Hastings College Theatre presenting ‘The Whale’ April 20-23 

Poster of a wave with dates for the theatre performances. On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, “The Whale,” presented by Hastings College Theatre, tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

“The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter is showing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 20-22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Scott Studio Theater. Note that this production contains mature language and themes.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and non-Hastings College students, and can be reserved by emailing tickets@hastings.edu. Performances are free to Hastings College students, employees, Crimson Connection members and Bronco Stampede pass holders.

Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. An opening night reception will be held after the Thursday, April 20 performance.

“The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter


  • Cooper Sivara, visiting instructor of theatre


  • Charlie – Jordan Parker of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Liz – Keeley Garland of Superior, Colorado
  • Elder Thomas – Brayden Hicks of Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Ellie – Max Blankenship of Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Mary – Savannah Frasier of Limon, Colorado


  • Design and Technical Advisor – Kathleen Turner, visiting instructor of theatre
  • Stage Management Leads – Lindsey Pratt of Denver, Colorado, and Maggie Price of Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Costume Leads – Hailey Moore of Juniata, Nebraska, and Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska
  • Props Leads – Aynsley Brink of Omaha, Nebraska and Ayla Kephart of Chadron, Nebraska
  • Set Lead – Maddie Kamler of Shickley, Nebraska
  • Sound Lead – Christian Kehn of Boulder, Colorado
  • Hair and Makeup Lead – Brooke Jorgenson of Orleans, Nebraska

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