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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (July 23, 1998)
for big crowds
By Sarah Baker
It’s a sure cure for a case of summer
With close to 40 musical acts and
lots of food and fine art, Lincoln’s July
Jamm can entertain almost anyone.
1998 marks the seventh year that
July Jamm has brought crowds to
The event, which runs through this
weekend, begins Friday.
Tamera Andreasen, co-chairwoman
for July Jamm, said she was expecting a
“In the past, we’ve had crowds of
40,000,” Andreasen said. “This year we
This year’s July Jamm features
more than just music — 13 restaurants
and numerous artists are providing
their wares for the event, and
Andreason said this type of diversity
was one big draw.
“We have about 25 art vendors, who
sell everything from jewelry to art for
an office,” she said.
All participants in the event are vol
unteers, Andreason said.
“We have about 300
Updowntowners who volunteer for the
event, 100 of them being core people,”
she said. The Updowntowners are the
main sponsor of the event.
Andreason said she thought the
night concerts attracted the most peo
“This is such good entertainment,”
she said. “We have acts from all over.
It’s a variety of really good music.”
Andreason said many people tend
to associate July Jamm with sweltering
heat, but she said this year may be dif
“The weather is supposed to be
great this weekend with temperatures
in the 80s,” she said.
She added that this year, planners
have included water fountains and mis
ters for people who do decide to beat
the heat and check out the fun.
Admission for July Jamm is free
before 6 p.m. Those entering after 6
p.m. on Friday and Saturday will be
charged $5.00 admission.
Admission passes are on sale in
advance at Russ’s Market for $3.00
with a Russ’s card. Food and Beverage
strips are on sale at Russ’s and at all
Strips of eight tickets to purchase
food and beverages are $5.00 and can
also be redeemed for souvenirs.
For more information, check out the
July Jamm Web site at http://updown
towner.org/julyjamm/, or call Tamera
Andreason at (402) 486-6060.
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JUDE HICKEY,left, and Robie Hayek perform a skit from “Aladdin” Friday at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. The full production of “Aladdin” wili
be performed at the Temple Building Friday through Sunday.
‘Aladdin’ to rely on crowd’s help
By Sean McCarthy
A missed light que, a forgotten line or a key
prop that has suddenly disappeared are surprises
actors and directors are trained to deal with in the
ater. But the cast of “Aladdin,” which begins its
run this week at the Temple building, has to deal
with a much larger surprise each show: children.
And lots of them.
In the Nebraska Repertory production of
“Aladdin,” children from the audience are drawn
into the play the moment they step into the Studio
Theater. There, paupers and merchants sell trin
kets to audience members. During the play, chil
dren will get the chance to throw imaginary flow
ers at a sultan, dance in the market square and
roar like a tiger.
Karen Libman, assistant professor of theater
arts, directed “Aladdin.” Libman has brought
children in to interact with the actors so the actors
can get the leel or what to expect when the play
runs this weekend.
“It’s nothing like the real thing though,”
Libman said, “Just when you know every possible
thing that can happen, something else happens.”
Libman said “Aladdin” was a very demanding
play, especially physically, for the actors. Most of
the physical elements of the play come from
physical comedy. The play opens with a family of
paupers who are tying to make a living selling
various items to the townspeople. During this
scene, the father, played by Jude Thaddeus
Cordova, Kristen Hensley, who plays Dahlia,
Mike Meyer who plays Zampano and Robie
Hayek, who plays Pico, round out the cast. Each
of these characters take on the identity a character
in the Aladdin story.
While the play remains true to the legends,
Libman said she tried to make a few departures.
The main departure is that the princess is more
headstrong and more in control of events than in
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Hickey, says that he is
tired of being a peddler
and wishes to be an
actor. From there, the
audience is taken on a
journey where the leg
end of Aladdin is told.
Eric Moyer, who plays
Eisenhour, who plays
Just when you know every possible thing
that can happen, something else happens
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