The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 1, 2014

Camanche Student writes, directs play


Erwin calls Nate a “take charge kind of guy,” when it comes to his directorial debut on the stage, but the true revelation that she sees is the kind of effect he has on both the students and the faculty of the Camanche School District.

”In the years he’s been here, Nate has made these awesome relationships with the teachers and students in both the high school and middle school,” she said. “It’s really neat to see this all come full circle with everyone who’s involved.”

Because of those relationships, he was received with an outpouring of support when he finished writing the who-done-it ghost mystery and opened the play up for auditions, an audition process that Westrum said wasn’t as selective as his may have been.

”Nate picked out the costumes he thought represented the characters he created and just handed them out to the kids who volunteered at the audition,” Westrum said. “If the costume fit, the student was cast.”

While Westrum has been impressed with Nate’s commitment and dedication to putting on the production, he has also been impressed with the way the cast has embraced the story-line and the director’s strict guidelines.

He added that having the opportunity to work with Nate has been an eye-opening experience for many of his Thespian students.

”The students all have a really great attitude and a high level of patience with our director,” Westrum said.

Not only have those students dedicated three weeks of their time to making Nate’s vision a reality, they also helped come up with an idea for the proceeds of the play. Instead of going back into the school’s theater budget as is typical with the department’s regular productions, the group instead suggested all the money earned at the play’s one-night-only showing be donated to the Camanche schools’ Special Olympics team.

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