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Students to present ‘It’s Elementary, My Dear…’

LINCOLN (SNR/STAGE)- Tickets are now on sale for the S.T.A.G.E. (Student Theatre And Godly Evangelization)original musical production, “It’s Elementary, My Dear...”

Five performances will be held Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 21-22. at St. Teresa Church, 735 S. 36th St., in Lincoln.

In the story, the world-famous detective Sheerluck Holmes has gone missing at a famous inn. Dr. Whatsin, Holmes’ able assistant, with the help of several notable detectives, unravels the mystery to find Holmes by interviewing suspects and staff members.

“It’s Elementary, My Dear…” is set on unique staging similar to a classic mystery board game.

Written and directed by S.T.A.G.E. founder, Lee Hotovy, and her teammates Anna Hanselmann, Melanie Kottwitz and Karrie Seeman, who worked to create a memorable production that presents a deeper meaning.

“The show is really about learning to go deeper within to uncover the greatest mystery of all, God, and to discover true peace in the process,” Hotovy said.

Original musical numbers help tell the story and present the theme of the show. Song numbers include, “Life’s a Mystery,” “Gettin’ a Clue,” and many other pieces tied to suspects in the play. All songs were written by Hanselmann and Kottwitz; Seeman serves as choreographer.

Twenty-six students, ages 9 to 14, perform. Doubles of the suspects reenact flash-back scenes and keep the audience guessing who the guilty party is, while watching comical numbers and lively movement. Hotovy said that while “It’s Elementary, My Dear…” is a mystery, there is also a fun atmosphere of spoofing famous movies, plots, and characters. Dynamic costumes and set pieces add to the show to give a full evening of entertainment.

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.

A limited number of tickets for “It’s Elementary, My Dear…” are available in person at Gloria Deo, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd, Ste. 29, Lincoln, or by calling Gloria Deo at 402-420-1830. If the shows do not sell out, tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.

“It’s Elementary, My Dear…” will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 14 and 21, at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 22.

General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students, or $40 for a family (immediate members only). Children under 3 years old are free, provided they sit on a lap; however, Hotovy recommends the play for ages 5 and up, due to scenes with thunder and lightning.

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