NWU Theatre opens its 2024 performance season
Nebraska Wesleyan University theatre students are ushering in the 2024 season with a pair of show-stopping performances.
Romeo and Juliet is directed by faculty member Anne McAlexander and will tell the greatest tragic love story ever known. “The students are bringing fresh and modern perspectives to a beloved and ageless bedrock of the theatrical tradition.” McAlexander says. “This production honors and respects Shakespeare’s beautiful language, while also infusing contemporary theatrical elements and approaches, making it enjoyable for long-time Shakespeare enthusiasts, and first-time viewers alike.”
There will be 8 performances including 6 different iterations of the cast, which will feature understudies and swings. “This is an incredibly unique learning experience for our students, and one that mirrors professional experiences, as well as for audiences that might like to attend more than one performance,” says McAlexander.
The performances runs Jan. 25 through Feb. 4. Costume and sound design and original compositions have been created by NWU students and faculty. Lighting design is by Bentley Heydt, guest artist from New York City. Scenic design by guest artist Austin Mueck.
The Hello Girls musical tells the story of WWI female soldiers who returned home and were denied benefits, status and the recognition of the country they served. “Our telling of the story focuses on each person’s opportunity to make history by engaging, speaking out and serving our community and world,” says director Dr. Talea Bloch, assistant professor of musical theatre with NWU.
The musical has a unique tie to Lincoln. These soldiers answered General John J. Pershing's call to serve in France - the 1890’s military science instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for whom Pershing Auditorium was named.
Costume design by NWU faculty and scenic and lighting design by NWU alumni. The performances run Feb. 15 to Feb. 25.
Purchase tickets for both performances at the NWU Theatre Box Office or online.
See the entire spring performance schedule.