Melodrama set on the Little Blue to debut in June as part of HC’s Summerstage

Boo the villain! Cheer the hero! Throw popcorn! And learn from the travails of poor Mabel Winthrop, turned out in the cold through the nefarious dealings of a polished villain. Follow her from the farm to the evils of the big city and back to the Old Nebraska Home and a final victory over evil as the Hastings College Department of Theatre Summerstage presents “The Old Nebraska Home, or Dirty Deeds on the Little Blue: An Old-Fashioned Melodrama.”

Adapted from “The Old New Hampshire Home” by Frank Dumont, performances are scheduled for June 12-13, 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and June 14, 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Scott Studio Theatre (806. N. Turner Ave.) The box office will be open Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m., from June 8-19 and can be reached at or 402.461.7380. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors, students and children.

Now in its third year, Summerstage provides local students and community members the opportunity to participate in additional theater experiences including creating set pieces, working backstage and acting.

Hastings College Department of Theatre Summerstage presents, ““The Old Nebraska Home, or Dirty Deeds on the Little Blue: An Old-Fashioned Melodrama”


Jessica Brock from Hastings, Nebraska – MABEL WINTHROP, Farmer Winthrop’s daughter

Patrick Crawford from Hastings, Nebraska – FARMER WINTHROP, A rugged Nebraska farmer

Cheyenne Knehans from Riverton, Nebraska – ZELDA WATKINS, A country girl “up to snuff” and not a bit green

Megan Lee from Hastings, Nebraska – MRS. WINTHROP, The Farmer’s wife

Nate Mohlman from Blue Hill, Nebraska – OLIVER STANHOPE, A young blacksmith, in love with Mabel

Jessie Neuhart from Hastings, Nebraska – MUFFINS, A young lady with a mind of her own and not afraid to speak it

Sarah Nottage-Tacey from Hastings, Nebraska – RUBY LA RUE, a “business woman” in league with Van Dusen

Zach Oehm from Hastings, Nebraska – EDWARD VAN DUSEN, A polished villain, secretly married to Mabel

Emma Parrish from Sterling, Colorado – TILLY, Her maiden aunt

Nathaniel Sass from Hastings, Nebraska – MICKY MARTIN, A traveling tinker

Trevor Pekas from Hastings, Nebraska – MAX FENSTER, A glazier



Directed by Jim Fritzler, Chair of the Hastings College Theatre Department

Designed by Annette M. Vargas, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Hastings College

Costumes by Margaret Marsh, Adjunct Professor, Hastings College

Stage Manager – Jordan Samuelson from Kearney, Nebraska

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