UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8610
UNK- “An Evening with a Stud and a Babe,” featuring vocalists University of Nebraska at Kearney vocalists Katherine Bauer of Seward and Joseph Knispel of Kearney, will be presented in Kearney and Omaha in May.
The title of the showcase is a creative spin on the song “A Stud and a Babe” from the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Bauer and Knispel will perform a variety of solos and duets from the musical theatre genre. Featured composers include: Stephen Sondheim, John Bucchino, Kurt Weill, Jason Robert Brown, Jonathan Larson, Andrew Lippa, Flaherty and Ahrens, and Craig Carnelia.
The first performance will be on Saturday, May 2, in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall. The performance, which begins at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. A second performance will take place Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the PS Collective, located at 6056 Maple St. in Omaha.
An opportunity to give a free will offering will be available at the door with proceeds benefiting the UNK Musical Theatre Enrichment Fund.
“The PS Collective is an upscale pizza shop and restaurant located in the Benson district of Omaha,” said Dr. Anne Foradori, UNK associate professor of music and performing arts. “They have turned about 1/3 of their space into a cabaret theatre with seating for about 85.”
Bauer and Knispel are both set to star in the upcoming UNK production of “Oklahoma!,” which will open on Wednesday, April 22, on the campus. Knispel will be playing the lead role of Curly McLain. Bauer will play the dream version of Curly’s love Laurey Williams.
No strangers to the UNK stage, Bauer and Knispel have been actively involved with the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts. Bauer has performed with the Nebraskats show choir and the Choraleers. She has acted in numerous UNK theatre productions, including playing the title role in “The Gypsy’s Curse.”
Knispel has also performed with the Choraleers and Nebraskats. He played the lead role of Jesus in the 2005 UNK production of “Godspell.” He was also a nominee for the 2009 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.