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Aug. 18, 2006

UI Department Of Theatre Arts Holds Public Auditions For Upcoming Productions

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold public auditions for a dozen upcoming productions Aug. 24-27 in the UI Theatre Building.

General auditions will be 7-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24-25, with callbacks on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27.

Audition time slots may be reserved on the main callboard in the north hallway of the Theatre Building. Walk-ins may sign up for the waiting list at the auditions.

Productions to be cast include the University Theatres Mainstage production of "Red Noses," "Tall Grass Gothic" and "Into the Woods," as well as a variety of other productions, including student-written and -directed plays. Descriptions of the individual plays will be posted on the callboards, and perusal scripts will be available in the Theatre main office starting Aug. 21.

No affiliation with the theater department or the UI is required to participate in UI theater productions. Actors of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to audition. The department observes a policy of color-blind casting. Actors from the community may call David McGraw, 319-335-3906, to schedule an audition slot.

Auditioners for non-musicals should prepare one or two monologues, totaling no more than three minutes.

For the musical "Into the Woods" auditioners should be prepared to sing up to 32 bars of a song, and to present a one to two-minute monologue.

Auditioners are encouraged to bring a headshot or recent photo, or instant photos may be purchased for $1.25.

Judy Leigh-Johnson, voice instructor for the department, will lead an audition workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The workshop will explain the audition process and provide information on how to prepare for auditions.

For more information, contact McGraw by phone, or by email at

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,

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