LINCOLN (SNR) – S.T.A.G.E. student theatre will present a musical comedy set in ancient Greece with “A Geek Tragedy,” Jan. 19-21 and Jan. 27-28.
This production, performed by students ages 10-14, will be presented by Student Theatre And Godly Evangelization at St. Teresa Church (Kaczmarek Hall), 735 S. 36th St., Lincoln.
In the musical, the Athenian theater is threatened by Socracees and her three students (geeks), who believe there is only One True God. Two meddling directors send the geeks on a journey to find the Golden Lease, while actors of the theater re-create the creatures from Homer’s “Odyssey.”
Lee Hotovy, S.T.A.G.E. founder, writer, and director, said the creatures try to lure the geeks into a disastrous end, in order to save the theater and the belief in the great gods of Olympus—which, of course, is what their plays are about.
“If no one believes in the gods,” she explained, “then there will be no plays, and no money! Using the technique Socracees has given them to look for the five proofs of the One God (from Aquinas), the geeks slowly unravel the mystery and head back to Athens just in time to save the day, for Socracees stands on trial for misleading the youth and trying to destroy the belief in the gods.”
Hotovy said “A Geek Tragedy” is a story that mimics the true history of Greece wrapped around Socrates and his students (Plato, for instance), which leads to his final end. However, rather than being a tragedy, like so many Greek plays, the story ends with hope.
The show is complete with a Trojan Horse and many well-known mythological creatures. Hotovy also said the unique musical is a way to use creativity, dance, and music while bringing to life the famous teachings of Aquinas on the five ways or proofs of One True God.
Other S.T.A.G.E. contributors include Anna Hanselmann, musical writer and director; Melanie Kottwitz, assistant musical director; and Karrie Seeman, choreographer.
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 Geek Tragedy” will be performed 7 p.m. on Jan. 19, 20, and 27, and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 28. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. The show is approximately 2 hours with intermission and concessions.
Tickets for “A Geek Tragedy” can be purchased at www.stage4kids.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Recommended for ages 4 and up.