August 31, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Shawnee State University Auditions Set for Fall Theater
Auditions for Alfred Uhry’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and
Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Kahl Studio Theatre.
The roles for
three males and four females are needed for the play that
will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and
Saturday, Nov. 13 in the Kahl Theatre.
have a two-minute memorized contemporary monologue from
existing theatre literature prepared for the audition.
Night of Ballyhoo” takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in
December of 1939. “Gone with the Wind” is having its world
premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's
elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is
going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.
concerned is the Freitag family, bachelor Adolph, his
widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed
sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy,
unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will
be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband.
The play was
the winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play and
described as a “delightful comedy freighted with an
uncomfortable message” by the New York Post. Uhry is also
author of “Driving Miss Daisy.”
information, contact associate professor John Huston, (740)
351-3335 or e-mail