PASS set to begin 30th season at UTPA
Contact: Dr. Marian Monta, University Theatre 956/381-3586 or 383-6387
Posted: 04/24/2002
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The 30th season of Pan American Summer Stock (PASS) Theatre begins this summer at The University of Texas-Pan American, and three modern comedies are planned for the first summer session.

All shows will be performed at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre on the west side of campus in the Communication Arts and Science Building.

Directors Jack Stanley and Pat McEnnis have set open auditions for Thursday and Friday, May 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Communication Arts and Science Building. Stanley will direct "Comic Potential" by Alan Ayckbourn from June 20-23, and McEnnis has selected "Lost in Yonkers" by Neil Simon for June 27-30.

Auditions are open to everyone, and rehearsals will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Stanley is looking for young and middle-aged adults who have excellent comic timing. "Lost in Yonkers" requires two teen-age boys, a young woman, two men in their 30s and a grandmother.

Director Albert Garza will hold auditions for "Latina" by Milcha Sanchez Scott at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3. A large cast, particularly women of every age over 16, is needed for this production, which runs from July 4-7.

Scripts will not be available at the theatre until the actual auditions. However, copies of the plays are available in most public libraries.

Actors may read cold or prepare audition material of their own.

Due to the nature of the plays, no children under third grade will be admitted to the performances.

In the summer of 1973, the three new theatre faculty members at UTPA - Doug Cummins, Jim Hawley and Marian Monta - got the idea of starting a summer stock company on campus. Its purpose was to provide students who could not afford to leave home the intensive hands-on experience stock companies provide.

They designed a six-semester hour course to produces the plays and offered it on three levels: entry, upper class and graduate. Today, PASS is one of the oldest continually operating summer stock companies in the nation. The class, Summer Theatre Workshop, is still a popular summer offering.

Tickets for the three performances are $5 for general admission and $10 for reserved seats. UTPA students, faculty and staff get two free admissions with each ID. Non-UTPA students and faculty can get general admission tickets for $3 by showing their IDs at the box office.

A yearlong subscription for all seven University Theatre 2002-2003 shows is available for $50, a savings of $20 over individual tickets.

Anyone wanting more information or a season brochure may call 956/381-3581.