SPRINGFIELD – The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold open auditions for the first production of its 2007-2008 season – William Inge's classic drama Picnic – on Sunday, September 9, and Monday, September 10, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, in the Studio Theatre, located on level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Call-backs will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11.
Auditions are open to anyone, with or without experience. "For the auditions, actors should dress comfortably, be ready to move and do cold readings from the script," said Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, who will direct. She added that headshots and resumes, as well as prepared, one-minute contemporary monologues are appreciated, but not mandatory.
Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize, Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint yards of two middle-aged widows – one who lives with her two grown daughters and a spinster boarder; and one who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. When a young man with problems of his own comes along, his presence is a serious disruption in this female atmosphere. (Information from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
Scripts are available for 24-hour checkout with a refundable $10 cash deposit, from the Communication/Theatre program office in UIS' University Hall, room 3010, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. A limited number of scripts will also be placed on reserve in UIS' Brookens Library.
Casting will be completed by September 14. Thibodeaux-Thompson noted that rehearsals will begin Sunday, September 16, lasting approximately six weeks and generally scheduled for Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. Production dates are October 26 through 28 and November 1 through 3.
UIS' 07-08 theatre season focuses on the theme "Mid-Century in Mid-America" and features works by such icons of the American theatre as Inge and Tennessee Williams.For more information about auditions, the play, or helping behind the scenes with such things as costumes, props, and stage-managing, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.