Children's Show



A unique outreach service to Northeast Nebraska is provided by the Wayne State College Theatre program. The annual Children’s Theatre production, presented each April, is attended by approximately 5,000 pre-school through fifth grade children. For many of the children who attend these productions, it is sometimes their first and only experience with live theatre.


The annual Children’s Show is tied to classroom art, literary, and language arts activities in the schools and it involves Wayne State College students in the elaborate costuming and special staging required for a young audience.


Running for ten performances, the annual Children’s Show is often times the highlight of a Wayne State College theatre students’ performance or design experience. Playing to an audience of 500+ enthusiastic and appreciative young people provides a thrilling experience that is hard to surpass.


Wayne State College theatre students take part in all aspects of the production: designing, assistant directing, stage managing, building costumes and set, hanging and focusing lighting equipment, building and locating properties, painting, rehearsing, publicizing, and performing.



Recent Children’s Show Productions:



Pictorial Archives


Alice ’s Adventures in Wonderland

April 2005 | Ramsey Theatre
Costumes, Lighting, and Set designed by Janet Roney
Makeup designed by student Kristen Nollette
Directed by Gwen Jensen







The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad

April 2004 | Ramsey Theatre
Costumes, Lighting, and Set designed by Janet Roney
Makeup designed by students Sheila Vinson, Dylan Rohde, and Joel Hurtado
Directed by Gwen Jensen






Beauty and the Beast

April 2003 | Ramsey Theatre
Costumes, Lighting, and Set designed by Janet Roney
Directed by Gwen Jensen








Behind the Scenes





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Contact Information


Gwen Jensen , Ph.D.

Professor and Director
Dept. of Comm. Arts
FA 111A
Wayne, NE 68787
(402) 375-7422
FAX: (402 375-7130


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Current Season

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Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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