URI Theatre to hold auditions Feb. 6, 7

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KINGSTON, R.I. –January 29, 2007 – The University of Rhode Island’s Theatre Department announces its upcoming audition dates for Pride and Prejudice, the last play of this year’s season. Auditions are open to the public.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s masterpiece, depicts events, society and romance circa 1813, is captured in Jon Jory’s lively dramatic adaptation. The five Bennet sisters, through their individual personalities, relationship to one another, their parents, societal acquaintances from all classes and finally their love interests reveal the manners and mores, the wit, pangs of the heart and the spunk of Austen’s engaging characters. By law, the Bennet women cannot inherit their father’s estate and so their task of finding a suitable mate rests not only with them, but with their loving and ingenious parents. The misunderstandings of a most attractive Elizabeth Bennet and her nemesis, the equally attractive, but mysterious Mr. Darcy becomes an intriguing dance of pride and prejudice in this many layered romantic comedy.

To sign up for an audition, call the URI Theatre Department at 874-5921 or sign up outside the theater office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center. Here are the details:

Audition Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 to 11 p.m.

G Studio, Fine Arts Center

Callbacks: Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 11 p.m.

G Studio, Fine Arts Center – please arrive

10 minutes early prepared to read sides.

Needed: Nine women and seven men.

Prepare: Please come prepared with either of the following:

1) A 1-to 2-minute monologue from plays of this era (Regency/Empire) expressing ideas and feelings in the language of the time.

2) An excerpt of material from one of Jane Austen’s other works (Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility), demonstrating the ability to handle the language and decorum.

The play will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre, Fine Arts Center

April 19 to 21, 26 to 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, URI faculty and staff, and $8 for students. For reservations, call the box office at 401-874-5843 and for additional information, please call 401-874-5921.