LINCOLN – S.T.A.G.E. student theatre will present an original musical production, “The Custodian of Art” Jan. 15-17 at Pius X High School, 6000 A St., Lincoln.
Written and directed by S.T.A.G.E. founder, Lee Hotovy and teammates, Anna Hanselmann, Melanie Kottwitz and Karrie Seeman, “The Custodian of Art” explores the purpose and meaning of art.
“In 1999, St. John Paul II wrote a letter to artists throughout the world,” Hotovy said. “Much of what we examine in this new production is based on the late pope’s writing, as well as works by other contemporary writers on the topic of truth, goodness, and beauty.”
Set in an art gallery, the director and curator plan for a new exhibit called “A Void.” The new work arrives but leaves the patrons and gallery owners confused. Something is missing in this new work and through the aid of the other paintings, which come to life, the discovery of the purpose of art is revealed. Truth, goodness, and beauty win, as “A Void” becomes “A Voice” for something that lifts the Spirit.
“The Custodian of Art” features students age 9 to 15, performing original songs and dances. The set includes large depictions of famous paintings recreated by Hotovy and her daughter, Maria.
In addition to the musical, an art show will be held in conjunction with “The Custodian of Art.” S.T.A.G.E. child participants and local adult artists will display their works in the halls of Pius X High School for the purpose of living out St. John Paul II’s calls to artists. Works will be available for sale to help support S.T.A.G.E. and the arts.
Hotovy founded S.T.A.G.E. (Student Theater and Godly Evangelization) in 1999. The troupe typically produces three original shows each year, involving children from Lincoln and the surrounding rural areas.
Tickets for “The Custodian of Art” are available in person at Gloria Deo, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd, Ste. 29, Lincoln, or 402-420-1830. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.
“The Custodian of Art” will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 17. General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students, or $39 for a family (immediate members only). Children under 3 years old are free, provided they sit on a lap.