Nebraska Repertory Theatre celebrates the season with 'The Holiday Cabaret'

Jazz Vocalist Jackie Allen stars in The Rep's "The Holiday Cabaret" Dec. 12-21.
Jazz Vocalist Jackie Allen stars in The Rep's "The Holiday Cabaret" Dec. 12-21.

Nebraska Repertory Theatre celebrates the season with 'The Holiday Cabaret'

calendar icon09 Dec 2019    

Lincoln, Neb.--The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Nebraska’s Actors’ Equity Association professional regional theatre, presents “The Holiday Cabaret.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 19-21 with 2:00 p.m. matinee performances on Sunday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 21. Performances are in the Temple Building, 12th & R streets.

Individual tickets are $39 regular and $19.50 for students/OLLI. Individual tickets are available by contacting the Lied Center Ticket Office at (402) 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 or at the ticket office window at 301 North 12th Street in Lincoln between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are available online 24 hours at

The production is directed by Andy Park, Nebraska Rep’s Artistic Director with musical direction by Jackie Allen. Andy’s other directorial work for The Rep include "Abigail/1702" and "Avenue Q" (2017-18) and "Mother Courage" and "Hair" (2018-19). Park directed "The Glass Menagerie" in November will also direct February’s "A Thousand Words."

Members of the ensemble are featured jazz vocalist Jackie Allen with Tom Harvill and Hans Sturm. Additional vocalists are Bryce Bassett, Olivia Cano, Sarah Koch, Ryan Savage, and Maddy Stark. The production is designed by JD Madsen (scenic), Laurel Shoemaker (lighting), Jamie Bullins (costumes) and voice, text and dialect coach is Ann Marie Pollard, all members of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film faculty. Technical Director is Liam Romano and stage manager is Shannon Sullivan, both undergraduates at the Carson School.

Allen's extraordinary talent has taken her on tours of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Nationally she has toured both coasts and in-between, appearing in Los Angeles (Catalina’s), San Francisco (Yoshi’s), San Diego (Humphrey’s), and in New York at the Josef Papp Public Theater). Regionally she was featured with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Auditorium Theater for an Ella Fitzgerald Celebration.  She has performed international music festivals in Detroit, Chicago, The Hague, Stuttgart, Edinburgh, Bologna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Thessaloniki, and Sao Paulo. Locally, Allen was the 2018 recipient of Lincoln’s Mayor’s Arts Award, receiving the Artistic Achievement Performing Award and was featured on A Prairie Home Companion where she gave Garrison Keillor a “voice lesson."

“This is four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz – no cheap imitation.” – Rolling Stone

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen grew up surrounded by music with her father playing Dixieland jazz tuba. She attended U.W. Madison studying Voice and Jazz. In Chicago she began her recording career for Blue Note Records and others, recording 12 critically acclaimed CDs, most notably: Santa Baby, The Men In My Life, Love Is Blue, Tangled, Starry Night with orchestra, My Favorite Color (USAToday’s Top 10 List). Her 2017 Rose Fingered Dawn is a collection of original songs by her bassist and husband, Hans Sturm. She will release a live concert DVD and CD set later in 2019 and last summer recorded a voice/bass duo album, Early Bird in Paris, to be released early next year.

Allen has served on the Board of Governors and Jazz Nominating Committee for the Recording Academy, “Grammy Awards” and has recorded with numerous Grammy winning artists and producers. She created and instructs the adult primer course, Torch Singer 101 and teaches Vocal Improvisation and Songwriting at Doane University in Crete. Allen lives in Lincoln with her husband Hans Sturm and son, Wolfgang.

“Allen’s greatest strength is her sheer musicality and the way in which she both frames and interprets her songs.” -Los Angeles Times

The “Find Yourself at The Rep” season includes:

February 12 – 23, 2020
Directed by Andy Park
Temple Building

“A powerful and innovative world premiere.”
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, Join Nebraska Rep on an incredible and deeply revealing journey that explores the power of a photograph to capture a moment in time. There are no actors in this groundbreaking production – only real people with meaningful photos and stories that you’ll have to experience firsthand to believe.

Wednesday, February 12 (preview) – 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 13 (preview) – 7:30 pm
Friday, February 14 (opening night) – 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 15 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 16 – 2:00 pm matinee
Tuesday, February 18 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 19 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 20 – 7:30 pm
Friday, February 21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 22 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 23 – 2:00 pm matinee

April 1 – 11, 2020
Book by Roger O. Hirson | Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Melissa Zaremba
Musical direction by Saul Nache
Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater

“A magical musical spectacle.”
The winner of four Tony Awards, Pippin is the story of a young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Magic, mystery and music invite disaster as Pippin is led closer and closer to an unforgettable Grand Finale. With humor, romance, illusion and heart, Pippin explores one of life’s most important questions: “Who am I?”

Wednesday, April 1 (preview) – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 2 (preview) – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 3 (opening night) – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 4 – 2:00 pm matinee and 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 5 – 2:00 pm matinee
Tuesday, April 7 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 8 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 9 – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 10 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 11 – 2:00 pm matinee and 7:30 pm

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre Management Staff:
Christina Kirk, Executive Director
Andy Park, Artistic Director
Julie Hagemeier, General Manager
Brad Buffum, Production Stage Manager
Jamie Bullins and Brad Buffum, Production Managers