Clinton Showboat Theatre Presents: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

I have the great honor again this year of documenting the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's summer line-up of productions here in Clinton, Iowa. 2018 was my first year to ever try my hand at production photography. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into, but it ended up being one of my most fun photo projects to date! I was thrilled to be asked again this year, especially because of the British theme…(ie. The Who’s Tommy will be here!) And so many other awesome musicals will be performed over the next couple of months and I can’t wait to see and photograph every one of them!

The season kicked off with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” I really hope you had a chance to see it because it was phenomenal! Honestly one of the best I’ve seen so far. It was FULL of action…my trigger finger was literally sore the next day haha! I also caught myself laughing on several occasions. I’m sure that’s not a problem…I’m just used to being discrete as a photographer, but I couldn’t help myself!

Next up will be Blithe Spirit, premiering on June 20th. The description from their website reads, “Chaos ensues when the dead wife of novelist Charles Condomime, Elvira, is accidentally summoned during a seance and begins to haunt him and his new wife, Ruth. In classic Noel Coward style, this uproarious comedy is sure to delight.”

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, be sure to stop in at the showboat asap to claim your seat! It sounds like a riot; you will not be disappointed!

And now, a few of my favorite shots from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

6 Local Places to Take Your Toddler


If you're looking for something fun to do with your little one, read on! 


If you have toddlers at home, you know as well as I do that they need to get out of the house! My kids have been bouncing off the walls and gave a whole new meaning to the phrase stir crazy! I've found so many fun toddler activities to do locally. Most of these are in Clinton since that's where we live, but I'd love to hear more ideas in the Quad Cities if you have them!

Check out this list of toddler-specific programs I put together, all geared toward getting your toddler to think, play, socialize, and learn!    

  • Discovery Center (Clinton, IA)
    Funtime Fridays are every Friday from 10:00-11:00AM. The kids can learn and play, read stories, and have a blast! Discovery Center members get in free, otherwise admission is $4 per person (children under 2 are free). If you haven't been here before, it's definitely worth exploring! There is so much for kids to do; both of my boys love it! 
  • Sawmill Museum (Clinton, IA)
    An early childhood play group gets together here on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00Am to play, sing, craft, and have fun! It's free from 10-11, and if you'd like admission to the museum it's only $4 for adults, $3 for children 4-12 and kids 3 and under are free. This program goes through the end of May, so you still have another month to play before they take a break for the Summer. 
  • Clinton Public Library (Clinton, IA)
    Story time for toddlers is on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00AM, they're on a short break but will be back in June. We love books in our family so this is a really awesome program for us! They're not strict at all, the kids can listen to the stories or wander and explore. And another perk, it's free! 
  • YWCA Swimming Pool (Clinton, IA)
    Toddler Time is from 10:30-11:30AM on Wednesdays & Thursdays through June! Dates/times may change with the Summer hours and I'm not sure yet what they'll be. Members are free or you can pick up a day pass for $5 per day per person, $15 per family, 3yrs and under are free.
  • Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley, IL) -
    Zoo Tots is typically on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:30-10:30AM. The price is $12 per adult/child pair (or $6 for members) and includes admission to the zoo! This fun, one hour program is for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. At each Zoo Tots session, you'll make a craft, do fun learning activities, and get up close with an animal. I haven't personally attended this one yet, but I may be more excited to go than the kids are!
  • Family Museum (Bettendorf, IA)
    The Family museum is so much fun! They have several drop-in classes throughout the week, such as Music in Motion & open playtime (Monday/Thursday 9:15-11:00AM), Tiny Tot Clay art class (Tuesday 9:30-10:30AM), and Listen and Learn Playtime (Wednesday 9:30-11:00AM). The price is $8 for admission, children under 2 and members are free. I definitely recommend checking out their website for even more awesome activities to keep your littles busy!   

So as you can see, there are tons of things to do out of the house for these little humans to keep busy. It's been a long Winter and with the nice weather comes the added benefit of outdoor entertainment, parks, and sunshine! But for those unavoidable rainy days ahead, keep some of these great local options in mind.