University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Theatre is excited to announce its production lineup for the 2015-16 academic year. In fall 2015, the program will present The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The spring 2016 production will be Distracted by Lisa Loomer.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 5-7, 2015 in the Studio Theatre, lower level of the Public Affairs Center. UIS Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct with scenic design by UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Dathan Powell.
Open auditions/crew interviews will be held Aug. 30-31, 2015 in The Studio Theatre. Callbacks will take place on Sept. 1. Auditions and crew positions are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Check www.uis.edu/theatre for updated times and information. Roles are available for 4 women and 5 men. Some of the crew positions available include stage management, props master, costume crew, sound designer, lighting crew and set construction.
In the Oscar Wilde play, Algernon Moncrieff (Algy) and Jack Worthing are young Englishmen who are both looking for a little excitement in their aristocratic lives. To this end, they have each invented alter egos, in order to call themselves away from high society doldrums. For Algy, there’s “Bunbury,” who requires constant attention and for Jack, there’s “Earnest,” a name he has adopted for escapes to London from the country. Enter Algy’s aunt, Lady Bracknell, and her daughter, Gwendolyn Fairfax—with whom Jack falls in love. As Jack labors to pass Lady Bracknell’s inspections, Algy has fallen in love with Jack’s ward, Cecily Cardew. Both Gwendolyn and Cecily reveal that any marriage-worthy suitor of theirs must first possess a confidence-inspiring name such as “Earnest.” What unfolds is a hilarious, yet perceptive and universal journey for the young men, as they learn who they really are in name and in character…all of which leads toward their final understanding of the vital importance of being “earnest.”
The spring production, Distracted will be performed April 22-24 and 28-30, 2016 in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center. UIS Associate Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct with scenic design by UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Dathan Powell. Open auditions/crew interviews will be held Jan. 24-25, 2016 in The Studio Theatre. Callbacks will take place on Jan. 26. Auditions and crew positions are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Check www.uis.edu/theatre for updated times and information.
In the play by Lisa Loomer, 9-year-old Jesse can’t focus at school, can’t sit still, can’t follow directions. Is Jesse simply a typical 9-year-old boy, or is he suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as his teacher suspects? Jesse’s parents clash over this potential diagnosis, their marriage suffers, and Mom struggles to find a solution amid various health professionals--one of whom wants to prescribe Ritalin. Neighbors and friends all seem to have their own diagnoses—and suggested solutions—none of which seem to work for Jesse and his parents.
Dramatists Play Service calls the play “a hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?”
The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.), $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff and $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card. Please note that a service charge, not included in the prices above, from Sangamon Auditorium will be added to each ticket price, at the time of purchase. To avoid a higher service charge, buying tickets in person at the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office is highly recommended.
For more information on the upcoming season, please visit the UIS Theatre website at www.uis.edu/theatre.