Hastings College Theatre hosting virtual capstone productions

Hastings College Theatre is hosting a live virtual production of two capstones in April. “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde will be shown online April 16 and 17, and “You Do Love Me,… Don’t You?” by Claire Demmer will be shown online April 23 and 24. Both capstones, directed and designed by senior theatre majors, will be held virtually on Zoom beginning at 7:00 p.m., with a link provided via email to those who request tickets.

Theatre poster “The Importance of Being Earnest” takes a satire approach to old Victorian ways with themes of marriage and other trivial matters. Directing this Oscar Wilde classic is Luke Liffengren of Conifer, Colorado. “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a late nineteenth century farce centering around Jack Worthing, a young man who has created an alter ego he employs to avoid social obligations. All is well until he must rid himself of this counterpart for the woman he loves

“You Do Love Me,… Don’t You?” is a comedy turned scary thriller about what happens when you don’t truly know the man you are bringing home. In “You Do Love Me,… Don’t You?” by Claire Demmer, directed by Liz Lee of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Peta-Ann doesn’t truly know Leon, the man she is bringing home to meet her family for the first time. Leon is the “perfect” gentleman until Peta’s skeptical family starts making comments about him not being right for their daughter and that he has hidden intentions. These comments force Leon’s true self to come to light, showing that bringing a stranger home might not be such a good idea.

Directed and designed by Hastings College students in their senior year, these plays allow students to demonstrate their knowledge from classwork and previous productions and are a requirement for graduation.

To reserve tickets for either show, email the box office at tickets@hastings.edu with the date and time of the production you’d like to attend. An email with the Zoom link and passcode will then be sent.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Director – Luke Liffengren of Conifer, Colorado


  • Tyler Huntsman of Parker, Colorado
  • Juno Reece of Westminster, Colorado
  • Tony Simone of Fort Lupton, Colorado
  • Grace Sinsel of York, Nebraska
  • Morgan O’Neil of Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Amelia Amicarella of Littleton, Colorado
  • Andrew Harper-Marcel of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Theo McCentire of Mesa, Arizona

Stage Management Crew

  • Stage Manager— Becky Cox of Blue Hill, Nebraska
  • Assistant Stage Manager— Kennedy Cool of York, Nebraska

You Do Love Me,… Don’t You? By Claire Demmer

Director – Liz Lee of Colorado Springs, Colorado


  • Javi Jimenez of Gering, Nebraska
  • Christian Kehn of Boulder, Colorado
  • Ivey Zimmerman of Overton, Nebraska
  • Kai Marshall of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska

Stage Management Crew

  • Stage Manager— Amelia Amicarella of Littleton, Colorado
  • Assistant Stage Manager— Maggie Price of Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Combat Head— Darci Wax of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Crew of Both Shows

Set Crew

  • Set Crew Head— Jax Carreras of Parker, Colorado
  • Turner Griffin of Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Brooke Jorgensen of Orleans, Nebraska

Costume Crew

  • Costume Crew Head— Rayvonne Wright of Austin, Texas
  • Charly Lufkin of Fairbury, Nebraska

Makeup Crew

  • Makeup Crew Head— Keeley Garland of Superior, Colorado

Camera Crew

  • Camera Crew Head — Sage Reiger of Fremont, Nebraska
  • Caitlyn Story of Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Chase Rath of Thedford, Nebraska

Lights Crew

  • Lights Crew Head— Eric Nielsen, a community member from Hastings, Nebraska
  • Mel Palmer of Lynchburg, Virginia

Props Crew

  • Props Crew Head— Chloe Dorenkamp of Fremont, Nebraska

Sound Crew

  • Sound Crew Head— Dr. Bruce Batterson, associate professor of business administration
  • Emma Maline of Bellevue, Nebraska

Box Office

  • Shai Brillon of Wesley Chapel, Florida
  • Cameron Rodgers of Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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