This season seems like it came and went extremely fast. One day we were rehearsing for The Last 5 Years and then all of a sudden Joseph was closing. I think I learned a lot this summer about management and planning and I hope to utilize that next season and in my other directorial endeavors. Some other highlights of the season has to be working with Kate Hennies. I am so happy she decided to come to the boat and use her talents to bring some great music to Clinton. I hope to have her back at the boat some day or perhaps work with her somewhere else as well. We had all fine actors: Josh, Nicole, Claire, Dale…well everyone. Our staff was also great..I hope to work with Shannan, our PSM, many more times. I think the most rewarding part of the process for the summer was working on Joseph and making something new out of an overdone piece. The process of collaborating with the different departments and creating a way to envision the show was something special. I hope we are able to do more things like that and perhaps make the theatre known for stepping outside of the box or in the least creating good artistic theatre. (there is video of the Joseph process on the video page if you want to take a look at it)
[singlepic=5,240,180,,left]As the new Artistic Director at the showboat, Patrick has directed and designed that classic tale of Ralphie’s quest to obtain an official legendary Red Ryder….BB Gun. The cast consisted of mostly local actors from the Clinton, IA area. The show’s set consisted of a dual level house and an outside area for the famous chase scenes. Also a custom slide highlights the visit to santa. The children in the show reached new levels of acting and were able to create characters that had some of the movie’s flair along with making unique choices for this production. The play overall was a success for the showboat and they anticipate more holiday shows in the future and a successful summer season.
[singlepic=3,240,160,,right]After working on and off for 12 years at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre in Clinton, Iowa, Patrick has been named the producing artistic director. Patrick has performed in over 20 shows at the showbaot and directed 10. He has also run the intern program. Patrick believes that the showboat is a treasure in the community of Clinton and hopes to bring quality professional theatre to Iowa’s east coast.