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Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

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This Year



Auditions set for UIS Theater’s season opener

August 27, 2003

SPRINGFIELD – The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present two plays for its 2003-2004 season – Proof, the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama by David Auburn (November 14-16 and 21-23), and Noel Coward’s comedy Hay Fever (April 9-10 and 15-18).

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater, notes that anyone with an interest in theater is encouraged to contact him to learn about opportunities to get involved, both on stage and behind the scenes in such areas as stage managing, costumes, and props.

“We have another exciting season planned,” he added, “and we look forward to having everyone join us for great nights in the theater this year.”

Auditions for the fall production of Proof – open to all UIS students, faculty, and staff as well as to the Springfield community – are scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 14, and Monday, September 15, in the Studio Theatre, located on level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The process will consist of unrehearsed readings from the script. Actors are welcome to bring pictures and resumes, but they are not required. Roles to be cast are sisters Catherine and Claire (mid to late 20s); Robert, their father (50s); and Hal (late 20s).

“Compelling…smart and compassionate,” Proof tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for Robert, her brilliant but unstable father who was also a famous mathematician. Following Robert’s death, Catherine is left to deal with her own emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, one of her father’s former students. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – has she inherited?

The spring production, Hay Fever, was first produced in 1925 and was one of Coward’s earliest hits. The story unfolds over a long weekend at the home of the Bliss family in the English countryside. Each member of the family has invited a guest down for a relaxing weekend, unaware that everyone else has done the same. A comedy of manners, Hay Fever has been hailed as “a celebration of the sheer joy of behaving badly.”

For more information about auditions, the plays, or the theater program at UIS, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at