Peter Kiewit Foundation (PKF) awarded the Valley Performing Arts Theater (VPAT) a $25,000 grant in September 2016 to support renovation and equipment upgrades for The Golden Husk Theater in Ord, Nebraska.
A 1928 historic landmark on Ord’s downtown square, the Ord Theater sat empty and unused for two years. In 2015, the VPAT Board purchased the building, renaming it The Golden Husk Theater, with a vision in mind. It serves as a hub for engaging creative resources, empowering community connection, and enriching quality of life for communities throughout Valley County and surrounding areas.
“The opportunity to complete renovations and technology upgrades has enhanced our ability to host diverse performances and attract exceptional artists to our theater,” says Dahn Hagge, director of the VPAT /The Golden Husk Theater. In December 2016 the UNL Opera performed Amahl and the Night Visitor, engaging 17 local vocalists as the Shepherds Chorus. Last year, the Ord High School Band opened for The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. “The Glenn Miller Orchestra invited our student musicians on stage to play the finale In The Mood,” Hagge says. “The crowd went crazy! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our kids.”
Guest artists and performers are invited to stay in town an extra day to allow for presentations and learning opportunities in local community schools and at the Theater when possible. In October, The Golden Husk Theater hosted the Nebraska Shakespeare on Tour performance of Romeo and Juliet. On the previous day, they presented a free performance for over 250 Ord junior and senior high school students followed by a question and answer discussion. Students were also given the opportunity to participate in three workshops led by Nebraska Shakespeare representatives.