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For immediate use

March 20, 2002 -- No. 163

Feature stories, visuals available in largest outdoor dramas audition

Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hanes Art Center, South Columbia Street
Hill Hall, behind the center, off East Franklin Street
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nearly 150 actors, singers and dancers will compete in the nationís largest combined outdoor drama auditions, vying for jobs in plays this summer ranging from North Carolinaís "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island to "Texas" in Canyon, Texas. Media representatives are invited to cover the auditions, held annually by the Institute of Outdoor Drama, a public service headquartered at UNC.

Representatives of 15 outdoor theatres from North Carolina and across the country will view auditions and choose cast members. They also will interview candidates for jobs in sound, lighting, special effects and stunt work.

Possible story angles: Aspiring actors and actresses from media outletsí hometowns; what it takes to succeed in outdoor drama; whether these hopefuls include the next generationís Andy Griffiths, Racquel Welches and Denzel Washingtons, to name just a few of the famous actors who got their start in outdoor dramas; the quirkiest stunt or theater technician jobs to be filled; previewing this yearís season in North Carolina; and the dramasí economic impact on the state.

Visuals, sound: Photographers may use their own lights to cover dance auditions -- the most visual event of the day -- from 2 to 3 p.m. in Hill Hall. Lights or flashes may not be used to film acting or singing auditions, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Acting will be in Hanes; singing, in Hill. Coverage must not disrupt candidatesí concentration and jeopardize their chances. Depending on these concerns and candidatesí permission, prospects for good audio and video should be excellent.

On-site contact: Institute of Outdoor Drama Director Scott J. Parker will be available for print and broadcast interviews. Contact Parker this week at (919) 962-1328.

Important note: Audition applications were due in advance, and registration is closed.

Parking: Broadcasters with heavy equipment may unload in front of Hanes Art Center before parking vehicles. Parking should be available in the Swain and Hanes lots off Cameron Avenue.

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News Services contacts: L.J. Toler, print, (919) 962-8589; Karen Moon, broadcast, (919) 962-8595