The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 30, 2013

Showboat to conduct performance


Several local women who have been in a number of Showboat productions are playing multiple roles in “A Christmas Carol.” Dorothy Farach is Mrs. Fezziwig. Mary Pirch is the schoolmistress and charwoman. Laurel Decker is Mrs. Cratchit and the laundress.

The cast also includes a number of young people. Tiny Tim is played by Elijah Rodney, who participated in Camp Rock Around the Clock last summer, and is a student at Unity Christian School in Fulton, Ill.

Former Showboat interns joining the cast are: Emma Van Zuiden and Cassie Van Zuiden, both students at Fulton High School, and Erin Hardigan who is home-schooled in Clinton. Students from Clinton High include senior Jeff Rickerl, juniors James Shemwell and Rachel Winter, and sophomores Danica Smith and Nick Wolfe.

Madi Jachino is from Lyons Middle School and Abbigayle Kuster and Liv Clark attend Washington Middle School. Noah Schurbon and Jaxon Gerken are students at Eagle Heights.

There will be Showboat 2014 season passes for sale at the door, as well as two-ticket gift passes. A silent auction fundraiser will also take place during the shows.

The summer season will include: “The Taffetas,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wonderful Town,” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Local auditions for the 2014 Summer Season will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ashford University’s Mullany Theatre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are roles available for performers of all ages, including roles for children. Those auditioning can show up anytime between those hours. People interested in auditioning should prepare 32 bars of a song from the musical theater canon. An accompanist will be provided, but auditioners should bring sheet music for their song. Children in seventh grade or below may sing a song from “The Wizard of Oz,” a cappella (without piano accompaniment).

Applicants will not be required to dance, but may be asked to read from a script or learn a short musical selection from one of the shows. Those interested in auditioning for the intern program (teen summer intensive for those currently in eighth through 12th grade) may either sing or present a 30-second monologue. For more information, email

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