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S.T.A.G.E. to hold auditions for ‘Flanagan’s Boys’

LINCOLN (SNR) — S.T.A.G.E. student theatre will hold local auditions for this summer’s production of “Flanagan’s Boys.” Auditions will be held Feb. 13-15 at St. Teresa Church, 735 S. 36th St., Lincoln, in Kaczmarek Hall, in the church basement. Callbacks are scheduled for Feb. 21.

Roles are available for singers, dancers, and actors, ages 10 through adult for the “Flanagan’s Boys” production. Performance dates are June 12-28, with most of the shows being performed in Omaha at Boys Town.

An informational meeting for parents will be held Feb. 8 at 4 p.m., also in Kaczmarek Hall at St. Teresa. Topics covered will include rehearsal schedule, time and financial commitments, and additional information about auditions.

To register for auditions, visit http://bit.ly/1DuZXyj. Only online registrations will be accepted.

S.T.A.G.E. originally produced “Flanagan’s Boys” in June 2013 in Lincoln. The production tells the story of Father Edward J. Flanagan, his efforts to provide a home for orphaned and wayward boys in Omaha, and the founding of Boys Town. Based on his life’s work and ministry, the Archdiocese of Omaha opened an official cause for canonization of Father Flanagan in 2012, in conjunction with the work of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion.

Lee Hotovy, S.T.A.G.E. director, said that during the June 2013 performances, several members of the Father Flanagan League attended and were impressed with the quality and the content of the show.

“They immediately asked us to consider doing a performance at Boys Town,” Hotovy said. “But it took a lot of planning and prayer for us to figure out how to pull it off. Now, we’re excited to bring this musical to Omaha and Boys Town audiences!”

For the upcoming production of “Flanagan’s Boys,” Hotovy anticipates there being two performances in Lincoln and six in Omaha.

“Obviously with a project like this, there will be extensive travel, so we’re looking for quality performers who are committed to it,” she said.

Rehearsals for “Flanagan’s Boys” will begin in March. The production, which is set in Omaha about 100 years ago, features costumes from the time period along with upbeat musical numbers and athletic dances. Original music was written by Anna Hanselmann, with choreography by Karrie Seeman.

Lee Hotovy founded S.T.A.G.E. (Student Theater and Godly Evangelization) in 1999  for children of all ages. The troupe typically produces three original shows each year, with a larger production during the summer, involving children from Lincoln and surrounding areas.

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