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Auditions set for next two productions at UIS

October 16, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold open auditions for two spring productions – As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane and Two Rooms by Lee Blessing – on Sunday, November 12, and Monday, November 13. Auditions are for both plays and both sessions will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. (actors are encouraged to arrive at 7) in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Auditions are open to anyone, with or without experience, and will consist of unrehearsed readings from the script. Actors should dress comfortably; pictures, resumes, and brief prepared monologues are welcome, but not required. Anyone interested in opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with stage managing, lighting, sound, costumes, or props is also welcome to attend.

Call-backs for Two Rooms will be Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. Call-backs for As Bees in Honey Drown will be Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m.

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As Bees in Honey Drown is a "dark comic mystery" about the search for celebrity. Set in Manhattan, Bees follows the trail of a mysterious socialite and a young author savoring the success of his first novel. As this mysterious woman attempts to lure him into writing her life story – for a possible film – the young man finds himself caught up in the whirlwind of fame, instant success, and things that are not always as they seem. UIS Director of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct. Rehearsals start January 14. Production dates are March 2-4 and 8-10.

Called "poetic, moving, relevant, and profound," Two Rooms is a hostage drama set in the Middle East that illuminates both the agony of the detained as well as the helplessness of those left behind. Guest director will be Leigh Steiner. The production will coincide with the Alumni Association's Arts Night at UIS and will feature Eric and Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson performing alongside two students. Rehearsals start in early March.  Production dates (one weekend only) are April 13-15.

A limited number of scripts are now available for 24-hour checkout ($10 returnable cash-only deposit) from the Communication program office in University Hall, room 3010, phone 206-6790. Copies are also on reserve at the circulation desk in UIS' Brookens Library.

For more information about auditions, the plays, or the theatre program at UIS, go to www.uis.edu/theatre, or contact either Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at ethib1@uis.edu, or Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-8307 or by e-mail at mthom1@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.