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Auditions set for UIS spring production of Hedda Gabler

January 23, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold open auditions for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama Hedda Gabler at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 19, and Monday, February 20, 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 21.

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Auditions 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 monologues from any Ibsen play are appreciated, but not mandatory. 

Ibsen was a feminist ahead of his time and this is one of his finest plays. Set in 19th century Norway, Hedda Gabler tells the story of quick-witted and energetic Hedda and her bland but stable husband, George. The newlyweds have just moved into their new home when a friend informs them that George’s professorship at the university might be in jeopardy.  As the play unfolds, everyone’s insecurities bubble up to the surface and Hedda must face her desire for a life lived beautifully and without compromise -- whatever the cost.

Casting will be completed by February 24.  Thibodeaux-Thompson noted that rehearsals, beginning Sunday, February 26, will last approximately six weeks and will generally be scheduled for Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m.  The play will be presented April 13-15 and 21-23 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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