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2006.12.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

"Bootstrappers' Christmas" at Grande Olde Players

Omaha - Want a glimpse into Christmas past at former Omaha University? If so, plan on attending "Bootstrappers' Christmas," the latest production on stage at the Grande Olde Players Theatre through Dec. 17.

The theatre's founders, Mark Manhart and Bonnie Gill, wrote the musical. The duo also directs the nostalgic glimpse into the university's relationship with the former Strategic Air Command. In 1951, Gen. Curtis LeMay initiated "Operation Bootstrap" with Omaha University President Milo Bail. This action commissioned and gave officers the means to finish their post-secondary degrees. Due to Omaha's central location, students were sent from Offutt and other bases from all over the world to attend Omaha University.

"For a while, we claimed we were second only to West Point in the number of general officers that had graduated from our institution," said Jim Leslie, president emeritus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association.

Gen. LeMay and Bail are depicted in the production, as well as a cast of other characters. The plot revolves around a bootstrapper who befriends a Cold War widow coed and other students to remodel the campus Snack Shack in time for a holiday show. 1950s-era rock and traditional Christmas music are included throughout the production.

The Grand Olde Players Theatre is located at 2339 N. 90th St. Performances will be held at the following times through Dec. 17.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
7:30 p.m.

Sundays
2 p.m.

The cost is $5 for children, $14 for senior citizens and $15 for general admission. For tickets, call (402) 397-5262.

The play was produced in association with the Criss Library Archives and the UNO Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Manhart at (402) 391-7888.

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