UNK Theatre Presents Melodrama, ‘The Gypsy’s Curse,’ Feb. 20-24 At Miriam Drake Theatre

Janice Fronczak
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308-865-8670

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Music and Performing Arts presents the melodrama “The Gypsy’s Curse” Wednesday – Sunday, Feb. 20-24, at the Miriam Drake Theatre.
            “The Gypsy’s Curse” is a melodrama in the old style written in the 1930’s by Charlotte Francis. The story focuses on brother and sister Horatio and Hortense Lovelace as they deal with their father’s recent death and Horatio’s recent marriage to his wife Mary.
             UNK faculty member Janice Fronczak chose the script and directs the show.
            “I went to Kearney Public Library and found the script,” she said. “It is something that we have never done.”
            According to Fronczak, this melodrama is unique in that it allows the actors to interact with the audience.
        “Reaction and participation from the crowd is encouraged,” Fronczak said. “This is definitely a family show.”
            Among the cast is 11-year-old Rosamond Thalken of Kearney. Thalken, who portrays the character of Little Patience, was chosen through audition.
            “I was looking for someone who had stage experience and could interact well with older students,” Fronczak said. “This is an opportunity to bring the Kearney community into UNK theatre.”
            Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for non-UNK students, seniors, and UNK Faculty/Staff; $3 for groups of 10 or more; and free for UNK students with a valid ID.
            Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 20-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Reservations can be made by contacting the UNK Box office at 308-865-8417 or e-mailing boxoffice@unk.edu.
            The cast members, along with their roles, are listed below by state and hometown:

Grand Island- Derrick Morrison, Pinkham
Grand Island- Courtney Zook, Olio
Kearney- Amy Jensen, Maude Prunepitt
Kearney- Rosamond Thalken (7th grader at Horizon Middle School), Little Patience
Kearney- Danell Will, Hortense Lovelace
Maywood- Clinton Noorgaard, Olio
Newport- Cameron Scheibe, Elijah Goodkin
Ord- Ryan Hruza, Wolfgang Von Schlemiel
Seward- Katherine Bauer, Gypsy
York- Keith Duerksen, Olio
            Goodland- Jillian Parker, Mary Lovelace
            Pierre- Nate White, Horatio Lovelace
            Pine Bluffs- Annastashia Malcolm, Prunella Prunepitt

            The student stage management crew includes:

Grand Island- Ben Chambers, assistant stage manager
Hastings- Katy Fagiolo, stage manager