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Summertime doesn't mean slow time for SAU thespians

May 2012

With so many talented individuals at St. Ambrose University, it's no wonder we've got some great plans for the summer! Here are just a few of SAU's theatre participants' plans.

Grace Allen '12 plans on moving to Chicago and fulfill a lifelong dream of hers: taking Improv for Actor classes at Second City! After completing these in August, she will return to SAU to stage-manage the alumni show of "You Can't Take It With You."  

In September she will audition for the Second City Conservatory program in order to become a stage performer in their spaces. 

"I'm excited to get back into the hectic and chaotic theatre life that is in Chicago," Allen said. "So many underground shows are performed almost every night that it's really exciting to be able to see something on a whim."

Morgan Griffin '12 is planning on working for a theatre in the Quad Cities area. She's applied to a couple of places, so now it's just the waiting game! 

She was recently cast as "Alice" in the alumni show, "You Can't Take It With You."

"Oh, boy I'll be an actual alum! How time flies. If any of my friends are in any shows over the summer, I will try to be in the audience cheering them on," says Griffin.  

Amanda Kochanny '13 plans to head back home to Chicago and internship within wedding planning or a children's theatre camp. She also plans to audition for "Legally Blonde" at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. 

"The whole point of this summer is to prepare for auditions for next year and other acting opportunities available around the area," says Kochanny. 

Brooke Schelly '15 will be a theatre counselor for the Davenport Junior Theatre's Drama Day Camp. This job requires her to spend two weeks teaching children ages five to thirteen the ways of theatre, ending with a written script and a chance to perform in a showcase. She has no current plans for performing in any shows, but that may change if the opportunity arises.  

Some students are taking a well-deserved break! Tyler Reinert '12 will be staying the in Quad Cities area working on bettering his camera and drawing skills, working as the propsmaster for "You Can't Take it With You" along with searching for graduate schools. He is particularly excited to see SAU Junior Tim Stompanato perform as "Carlos" in Circa '21's production of "Legally Blonde"! 

Sidney Junk '14 will be preparing herself for stage-managing in the fall. In the future summers, she would love to stage manage or have a professional design internship helping with lighting or costuming.


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