After 17 years, Omaha actor Jerry Longe will take the stage a Ebenezer Scrooge in Omaha Community Playhouse for last time this year

OMAHA, Nebraska — Jerry Longe, an actor from Omaha, has been playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the cherished production of “A Christmas Carol” that is put on by Omaha Community Playhouse. Longe has been playing the role for the past 17 winters.

This will be his last performance before retiring.

According to Longe, his next project will be becoming a grandparent. His granddaughter is expected in March, and he cannot wait to celebrate future holidays with his brand-new grandchild. His daughter is expecting.

He is grateful to the Omaha community for their support over the years and says that he has thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Scrooge.

“I was just saying the other day that I don’t believe it’s going to strike me until this time next year when I’m going, “I don’t know where to go!” I don’t think it’s going to hit me until next year at this time. So, it’s bittersweet. I mean, the idea that I’m going to miss this place so much because I have so many good memories associated with it makes everything seem even more bittersweet “explained Longe.

In the Hawks Mainstage Theatre, the production of “A Christmas Carol” runs from November 18 until December 23.

Performances will take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and on Sundays there will be two performances, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased right now, with prices starting at $36 for students and $40 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the OCP Box Office, which is situated at 6915 Cass Street, over the phone by dialing (402) 553-0800, or online at the website. Ticket prices vary according on the performance.

You may read a news release published by OCP that contains further details on special performances down below.


On Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m., OCP will present a production of A Christmas Carol that will also be audio described. The OCP Box Office has headsets available for patrons to borrow throughout their visit. Please call the OCP Box Office at the number (402) 553-0800 if you require any additional information.


On Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., OCP, in collaboration with the Autism Action Partnership, will present a production of A Christmas Carol that is designed to be sensory-friendly.

It is our hope that persons with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, and other special needs will feel comfortable attending this one-of-a-kind presentation, which has been constructed specifically with them in mind. The following are some of the accommodations that will be provided for this performance:

During the entirety of the performance, the house lights in the theater will be kept on at a dim level.

One minute before potentially triggering moments in the play, such as loud noises, strong lighting, strobe lighting, etc., off-stage volunteers will raise glow sticks in the air.

Those who come will have access to the sensory kits that will be provided.

During the performance, there will be sections specifically designated as quiet that may be found in the lobby areas outside of the theater.

The Omaha Community Playhouse works hard to provide all people of our community with opportunities to participate in the performing arts in a way that is enjoyable to them. Please call the OCP Box Office at (402) 553-0800 if you would like more information on the performance that is designed to be sensory-friendly.


On Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., OCP will be hosting a presentation of A Christmas Carol that will be shadow-interpreted into American Sign Language (ASL). Please call the OCP Box Office at the number (402) 553-0800 to make seat reservations or for any other inquiries you may have.

OPENING NIGHT This year, the Old Church Players will celebrate A Christmas Carol by throwing an opening night party. After the conclusion of the production, we will immediately get started with the event. Customers are invited to the main foyer, where they will find holiday food, photo opportunities, and other memorabilia.

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