Pinewood Performing Arts has been entertaining Lincoln audiences since 1941.

First as the Singfest Committee holding Sunday evening services on the steps of the Lincoln Capitol Building


Then in 1947 after the Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater we added Easter Sunrise Services and a summer civic concert series. 


Then in 1949, the Singfest Committee invited Oscar Bennett to bring a production of “Faust” he had produced earlier in the year at Nebraska Wesleyan University. It was so successful, that later in the summer “Pirates of Penzance” was presented as a community production. 


In the subsequent years, the Singfest Committee produced an annual community production, each time adding more equipment and providing money for improvements including the dressing rooms and storage sheds. At that time, a City Ruling prevented the charging of an admission fee for entertainments at the Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre because in was located inside of a City owned park, and so support for these operas/musicals relied on the “passing of the hat.”

It was not until the laws changed in the 1980's that we were able begin charging a modest ticket price to cover the cost of doing theatrical shows. Even now, our ticket costs are the lowest in the Lincoln area for a full production with a live orchestra.

Our Past Shows


1949   Faust

1949   Pirates of Penzance


1950   The Chocolate Soldier

1951   Sweethearts

1952   The Naughty Marietta

1953   The Fortune Teller

1954   Rose Marie

1955   The New Moon

1956   The Student Prince

1957   The Merry Widow

1958   The Desert Song 

1959   The King & I


1960   Oklahoma

1961   South Pacific

1962   Carousel

1963   Brigadoon

1964   The Sound of Music

1965   My Fair Lady

1966   Flower Drum Song

1967   The Music Man

1968   Kismet

1969   Unsinkable Molly Brown


1970   Oliver

1971   Fiddler On The Roof

1972   Showboat

1973   Carousel

1974   Sweet Charity

1975   NO SHOW-New stage built

1976   George M!

1977   South Pacific

1978   Oklahoma 

1979   Annie Get Your Gun


1980   West Side Story

1981   My Fair Lady

1982   Guys & Dolls

1983   Man of La Mancha

1984   Camelot

1985   Barnum

1986   The King & I

1987   Annie

1988   Hello, Dolly

1989   Carousel


1990   Jesus Christ, Superstar

1991   Pinewood Players Variety Show

1992   Oliver

1993   The Music Man

1994   Into The Woods

1995   NO SHOW

1996   A Grand Night For Singing

1997   Brigadoon

1998   The Pirates of Penzance

1999   The Wizard Of Oz


2000   State Fair

2001   Cinderella

2002   West Side Story

2003   Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2004   Fiddler On The Roof

2005   Grease

2006   Cats

2007   High School Musical: On Stage

2007   Crazy For You

2008   The Music Man

2009   Footloose


2010   White Christmas

2011   The Wizard Of Oz

2012   Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

2013   Hairspray

2014   Shrek: The Musical

2015   42nd Street

2016   Seussical

2017   Disney's The Little Mermaid

2018   Legally Blonde

2019   Disney's Beauty and the Beast


2020   Show canceled due to COVID-19

2021   To Be Announced

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