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2015-2016 Season

Hastings Community Theatre and Lochland Country Club Present

Special “Sylvia” Dining and Theatre Event

Make your reservations now for the Special “Sylvia” Dining and Theatre Event at Lochland Country Club AND Hastings Community Theatre November 13, 15, 19, 21 and 22.

A humorous and thought-provoking comedy currently showing on Broadway, “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney, opens Nov. 13 at Hastings Community Theatre starring local talent Margaret Marsh as Sylvia, a stray poodle mix who adopts Greg (Ed Jarmer) in a New York city park and follows him home where his wife Kate (Connie Sheehy) is not excited to have a dog in the house again.  Veteran HCT actors Cheryl Aubery, Stephanie Kinney and Jesse Nielsen complete the cast.

Special Event guests will be treated to dinner (brunch on Sundays) at Lochland Country Club, then move to HCT for the show.  Combination special show prices are $35 (dinner)  and $25 (brunch).  HCT season ticket holders will pay for the meal only, $21 (dinner) and $11 (brunch).  Theatre ONLY tickets are available as always.

This event is open to everyone.  No membership at Lochland or HCT is necessary to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  Due to some strong thematic material, this show is not recommended for young children.

This production of “Sylvia” is dedicated to the late Hastings born and Oscar winning actress Sandy Dennis.  Thanks to the Heartland Pet Connection for promotional and production assistance.

Combination Dinner AND Theatre reservations: Contact Lochland Country Club at 402-462-4151 or www.lochlandcc.com.

____ Friday, Nov. 13, dinner 5 p.m.-7 p.m., curtain 7:30 p.m., $35
____ Saturday, Nov. 14  NO meal option tonight
____ Sunday, Nov. 15, brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,  curtain 2:30 p.m., $25
____ Thursday, Nov. 19, dinner 5 p.m.-7 p.m., curtain 7:30 p.m., $35
____ Saturday, Nov. 21, dinner 5 p.m.-7p.m., curtain 7:30 p.m., $35
____ Sunday, Nov. 22, brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., curtain 2:30 p.m., $25

Theatre Reservations ONLY: Call HCT at 402-463-1500

____ Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
____ Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
____ Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m.
____ Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
____ Friday, Nov. 20, NO SHOW
____ Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
____ Sunday, Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m.


We have a tremendous season lined up, full of music, comedy and all the extra surprises you’ve come to expect from HCT!

Church Basement Ladies

Musical – September 17, 18, 20 and 24, 25, 27  (Please notice we are not on stage during NE football Saturdays)

Church Basement Ladies is a musical written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.

The church basement kitchen throughout much of America is often the heart and soul of any church. In “Church Basement Ladies” we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great kitchen, problems are solved here as well. We see the four women handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course. This musical comedy based on recipes, food, and change in the church is funny, heartwarming, and  down to earth. It will bring back memories of many people you know from churches everywhere. 


Pastor E. L. Gunderson – Travor Pekas
Vivian Snustad – Carol Caba
Mavis Gilmerson – Julie Schwartz
Karin Engelson – Ann Auten
Signe Engelson – Rose Koepp


Comedy – November 13, 14, 15 and 19, 21, 22

Sylvia is a comedy written by A.R. Gurney.

Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.

Special ‘Dinner Theatre’ Option!
This show is also offered as a unique ‘Dinner Theatre’ option for the November 13, 15, 19, 21, and 22 shows, including a special ‘Sylvia’ menu available at Lochland Country Club. All performances will be at the theatre at normal show times of 7:30 and 2:30, but also include a dinner option at Lochland Country Club for $35 (evening shows) and $25 (Sunday brunches). Non-Lochland members are encouraged to come out to the club for the full dining and theatrical experience. The dinner theatre option features a reduced meal price from Lochland and a special group ticket price from HCT. HCT season ticket holders will pay $21 and $11 for the Lochland only part of the dinner theatre. Please contact Roger Doerr with any questions.

Due to some strong thematic material, this show is not recommended for young children.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Comedy – February 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy by Christopher Durang.

Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, PA, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.

This show contains adult language, sexual situations, and some underwear on parade.

The Addams Family

Musical – May 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22

This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice and Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa. 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.

Contains adult language and adult situations that are suitable for teens and up, the living, the dead, and the undecided!



HCT Summer Theatre is NOT part of the main season. Ticket sales will take place prior to each production and can be reserved here on the website, or by calling 402-463-1500. No advanced ticket sales—reservations or purchases at the door only for each show. All auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at HCT.



For college age students and adults


June 28th at 7:00pm


August 25-27 at 7:30pm
August 28th at 2:30pm
$12 for Adults
Not Recommended for Children

Join us for our first ever “HCT After Dark” production of “Evil Dead The Musical! Providing and avant-garde show featuring college students and adults to perform in and enjoy, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects the best, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”


Theatre Location:
515 S 4th Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 / 402-463-1500

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 922, Hastings, NE 68902