Open auditions set for 'Silver Queen'

Open auditions set for 'Silver Queen'

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Theatre Group will have four open auditions this weekend for its spring production of "The Silver Queen."

The auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul.

Director Larry Smith is seeking actors age 13 through adult. The Western play contains parody characters of Marshal Dillon, Calamity Jane, Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate, and Billy "The Kid" Clyde and his Rat Creek Gang.

At least 20 cast members will be selected for the play, to be performed May 2-4 and 9-11.

No preparations are necessary to audition. Readings will be available at the audition. Wear Western clothing, boots, belts, hats, etc.

For the play, the theater group also needs technical support staff for light and sound and a keyboardist to play honky-tonk music typical in Western saloons.

"The Silver Queen" was written by Champaign County author James Dedman. It relates a tale of a widow, Elisa McKinn Adams, who is a former dance hall actress and Wild West Show performer from Boston who comes to Leadville, Colo., in 1879 to take over an inherited saloon, The Silver Queen, and gold mine, The Star of the West, only to find out that the gold mine is depleted and others wish to swindle the saloon away from her.

For more information, go to, email the director at or call the theater answering machine at 892-1121 and leave a message.

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