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Adams County Cemetery Walk 2015 – “Saints & Sinners”

Join the Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theatre for a walk through Hastings' largest cemetery - Parkview Cemetery.

September 11th: Walks at 6:00 & 6:30 pm
September 12th: Walks at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30 pm
September 13th: Walks at 4:00, 4:30 & 5:00 pm

Groups of 15-20 guests will join tour guides for an easy stroll through the cemetery. At each of five grave sites, interpreters will portray the person buried there, or someone important to them, telling their personal stories in the context of the history of Hastings and Adams County.

Graves included in the 2015 Cemetery Walk are those of:

  • Clara Mills - wife of well-to-do farmer A.J. Mills. She will be joined by Kit Mills, a well-known madam of a brothel in Hastings.
  • John O'Connor - shoemaker, miser and recluse who died a wealthy man with no known family.
  • Rev. Isaac Dennison Newell - missionary Baptist minister who founded the First Baptist Church in Hastings on Lincoln Avenue
  • Jacob Fisher - baker, Hastings mayor and namesake of Fisher Fountain
  • William Holmes Lanning - business man and founder of Mary Lanning Hospital

Tickets: $12 per person with all proceeds going to support the Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theatre.

Reservations Required
Call 402-463-5838
Email: achs@inebraska.com

2015-2016 Season

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 20, 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.

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.

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.



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

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 922, Hastings, NE 68902