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Auditions set for UIS spring production of Fifth of July

January 31, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold open auditions for its spring production, the comedy-drama Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 13, and Monday, February 14, in the Studio Theatre, located on level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. Call-backs will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15.

Auditions for eight roles – four men and four 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,” 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.  Scripts are available for 24 hour check-out, with a $10 cash only returnable deposit, from the Communication Program office in University Hall 3010.

Fifth of July tells the story of a group of old friends – former student activists – and the changes in their lives and attitudes in the years since college. The action takes place in the farmhouse home of Ken, who lost his legs in the Vietnam war, and his lover, Jed. Other cast members are Ken’s sister, June; her teenage daughter; Gwen, a hard-drinking, pill-popping heiress and rock star wannabe; Gwen’s husband/manager, John; and Ken’s Aunt Sally, who has come to the farm to scatter her late husband’s ashes. Their interactions revolve around lost hopes and dreams and the bitterness that one must overcome in order to see the good in life.

Thibodeaux-Thompson noted that rehearsals will last approximately six weeks and will generally be scheduled for Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 or 11 p.m. The play will be presented April 1-3 and 8-10 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 at (217) 206-6613 or ethib1@uis.edu, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.

 

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