Theatre honorary to perform ‘Big and Brave’

A little girl learns how to face bullies, loneliness and hard conversations when her teacher gives her a magical book in “Big and Brave,” the Hastings College Alpha Psi Omega’s annual production for kids of all ages.

Poster for theatre show with dragon and girl with swoard.During the show, the girl, Steora, travels to the village of Quilaria, where a brave, strong knight and her favorite teddy bear help her defeat a big dragon and face her fears.

“Big and Brave,” written by Hastings College senior Morgan O’Neill of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is in Scott Studio Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 8-10 at 7:30 p.m, and Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Students and children will be admitted free, and adult tickets are $5 each. Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing

Alpha Psi Omega (APO) is the theatre honorary, whose members select, produce and perform a show suitable for children of all ages each year as a way to raise funds for the group.

Cast List

  • Elda: Jazlind Warren of Shelton, Washington
  • Steora: Brooke Jorgenson of Orleans, Nebraska
  • Mr. Tim Tim: Brandon Bruns of Hastings, Nebraska
  • Freyol/Frank: Noah Sullivan of Centennial, Colorado
  • Ms. Lightman: Jayne Deal of Littleton, Colorado
  • James/Gremlin 1: Jordan Parker of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Amelia/Gremlin 2: Aynsley Brink of La Vista, Nebraska
  • Ezra/Gremlin 3: Max Blankenship of Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Mia/Gremlin 4: Janison Majors of Superior, Nebraska
  • Olivia/Gremlin 5: Chaeli Doss of Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Milo/Gremlin 6: Casper Campbell of Columbus, Nebraska
  • Villager 1: Maddie Kamler of Shickley, Nebraska
  • Villager 2: Lakyn Kimmer-Steffen of Hastings, Nebraska
  • Villager 3: Owen DeBoer of Bennington, Nebraska
  • Villager 4: Kendall Greene of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Crew List

  • Director: Niko Reece of Bloomfield, Colorado
  • Stage Manager: Lindsey Pratt of Denver, Colorado
  • Box Office: Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska
  • Set Crew: Christian Kehn of Boulder, Colorado
  • Costumes: Hailey Moore of Juniata, Nebraska
  • Props: Keeley Garland of Boulder, Colorado

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing all required textbooks and an iPad, while a block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time. Discover more at

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