Auburn play gets state invite

School presents 16 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview Thursday and Friday, Dec. 17-18

From press release

Auburn High School’s upcoming production of the comedic play, 16 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview, has been selected as one of 16 statewide to be showcased in January at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal, Ill.

High school shows chosen to appear at the prestigious festival are evaluated by judges across the state. The festival is a noncompetitive exhibition and a chance for students to view the work of their peers. College professors from across the state also attend the performances.

This play, which was viewed by judges during rehearsals, is almost totally student-driven. Theater instructor Jim Crow directed only two of the 14 acts; the other acts were directed by students.

“It’s quite an honor to be selected,” said Crow, who has directed six shows that have gone downstate in his 39 years teaching in Rockford Public Schools. “Since most of the students associated with this production are seniors, it’s a nice way for them to end their high school years.”

Auburn presents 16 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, and Friday, Dec. 18, in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. The 33-year-old state festival runs Jan. 7-9, 2010. Auburn performs its festival entry at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 8, 2010, at ISU.

The students involved in this production are members of the CAPA Internship Program that mirrors real-life theatrical and performing arts events. They are Megan Bennett, Jason Birch, Brianna Clark-Finister, Kahla Conley, Adriana Contreras, Alexandria Freet, David Hawthorne, Kristin Hoffman, Christopher Jenkins, La’Telyia King, Drewrina McNeely, Brandon Severing, Jacob Wulf, Joy Anderson, Jack Ciaccio, Natalie Lynch, Evan Matthews, Hilary Slothower, Monette Tanuyan, Carly Torre and Lacie Upmann.

Guilford’s production of Vanities went downstate in 2008, and Auburn headed downstate in 2000 for its production of Footloose.

From the Dec. 16-22, 2009 issue

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