There was much anticipation for the "Star Wars: In Concert" at the Qwest Center Tuesday night. But it wasn't without controversy since the show went on despite the weather. C3PO told the crowd at the beginning of the show, "Thank you for braving the elements."
For some families, the force toppled the fierce snowstorm. The O'Connor family lives in West Omaha but rented a room downtown around lunchtime to beat the snow and be there for the show. "The kids couldn't miss it," says John O'Connor.
The Preibil family of Lincoln had the same idea. "This is Star Wars," says Jennifer Preibil. "This is something special." They drove to Omaha last night and stayed with relatives.
"It would be devastating to say that you could come and then not be able to," says Lesley Royal. "And some of the adults are just as bad."
But there are many who stayed away and believe the dark side won this time.
'Star Wars: In Concert' is part of a national touring company with a tight schedule. Officials sympathize with the fans but say rules are rules. No refunds. No exchanges.
For ticket holders it became a case of risk versus reward. Some parents did all they could to keep from crushing their youngsters plans. "They were bummed this morning because they thought it would be canceled," says Royal. "I called this morning at 10:30 and they said no matter what, it's taken 3 days to set up the exhibit so that no matter if here were 5 or 5,000 they were having it."
The show wasn't a sell-out. Attendance numbers aren't provided by this tour.
While many people are still upset the show went on in the cold and without a chance for refunds, we should point out this isn't unusual.
On this same night, the Wynonna Judd concert in Council Bluffs at the Mid-America Center went on as scheduled too.