The Company Of Greater Tuna


Arles Struvie

Stuart Richey was last seen at TADA playing Jack/Steward in Into the Woods. Previous TADA roles include Man 1 in Songs for a New World, Robbie in A Man of No Importance, and Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other roles include Idle Boy in 35mm (OmniArts Nebraska), Jeff in Title of Show, Lord Alfred Douglas in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Lincoln Community Playhouse), Monty Navarro in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (The STAGE Theatre), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Georges/George in Sunday in the Park with George (Sheldon Art Gallery). Stuart has also directed productions of Camelot and Hello Dolly (Lincoln Community Playhouse), The Barbarians are Coming and Jane Eyre (Lincoln Theater Alliance 10-minute Play Festival). Huge love and thanks to the production team, Michael, Dad and Mom for their boundless support.


Production Manager

Elysia has been the resident stage manager
at The TADA Theatre since 2021, where she oversaw such shows as Pumpboys and
Dinettes, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, A Grand Night for Singing, The
TADA Tenors and Santaland Diaries. She attended Ball State University in Muncie,
IN, and received her doctor of musical arts in composition from UNL. Also a talented actress and musician, Elysia has acted at The TADA Theatre in Man of La Mancha, Lend Me A Tenor, Young Frankenstein, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love, as well as playing in the orchestra for several productions.


Master Scenic Carpenter

Mr. Welch serves on the TADA Board of Directors and recently retired from the United States Post Office after 32 years of employment. Kevin has built an array of projects and is happy to be showing off his skills as TADA’s carpenter. He has also performed in several shows for TADA Productions including Chess, Big River, South Pacific and Chicago. His love of music continues to keep him connected to the stage. When not at The TADA Theatre, you will find him in the kitchen perfecting his chef skills. 


Thurston Wheeler

Michael proudly returns to The TADA Theatre after having played the role of Leaf Coneybear in the regional production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Recent roles include: Old Man and Ensemble in King Lear (BLUEBARN Theatre), Oscar in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Lincoln Community Playhouse), The D'Ysquith Family in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (The STAGE Theatre), Bruce in Fun Home (Omaha Community Playhouse), Tateh in Ragtime (LCP), Galahad in Spamalot (LCP), Archibald in Secret Garden (TST), Georges in La Cage Aux Folles (OmniArts Nebraska), Larry in A Chorus Line (LCP). Michael's music director credits include: Camelot (LCP), Rehab - A Musical Journey (Johnny Carson Theater - Lied Center for the Performing Arts), and Sunday in the Park with George (Sheldon Art Gallery). Michael thanks everyone on the production team of Tuna. Many thanks also to his family - especially Stuart - for all their support.

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Scenic Designer

Jenna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota in 2014 where she gained skills and experience in scenic design, painting, carpentry, props, and puppetry. After working for theaters in Vermont and South Dakota, Jenna moved to Lincoln and became the Technical Coordinator for The TADA Theatre for several years. During that time, her scenic design and painting work included such shows as Young Frankenstein, Evil Dead The Musical, Man of La Mancha, The Addams Family A New Musical, Lend Me A Tenor, Into The Woods and many more. In addition to work in theater, Jenna is a co-owner of a wedding consignment shop. She is excited to be back at TADA as the scenic designer where she has designed Why Do Fools Fall In Love and RENT. 


Costume and Hair Coordinator

A veteran of The TADA Theatre where she’s served as both Stage Manager and Costume Coordinator, Karen has overseen costumes for Evil Dead The Musical, Catherland, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Chess, Fun Home, Pumpboys and Dinettes, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, A Grand Night For Singing and The Santaland Diaries. She has been part of the theater community in Lincoln since 1993, filling a wide variety of roles on and off-stage including actor, stage manager, kid monitor, duck wrangler, make up, hair and costumes to name just a few.



Mr. Kathman is currently an assistant professor of Acting/Directing at Nebraska Wesleyan University and an actor, director, educator, playwright, fight choreographer and dialect coach who has worked in multiple states around the Midwest and Midsouth. Information about his one-man version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, titled One-Ham Manlet can be found here: Besides directing at NWU, other favorite projects include adapting and directing eight different Shakespeare plays for various companies; producing/directing works for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, including an original Canterbury Tales adaptation called Toward Canterbury and a solo show called Blue Collar Diaries; performing on stages like the Nebraska Repertory Theatre (Humble Boy), Minnesota’s Jungle Theater (The Rivals), Playwright’s Center (The Sea Wolf), and Illusion Theater (Kung Fu Hamlet), as well as Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square (Spamalot) and Theatre Memphis (Doubt), in addition to roles in short and feature-length films and various commercials. Member of Actors Equity Association and an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

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Tech Coordinator / Scenic Painter

As a professional scenic artist, Mr. Kruse has painted over 250 productions and served as scenic artist for Circle Theatre in Ft. Worth for 35 years. He was also the properties master for the Ft. Worth Opera for 14 seasons and the Ft. Worth/Dallas Ballet for 4. Recently retired as a journeyman stagehand from IATSE, Jon and his wife Donna moved to Nebraska City in 2017 from the Ft. Worth, Texas area. An Iowa native, Jon received his degree in Speech and Theatre from NWMSU. Jon is also a talented bass player who played professionally in several bands and has appeared in over 100 roles from community to professional theatre. He is pleased to be the newest member of the production team for The TADA Theatre.


Producer / Lighting Designer

Mr. Rook has been an award winning director for 32 years, during which time he has directed over 200 productions, including the critically acclaimed Midwest premiere of Jekyll & Hyde the musical, the tour of Side by Side by Sondheim, the world premiere of Bard of Blood, the regional premieres of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Forbidden Broadway, Happy Days: A New Musical, The Spidey Project and Gilligan’s Island the Musical. Additional directing credits include RENT, Chess, Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, Fun Home, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, Big River, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family A New Musical, Assassins, Evil Dead The Musical, Into The Woods, Forever Plaid, Driving Miss Daisy and Young Frankenstein. Mr. Rook has also acted in numerous motion pictures and commercials, toured nationally as a headlining stand-up comic and is a voiceover recording artist.