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Auditions set for UIS Theater’s season opener

September 7, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present two plays for its 2004-2005 season – View of the Dome by Theresa Rebeck (November 5-7 and 12-14), and Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson (April 1-3 and 8-10).

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, costumes, and props.

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

Two audition sessions for the fall production, View of the Dome – 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 19, and Monday, September 20, 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, copies of which are available for 24-hour check-out ($10 cash only returnable deposit) from the Communication program office in University Hall room 3010.  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 five men and two to three women.

Callbacks will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, in the Studio Theatre. Rehearsals will generally be scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays for approximately six weeks.

Written in 1995, View of the Dome is a “comedy which takes a very sober look at the political corruption, ingratitude, and revenge that too often play a role in American politics,” noted Thibodeaux-Thompson. The story concerns Emma, an idealistic young Washington attorney, who persuades her former law professor to run for Congress. The professor is subsequently drawn into a powerful insiders’ circle and when Emma is publicly snubbed, her hurt feelings cause her to promote a sex scandal.  This quickly puts her at the center as morality, idealism, righteousness, and government collide. (Synopsis of the play taken from the 2003 Samuel French, Inc. Basic Catalogue of Plays and Musicals.)

“The spring production, Fifth of July, is a comedy/drama that has been called ‘alternately funny and moving,’” said Thibodeaux-Thompson. The story deals with a group of former college activists and the changes that have taken place in their lives and attitudes when they are reunited years later.  (Synopsis taken from the 2003-2004 Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Catalogue of Plays.)

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
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