LINCOLN (SNR) – “The Selfish Giant… and Jack,” a S.T.A.G.E. student theatre adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic short story, will be performed Jan. 18-20 and Jan. 26-27.
This production, presented by students age 8 to 15, will be held at St. Teresa’s Church (Kaczmarek Hall), 735 S. 36th St., in Lincoln.
In the story, a giant sits in his old castle and refuses to share his garden with the village children. He remains friendless, loveless, and very cold, until Jack and his trusty beanstalk steal his heart. Jack intends to soften the heart and return it to the giant with the hope of converting him to love. He is caught red-handed by the giant and lands in court for trespassing. There, mistreated by a jury of ogres and goblins, he is found guilty, and sent to live in the giant’s very cold garden.
The musical, written by S.T.A.G.E. founder Lee Hotovy, has children performing the parts of stone walls, garden statues, winter elements, and ogres. Puppetry is integrated to depict the giant along with other surprises.
Hotovy said the original musical score, written by Anna Hanselmann and Melanie Kottwitz, along with choreography by Karrie Seeman, adds a whimsical feel to the show. Music directors Rose Seeman and Mike Zeleny, new to the S.T.A.G.E. team, prepared the student performers for the production. Hotovy said audiences will enjoy an intimate and up-close theater experience with in-the-round seating.
Hotovy founded S.T.A.G.E. (Student Theater and Godly Evangelization) in 1999, providing a creative outlet 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 the surrounding rural areas.
“The Selfish Giant… and Jack” will be performed at 7 p.m. Jan. 18, 19 and 26, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. The show is approximately two hours with intermission and concessions.
Seating will be limited for this S.T.A.G.E. production; reserved seating can be purchased at www.stage4kids.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 4 to 18). The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. Limited walk-in seating will be available only if the productions do not sell out.