Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Edwin L. Clark


Twenty-one years ago, plans were being made to channel the growing interest in theatre for children in the Omaha community into a specific organization. A nucleus group from The Junior League of Omaha provided the impetus for organizing a large committee representing many areas of civic endeavor which met in the fall of 1949 to establish Omaha Junior Theatre. The first production took place in February of 1950. Omaha Junior Theatre comes into its twenty-first year with extensive plans to take on its age of maturity with the increased responsibility of building a theatre of its own, enlarging its professional staff, and expanding its educational cultural program. This coming-of-age culminates a typical growth patter of a happily received birth and a trial-and-error-childhood and adolescence. But the progress has been constant, the growth continuous, and the knowledge and experience gained in enable the “child” to enter adulthood with confidence.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Speech and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1972 Jean S. Erdenberger.