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Mother-son pair star in holiday comedy at Community Players

December 5, 2018

Laura Maurstad (left) and her 10-year-old son David Maurstad star in the Community Players holiday comedy "Seasonal Allergies." The play opens this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Being the only kid in a cast of adults can be a little intimidating.

Not for 10-year-old David Maurstad, however, who stars in the upcoming holiday comedy “Seasonal Allergies” opening this Friday at the Community Players.

Perhaps it helps that David’s mom in the play, Laura Maurstad, is also his mom off the stage.

“I’m probably a little more lenient with him on the stage than I am at home,” said Laura. “He kind of gets to have a lot fun up there and do a lot of what he wants, especially being the only kid.”

Laura plays Julia Shelby, whose life is turned upside down when her brother Pete, played by Trevor Kern, appears on her doorstep during the holidays. David appears as Julia’s son Charlie.

“He (Pete) really takes over the place,” said Tyler Rinne, Community Players associate artistic director and the show’s director. “His literal and figurative dirty laundry gets scattered all over the place and it’s kind of about this family and this group of friends coping with that stuff.”

Rinne likens the show to a sitcom, full of lighthearted comedy punctuated by the young, karate-loving Charlie.

“It’s a little bigger part than I’m used to,” said David, who has starred in past productions, including “The Lion King, Jr.” and “The Hobbit.”

For Laura, being able to act with her son is the highlight of “Seasonal Allergies.” It’s also her debut at Community Players, having acted in community plays in North Platte years ago.

“My favorite thing is I get to do it with my son,” she said. ”...It’s fun to be back and the cast and crew here has been awesome and welcoming and patient and a lot of fun.”

Laura also admits she’s probably “the cooler mom” when she’s on the stage.

David’s response?

“Probably, yeah,” he said, laughing.

The show features an expansive, wall-to-wall set with working appliances and so many props that the prop list fills an entire page.

“One of the big challenges is how close it was to the last show “The Hobbit” about three weeks ago, so we’ve had that much time or less to take down that set and get this one up, paint it and get everything assembled,” Rinne said. “It’s really a testament to our production team.”

“Seasonal Allergies” features a cast of seven, including Julia and Thomas’s best friends J.D. and Alison, played by Brandon Clark and Morgan Tunink. Stacey Troxel plays a neighbor caught up in the holiday mess.

The show opens Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Players theater, 412 Ella St. The comedy will continue to run on Dec. 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. The box office is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Reservations can also be made by calling (402) 228-1801 or online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com. The show runs around an hour and a half.

“It’s just a good opportunity to come out and have fun in Beatrice,” Rinne said.

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