Peru, Nebraska – Students from the Peru Theatre Company will open the fall season with Rock Star! on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. in the Jindra Black Box Theatre. Admission is free, and the theatre department invites the public to attend this fun-filled evening. 

Rock Star! will be a night of lip-synching, dance moves, and cool tunes where the sky will be the limit when it comes to rockin’ out. Performers will channel their inner (and outer) rock stars while lip-synching and electrifying the stage with their interpretation of a selected song. The evening will feature students from the Theatre 250 acting class, the Peru Theatre Company, and other interested students, faculty, and staff. 

Laura Lippman, Associate Professor of Theatre, first encountered the Rock Star! project while teaching at the Johnny Carson School for Theatre and Film at UNL. She witnessed firsthand how much fun students and audience members had with the performance and brought the idea to Peru State. 

“It’s really fun, the audience is supportive, and it gives students a chance to strut their stuff,” said Lippman. 

Rock Star! is a natural extension of Lippman’s classroom focus for the fall, as every first-semester project is music-focused in each one of her classes. She believes this has increased interest, anticipation, and involvement for Rock Star!

“Students are already excited and brainstorming about the project,” said Lippman. “Most students are keeping their selections a surprise and not telling others what they plan to do unless they are part of a group. That element of surprise adds to the fun of the evening.”  

Nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska, Peru State College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees.

Established in 1867 as Nebraska’s first college, Peru State has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs annually to nearly 2,000 students.