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Ohio University Eastern Theatre holds auditions for fall production

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2005) -- The Theatre Department of Ohio University Eastern Campus announces open community auditions for its upcoming production of A. R. Gurney's play "What I Did Last Summer." Auditions are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Shannon Hall Theater.

The setting is a well to do vacation colony on the shores of Lake Erie, the time is 1945, during the final days of World War II. Charlie, a rebellious fourteen year old, is summering with his mother and sister (his father is fighting in the Pacific) before going off to an expensive boarding school in the fall. He takes a summer job as a handyman for an iconoclastic, bohemian art teacher, Anna Trumbull. During the summer, Charlie is exposed to "radical" ideas on education and society, which eventually lead to a confrontation with his conservative mother. The clash of philosophies leads to a growing self awareness in Charlie and gives the audience a glimpse of the man he may become.

According to The London Stage, "The play is warm, touching and humorous, with something to say about the conflict between materialism and idealism which is so basic to the American dream."

Roles are available for two men, ages 16 to 25, and four women, ages 16 to 55. Auditions are open to all area community members and no previous acting experience is required. Performance dates are Nov. 3 to 5 and 10 to 12.

Scripts will be available one hour before auditions. Anyone unable to make the listed audition times or anyone wishing more information should contact Dennis Fox at (740) 699-2340.

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