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Theater group plans one-night performance of ‘Flanagan’s Boys’

Lincoln (STAGE/SNR) — S.T.A.G.E. student theatre will hold a special, one-night performance of the original musical production, “Flanagan’s Boys,” Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m., in Pius X High School, 6000 A St., Lincoln.

S.T.A.G.E. originally produced “Flanagan’s Boys” in June 2013. The production tells the story of Father Edward J. Flanagan, his efforts to provide a home for orphaned and homeless 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 the canonization of Father Flanagan in 2012, and in conjunction with the work of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, Father Flanagan’s cause for sainthood will move to the Roman phase in June. 

Lee Hotovy, S.T.A.G.E. director and scriptwriter, said that during the June 2013 performances, several members of the Father Flanagan League attended and were impressed with the quality and 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,” she continued, “we’re excited to bring this musical to Omaha and Boys Town audiences.”

Six performances of “Flanagan’s Boys” are scheduled June 19-21 and June 26-28 at the historic Music Hall on the Boys Town campus.

“Our cast of nearly 40 children and adults reside in Lincoln,” Hotovy said. “So we scheduled this one-night only Lincoln event as a way to thank long-time S.T.A.G.E. supporters, and to better prepare the cast and crew as we head to Omaha and the Boys Town productions.”

Hotovy pointed out that Lincoln tickets will be available at no charge, and S.T.A.G.E. will conduct a free-will offering for this special one-night performance.

“It always takes a lot to put on a play or musical,” Hotovy said. “But we are so thankful for the outpouring of support and love that S.T.A.G.E. has received down through the years. We think this is the perfect way for us to show our appreciation.”

“Flanagan’s Boys,” which is set in Omaha in the 1910s and 1920s, features costumes from the time period along with upbeat musical numbers and athletic dances. The team of Lee Hotovy, Anna Hanselmann, Melanie Kottwitz, and Karrie Seeman, collaborated to create the original musical. Nearly 40 cast members, ages 10 through adult, act, sing, and dance throughout the musical. Large historic photographs are displayed throughout the piece as a backdrop.

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

General admission tickets for “Flanagan’s Boys” may be acquired online at Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/FB2015Lincoln. Subject to availability, tickets can also be obtained at Pius X beginning one hour before the June 12 performance.

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