Celebrate Wood River

Celebrate Wood River

Performing Arts & Entertainment Series

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, there is

Free Admission to All Performances.

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Pippa White: “I Can’t Give You Anything But Songs”

Pippa White

9/24/23 at 2:30 pm

From 1926 to 1972, Dorothy Fields wrote lyrics. She wrote for Broadway and Hollywood and worked with the leading composers of her day. The films and musicals she wrote for featured some of the biggest stars of the 20th Century.  Her standards include I’m in the Mood for Love, A Fine Romance, On the Sunny Side of the Street, The Way You Look Tonight and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love. All this, and yet most people don’t know her name!  In I Can’t Give You Anything But Songs: The Life and Work of Dorothy Fields, Pippa White, accompanied and supported by Vince Learned, shares the life and work of a fascinating and talented woman who made her way in a business that belonged to men and gave us some of our greatest American songs.

UNL"s "Bathtub Dogs"

Bathtub Dogs

11/05/2023 at 2:30 pm

Come enjoy a fantastic musical performance by UNL’s Premier All-Male A Cappella Group. Back in 2002,  Scott Wilson and Aaron Hurlbut gathered their most talented buddies to sing together. Since then, they have developed into a nationally-recognized a cappella group known as the “Bathtub Dogs”. Their goal as a performing ensemble is simple: To entertain. There will be no shortage of fun onstage so don’t miss out!

The String Beans

String Beans

3/11/24 at 6:00 pm

With a hilarious stage show and hundreds of catchy, original songs for kids, The String Beans have been a favorite choice for family-friendly entertainment in Nebraska since 2004!  From pop and country to rap and rock n’ roll, The String Beans perform a wide variety of original songs about all the things kids love: animals, books, cartoons, food, history, play, science, sports and lots more! Each show is engaging,  inclusive and spontaneous, and each catchy tune is designed to get every audience dancing and singing along!

Musical Medley

Lauren Meier

4/7/24 at 2:30pm

Lauren Meier, Harpist, has been playing the harp for over 30 years. She has enjoyed performing with orchestras from several states, including Central Nebraska’s very own Hastings Symphony Orchestra.   Lauren has partnered with Grand Island Public Schools to form a harp program in both the high school and middle schools, and enjoys teaching private lessons to a group of students in her home. She encourages the growth of the harp platform in Nebraska communities by sharing her talents through community events, both public and private, and by teaching children and families about the unique aspects of the harp. Lauren finds it to truly be a gift to bring this unique & divine instrument to life!  Meier’s 45-minute concert is followed by a medley of Wood River High School instrumental musicians presenting their pieces in  preparation for District Music Contest. Let’s celebrate our local talent!

Circle Theater

4/22/24 at 7:00pm

"My Broken Doll: The true childhood story of NE Holocaust survivor Bea Karp" begins as teenage Beatrice Karp learns she must leave post-war London to begin life anew in the United States.  As Bea packs for the journey, each object she places in her suitcase floods her with memories of her life during the war.  Audiences are instantly transported to the train rides, concentration camps and Nazi guards of Bea's memory.  Though tragic this is also a story of acceptance, love, and resilience.  The play illustrates to audiences the importance of standing up for what they believe is right.  "My Broken Doll" is based on the memoir of the same name written by Deborah Pappenheimer and adapted by Erni Nolan.  The play is produced in collaboration with Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska.

Saturday Friendship Gatherings

9:30 am at Wood River Rural High School Theater

Michelle Setlick, Mobley Program- 9/30/23

During the early days of Nebraska statehood, Margaret Theresa Guerin Eberhart Mobley wielded her pen, instead of a plow, as she carved out her place in the frontier. As a survivor of the Irish famine and an orphaned child, she defied the odds through education and her independent spirit to become a respected businesswoman and a political force prior to women’s suffrage.

Rowe Sanctuary Naturalists - 10/14/23

Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary Naturalists will enlighten us regarding native plants, birds in our area, and share an update on their visitor center renovation project.

Howard Uhrich - 2/24/24

Local historian, Howard Uhrich, will share “Employment at the Grand Island Ordnance Plant: A Personal Experience”

Michelle Setlick - The David Kaufmann Story - 4/13/24

David Kaufmann - Photo Credit to the Stuhr Museum

Perennial favorite and Hall County historian, Michelle Setlik, will present her research into “The David Kaufmann Story”.  Learn the impact he had on Hall County and beyond, including the extraordinary work he did for German Jewish refugees that he never spoke about in his lifetime. Attendees will also get sneak peek of the film about his life and legacy that will premier in August 2024. 

Fun fact - WRRHS alumni Charity (Eickhoff) Adams and Michelle (Nielsen) Setlik and current WR elementary student Brooklyn Woitaszewski are all principals in the upcoming documentary. 

Local Arts

Christmas Cantata

12/17/23 @ 2:30 pm, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1108 Dodd St, Wood River.

Appreciate the sounds of Christmas as this central Nebraska choir presents their annual cantata event.

Easter Cantata

3/17/24 @ 2:30 pm, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1108 Dodd St, Wood River.

Get swept away in the majesty of Easter during this central Nebraska choir's cantata presentation.

All School Play


The spring 2024 production from Wood River High School's Music & Drama Department is guaranteed to entertain. Details available early 2024.