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UNK production ‘Eurydice’ selected for Kennedy Center event

UNK production ‘Eurydice’ selected for Kennedy Center event
Courtesy/ UNK Communications. UNK’s production of “Eurydice” was selected for the 51st annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Six schools were invited to perform plays during the event scheduled for Jan. 20-26.
Courtesy/ UNK Communications. Eurydice Director Noelle Bohaty

KEARNEY – Director Noelle Bohaty broke the news to her performers in a very Grinch-like way.

“Sometimes we do the work and we think it’s awesome and we’re not recognized for that, and that’s OK,” she told the University of Nebraska at Kearney students, keeping them in suspense for a few moments.

“And sometimes we are,” she added. “This is the latter.”

Screams, cheers and hugs followed as the students learned their production of “Eurydice” was selected for the 51st annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A UNK theater production hasn’t been featured in the prestigious event since 1993, when Jack Garrison directed “Turtle Island Blues.”

“It’s a pretty big deal,” said Bohaty, who had a hard time keeping the secret from her cast and student staff.

“There were a couple days when I was basically exploding because I couldn’t tell them,” she said.

UNK is one of six schools that will perform plays during the Region 5 festival Jan. 20-26, along with the University of Northwestern St. Paul (“Alice in Wonderland”), Iowa State University (“Iphigenia”), University of Missouri (“Passion Play”), University of Central Missouri (“Step Forward”) and Morningside College (“Trifles”). The region includes schools in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 

Courtesy/ UNK Communications. UNK’s production of “Eurydice” was selected for the 51st annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Six schools were invited to perform plays during the event scheduled for Jan. 20-26.

“Eurydice,” written by Sarah Ruhl, dives headfirst into the story of Orpheus and Eurydice from the young heroine’s perspective. Eurydice is a bright young woman with a passion for philosophy and literature engaged to the greatest musician, Orpheus. When her late father attempts to contact her from the underworld on her wedding day, an Interesting Man and his chorus of Stones maliciously intervene.

The play, originally performed Nov. 14-18 at UNK, blurs the line between theater and dance, creating a special opportunity for Bohaty, who directs UNK’s dance program.

“Integrating that much dancing into a fully realized script is different,” she said. “Not a lot of people are doing that.”

In addition to performing at a new venue for a new audience, the regional festival provides professional networking and educational opportunities for students through workshops and other events, including interview sessions with regional and national producers, a “showdown” between stage crews and scholarship auditions.

“They’ll get a sense of what life in the professional theater world might look like for them,” Bohaty said.

Before that happens, the UNK students, staff and faculty involved with the production have a lot of work to do. The artistic team is already meeting to discuss the logistics of moving a show from UNK’s Fine Arts Building to a different stage 300 miles away.

“It’s a pretty massive undertaking,” said Bohaty, who will start rehearsals as soon as students return from winter break.

“We’re going to hit it pretty hard right away,” she said.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host 125 outstanding collegiate theater students during the national festival April 15-20 in Washington, D.C. Those students, selected from the eight regional festivals, receive an expenses-paid trip to the event.

 

 

 

 

Cast (listed by hometown)

Omaha – Mary Dworak, Worry Stone/Wedding Guest/Jitterbug

Kearney – Tony Koetters, Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld

Lincoln – Trisha Marie Miller, Big Stone/Wedding Guest/Jitterbug

Columbus – Hayden Nelson, Orpheus

Omaha – Emma Newman, Understudy

Hastings – Kalee Reams, Loud Stone/Wedding Guest/Jitterbug

Scottsbluff – Hunter T. Scow. Little Stone/Wedding Guest/Jitterbug

Curtis – Mary Joyce Storm, Eurydice

Kearney – Scott Unruh, Father

 

Student Production Staff

North Platte – Seth D. Mavigliano, stage manager

Lincoln – Sammantha Hanks, assistant stage manager

Scottsbluff – Mikayla Fulk, properties master

Humboldt – Anthony Knudson, scenic designer

 

Faculty/Staff Artistic Team

Noelle Bohaty – Director

Darin Himmerich – Technical Director

Del DeLorm – Lighting and Sound Designer

Ronald Altman – Costume Designer

Anthony Donofrio – Original Music Composer

 

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