"Geezers" coming to the stage in Hastings

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) The tale of a group of people in a retirement home and the unique relationship they form with a young worker there will come alive the next two weekends on the stage of the Hastings Community Theatre. "Geezers" is the final production of the season for the theatre group.

According to a press release from the theatre, Geezers introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home. Jack, a pathologically shy, 27-year-old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it's the "geezers" who wind up helping Jack with his needs. On his road to an epiphany, Jack learns from the old folks that he must break out of his comfort zone to achieve anything in life. Jack learns to crawl-then walk, then fly-with a wise group of mentors guiding him along. A funny, heartwarming drama about growth and wisdom, learning and loving, life and death.

Director Roger Doerr says there is comedy, drama and poignant moments.

"This is a really interesting show," says Doerr. "(It's) one that a lot of people will relate to if they've got parents and grandparents of a certain age".

Cast member Cheryl O'Curran portrays activities director Gina in the play. O'Curran says the show appeals to both old and young.

"When we look at the younger versions of the characters, we see how their experiences shaped who they are in their old age," said O'Curran. "There's something for everybody."

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Dates for the shows are April 26, 27 and 28 and May 3, 4, and 5.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the theatre at (402) 469-4050, by e-mail at tickets@hctheatre.com or on the Hastings Community Theatre web site.