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Release: March 1, 2002

UI Department of Theatre Arts holds festival auditions

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold auditions for the Iowa New Play Festival productions on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre Building. The Iowa New Play Festival, featuring new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, will take place May 6-11, and rehearsals will begin in late March.

More than 50 roles -- including some singing roles -- are available for the festival’s productions and readings. General auditions will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday evening and 1-4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with singing auditions beginning at 4 p.m. March 9. Those who audition for singing parts must also go through the general auditions.

Audition sign-up sheets are posted on the Theatre Building call board.

Auditioners will be asked to read from festival scripts, and need not prepare an audition piece. Singers should prepare a song and bring sheet music in the correct key -- a piano and accompanist will be provided. Auditioners who have a headshot and current resume should submit a copy of each.

Affiliation with the Department of Theatre Arts or the UI is not required to participate in Iowa New Play Festival productions.

For additional information about the auditions and the festival, contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.