Vaudeville Takes the Stage Again in Benson
February 23rd, 2018
Omaha, NEâ€”Benson is bringing back old fashioned entertainment in a big wayâ€”Vaudeville. The Benson Theater has been out of commission for some years now. It was a popular movie theater in the mid-century, but in the â€˜20s it was home for musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and magicians. Thatâ€™s exactly the kind of entertainment Executive Director of the theatre Amy Ryan hopes to bring back to the neighborhood.
The Benson Theatre is now a registered non-profit, and renovations are planned for the near future. It will cost $2.8 million, but theyâ€™ve already raised $1.7 million according to Outreach and Event Coordinator Maggie Webber. So the theatreâ€™s not operational yet, but there are plans for a full production stage, hosting events like Shakespeare performances, rock operas, and of course, magic, dance and comedy.
In the meantime, the B Side of Benson theatre is open and active. Itâ€™s a smaller event space just next door, featuring creative performances, workshops, art exhibitions and more. The space will host Vaudevillians the last weekend of every month, and tonight and tomorrow, itâ€™s February Vaudeville Frolic, featuring 6 actsâ€”comedy, music, poetry, and also swing dancing from Omaha Jitterbugs.
February Vaudeville Frolic is tonight at 6:00pm and tomorrow, Feb. 24Â at 9:30pm at the B Side of Benson Theatre. All proceeds benefit the theater’s capital campaign. For more information, visit BensonTheatre.org
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