The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 30, 2013

Showboat to conduct performance

CLINTON — The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will offer a community production of “A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens and adapted by former CAST director Jay Berkow.

The tale of Scrooge, whose hard heart is eventually softened by the innocence of Tiny Tim, will be brought to life by local talent from around the community.

Performances will be at Ashford University’s Mullany Theatre on Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 8, 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are general admission at $15 (age 12 and younger $5) and are available at the door.

Clinton native Kris Doss is directing “A Christmas Carol.” He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Dubuque, has performed in a number of Showboat productions and was last summer’s Box Office Manager for CAST.

“We’re telling the same beloved tale, but setting the show in depression era New York City. The emphasis will be on the actors telling the story,” Doss said.

Brandon Winter, also a graduate of University of Dubuque, will help as Production Stage Manager, assisted by Sydney Cronin. Music direction is provided by Matt Engelson, who is currently student teaching at Northeast Elementary. Engelson will also play several roles in the show, including Ghost 3. Showboat Board member Sue Markel is in charge of costuming.

Ebenezer Scrooge is being brought to life by Peter Sickels, who is a priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Clinton. Although this is his first performance with CAST, he has performed with the Princeton Players.

The role of Bob Cratchit is played by Patrick Query, who works in special education at Clinton High School. Paul Hopkins, a music teacher at Northeast Elementary, shares his talents as a number of characters, including Fezziwig, Topper and Old Joe. The ghost of Jacob Marley is played by local dentist Steve Decker, in his first role with CAST.

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