CLINTON — The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s 25th anniversary season will bring a cast of talented professionals to town. A number of locals are joining the company this summer as well. Sandee Cunningham, Laurel Decker, Julia Mitchell, and Taylor Wiebers have graced the Showboat stage for many years. Clinton area locals John Barger, Ian Black, Catherine Cole, Megan Collins, Haley Courter, Nick Divarco, Kris Doss, Emily Eisenman, Alex Fenzel, Marisa Matzen, Cole Rauch and Justin Tegeler also will add their talents this season.

Producing Artistic Director and Showboat veteran Patrick Stinson has lined up a professional cast to work with the area locals.

Nicole Horton will be returning this summer. She also will serve as intern director working with 11 local high school students through the entire summer. Joining her is Joshua Sohn, who is new to the Showboat this summer and hails from California. He will be performing in every main stage show this season. He will finish his degree in Musical Theater next year at Oklahoma City University.

Showboat alum and local Jalayne Riewerts returns to the stage after a hiatus to perform in Las Vegas' production of “Hats!”

Rob Engelson, Ashford University professor and local favorite, will edify roles in “Death Defying Acts,” “Singing in the Rain” and “Biloxi Blues.”

Dale Hawes, a professional actor and director from Chicago, will be joining the ranks of the Showboat this summer.

Claire Barnhart, a student at the University of Iowa from Yorkville, Ill., will perform in four of the mainstage shows.

Joining the local cast will be a 15-member children’s choir for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” This choir hosts kids aged 8 to 14 from the Clinton area. The CAST 2009 season includes “The Last 5 Years,” “Death Defying Acts,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets can be purchased at the Showboat box office at 303 Riverview Drive in Clinton, by phone at 242-6760, at the Wild Rose Casino or online at www.clintonshowboat.org.

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