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"Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience" February 7-10, 2013 (eight performances), Holland Center


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OPA season includes 'Harry Potter' parody
By Michael O'Connor
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


See the full OPA season line-up.

Stack the seven "Harry Potter" books on top of each other and you have a thick world of wizards, potions and broomsticks.

So how would you condense it all into a 70-minute live performance?

People attending "Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience" will find out.

The show is part of the Omaha Performing Arts 2012-13 season, announced today.

Other highlights: a performance by the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet, the music of accomplished jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the high-energy humor of Joan Rivers.

Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires said the lineup demonstrates the variety and top-notch performers the organization aims for every season.

"We want to bring artists and ensembles that appeal to all sorts of people," she said. "They are going to find something they love."

The season consists of five series — Broadway, Dance, Family, Jazz and the newly named Showcase series, formerly Popular. Plus, you can catch a wide selection of Season Extras such as "Potted Potter."

Squires said she's excited about landing "Potted Potter," a show for kids and adults, which will make its U.S. debut this summer off Broadway in New York.

Actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, two former BBC hosts, wrote the Potter parody and perform it. "Potted Potter" takes on the challenge of condensing, or "potting," all seven Harry Potter books into 70 wild minutes.

Multiple costume changes, songs, props and plenty of Hogwarts magic aid the two actors, according to the show's website. The show also involves the audience in a game of Quidditch, which characters play in the book series.

As part of the Dance series, the Joffrey Ballet presents a program featuring "The Rite of Spring" in honor of the 100th anniversary of the work.

The final show in the Dance series will be Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The OPA says this all-male company presents a playful view of classical ballet in parody form.

The Jazz series includes bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz performer to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The series also features Marsalis, a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and skilled composer.

The Showcase series includes stand-up comedian, singer and actor Wayne Brady, the current host of the syndicated TV show "Let's Make a Deal," who's known for his improvisational skills on TV's "Whose Line is it Anyway." The series also features Rivers, known for her irreverent comedy.

Contact the writer: Michael O'Connor

michael.oconnor@owh.com    |   402-444-1122    |  

Michael is a general assignment reporter for the Living section, covering a mix of topics including human interest stories.


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