GILT Jr. (part of Grand Island Little Theatre) is planning to host a weeklong event this summer for children who have completed third through eighth grades.

Throughout the week of June 22-26, children will prepare to perform “Life is Like a Double Cheeseburger” by Flip Kobler and Finn Kobler, while also attending classes and workshops that will teach them about other aspects of theater, such as theatrical makeup, audition preparation, character creation and more.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at College Park.

Auditions for the show will be during the Monday workshop, with pubic performances set for 3 and 6 p.m. June 27.

All members of the GILT Jr. staff are certified teachers, paraeducators or former teachers from Grand Island and surrounding areas.

Students are asked to sign up in advance for the workshop, so supplies can be on hand. Cost is $40 per student, which includes a T-shirt. Admission to the workshop program is limited to the first 50 applicants.

For more information, call Grand Island Little Theatre at (308) 382-2586.

Minden Opera House offers ‘The Empty Opera House’ online series

MINDEN — In the wake of the introduction of the 10-person limit on gatherings, the Minden Opera House had to cancel events. This leaves the facility with an empty stage and a art gallery with no visitors.

It also leaves artists and performers with huge holes in their incomes. To keep fulfilling their mission of entertaining the public, inspiring future generations and promoting the arts in a majestic venue, the Minden Opera House is getting creative. Although the venue has been shut down, the arts never will be.

The Opera House is introducing a series, “The Empty Opera House,” which will host virtual arts experiences on its Facebook page. Events will include live virtual concerts, storytelling sessions, art lessons and more.

Performers and artists in the series have been hosted in one way or another at the Opera House — either on stage or in the gallery. Viewers will get a link in the description of the video that will enable them to donate to their favorite performers by designating their names in the comment section. The Minden Opera House will then pass those donations to the artists, keeping only the small processing fee.

Performances will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and art sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursdays (unless otherwise noted).

The performance schedule includes:

—  Thursday, March 26: Shannon Lawson (soul/country singer/songwriter), 8:30 p.m.

—  Tuesday, March 31: Daniel Martinez (Latin instruments/vocals)

—  Thursday, April 2: Andy Brasher (country singer/songwriter)

—  Saturday, April 4: The String Beans (children’s music), 11 a.m.

Art sessions include:

—  Thursday, March 26 – Linda Stephen (origami)

—  Thursday, April 2 – Nia Karmann (photography)

—  Thursday, April 9 – John and Dodi Groesser (painting)

—  Thursday, April 16 – Linda Stephen (origami)

Changes and additions may be made as they go along, so viewers are advised to check the website and Facebook for the most current information.

For more information, call March Brandt at (308) 830-2924 or visit

Joslyn Art Museum announces online opportunities

OMAHA — As Joslyn Art Museum is presently closed at least through April 30 in response to community efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, the museum’s staff has planned a series of virtual engagement opportunities for all ages. Experiences range from passive to participatory and are meant to be educational and entertaining.

Those opportunities include virtual tours, online art adventures for the entire family, curator-led gallery talks, collection crowd-sourcing and more.

Schedules and more information are available on the museum’s Facebook page and online at

UNK cancels Granger Smith concert

KEARNEY — The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s spring concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Smith was scheduled to perform April 9 at UNK’s Health and Sports Center. The concert will not be rescheduled.

All ticket purchases using credit or debit cards will be refunded automatically through the UNK ticket office. Customers can expect refunds on their statements by April 13. Any questions or issues with refunds should be directed to the box office at (308) 865-1563 or

Tickets went on sale in February, with prices at $25 and $30.

The concert was organized and sponsored by Loper Programming and Activities Council.

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