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Omaha Performing Arts brings anti-bullying message through LGBTQ "it gets better" performance

Apr 13, 2017, 15:04 PM by Kelly Bartnick

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Powerful Orpheum Theater performance with Omaha’s River City Mixed Chorus and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles concludes week of events 

OMAHA, Neb. (April, 13 2017) – Three simple words—it gets better—reach into the hearts of LGBTQ youth and inspire them with a message that darkness can give way to a brighter future when Omaha Performing Arts presents The Gay Men’s Chorus of LA: “it gets better” Tour featuring the River City Mixed Chorus at 8:00 PM Friday, April 28, 2017 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Tickets start at $15 at TicketOmaha.com. Tickets are also available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street or by phone at (402) 345-0606. 

The “it gets better” Tour tells real life stories from lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer and straight allies from all across America while exploring the question of what “better” means to LGBTQ youth. Eight actors will be joined on the Orpheum Theater stage by the River City Mixed Chorus—Omaha’s GLBTA chorus—in the powerful performance.
“It gets better” appeared in a 2010 YouTube video from syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller. The two wanted to inspire hope for young people facing harassment after a number of LGBT students took their own lives after they were bullied in school. It has evolved into much more than a video or a set of words—it is a movement.

The It Gets Better Project has inspired thousands of Internet testimonials that have been viewed millions of times online. Singers from Los Angeles to Omaha and beyond are now joining the chorus, sharing words that make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth.

A week of Community Events

Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will be in Omaha for several events leading up to the April 28 performance. Community and school groups and the general public will have an opportunity to explore the meaning behind the “it gets better” message and share their own stories of coming out, facing adversity and overcoming difficult obstacles in all walks of life.

Choir members will speak with students at Westside High School, Omaha Public Schools, UNO students and staff and more. Residency details and times will be announced at a later date.

This production and its residency activities are supported by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.