Concordia theater department presents "Murder's in the Heir"

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 3 years ago on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 12:04 PM
Concordia University, Nebraska, will present “Murder’s in the Heir,” at the Olde Glory Theatre in Seward, Nebraska. Cast includes (L-R) Joshua Brumm, Cadence Klemp, Tyler Raabe, Ben Leeper Sarah Krause.


Concordia University, Nebraska, will present “Murder’s in the Heir,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Olde Glory Theatre located at 348 Jackson Ave. in Seward, Nebraska.

The play is an interactive murder mystery-comedy in a dessert theater format. Almost every character in the mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder and it is up to the audience to decide who actually did it.

“This is the first Concordia theatre production performed at Olde Glory,” said Bryan Moore, associate professor of communication and theatre. “I look forward to sharing these students’ talents with more of our community. We are excited to use this special venue to present this fun and interactive play, where the audience helps select the killer. The cast has worked hard to prepare for whatever the audience chooses, and we are curious to see if we have a different killer every night.”

The doors open and dessert is served starting at 6:15 p.m. before each performance. Tickets are $7 for Concordia students, staff and faculty members and $10 for the general public and are available for purchase at

Cast members include:

  • Joshua Brumm, sophomore, Seward, Neb., playing the role of Simon Starkweather
  • Sarah Krause, senior, Rockford, Ill., acting as Fiona Starkweather
  • Tyler Raabe, junior, Omaha, Neb., playing the role of Jordan Starkweather
  • Cadence Klemp, junior, Winona, Minn., playing the role of Paula Thompson
  • Mason Koeritz, senior, Northrop, Minn., acting as Bensonhurst
  • Emily Kollbaum, senior, Concordia, Mo., playing the role of Mrs. Trent
  • Elyssia Finch, senior, Omaha, Neb., playing the role of Minerva Walker
  • Emily Jensen, senior, Sioux City, Iowa, acting as Nancy Pollard
  • Andrew Crist, senior, Springfield, Mo., playing the role of Rufus Jones
  • Brianna Bossle, senior, Coral Springs, Fla., acting as Lois Van Zandt
  • Tiffany Smith, sophomore, Earlham, Iowa, playing the role of Miss Withers
  • Sarah Johnson, senior, Carlisle, Iowa, acting as Kathy Collins
  • Ben Leeper, senior, Thornton, Colo., acting as Mike Davis
  • Jordan Schut, senior, Scribner, Neb., playing the role of Gene Culpepper
  • Taylor Kniewel, freshman, Omaha, Neb., playing as an Usher
  • Samantha Pietanza, freshman, San Diego, Calif., playing as an Usher

Crew members include:

  • Professor Bryan Moore, Director
  • Emily Fehn, junior, Freeland, Mich., Assistant Director
  • Katherine Draucker, sophomore, Ogallala, Neb., Stage Manager
  • Emily Patton, senior, Hartley, Iowa, Stage Manager & Props Manager
  • Kenton Burgess, junior, Lees Summit, Mo., Assistant Stage Manager
  • Dana Simpkin, freshman, Saint Peters, Mo., Assistant Stage Manager
  • Robert Olson, of the Seward community, Set Design
  • Joseph Pierson, senior, Van Buren, Ark., Scenery Student Supervisor
  • Chris Genszler, junior, Oregon, Ohio, Scenery Student Supervisor
  • Christopher Kasparek, freshman, The Woodlands, Texas, Scenery Student Supervisor
  • Alexa Kirchgasler, Costume Shop Technician/Supervisor, Costume Design
  • Kaleb Busche, post baccalaureate, Fort Wayne, Ind., Costume Student Supervisor
  • Meghan Woodruff, junior, High Ridge, Mo., Costume Student Supervisor
  • Erin Rowland, sophomore, Saint Peters, Mo., Costume Student Supervisor
  • Dylan White, junior, Lexington, Neb., Light Design
  • Jonathan Kisker, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., Sound Design
  • Melonie Kotschwar, senior, Seward, Neb., Backstage
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