or pains. This allows their body to recover for the next day of work. They know warm ups and cool downs are just as important as the actual workout. And that it’s always important to see a professional if there is the possibility of injury.


5. Prep your food ahead of time

Food is fuel for the Rockettes. They need a lot of it, but they need it to be clean and healthy to keep their bodies strong. They have a full size refrigerator backstage at all shows so that they can bring snacks and meals. They plan ahead and pack foods full of proteins and healthy fats so that when hunger strikes they aren’t reaching for a candy bar. Some of their favorite snacks include: fruit, protein shakes, bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, and tuna packs.


6. Have a support team

While the Rockettes are always striving to be the best dancers, performers, and athletes that they can be, they still sometimes struggle and have off days just like the rest of us. When that happens, they call on their sisterhood and know they can lean on each other for advice, encouragement, and support. We’re all bound to get burned out on our health and fitness goals. When that happens, it’s important to have friends we can turn to that will help and support us.

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7. Never settle

The Rockettes are the best at what they do and that’s because they never settle. A personal motto of theirs is, “Make today’s best tomorrow’s worst.” Always be striving to improve, learn, and grow. That’s how good turns into great.

Your turn: Do you like to dance? What is a health and fitness goal you’re working on? Do you have a secret to success?

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Orpheum Theater November 13-30th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now at TicketOmaha.com.

 For more information about performances coming to the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Interns Aid NHSTA 2014

By Michelle Bazis & Gretchen Pille

The Internship Experience

Omaha Performing Arts’ education initiatives connect to the community through a range of enriching arts and educational experiences, including internship programs within the following departments: Development and Special Events, Marketing, Programming and Education.

The Organization’s summer event calendar holds fantastic opportunities for interns to gain hands-on experience; the first of which was the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards on June 12th. From preparation to follow-up, the three interns proved to be a tremendous aid. For the Marketing Intern, support continued with content collaboration for this blog post.

Despite the stereotype, filing is an important part of the internship experience. Business operations rely on diligent record keeping. As an intern for Omaha Performing Arts, University of Nebraska Lincoln student, Gretchen, spent time getting acquainted with the Organization’s process. “Some days it’s a trip downstairs to the marketing closet to archive posters and banners. Most of the time, I am filing promotional materials. My favorite part of the archival process is seeing how marketing styles have progressed over the seasons; like some pretty nifty programs for a roller-skating show in the 50s. My goal as a marketing intern here is to get a better picture of how the arts are promoted.”

Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Preparation

Omaha Performing Arts is dedicated to arts education in the community, exercised through hands-on internships and a variety of other programs. In addition to administrative responsibilities, interns are submerged in the development, organization and collaboration within an industry career. “On top of my day-to-day projects, I get to sit-in on meetings and learn about ad planning. Last week, I helped prepare for first ever Nebraska High School Theater Awards! In the few days preceding the event, I wore the hat of ‘people-wrangler’ for rehearsals, showing high school students around the maze that is the Holland Center and gathering performers before their acts. I enjoyed running around backstage just as much as running around onstage. The Development Intern and I were Vanna Whites for the event, trading in our snappy business attire for gowns and heels to present trophies to the winners. It was incredibly glamorous, and I only tripped once. I was even featured on the news!  Now that the red carpet is rolled up, I recall fondly the glitz and glamor of the night and look forward to helping the next big event here at Omaha Performing Arts, Jazz on the Green. Wish me luck!

For more information about Omaha Performing Arts’ internship opportunities, click the PDF links below, or visit our website.

Intern Job Description | Intern Application

The Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is year-long program that recognizes outstanding musical theatre productions and students in Omaha and surrounding communities.


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Helping Students Grow In The Arts

By Kim Reiner [December 16, 2013]

Each year, more than 10,000 local students learn, grow and are transformed through Omaha Performing Arts’ Education and Community Involvement Programs. These educational programs and community outreach efforts are central to our mission. They are opportunities for youth and adults to fully appreciate and participate in the arts.

A few 2013 Education and Community Involvement highlights:

– In the spring, we took illusionist Kevin Spencer out into the community to present free entertaining and interactive magic shows at The Arc of Omaha at the Ollie Webb Center, Children’s Hospital and Quality Living, Inc.

– This summer, we launched Nebraska High School Theatre Awards. The program supports and celebrates achievements in high school theatre, culminating in an annual showcase.

– In November, young actors attended a Master Class with Kevyn Morrow, an Omaha native who was a cast member in the Broadway touring production of ELF THE MUSICALKevyn helped the students hone auditioning skills.

These experiences only happen because of the generous support of friends and donors like you. You have the power to ensure these programs remain strong and continue to grow for years to come!

Please make a tax-deductible gift at OmahaPerformingArts.org today to keep the arts and arts education thriving in Omaha.