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Auditions set for UIS spring production, Hay Fever

January 22, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold open auditions for its spring production, Hay Fever by Noel Coward, at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, and Monday, February 23, in the Studio Theatre, located on level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Auditions for nine roles - four men and five women - are open to anyone, with or without experience, said Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, director of theater at UIS.

"For the auditions, actors should dress comfortably, be ready to move and do cold readings from the script, and be prepared to try a standard British dialect," said Thibodeaux-Thompson. "They should also be prepared to have fun." He added that pictures and resumes, as well as prepared one-minute modern monologues are appreciated, but not mandatory.

First produced in 1925, Hay Fever is a comedy of manners set in the English country home of the ultra-Bohemian Bliss family. The mother is a retired actress who makes a crisis out of every scene. The father is a novelist. Their daughter and son are handsome but ill-mannered. Each member of the family has invited a guest for the weekend, unaware that everyone else has done the same.

Thibodeaux-Thompson noted that rehearsals will last approximately six weeks and will generally be scheduled for Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The play will be presented April 9-10 and 15-18, 2004, at UIS.

For more information about auditions, the play, or helping behind the scenes with such things as costumes, props, and stage-managing, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson in the UIS Theatre department at (217) 206-6613 or ethib1@uis.edu.

 

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