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Audio Description

Audio Description

From Broadway to ballet, RTBS volunteers provide live Audio Description for performances and community events.  RTBS will partner with community venues to provide equal access to programming and events through audio description services.  This service empowers attendees with a visual disability to join family and friends for an exhibit, performance, or event. Then, using a headset provided by RTBS, they listen to a trained audio describer relate the visual information in real time.  This can include costumes and sets, artwork, the antics of a team’s mascot, animals in a zoo habitat, the spectacle of a parade, and so much more!

Audio Description makes arts and culture available for everyone. Imagine Cinderella dropping her slipper, a priceless ancient artifact, or the winning goal, all of these examples are visual moments. We work to make these moments available for everyone. The audio describer uses breaks in action to narrate the visual material for the attendee with a visual disability. This ensures that everyone can attend an event together and everyone can understand the action. 

Upcoming Performances

Audio Description is scheduled for the performance dates listed below. It can also be arranged by special request. 

Please reach out to the respective venues to purchase tickets and indicate you are requesting Audio Description.  Additionally, you can contact RTBS at (402) 572-3003 to request the service at a performance or venue not listed below or if you have any questions at all about AD. 

Orpheum Theater (402) 661-8501

  • Mama Mia! | Saturday, January 13 at 2pm

  • Beetlejuice | Saturday, February 3 at 2pm

  • Disney's The Lion King | Saturday, March 2 at 2pm

  • Pretty Woman: the Musical | Saturday, April 20 at 2pm

  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical | Saturday, June 1 at 2pm 

The Rose Theater (402) 345-4849

  • Night at the Farm | Saturday, January 27 at 2pm

  • Three Little Birds | Saturday, March 2 at 2pm

  • Red Riding Hood | Saturday, April 6 at 2pm

  • Charlotte's Web | Saturday, April 27 at 2pm

  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory | Saturday, June 15 at 2pm

Omaha Community Playhouse (402) 553-0800

  • The Play the Goes Wrong | Saturday, February 3 at 7:30pm

  • Cabaret | Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm

  • Baskerville | Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm

  • Chicken & Biscuits | Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm

  • Hello, Dolly! | Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm

If you are an individual or venue interested in the services offered by our Audio Description program, please contact Bekah Jerde at (402) 572-3003 or for more information.