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Senior Spotlight: Nick Pearce

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Nick Pearce in 'Parade'

April 2017

Please welcome to the Senior Spotlight, Nick Pearce! Nick has been very actively involved in many different productions here at St. Ambrose. You may remember him as Mr. Scary in Junie B. Jones, Mr. Lambchop in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, or Britt Craig in Parade. Nick enjoys dramaturgy and helped edit the script for this year's production of The Tempest, and even won an award from KCACTF for his efforts. Let's learn some more about Nick!

Major: Theatre, with minors in Communication Studies and Public Relations.

What is one of your favorite roles you have played?
That's a tie between Britt Craig in Parade, and Mr. Lambchop in Flat Stanley. Craig was a deeply complex and flawed character, and Mr. Lambchop was the classic goofy dad, so both of them were great to play in very different ways.

What is one of your dream roles?
Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. I hate being that guy, but Hamilton is at the intersection of U.S. history, hip-hop, and theatre, so it's one of my favorite things.

What drew you to SAU?
I truthfully wasn't planning on this at all. In late February, my step-mother came home and said she was the new Kinesiology chair at St. Ambrose. I told her "Great, congrats! What's St. Ambrose?" and she told me it was a Catholic school in the Quad Cities, and tuition was remitted for any of her kids that went there. I was already accepted and committed to the University of Iowa, but I started thinking. I have three younger siblings that I didn't want to drain the college funds for, so I made the cheapest choice. I picked Ambrose solely because it was the cheapest, and I'm so glad I did. I've made amazing friends and progress here, and it's been a fantastic journey.

What are some of your favorite memories from your time here at St. Ambrose?
I would probably say winning a Letter of Merit form the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, for the production of The Tempest that I did dramaturgy work for. It was a long labor over my last summer of college, but it became a great show that I'm very proud of.

Any advice for other students and incoming first years?
GET OUT OF YOUR ROOM. College is like a garden, you get out of it what you put in. Go make friends, join a club, audition for a show, just get out and live!

What are some of your future plans?
I've been accepted into The America FEMA Unit, a government program that specializes in emergency relief and disaster management. I'll be deployed this summer to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to begin a ten-month tour. I'll be sure to visit SAU whenever I can!

Nick has been a wonderful addition to the SAU Theatre Department, and we could not be more proud of the work he will soon be doing! It's sad to see him go, but we know that bigger and better things are no doubt sure to be on the horizon.

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