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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 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.

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