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Student (18 & Under) - $8.00
Group Rate (parties of 10 or more) - $10.65
Cather comes to Life ON the Stage
Brownville Village Theatre to Present an Original Cather Play Based on Cather’s
Short Story “A Resurrection”
Brownville, NE, September 21, 2017– Brownville Village Theater is preparing to Celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial by releasing an original Willa Cather play, adapted for stage from Cather’s “ A Resurrection”
Director’s Mitch Bean and Rachel Curtiss stated, “We are beyond excited to not only bring this original production to the Brownville Village Theatre, but to share our passion for the Village of Brownville and Nebraska’s 150th by celebrating with Nebraska’s own literary giant, Willa Cather.”
The play with supporting material and performances of a Cather Monologue and music by Dan Holtz, Peru State College, will be a first of its kind for the theatre. It is the hope of both Producer Kathy McKillip and Director’s Bean and Curtiss, that the fall production(s) will become the first of many for the theatre.
Producer, Kathy McKillip, shares “This is a great opportunity to celebrate a piece of Cather’s work that was written about Brownville, while she stayed in Brownville in 1894, there to celebrate Brownville’s 40th Homestead Day. It is a perfect blend of utilizing the arts, history, culture and more, which essentially is what Brownville represents and stands for, still today.”
Theatre Director Chet Harper stated, “We are honored to have the support of the Cather Foundation, and the BVT Board for this production and can’t wait to see everyone at the theatre”
Cast Members represent regional and local talent, they are;
MRS SKIMMONS: Elaine Knapp, Brownville, NE
MARGIE PIERSON: Rebecca Wilson, Lincoln, NE
MARTIN DEMPSTER: Fred Vogel, Lincoln, NE
MRS PIERSON: Lisa Smith Auburn, NE
AIMEE DE MAR: Lizzy Pegler, Lincoln, NE
BOBBIE DEMPSTER: Gavin Moyer, Auburn, NE
REVEREND WILLIAM ESTERBROOK: Xavier Gibson, Omaha, NE
LEONARD BIRCH: Mark Caspers, Auburn, NE
The Brownville Village Theatre is Nebraska’s oldest Repertory Theatre celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. Performances will be offered to the public October 13th @ 7:30pm and October 14th @ 2:00pm. Seating is first come first serve, no admission. A free will offering is encouraged to assist the theatre in basic costs. All proceeds will directly go to benefit the theatre. Funding support has also been provided by a grant from Humanities Nebraska.
Summer Season Info
Devised by Benny Green and Alan Strachan
Musical: Musical based on the words and music of COLE PORTER: Here’s a musical about the King of Musicals, Cole Porter. Green and Strachan have put together many of Cole Porter’s hit tunes with a narration that tells the story of his life, from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood—and back again to Broadway. The show includes such Porter standards as “I Love Paris,” “Take Me Back to Manhattan,” Love for Sale,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Begin The Beguine.”
Based on the Charles Schulz comic strip “Peanuts”
Music by Larry Grossman, Lyrics Hal Hackady
Musical: It’s the world according to Snoopy! Come join Snoopy—one of the dynamic and recognizable comic characters in the world and his friends Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Sally as they celebrate the wisdom of the world’s most famous Beagle, in this delightful musical that is fun for all ages.
By Neil Simon
Farce: The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before other guest arrive. As the confusions and communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
THE GAMES AFOOT
By Ken Ludwig
Mystery/Comedy: It is December 1926 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play, Sherlock Holmes, has invited his follow cast members to his Connecticut Castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.
SHUT YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ENGLAND
By John Chapman and Anthony Marriot
Farce: Prepare to be as confused as the characters themselves when unexpected quests pop in and out of Sir Justin Holbrooks’s penthouse apartment in the city of London.
When Arthur Pullen comes to the office on a Saturday to finish the books for audit, he’s astonished to find his employer, Sir Justin Holbrook in the penthouse with a lady of the night. Unexpectedly, Lady Holbrook arrives and Holbrook passes the girl off as Arthur’s wife.
A rich Arab sheik is expected and England’s entire fate depends on Holbrook signing an agreement with him, but suddenly Holbrook collapses and Pullen has to impersonate him. The arrival of the real Mrs. Pullen and others leads to an impenetrable maze of confused identities. Here is revealed the hilarious way the English have of dealing with a major crisis.