Southeast Community College Theater Instructor Dr. Jon Gruett had such a successful showing of the production “Quilters” in Lincoln last year, he decided to put it on again, this time in Beatrice.
“I’m really excited about it,” Gruett said. “It’s a major collaboration between Southeast Community College and the Beatrice community.”
The productions will take place Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at Classic’s Restaurant, 1301 Oak St., Beatrice (Beatrice Country Club). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Quilt Stitches, 505 Court St., or at the door on the day of the performance.
“I am excited that we are able to have SCC and the community work together on this amazing production,” said Kay McKinzie, community volunteer. “Quilters is perfect for our community, and people and businesses have joined together to make it happen.”
The play is about the lives of American pioneer women told through short vignettes, including girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness, and death. Each tale involves a piece of quilting, which incorporates that concern into its design.
“It deals with the themes of prairie pioneers, which is within this region,” Gruett added. “The whole play is about this mother and her six daughters talking about different stories from that time period.”
Susan Cook from Homestead National Monument will talk about women homesteaders at each performance. Also, the Veterans Administration will honor two female veterans with the Quilts of Valor.
“Quilters” opened on Broadway in 1984 for a short two-month run and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.