Omaha Performing Arts received a special tribute Wednesday from Disney Theatrical Productions for years of successful engagements in Omaha.
The award, a handcrafted lioness mask, was presented at the Ambassadors appreciation dinner at the Orpheum Theater. The dinner saluted OPA volunteer ushers.
A four-week run of “The Lion King” in February and March grossed over $5.6 million, and a 2007 five-week run of the same show grossed $5.5 million.
OPA has also brought Disney's “Mary Poppins” to the Orpheum, for three weeks in January-February of 2011. OPA was also the presenter when Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” came to Omaha in 2010 and 2012.
In total, the Disney shows under OPA played 92 performances to more than 209,000 people in Omaha, said Jack Eldon, domestic vice president of Disney Theatrical Productions. He said “The Lion King” broke its own record in 2013 as the highest-grossing theatrical production in Omaha history. The milestone reflected a dedicated team committed to excellence, Eldon said.
Omaha is one of three cities in which Disney Theatricals is giving special recognition to presenting organizations. The others are Nashville, Tenn., and Appleton, Wis.
The lioness mask, a handcrafted replica of one created for the original Broadway production of “The Lion King,” will be displayed in the Orpheum lobby.