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HHS theater to perform 'Nothing Serious'

Janelle Ranek, director of the winter play, gives direction to the student actors. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Natalie Shofner and Zack Anderson rehearse a scene from Nothing Serious. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Devon McCaffrey, Klarissa Schuberg, and Sheyanne Steinbruckner read lines to prepare for the production. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

Hastings High School Students will perform Nothing Serious, a comedy by Rich Orloff, Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in the HHS auditorium.

The play is a collection of nine short plays. Janelle Ranek, play director, said the stories span from the very realistic to the quirky, but all of them have a poignant message. Each story pinpoints moments in everyday life and amplify them which draws the audience in.

"This collection of moments, which may seem like nothing serious; but after closer inspection, we will see something more, something more serious," Ranek said.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door. The cost of tickets for adults will be $5 and tickets for students/seniors will be $3.


Zack Anderson, Ed and Scott

Kathy Blissenbach, the teacher

Cal Christensen, woman

Ash Clark, the protagonist

Sydnee Danielson, Assistant A

Maddie Franzmeier, the Dramaturg

Erin Gantz, Local Resident

Ellie Gullicks, woman

Devon McCaffrey, the supervisor

Cailin Miller, Arleen

Becca Mitchell, stage manager

Jack Raway, Adam and Radio Technician,

Nathan Schindler, director

Sawyer Schmidt, The good samaritan

Natalie Shofner, Jean

Anna Siebenaler, Eve

Natalie Sorensen, frustrated actor

Will Sorg, Man

Sheyanne Steinbruckner, Barbara

Molly Tribe, Allison and Assistant B

Nicholas Weiland, Man

Elizabeth Woolard, God

Trevor Zeyen, The jumper, Jerry and Don

Dakota Zwinger, The uncompromising actor

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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