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May 9, 2013

CAST gearing up for shows, season of education

CLINTON — While many are aware the Clinton Area Showboat has been providing professional summer stock theater for many years, organizers say that what is perhaps less commonly known is that one of the non-profit CAST organization’s goals is to share theater education with the greater Clinton area.

From patrons enjoying plays and musicals and local actors who share the stage, to high school interns and children attending theater camp, the Showboat provides learning opportunities for people of all ages.

The intern program provides high school-aged students the opportunity to learn by participation in all aspects of the theater arts. They work with professional actors and technical directors in mainstage shows, helping with set-building, lighting, costuming as well as learning their lines, dancing and singing.

“The intern program is what attracted me to the Showboat my first summer in Clinton, when I served as the education director in 2010,” states Producing Artistic Director Tommy Iafrate. “It’s an excellent program that gives young artists invaluable learning experiences in a professional venue before heading to college. I love seeing the interns begin to consider their long-term artistic goals and the journey that will take them there at such a young age. It makes me wish I had the opportunity to participate in such a program when I was a teenager.”

This summer’s intern class will be under the direction of Rachael Swartz, a third year M.F.A. Performance candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi. She hopes to dedicate her professional career to the development of education and community outreach programs.

The 2013 intern group will include 19 young people from many area communities. Haley Appel will be a junior at West Carroll High School. Matt Espey is an upcoming junior at Clinton High School. Hailey Goble is excited to be an intern for the first time at the Showboat. She will be a senior at Camanche High School. Erin Hardigan has been home-schooled and is a resident of Clinton. Siara Hawk is an upcoming senior at Fulton High School.

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