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University Theaters at UI holds public auditions Aug. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University Theatres at the University of Iowa will hold public auditions 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre Building. Callbacks will be posted in the Theatre Building on Friday, Aug. 29. Callback auditions will be held Aug. 29-30.

These auditions, along with auditions for theatre arts majors, will be used to select performers for all levels of productions throughout the academic year. Additional auditions will be held throughout the year, as needed, and special auditions will be held during the spring for the Iowa Playwrights Festival.

No affiliation with the UI Department of Theatre Arts or the UI is required to audition for University Theatres productions. Interested people of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to audition. University Theatres follows the principles of non-traditional casting.

An audition workshop, conducted by UI theatre arts faculty, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Theatre Building.

Auditioners should sign up in advance on the Theatre Building callboard. For the four-minute audition slot, each auditioner should prepare two monologues -- one from before 1900 and one from the 20th century. In addition, auditioners may choose to perform 6-8 measures of a song, bringing a cassette tape for accompaniment (a tape player will be provided) or a piano accompanist.

Each auditioner will be asked to fill out or submit a resume and a photo. Photos can be taken at the audition for a $1.25 fee.

Persons auditioning to University Theatres must be willing to commit not only to the scheduled performances but also to an extensive schedule of rehearsals.

For further information, including a compendium of audition hints, contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts at (319) 335-2700, or by fax at (319) 335-3568.