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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEWS SERVICES
210 Pittsboro Street, Campus Box 6210
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-6210
(919) 962-2091   FAX: (919) 962-2279


Not for publication

 March 18, 2004 -- No. 145

Feature stories, visuals available
in largest outdoor dramas audition

Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hanes Art Center, South Columbia Street
Hill Hall, behind Hanes, near East Franklin Street
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nearly 170 actors, singers and dancers will compete in the nation's largest combined outdoor drama auditions, vying for jobs in plays this summer ranging from North Carolina’s "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island to "Lone Star Rising" in Amarillo, Texas. Media representatives are invited to cover the auditions, held annually by the Institute of Outdoor Drama, a public service agency at UNC.

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

Audition applications were due in advance, and registration is closed. Lunch will be from 1-2 p.m.

Representatives of 13 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 outlets' hometowns; what it takes to succeed in outdoor drama; whether these hopefuls include the next generation's 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 year's season in North Carolina; and the dramas' economic impact on the state.

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, or, to find him on site, request help from audition staff members, who will be in red T-shirts.

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