After the February 22 & 24 weekend run in Kimball Recital Hall in Lincoln, UNL Opera will be taking its production of THE TENDER LAND on the road. On Wednesday, February 27 UNL Opera will return to Friend, Nebraska for a performance at the historic Warren Opera House.

Aaron Copland’s quintessentially American Opera is a perfect match for the rural Nebraska venues the company will be visiting. Set on a mid-west farm during the Great Depression, the opera is a coming-of-age story about a traditional, humble, rural family suspicious of outsiders. When two itinerant drifters arrive seeking work on the Moss family farm, their daughter Laurie, about to graduate from high school, falls in love with one of them and is torn between her roots and her desire to explore the world. Composed in 1954, the opera remains strikingly relevant today.

The Friend performance is scheduled for 9:00am to accommodate the students from Friend Public Schools who will be in attendance. However, the general public is also invited and encouraged to attend.  It is a remarkable opportunity for the cast to perform in the marvelous historic Warren Opera house–truly one of Nebraska’s hidden treasures. Director of UNL Opera, William Shomos is convinced that should the Friend Historical Society’s fundraising effort be successful in restoring the theatre, the city of Friend promises to become a magnet for performing arts festivals for the entire state of Nebraska and beyond.

Although it is called an “Opera House”, remarkably only one previous opera has ever been performed during the Warren’s 132-year history, and that occurred only very recently. In 2016, UNL Opera presented the very first opera ever to take place in the Warren Opera House with its traveling production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, featured in the recent NETV documentary Figaro, Figaro! UNL Opera’s tour exists thanks to the generosity of the James C. and Rhonda Seacrest Tour Nebraska Opera Fund, which is dedicated to supporting the production, promotion, travel and other expenses incurred for outreach opera events, both artistic and educational, across Nebraska, especially in rural venues.

Friend Historical Society’s Fundraiser Tea!

Check out what’s happening in Friend, on Saturday, November 3rd

The Society is hosting the event in the San Carlo Room of the Warren Opera House!

Come support the Society in their mission to restore the historic opera house and preserve Friend’s important history!

Enjoy great food, fellowship, and music by the Kramer Sisters.

Cost for the event is $25.  Doors open at 11:30AM.  Lunch is at Noon with entertainment following at 12:30PM

PLEASE CALL CHERE AT 402-947-7731 FOR RESERVATIONS!  Some walk-ins can be accommodated, but reservations are preferred.


The Friend Historical Society is constantly evolving to meet not only the original mission of restoring the Warren Building including the Opera House, but to meld the needs of the community to the potential offered by the Opera House parts and pieces as they come online.

Some events we have hosted, for example, are as diverse as the Friend High School Junior Senior Prom (San Carlo Room) and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Opera Presentation.

Eclipse Party

 Total Eclipse Party hosted by Friend Historical Society

Over 130 participants for Magic Show! Jolly Bean and company from Lincoln presenters with special lunch by Historical Society, and piano by Julie! Last picture Jolly Bean, magician, with funding providers for Jolly Bean, Mary Ann Losh and Carolyn Taylor & Jim Taylor (not pictured).