Wesleyan Takes Center Stage

Elena Cornwell

The lighting is perfect: pale yellows lights the rosey settee in the center of a stage of a set subtly echoing the 1930s. The quiet atmosphere of the room automatically causes us to lower our voices to whispers as we seat ourselves in the dim rows. We had entered the Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Theatre to enjoy The Glass Menagerie, but it felt like we’d entered another world.

In the midst of busy weekends full of homework and meetings, taking a couple of hours to escape from research papers and lab worksheets can be a productive study break. A live encounter with a story, whether fictional or not, invites you to interact with the narrative in a way unparalleled by Netflix and Hulu. A visit to one of Lincoln’s several theatres can refresh your mind--altering your perspective of a story or an aspect of your life is normal there.

After attending The Glass Menagerie during the 2012-13 season, I became obsessed with live theater. Wesleyan’s 2014-15 season looks promising with Broadway-favorite South Pacific, a Latin In the Heights, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and weekend Cabarets. These productions offer you a chance to peek into different time periods and genres of life with music and storytelling in a way you might not have experienced before.

The passion portrayed by the NWU Theatre’s cast is astonishing--attendees are left impressed by the talent displayed and pondering the production. Other quality theatre productions in town can be found at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, The Haymarket Theatre, The TADA Theatre, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Interested in escaping to another world for a few hours? The box office for the NWU Theatre is open from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday thru Saturday during the season. Student tickets are $7.50. Contact the theatre at 402-465-2384 or find them on Facebook as Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre Department.

Elena is a senior pursuing a personalized major.