Shadows & Light is Ready to Step Into the Spotlight!

Shadows & Light: Untold Stories is a community partnership project of Angels Theater Company and Families Inspiring Families.

“No one ever wanted to hear my story before……”

Shadows & Light: Untold Stories is the culmination of a year-long project designed to lift and empower the voices of people in our community through the creative and transformative process of turning personal narratives into live theater.  Our hope is that audiences will connect and see we are all larger than one story – every story and every life contain shared healing and hope. As a community we help one another walk through the shadows and together step into light.

The creative team of Director Judith Hart, Music Director Kellyn Wooten, Movement Director Daniel Kubert, and Scenic and Lighting Designer Dan Stratman  bring out the best in the ensemble of 10 performers who weave ten stories together with movement and song.  The production is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit – not only in the personal trauma at the center of each story, but also because of the limitations and restrictions prescribed by the COVID pandemic.

Social distancing  plays a big part in the staging of Shadows & Light.  Platforms are arranged to give actors a 6′ separation from each other and the room is set up to have a 15′ separation between the performers and the audience.

The acting ensemble includes: Gabby Ayala, Deirdre Barney, Carrie Bartholomew, Shelbi Bretz, Kathy Disney, Andrea Gassman, Lauren George, Kristine Kapustka, Wendy Salinas & Jacoby Vann.

Performances are held in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theatre located just north of 11th & Q Streets on the UNL campus.   Performances are scheduled for Friday  – Sunday, July 24 – 26 ,with 7:30 shows on Friday and Saturday and a 2 PM matinee on Sunday, July 26.

Tickets should be purchased online at or 402-472-4747 and either printed at home or downloaded onto your phone on the Lied Center ticket app – available in the Google Play Store.

If you plan on attending our upcoming program at the Lied Center for Performing Arts this month, please take note of the following health and safety policies and procedures.

Please purchase your tickets in advance and consider using the Lied Center App (available for free downloading on your cell phone) to enjoy mobile, paperless tickets.

The Lied Center is committed to your safety and the health of all patrons, staff and artists. The following policies and procedures are important for everyone’s health and safety to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Please take note of the following required safety policies that all patrons must follow to attend events at the Lied Center during the risk period of COVID-19 spread:

  • All patrons must wear face coverings when inside the Lied Center. (Covering nose and mouth)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln policy requires facial coverings to be worn when indoors on campus and outdoors if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible. This policy encompasses all faculty, staff, students and visitors, including contractors, service providers and others.
  • Seating for all patrons will be socially distanced for groups of patrons socially distancing together. All seats are reserved and patrons must sit in their assigned seats.
  • Maintain 6 feet distancing from groups of patrons or other individuals.
  • If you’re sick, please don’t come inside the Lied Center and encourage your family not to attend events until you are well.
  • The Lied Center offers no-hassle refunds and ticket credits via by contacting our Ticket Office at 402-472-4747 or – Please do not send credit card information by email.)
  • If you’ve been around someone who has been sick, tested positive for COVID-19 or is getting tested for COVID-19, please don’t come inside the Lied Center.

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