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Hearing from Heroes: A Theatrical Tour at Wyuka Cemetery

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Autumn blue skies, a talented cast and crowds in the hundreds made the “Hearing from Heroes; A Theatrical Tour at Wyuka Cemetery an event Lincoln will fondly remember.  The tour began with opening remarks from Lincoln historian Ed Zimmer and Heroes Among Us Chair Anne Woita.  Shortly afterward, the Lincoln Southeast High School Drum Line began their drum cadence and sent tour goers down the beautiful paths of Lincoln’s Wyuka Cemetery.  At each designated marker, they were greeted by students from the Lincoln High School Theatre Department who gave inspiring performances of famous and unknown heroes laid to rest in the historical cemetery. As part of this project, each student had carefully researched their character and prepared a written script/monologue of their hero or of someone who knew them personally from that era.


Heroes and Students featured on the tour:

Ruth Cox Adams (Abigail Young), James W. Bush (Landon Beard), Charles Bryan (Heladio Perez-Pesina), J.W. Cadwallader (Devin Tate), Walter Dameron (Sam Costello), George & Sarah Harris (Melissa Wilson), Harrison and John Johnson (Haven Kirkendoll), Gordon MacRae (Sam Costello & Jessie Snider), Olivia and Louise Pound (Mary Stine and Lillian Bornstein) and D.E. and Jeanette Thompson (Madeleine Miller). Teacher Chris Maly from the Lincoln High School directed the students’ performances.

 Click here to view the student’s individual performances on Hildegard’s YouTube page!


Admission: A canned food item or monetary donation

The large crowd raised more than 500 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln and over $550 in monetary donations for the Lincoln Back Pack Program .


Our Hildegard thanks go out to Wyuka Cemetery, Ed Zimmer, Chris Maly and LHS students, the Lincoln Southeast Drumline, as well as to Co-Chairs Cathy Harrington and Marilyn Stadler and their tour committee; Charlie Brogan, Marilyn Dustin, Kim Einspahr, Kathy Kucera, Pat Linder, John Strope, Anne Woita and our countless community “heroes and she-roes” who volunteered for this inspiring project, including Jim Harrington, Dwight Plucker, Emileigh Maddox, Ken Dustin, Tina McCracken, Donna Williams, Deb Boehle, Kris Brennan, Jan Sammet and  Jean Fung.

Thank you also to Joel Sunderman and students Aaron Drennon and Brenden Zwiebel from the LPS Information Technology Focus Program, Angela Carroll-photographer, the UNL Costume Dept., Oak Creek Plant & Flowers and Hangers Dry Cleaners.