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Auditions set for UIS Theater’s season opener

August 30, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Auditions for Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, the first production in the 2005-2006 season of the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, September 18 and 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. All UIS students and members of the public are invited to participate.

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater, encourages anyone with an interest in theater, even those with no previous experience, to contact him for opportunities to get involved, both on stage and behind the scenes in such areas as stage managing, lighting, sound, costumes, and props.

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“We have another exciting season planned,” he added, “and we look forward to having everyone join us.”

This year UIS Theatre will, for the first time, feature three productions: Oedipus (Nov. 4-6 and 11-13), Student Directed Scenes (Dec. 9-11), and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (April 13-15 and 21-23).

Auditions for Oedipus the King will consist of unrehearsed readings from the script.  Actors can come to either session and should dress comfortably. Pictures, resumes, and brief prepared monologues are welcome, but not required. There are parts for: Oedipus, king of Thebes; Jocasta, wife of Oedipus; Creon, brother of Jocasta; Tiresias, a blind prophet; Antigone; Ismene; a priest of Zeus; a chorus of Theban citizens; a messenger from Corinth; an old shepherd; a palace official; palace attendants and servants; and a boy. 

Call-backs will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, in the same location.

The winter production, Student Directed Scenes, a first for the Theatre Program, will present lighthearted scenes by contemporary American playwrights as directed by students in the fall semester course Directing for the Theatre.

The spring production, Hedda Gabler, is one of Ibsen’s finest plays. Set in a 19th century Norwegian town, the play illustrates why Ibsen, a feminist ahead of his time, is often called the “father of modern drama.”

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 ethib1@uis.edu or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.



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