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Media Advisory

Not for publication

March 16, 2005 -- No. 104

For photo availability and a link to names,
towns of dramas participating, see end of release.

Feature stories, visuals available
in largest outdoor dramas audition

Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hanes Art Center, South Columbia Street
Hill Hall, behind Hanes, near East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill

Nearly 185 actors, singers and dancers will compete in the nation's largest combined outdoor drama auditions, vying for jobs in plays this summer ranging from the oldest drama, North Carolina’s "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island, to the newest, "Johnny Appleseed," near Mifflin, Ohio.

Prospective technicians will be interviewed. Those include stunt and combat professionals, pyrotechnicians, horseback riders and staff skilled in design, lighting, sound and special effects.

Representatives of 13 outdoor theatres from North Carolina and across the country will view auditions and choose cast and staff members.

Media representatives are invited to cover the auditions, held annually by the Institute of Outdoor Drama, a public service agency at UNC. Audition applications were due in advance; registration is closed.

Prospects for good audio and video should be excellent.

"Exuberance will be the name of the game as actors, singers, dancers and others vie for the attention of casting directors," said Scott J. Parker, institute director. "Candidates must possess the stamina for long-running productions, the ability to shine in each performance night after night, and an appeal that delights a broad cross section of the American public."

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.

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, Goldie Hawns 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: Parker will be available for interviews. Contact him this week at 919-962-1328, or, to find him on site Saturday, 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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Outdoor drama companies seeking cast and staff members Saturday (March 19) are listed at http://www.unc.edu/depts/outdoor/auditions/companies05b.html

Photos: Photo URLs from the 2004 auditions:

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