The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 05, 2000, summer edition, Page 4, Image 4

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Nebraska Repertory Theatre
offers twist to summer season
Shelley Mika
Staff writer
Theater buffs may have
come to rely on the Nebraska
Repertory Theatre’s summer
schedule to spice up the sea
son. And the theater will con
tinue to entertain patrons, but
with a few changes.
The Rep. will present two
plays, but this year both pro
ductions will be presented in
rotating repertory.
“Rotating Repertory hasn’t
happened in ten years,* said
Julie Hagemeier. Theatre
Manager at UNL. “The cast
and crew will move from one
script to another.”
Hamemeier said that
although this will be challeng
ing for those involved in the
play, the two performances do
have similarities.
“Last Night of Ballyhoo” is
set in the 1930’s and “Picnic”
is set in the 50’s. “Both (plays)
are more innocent,”
Hagemeier said. “People had a
different perspective on life—
not quite as global. ‘Picnic’ is
also pretty insular.”
The relative innocence and
myopic nature inherent in both
plays comes & light even in a
brief plot summary.
Set in 1939, “Last Night of
Ballyhoo” is the story of
Atlanta’s high society German
Jews. At the center of the play
is the Freitag family, who are
more concerned about the last
night of the theatre “Ballyhoo”
than Hitler’s invasion of
Poland.
“Picnic’s” setting is of a
more local nature, as it tells the
story of neighbors who live in
all-female households. This
commonality provides a chal
lenge for Hal Carter, who
enters the scene and upsets the
entire group.
Another commonality
between the plays are the
awards bestowed upon each.
“Last Night of Ballyhoo”
won the 1997 Tony Award for
Best Play and was written by
Alfred Uhry, author of
“Driving Miss Daisy.”
Written by William Inge,
“Picnic” won the Pulitzer Prize
and the Critics’ Circle Award.
“I think both plays really
have a broad appeal,”
Hagemeier said. “People who
are in their 20’s as well as peo
ple in their 80’s who have been
going to the theater all their
lives will enjoy them. Both
have won many awards and are
quality and proven scripts.”
Not only do the plays have
the potential to appeal to a
wide audience, Hagemeier
said the scripts also allow for a
diverse cast. “There’s a lot of
opportunity for both guest
artists and artists we’re train
ing,” Hagemeier said.
Among the guest artists
involved in this year’s schedule
is Eugene Anthony, who will
share his acting talents in
Last Night ot
the Ballyhoo
dir: Ken McCulough
Where: Johnny Carson Theatre
When: July 6-8.14,22,26.28
August 3,5 © 7:30 p.m.
July 30 @ 3 p.m.
a Picnic
^ dir Eugene Anthony
Where: Howell Theatre
Q* When: July 12.13,15,19,21,
27.29
August 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
^ July 23 & August 6 @
3 p.m.
a Prices: patrons $20; $18 faculty.
pHLI staff, seniors; $7 students, youth
“Last Night of Ballyhoo” and
will direct “Picnic.” Anthony’s
background includes
Broadway performances,
national tours and appearances
on “All My Children” and
“Law and Order.”
“We’ve also used local tal
ent,” Hagemeier said. “The
Nebraska Rep. is trying to
boost it’s training component.”
Hagemeier said that both
local actors and those involved
with the University have roles.
Among the varied talents will
be Dick Nielson Howard, who
appeared in last summer’s
“Death Trap,” Shirley Mason,
the head of acting at the
University, as well as advanced
students from the Theater
department.
Tazz in Tune provides casual venue
Shelley Mika
Staff writer
Often times going to a jazz
concert involves getting tickets,
pulling out dress clothes and
arriving on time to get to your
cramped seats. Occasionally sac
rifices like these have to be made
in order to catch a bit of musical
culture.
However, for those who crave
a little jazz without the hassle of
formalities, Jazz in June provides
the best of both worlds.
After several years of the
annual music event, held in the
Sheldon Art Gallery Sculpture
Garden, most people are proba
bly familiar with the laid back
atmosphere abounding every
Tuesday in June.
Many people bring lawn
chairs, others make themselves
comfortable in the grass. Still
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others prefer to mill about, occa
sionally stopping to say hello to
an acquaintance while others in
front cling to every note emitted
from the concrete stage above.
Regardless of how people
choose to enjoy the festivities,
every Tuesday in June around
7:00 jazz musicians are guaran
teed to share their love of the
genre in the warm summer air.
In years past the Jazz in June
committee has included musi
cians from several different geo
graphical areas. However, this
year, aside from one artist, the
committee chose to include
mainly local musicians.
The following is a list of
musicians scheduled to perform
for this year’s Jazz in June:
June 6 UNL Jazz Quintet.
The members of the UNL Jazz
Quintet (a number of which are
UNL music instructors) include
Tom Larson on keyboard, Peter
Bouffard on guitar, Darryl White
on trumpet, Rusty White on
Bass, and Siguard Lyles on
drums. The band will perform
original compositions as well as
music from Darryl White’s CD
“Ancient Memories.”
June 13 Nebraska Jazz
Orchestra. Led by Ed Love, the
Nebraska Jazz Orchestra con
tains about 16 members and
plays mostly big band tunes.
June 20 Matt Wallace
Group. From Omaha, Wallace
plays a number of different saxo
phones. The group will play a
wide variety of styles and con
tains approximately six people.
June 27 Angela Hagenbach
Sextet. Hagenbach, a singer from
Kansas City, has a group called
Musa Nova which does mostly
Latin styles. A desire to do more
in Lincoln this year inspired her
to expand her group to perform at
Jazz in June.