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Summer at Chicago Center gives Rieflin tools needed run a theatre

Hastings College senior Alex Rieflin is spending his summer learning how to run a theatre. Rieflin, a theatre and communications major from Doniphan, Nebraska, is working with Pride Films and Plays (PFP) in Chicago, Illinois, where he finds himself stepping into a new role with every production. “I do everything,” Rieflin said. “I came in and they asked what I wanted to do, and I said, ‘I want to learn how to run a theatre.’ So far, I’ve been assistant stage manager, I’ve run lights and sound and I designed props.” Rieflin’s expectations of what this summer with PFP would look like have ...Read more

Holcomb crafts professional focus with Theatre Barn internship

Rebecca Holcomb can conjure a new world with a piece of fabric. The senior theatre major from Burr Ridge, Illinois, is well-versed in sewing, hand stitching, hemming and clothing alterations. After amassing almost six years of experience working in theatrical costume design and production, she can transform a pattern into a garment to fit any era, personality or fictional dimension. As head designer in the Hastings College Costume Shop, which is embedded in the Theatre Department, Holcomb has crafted clothing for eccentric French women in “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Christmas elves in “ ...Read more

Reynolds '98 manages Broadway's 'The Lion King'

The circle of life has taken one Hastings College graduate from directing college plays to managing Broadway shows. Tom Reynolds ’98 has been working behind the scenes on “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City since 2007. As one of the show’s five stage managers, he is responsible for making sure what happens on stage goes off without a hitch. Armed with a headset and flashlight, Reynolds keeps the actors and crew on track and troubleshoots occasional problems so the audience never sees a mishap. “We check that everyone has arrived and everyone is working. ...Read more

Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s largest city. Rummel is director of marketing and public relations for Joslyn Art Museum, Radloff is director of marketing for the Rose Theater and Brummer is director of marketing and public relations at Durham Museum. “It’s actually really interesting that you have three Hastings College grads working for three major arts organizations in Omaha,” said ...Read more

Fritzler makes cantankerous fun

Jim Fritzler ’76 is a minimalist. His office at Scott Studio Theatre belies the fact that he’s been teaching in the Hastings College Theatre Department for 17 years, with the last four as department chair. There are no massive piles of papers, no haphazard stacks of books, no totes stuffed with costumes and props. What there are, however, are pictures: framed portraits of college students standing on stage, the casts of so many musicals and plays, lining the walls of his office and trailing down the hallway. During an interview, Fritzler studied the portraits, remembering students of years ...Read more