Musical based on Studs Terkel book to explore working in America

theatre working a 2013 14During Hastings College’s 2014 January Term (J-Term), students spent the month preparing for a production of “Working: The Musical.”

With a book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso; music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor; and lyrics by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Miranda, Taylor and Susan Birkenhead, “Working” is based on author Studs Terkel’s 1974 publication “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.”

Terkel collected interviews with various working people, and these vignettes are brought to life in an unforgettable kaleidoscope of musical styles.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, January 30; Friday, January 31; and Saturday, February at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Scott Studio Theatre (806 N. Turner Ave. / map).

This production contains mature language.

The box office opens Tuesday, January 28 and will remain open from noon to 5 p.m. until Friday, January 31. General tickets are $8.00 while seniors and non-Hastings College students can get them for $5. Tickets are free to Hastings College students, faculty and staff and to Crimson Connection members. For more information, call 402.461.7380 or e-mail

Hastings College Departments of Theatre Arts and Music present:

WORKING – The Musical

Cast and Crew List
Michael Hull of Hastings, Neb. — MIKE DILLARD, Ironworker
Justin Arends of Grand Island — UTKARSH TRUJILLO, Caregiver
Kyle Bell of Julesburg, Colo. – JOE ZUTTY, retired
Robby Collins of Papillion, Neb. – TOM PATRICK, fireman
Emily Funkey of Hastings, Neb. — ROSE HOFFMAN, School teacher
Jacob Gilchrist of Colorado Springs, Colo. — FREDDY RODRIGUEZ, Fast Food Worker/ RAJ CHADHA, phone operator
Katie Goesch of Grand Island, Neb. – SHARON ATKINS, Receptionist
Becca Holloway of Grand Island, Neb. – DELORES DANTE, Waitress
Colt Hoselton of Juniata, Neb. — MIKE DILLARD, Ironworker
Johnny Johnson of Hastings, Neb. – RALPH WERNER, 19 Yr. Old Salesman
Rachel Klopp of Omaha, Neb. — GRACE CLCMENTS, Millworker
Megan Lee of Seward, Neb. — THERESA LIU, Nanny

Noah McKeever of Thurman, Iowa – CONRAD SWIBEL, UPS Man
Ryan Miller of Lincoln, Neb. – ALLEN EPSTEIN, Community Organizer
Sarah Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo. – AMANDA MCKENNY, Project Manager
Patrick Riley of Waverly, Neb. — EDDIE JAFFE, Publicist
Nya Rial of Grand Island, Neb. — MAGGIE HOLMES, Cleaning Woman
Joel Rick of Culbertson, Neb. – singer
Nya Sanford of Aurora, Colo. – ROBERTA VICTOR, Prostitute
Leah Stovall of Grand Island, Neb. – CANDY COTTINGHAM, Fundraiser
Kelli Van Meter of Alliance, Neb. – KATE RUSHTON, Housewife
Patrick White of Omaha, Neb. – REX WINSHIP, Hedge Fund Manager/ FRANK DECKER, Trucker
Kassandera Winter of Ericson, Neb. – TERRY MASON, Flight Attendant

Stage Manager
Jasmine Radetski of Calhan, Colo.

Assistant Stage Manager
James Bachman of Thornton, Colo.

Dance Captain
Lindsey Griess of Hastings, Neb.

The Band
Jake Nienhueser of Juniata, Neb. – Bass
Katherine Welk of Grand Island, Neb. – Keyboard
Ross Thomason of Plattsmouth, Neb. – Guitar

Cassie Reid of Littleton, Colo. – CREW HEAD
Brianna Bade of Julesburg, Colo.
Whitney Loos of McCook, Neb.
Courtney Wright of Hastings, Neb.
Jelly Barrera of Hastings, Neb.

Heather Rae Faimon of Stratton, Neb. – CREW HEAD 
Laura Gregory of Grand Island, Neb.
Zaidya Hirschman of Norfolk, Neb. 
Desiree Herling of Hiawatha, Kans.
Adam Johnson of Holdrege, Neb.
Jennifer Schmidt of Cozad, Neb.
Kelsey Fuchs of Loveland, Colo.
Jen Harlow of York, Neb.
Barrett Russell of Saronville, Neb.

Grace Rempp of Hastings, Neb. – CREW HEAD
Mercedes Parnell of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ann Wolf of Hastings, Neb.
Mikaela Schroeder of Hebron, Neb.

Natalie Lange of Parker, Colo. – CREW HEAD
Stephanie Finnegan of Cozad, Neb.
Haley Gebers of Nora, Neb.
Jaycie Wetenkamp of Plattsmouth, Neb.

Alyssa Ziemba of Hastings, Neb.

Box Office/House
Lizzy Miller of Pawnee City, Neb.

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