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Where in Nebraska is Kristen Jett?


April 2012

SAU theatre major, Kristen Jett '13 has secured employment for this summer at Brownville Village theatre in Brownville, Neb. 

"Where is Brownville?" you may ask. It's about an hour and a half south of Omaha, Neb. That makes it a total of six and a half hours from Davenport. Brownville Village Theatre is a repertory theatre, meaning work on and perform multiple plays at once. This summer's season consists of five plays: Kindly Leave the Stage, Look Who's Laughing, The Apple tree, The Prevalence of Mrs. Seal, and ... And then I wrote. Jett will act in three of the shows, stage manage one of them, and do props for the company.

How was she so lucky to get this job? Every year the theatre department goes to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) which is basically a big conference for aspiring theatre professionals. At the festival there is everything from acting competitions, to technical crew showdowns, to classes and even theatres who attend to watch auditions and speak to individuals with technical portfolios. 

Jett '13 participated in the auditions for Summer Stock and also did technical interviews. Later she heard that Brownville was calling around and checking out whether she was a good fit for them. 

"And they must have thought so, because they eventually called me to offer the job," she said. Jett '13 is very excited about this incredible opportunity to have a job doing what she loves. 

"It will be a crazy busy summer, but I don't know how to spend summer any other way," she commented. When asked if she will be homesick Jett '13 replied, "The hardest thing will be being so far away from my friends and relatives for the entire summer, since it doesn't look like I will have enough of a break to justify driving the nine hours it would take each way." 

So, come May 18, Jett will be calling a state she has never been to, Nebraska, home.

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