Every year the St. Ambrose Theatre Department presents a play aimed at young audiences. This play usually lasts under an hour and is performed for area elementary schools as well as weekend shows for the public.
This year's show is Toy Camp. Toy Camp is a musical about a place where toys go to learn to be good toys, graduate, and earn their price tags in stores.
The cast of Toy Camp is as follows:
Mr. Shopper/ Jack- Sam Jones
Mrs. Shopper/Side- Nikki Devens
Lisa Shopper/Saw- Stacy Phipps
Ms Camper/Witch- Brooke Schelly
Rover- Andrea Rivera
Cool Cat- Jordan McGinnis
Ted E. Bear- Jonathon Johnson
Princess Ann- Kelci Eaton
Prima Donna- Ameila Fischer
Glow Toy- Molly Conrad
Toy Soldier- Robbie Poston
Jig- Chris Galvan
Wedgely- Madison Auge
While discussing the show, Director Dr. Corinne Johnson said her favorite part of the show is "anytime the actors go into the audience, because of how excited I think the children will be by the actors' proximity and direct interaction."
Both the music director, Keaton Connell '13, and the choreographer, Stephanie DeLacy '09 are recent graduates of St. Ambrose University. Dr. Johnson discussed how she enjoys working with alumni for many different reasons.
"They're familiar with the space and the talents and limitations of the department," she said, pointing out that they "are successful working with [current] students because they know how much work it takes to fit theatre in with other aspects of college life."
Johnson said she also enjoys already knowing the alums, therefore already sharing a vocabulary with them and knowing that they have a strong work ethic.
The show will be produced for the public December 7 and 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $7 for non-SAU students/children, $6 for groups, and SAU students with current valid student ID are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 563-333-6251.