Thursday, January 14, 2016

UIS Theatre to hold open auditions for upcoming performances of "Distracted" by Lisa Loomer

The Theatre program at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS Theatre) will hold open auditions and crew interviews for their upcoming production of Distracted by Lisa Loomer on Sun., Jan. 24 and Mon., Jan. 25 in The Studio Theatre at UIS.

Crew interviews will begin at 6 p.m., followed by auditions at 7 p.m. both nights. Roles and crew positions are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Roles are available for three men and six women with some flexibility and doubling possible. Callbacks will take place on Tues., Jan. 26.

In Distracted, 9-year-old Jesse can’t focus at school, can’t sit still, and 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.

UIS Associate Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct Distracted, which runs April 22-24 and 28-30, 2016.

For more information on the production, contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307 or You can also visit the UIS Theatre website at

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