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Summer Plans, Summer Sun, and Summer Fun

May 2017

the little mermaidAs the 2016-2017 academic school year comes to an end, it marks the start of a busy summer for numerous St. Ambrose theatre department students.

A select number of our talented students will stay busy this summer with their local theatres, teaching the future generations of theatre, and one special student will be embarking on a truly "magical" journey. The Quad Cities has several local theatres with fun, unique, and entertaining productions coming up this summer, and a few of our students will be participating in nearly of the productions.

Coming June 9-11 and June 15-18, the Quad Cities Music Guild will present Disney's The Little Mermaid. Our very own wonderfully talented First Year T.J. Green will be taking on the role of the funny Chef Louis. After checking out The Little Mermaid, head over to The Quad City Theatre Workshop to see the very first local production of the musical Peter and the Star Catcher. At the Workshop you will be able to find the talented St. Ambrose graduates Max Moline '17 and Jordan McGinnis '16.

mississippi bend playersNow that you have June planned with supporting local theatre and a couple of our students, you can add three more shows to your weekends in July and August. The Mississippi Bend Players at the Brunner Theatre on the campus of Augustana College announced their production of Zombie Prom on July 7, Wait Until Dark on July 21, and Brighton Beach Memoirs on August 4. Three Ambrose students involved in this production are sophomore Hannah Donovan, and juniors Kelci Eaton and Megan Clarke. Hannah Donovan will be perfecting the shows with her stage managing; Kelci Eaton will put her talents towards costume design; and the talented actress Megan Clarke will be acting in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Alumna Becca Brazel '16 will be a general intern for Mississippi Bend this summer as well as acting in Zombie Prom and Brighton Beach Memoirs. And alum, Jonathan Johnson '16 will perform in Zombie Prom. If you are already over in Rock Island, do not forget to stop at the Comedy Sportz at the Establishment Theater to support our May graduates, seniors Rachael Pribulsky and Nick Pearce, and junior Sam Jones and alum Amelia Fischer '16 as they fill the theater with nonstop laughter.

In the Cedar Rapids area, junior Kayla Lansing and senior Jordan Webster-Moore will be bringing their talents back home for the summer. Webster-Moore plans on freelancing as a show choir choreographer and clinician for the middle schools and high schools in Eastern Iowa. He has been involved in show choir since middle school and is excited to revisit the world of show choir choreography and beyond.

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While Jordan will be reaching out and connecting with choreographers, Kayla Lansing (at left) will be teaching children at Theatre Cedar Rapids and focusing on creating the "magic of live theatre." Kayla has been an education intern there since her first year at Ambrose. Kayla will have her hands full with keeping the kids interested and intrigued, but she should have no problem since the themes of this year's summer camps includes Cinderella, Annie, Future Show Choir Stars, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Minecraft. Kayla will have no problem being successful with her camps because of her creativity, sweetness, and talent.

Last but not least, one of our students has landed an internship at the most magical place on Earth: Walt Disney World. Sophomore Rebecca Moews found out this spring that she made it into the internship program for Disney World in Fall 2017. The interview process was not an easy one to pass, but her talents, uniqueness, and love for all things Disney put her over the top. Moews will be working attractions and receive a specific assignment upon arrival. Even though she will be halfway across the country, the St. Ambrose Theatre Department will be rooting for her, and we know she will do fantastic!

It's safe to say that the wonderful and talented students that make up the theatre department at St. Ambrose will have a very busy and eventful summer. Their success and challenges they overcome will bring them back to us in the fall with even more knowledge, talent, and confidence than before.

Way to go St. Ambrose theatre students! Have a fun and safe summer everyone.

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