Saturday, June 28, 2014

Donna Reed Festival Alumnus Will Perform at Nebraska State Fair

Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann

2004 vocal scholarship finalist, Amy Heidemann, part of Karmin duo

From pop and hip-hop, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, better known as Karmin, complete the 2014 entertainment series at the Nebraska State Fair.

Karmin will appear on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Heartland Events Center. Tickets will be available on and at the Heartland Events Center beginning on July 28.

“Nebraska’s own Amy Heidemann grew up in Seward and always had a deep passion for music,” said Chelsey Jungck, events and entertainment director for the Nebraska State Fair.

“Her Partner, Nick Noonan, grew up in small-town Maine, and together they have created a firestorm, first doing song covers and now writing and singing their own original music.”

They are best known for their song "Brokenhearted," which reached the top 20 in the United States, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and the song "Hello", which reached number one on the Dance Billboard Chart in the US.

They were known previously for their rise to fame through YouTube covers, including Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass."

Reserved-seat tickets for Karmin can be obtained by going to or the Heartland Events Center box office for $6. Tickets will be available beginning on July 28 and do not include gate.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts to Celebrate Building's Centennial, June 21

Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts

Festivities include open house, rededication ceremony and 1930's movie

The Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the building's 100 years in existence on June 21, 2014. The building has had many names beginning with The Germania Opera House to The Denison Opera House to The Ritz Theater and now The Donna Reed Center. 

The building will be open during the day for tours and the viewing of building artifacts from the Donna Reed Heritage Museum Archives. A rededication ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. with comments from The Donna Reed Foundation's Board of Directors President, John Fujii and Mayor Brad Bonner. Refreshment will be available throughout the day.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the 1930 zany comedy, "Animal Crackers", starring The Marx Brothers, will be screened. This movie was one of the early full length "talkies" and was screened at The Denison Opera House in September of 1930.

For more information on the Centennial Open House, please contact The Donna Reed Foundation at 263-3334, or email


Children's Summer Movie Series Kicks Off June 25 at Donna Reed Theatre

Summer Movie Series for Kids

Geared for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade

The Donna Reed Foundation is sponsoring a “Children’s Summer Movie Series” at the Donna Reed Theatre. The six-week series begins on Wednesday, June 25 with a 2 p.m. screening.

The price of the six-movie series pass is $10.00 if purchased before June 25.  Passes purchased on the 25th or after will be $15 per student. Children will receive a wristband that will be used as the series pass.  Children ages 7 and under will require supervision to attend the movies, but the supervisor will be admitted to the movie at no charge. 

The series will continue each following Wednesday with 2 p.m. screenings. Movies will include a variety of children’s adventures, animated, classic and nature movies.  Concessions will be available for purchase.

Movie passes are available by stopping at The Donna Reed Foundation office at 1305 Broadway, calling the Foundation at 263-3334 or contacting  You may also sign up for the series at Reiney’s Kandy Kitchen at 1301 Broadway.