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Summer Workin' Had Me a Blast

September 2013

This summer, many of Ambrose's theatre students had internships and jobs doing work in other theatrical situations.

Amanda Kochanny '13

Recently graduated Kochanny had an interesting summer. Because of her grandfather being diagnosed with lung cancer, she only managed to make it to two auditions. However, she received callbacks for each of these auditions. She is currently working for two children's entertainment companies, meaning that she "dresses up as different princess and entertains the birthday girl along with her guests."

"This job puts all of my theatre skills to the test," Kochanny said. "The children blindside you with questions that you have to answer on the spot, for example, 'Cinderella, why are your glass slippers plastic?' Because remember they broke at the end of the story? And besides, glass slippers are very uncomfortable."

Kochanny enjoyed getting to work with kids, sing, dance, and act. She also says that she "loves performing for kids. They look up to me as a role model, and that is something I take pride in."

Sidney Junk, Junior

This summer Sidney worked as an apprentice stage manager at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. As the apprentice stage manager she got to work with an equity stage manager and a non-equity assistant stage manager. Junk also worked with other apprentices who were college students and enjoyed talking to them about what they planned to do with their degree in theatre.

"I learned more about how to work on shows in repertory, how to work with Equity and non-Equity actors, and that wearing sunscreen and drinking water is very important when participating in outdoor theatre," she said.

Amanda Zweibohmer, Sophomore

This summer Zweibohmer had the opportunity to go to Hawaii and teach a performing arts immersion class at a summer school (at left). Zweibohmer helped introduce 37 rising high school juniors to the theatre world.

"Some of the kids had done theatre most of their life, and some had never seen a play before," she said.

Zweibohmer also said that the kids have now all helped write and act in a play; some even helped with the technical side. During the two months she was teaching, Zweibohmer compiled the pieces of the script, helped design lights, sound, and slides, ran the slides, and stage managed the show.

"It was a busy, stressful, but extremely rewarding summer," she said. "And being in Hawaii didn't hurt a thing!"

Shannon Rourke, Sophomore

Rourke had the amazing opportunity to stage manage a professional dance show in Chicago. She got the show ready to go and ran the sound, lights, and gel changes throughout the show.

"The performance was very entertaining and the audience really enjoyed it," Rourke said. It was a great learning experience for Rourke, and she hopes to work for the production company, Bread and Roses, again.

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