Music and Lyrics by David Nehls

Book by Betsy Kelso

Directed by Robert D. Rook

Musical Direction & Choreography by Cris Rook

Musical Arrangements by Bill Maltas

Stage Management by Elysia Ann Arntzen

Technical Coordination by Bryan Watson

Assistant Technical Coordination by Juli Burney

Scenic Drop by Mark Dammann

Scenic Painting by Dustin Witte

Lighting Design by Robert D. Rook

Costume Coordination by Karen Stathem

Sound Operation by John Batenhorst

Live Streaming Coordination by Brett Hadley

Assistant Live Streaming Coordination by Brandon Duncan

Produced With Permission by Dramatists Play Service

Produced by TADA Productions, Inc.

Sponsored by ACE Rent To Own, Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket, Union Bank and Trust

The Cast


Erin is so happy to return to TADA after performing as Sister Hubert in Nunsense. She received a master of music in vocal performance from Wichita State University and a bachelor of arts in theatre from Hastings College. Erin’s musical theatre credits include Norma in Hands on a Hard Body, Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden, and Cathy in The Last Five Years. Erin’s favorite opera credits include Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, the title role in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Florence Pike in Albert Herring and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She made her professional debut as Marcellina in Wichita Grand Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She would like to thank her husband/favorite person Andrew for his patience and support.


Matt Nesmith is excited to return to TADA for his third production, after previously performing in Life Could Be a Dream and Smokey Joe’s Café. Matt is an associate professor and coordinator of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at the University of South Dakota (USD). He previously taught at the University of New Hampshire and Central Michigan University. He holds graduate degrees in vocal performance and theatre (directing). He is also an active stage performer and director at USD and across the Midwest. Among Matt’s performance credits are the roles of Black Stache in Peter and the Star Catcher, Archie in The Secret Garden, and Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, while recent directing credits include Spring Awakening, Les Misérables, Urinetown, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Young Frankenstein. Matt is married to Dr. Jo Nesmith and has three children, Holly, Teddy, and Margaret.



Making her debut at The TADA Theatre, Kylie is a junior musical theatre major and dance minor at the University of South Dakota (USD). She is so excited to be joining this amazing cast! Previously, she has been seen on the USD stage as Susanna in The Story of Susanna, Anna in Spring Awakening, Frances from These Shining Lives and many more!



A TADA veteran, patrons will recognize Judy from such shows as Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), and Mother Superior in Nunsense, Nunsense: The Second Coming, Nuncrackers, and Meshuggah-Nuns! Other roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mother Superior in Sister Act (twice and winning nominations for the Barbara Ford Award and Bill Bailey Debut Award at the Omaha Community Playhouse), Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Amanda in Southern Comforts (a very challenging two-person show). Judy has worked at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 38 years, with plans to retire in September. She has two grown children, five grandchildren, one great-grandson and another on the way! “I think Betty is my alter ego…I love her!”


CRIS ROOK – Linoleum

The associate and musical director for TADA Productions, Inc., Mrs. Rook has appeared extensively on stage including the regional premieres of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (Lucy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), Forbidden Broadway, and Gilligan’s Island: The Musical (Lovey Howell). Other favorite roles include The Witch in Into the Woods, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Helen Bechdel in Fun Home, Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd featuring the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and several roles in a tour of Side by Side by Sondheim. Mrs. Rook has been a guest vocalist with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra where she was invited to sing the premiere of “A Place Called Home” by Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens. A proud mother to Megan and wife to Bob, Cris received her masters degree in music performance from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Over the past 30 years, Mrs. Rook has musical directed over 100 musical theatre productions.



A TADA veteran, Jaci has an extensive list of stage credits, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) on the Lied Center main stage—a role she revisited after playing it for The TADA Theatre. Her other TADA credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), SHOUT (Blue Girl), Godspell, Chicago, The Spidey Project (multiple roles), Smoke on the Mountain (Denise Sanders), and Nunsense (Sister Mary Mei’). Jaci has been the production manager on such TADA shows as The Marvelous Wonderettes, Nunsense, Midlife Crises Musical, and Avenue Q. She received her BA degree in communication studies with a minor in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is currently an insurance agent for the Claims Specialist/Licensed Agent with McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency. She would like to thank all her friends and family for their love and support on her journey back to the stage after becoming a mom.



Patrick is proud to be making his debut at TADA in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. From Beatrice, Nebraska, he's appeared in over 30 productions throughout the state. His credits in musical theatre include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. Additional credits include Richard in Lion in Winter, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Crumpet in the one-man show The Santaland Diaries, which traveled to various locations and represented Nebraska at the regional NACT one-act competition. Patrick has also directed productions for Beatrice Community Players, Southeast Community College, and Beatrice High School.

Note: TADA Productions, Inc. believes in the protection of its company members and patrons. Each cast member wore face coverings during the entire rehearsal process of this production. They have now all been vaccinated for the coronavirus and with their unanimous consent, in agreement with TADA’s management, are performing this production safely.

Show Order

* The Production Is Played In One Act *

THIS SIDE OF THE TRACKS - The Girls, Norbert, Jeannie, Pippi

ONE STEP CLOSER - The Girls, Norbert, Jeannie


IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS - The Girls, Norbert, Jeannie, Pippi

OWNER OF MY HEART - Jeannie, Norbert

THE GREAT AMERICAN TV SHOW - The Girls, Pippi, Norbert


STORMS’ A-BREWIN’ - The Girls, Pippi, Jeannie, Norbert

ROADKILL - Duke, The Girls

BUT HE’S MINE, IT’S NEVER EASY - Pippi, Norbert, Jeannie


PANIC - Jeannie, Tina, Pippi

FINALE - The Company

Ace Rent To Own, Union Bank and Trust, Hyatt Place Lincoln Downtown-Haymarket, Brook Seacrest, Juli Burney, Megan Rook,

Don & Kerry Hopkins, Kathy Hurlbut, Kirk Monismith, The Cooper Foundation, DTLA, Lincoln Health Department, BroadwayWorld.Com, B107.3 FM, NET Radio, Lincoln Journal Star, Mark Schwaninger, The Neighborhood Extra, Lincoln Theatre Alliance,

Park and Go, show volunteers, the TADA Board of Directors, the families of the cast and crew. 


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