53rd Annual Melodrama


If You're Happy and You Know it Say, Hooray
or The Untimely Sinking of the Bertrand


  • Derek Kowal

Assistant Director

  • David Frolio

Onstage Assistant

  • Lisa Scheve


  • Molly Anderson

Musical Director

  • Shelly Gushard; additional music provided courtesy of Brian Perkins.


  • Lisa Scheve

Stage Manager

  • Angela Flemings

Set Design/Construction

  • Jeff Pagett
  • Jim Watson

Production Date

  • May, 2017


  • Derek Kowal


In March, 1865, the Steamboat Bertrand left St. Louis, bound for Montana. On April 1, about 30 miles north of Omaha, the boat hit a submerged log. The Bertrand sank into the depths of the Missouri River; her cargo was written off as a complete loss.

In less than 10 minutes, the Bertrand sank in 12 FEET of water. No people died!!!

Their journey continued & is revisited in this melodrama. We hope you enjoy our authors’ version of the fate of the “survivors”.


Neal HerringCaptain James Yore
Jessica KentAnna Campbell
Jeff JansenFather Murphy Walsh O’Sullivan Kelly Flanagan
Cecelia SassJanice
Amanda ZustraJosie Cuervo
Heidi LowerMs. Sarpy
Katherine RushPapillion
Maddy FredericksonLaVista
Fannie Campbell (Heroine)Kate Simmons
MargotFaith White
HubbyStuart Anderson
Mama MaryMolly Anderson
Tracie MaukFirst Mate/Police Officer
Chef Pierre FondueflambayGuillermo J. Rosas
GruntBob Sanders
HaldaubRic Gustafson
StothertSig Gustafson
Max Butoques (Villain)Chris Perry
Mathew Ogallala McConaughey (Hero)David Frolio
Ivana PuschitoutTracey Prentice
Octopus & The WindDiane Lemen
DudetteShelly Gushard
Mr. Benson, Mr. Elkhorn, Mr. MillardJim Watson
Proud MaryNicki Aney
The Bertrand Banjo BandShelly Gushard, Jim Watson, John Lynch, Jaden Hesman, and Stuart Anderson


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  • Omaha Community Playhouse
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  • Duham Heritage Museum
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  • Joslyn Art Museum
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  • Home Depot
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  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  • Carol Hodges
  • Blue Pom Gallery
  • Pitch Restaurant
  • Omaha Performing Arts
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  • Lisa Scheve
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Mr. Bill Fead of Omaha