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Auditions for Noel Coward's classic 1925 comedy Hay Fevertake place on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 22-23, at the UIS Studio Theatre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Callbacks are on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The show, about an eccentric family of British actors, will be directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, and is scheduled to run April 9-10 and 15-18. (For more information, call 206-6613 or see the UIS Web site at www.uis.edu).

Jacksonville Theatre Guild holds auditions Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. for the April production of the comedy See How They Run. Three women and six men are needed. Auditions will take place at the Guild office, 210 W. College (For info, call 245-1402).

Illinois College TheatreWorks stages The Importance of Being Earnest in a production directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson. It runs Feb. 26-29 in the Sibert Theatre of the McGaw Fine Arts Center on campus. Thibodeaux-Thompson (Eric's wife) directed Dimly Perceived Threats to the System last spring for Lincoln Land Community College and performed in STC's Over the River and Through the Woods. The Importance of Being Earnest was a huge hit for Oscar Wilde in 1895 and plays just as funny and clever today as it did more than a hundred years ago.

The Roxy Group is bringing back its production of Swingtime Canteen, the U.S.O.-style musical that played New Salem two years ago. The show runs Feb. 27-29 and March 5-6 on the mainstage at Center for the Arts and features Ann Collins, Liz Donathan, Lori Ann Fahnders, Amy Welch and Cynda Wrightsman. Audiences will remember the show's production at New Salem, which took place the weekend after 9/11. At the time, there had been talk of perhaps postponing it, but it was decided to go on with the show. Turned out, the World War II musical actually was just what we needed that week. (For tickets, call 753-6100.)

Springfield Theatre Centre is holding auditions for the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Holes, Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. Jason Goodreau is directing the show, which will run in May. Louis Sachar, who wrote the award-winning novel, has adapted the book for the stage himself and premiered in Seattle a year ago. This is a beloved book among young people and Sachar's writing for the stage is as assured as his fiction writing.

Theatre Centre's upcoming production of Shakespeare's As You Like It boasts a strong cast of actors including Sandra Fritz, Felicia Coulter, Mary Young, Mac Warren, Darin Harms, Jim Cox, Erin Sanders and Chris McCombs. Mike Savage directs this new look at a great comedy, running March 5-7 and 12-14. (For ticket info, call 523-0878.)

Dave Shaw directs West Side Story at Rochester High School, playing at 8 p.m. on March 5-6 and 2 p.m. on March 7. The leads are played by Cory Blisset and Olivia Heaton.

And it's about time for the March Muni Opera auditions: The summer musicals are Honk! (a new show based on The Ugly Duckling), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Chorus Line, and Big River. Only one show, Honk!, has roles for children with auditions Sunday, March 7 from 2-4 p.m. Twelve children, ages 7 to 12, will be cast in chorus roles in that musical. Youth, aged 13 and up, will be considered for roles in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Big River; they must audition during the Adult Audition days.

An informational meeting on the Muni shows will take place March 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Auditions, which take place at the Center, begin at 9 a.m. on March 13-14 and 20. Dance registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with auditions beginning at 9 a.m. Vocal registration begins at 11 a.m. and auditions will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. and until 4 p.m.

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