Frontier Revue celebrates 50 years

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Nebraskaland Days bring many great things to North Platte. Among those is the Frontier Revue which has been held in high esteem for 50 years.

Cast of Frontier Revue performing at the McDonald-Belton Theater at Mid-Plains Community College for Nebraskaland Days. (SOURCE: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)

Don Swigart plays the retired sheriff and has been a part of the show for 35 years.

"I think it's a remarkable collection of every aspect of frontier life," Swigart said.

"When I started we were in this little theater north of the viaduct which doesn't exist anymore."

Of the many songs in the production, Swigart said there are two in particular which have stuck with him throughout the years.

"I've always loved the 'Wranglers Three.' I've done that several times. 'Rub A Dub' was (also) a favorite of mine."

Unlike Swigart, Maximus Wohler is a newer member of the cast. He plays one of the 'Wrangers Three."

He said this show has not only helped him learn about Nebraska's forefathers- but has increased his Nebraska pride.

"We really lose a lot of our flavor, a lot of our culture, our individuality as a people here," said Wohler.

"Being in this show helped me to see that all of these characters were inspired on real people. I would say there's a lot of pride there."

Wohler has found the stories of the historical figures in the show to be inspiring.

"I'll take away that frontier daring spirit to trudge on. Especially now in such a point of change in my life going from this town to another one and finding out who I am."

The show will be performed Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the McDonald-Belton Theater at Mid-Plains Community College.