Auditions beginning for University Theatre productions
Posted: 08/29/2000
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Auditions for the upcoming season at The University of Texas-Pan American University Theatre are now underway.

The first show of the main stage season is Arthur Miller's classic, "The Crucible," Oct. 25-29. Auditions are scheduled for Sept. 7-8 at 7 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Room 107 (the studio theatre). People may read directly from the script or use a prepared monologue. The monologue should be a 20th century play, not a period piece.

People in every age category are needed, from high school students to senior citizens. Area former theatre majors also are invited, as the play is the centerpiece of October's theatre reunion.

Casting is already complete for "Elizabeth and Robert." Author Dr. James Hawley and Alice Hawley are presenting this two-character original play Dec. 6-10 as a tribute to famous British poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

The third show of the season, Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods," Feb. 21-25, is a large musical done in cooperation with the Department of Music. Auditions are planned for Nov. 14-15 at 7 p.m. in the studio theatre for this play featuring Grimm's fairy tales characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Wicked Witch and others.

People interested in auditioning should be at least high school age, though the part of Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk could be played by a younger male. Strong voices are sought, and auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song from a Broadway musical and stay within Sondheim's song writing style (rock, gospel, rap and country not accepted). The song should be a ballad or up-tempo number, and an accompanist is available for those bringing their own sheet music.

For more information, contact the box office at 956/381-3581 or Dr. Marian Monta, director of the University Theatre, at 381-3586 or by e-mail at