Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Hastings College Department of Music and Theatre presents “Men on Boats,” the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.
“Men on Boats,” by Jaclyn Backhaus, will be presented at the Chautauqua Park Pavillion and will run October 7, 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. and October 10 at 2:00 p.m. The show is free to attend with the option of making a freewill donation.
Chautauqua Park is located on W. 5th Street between N. Laird Avenue and N. Woodland Avenue in Hastings. Additional parking is at the Aquacourt Waterpark at 2200 W. 3rd Street.
The production team, cast and crew are below.
“Men on Boats” by Jaclyn Backhaus
- Directed by Sarah Nottage-Tacey, visiting instructor of theatre
- Technical Direction by Kathy Turner, visiting instructor of theatre
- Sound Direction by Bruce Batterson, associate professor of business administration
- Stage Manager – Kai Marshall of Omaha, Nebraska
- Assistant Stage Manager – Juno Reece of Westminster, Colorado
- John Wesley Powell – Darci Wax of Colorado Springs, Colorado
- William Dunn – Charly Lufkin of Fairybury, Nebraska
- John Colton Sumner – Maggie Price of Bellevue, Nebraska
- Old Shady – Lindsey Pratt of Denver, Colorado
- Bradley – Lolla Baker of Parker, Colorado
- O.G. Howland – Hailey Moore of Juniata, Nebraska
- Seneca Howland – Aynsley Brink of La Vista, Nebraska
- Frank Goodman – Keeley Garland of Superior, Colorado
- Hall – Grace Montierth of Providence, Utah
- Hawkins – Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska
- Mr. Asa – Tessa Burkey of Dorchester, Nebraska
- Water and Rapids – Rachel Radloff of Omaha, Nebraska, and Janison Majors of Superior, Nebraska
- Set Crew Head – Jax Carreras of Parker, Colorado
- Chase Rath of Thedford, Nebraska
- Kennedy Cool of York, Nebraska
- Christian Kehn of Boulder, Nebraska
- Chloe Dorenkant of Fremont, Nebraska
- Brooke Jorgenson of Orleans, Nebraska
- Noah Sullivan of Centennial, Colorado
- Max Wagner of Culbertson, Nebraska
- Turner Griffin of Grand Island, Nebraska
- Costume Crew Head – Rayvonne Wright of Austin, Texas
- Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska
- Andrew Harper-Marcel of Omaha, Nebraska
- Theo McEntire of Mesa, Arizona
- Tessa Burkey of Dorchester, Nebraska
- Janison Majors of Superior, Nebraska
- Jordan Parker of Omaha, Nebraska
- Sound Crew Head – Emma Maline of Bellevue, Nebraska
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