Spring 2020Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Auditions and Crew Interviews: January 21 and 22, 2020

Callbacks: January 23, 2020

One may attend either Tuesday,  January 21 or Wednesday,  January 22 for one or both of the following times:

6:00pm     Open Crew Interviews

7:00pm     Open Auditions

Please Note: Prepared 1 min Shakespeare monologues (in verse or prose) are appreciated but not mandatory.  Auditions will chiefly consist of cold readings from the script. Headshots/Resumes are also appreciated, but also not mandatory.  A limited number of scripts will soon be available for checkout from the main/front desk in Brookens Library, here on the UIS campus.

Performances: April 17, 18, 19 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & April 23, 24, 25 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2020

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m.

One of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT employs mistaken identity, misguided love, and mistreatment of a pompous servant. The following is from the Folger Shakespeare Library: “After the twins Sebastian and Viola survive a shipwreck, neither knows that the other is alive. Viola goes into service with Count Orsino…, disguised as a young man, “Cesario.” Orsino sends Cesario to woo the Lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Viola, in the meantime, has fallen in love with Orsino.”

Meanwhile, Olivia’s kinsman, Sir Toby Belch, along with his friends, make fun of Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, by playing a sinister joke on him. Unbeknownst to Viola, her brother Sebastian has been rescued, and Olivia mistakes Sebastian for Cesario (Viola’s disguise!). By play’s end, Malvolio vows revenge on Sir Toby and his gang, while the mistaken identities are revealed, and 2 couples head towards marriage.

CAST: FLEXIBLE – “gender blind” casting will be employed when possible. minimum of 4 women, 7 men

Those Interested in Working Backstage

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend one night of these auditions, fill out an audition form, and indicate the area of interest backstage. The production team will take a few minutes to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.


Please fill out an audition form when you arrive prior to the auditions start time. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and headshots/resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS THEATRE invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for backstage work for one of our upcoming productions. Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production. UIS Theatre strives to have our productions reflect the diversity of our world. As such, actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identifications, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to audition for all of our productions.