ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Dec. 30, 2008) -- The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern Campus announces open community auditions for its upcoming production of Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology," Wednesday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Shannon Hall Theater. Performance dates for "Spoon River Anthology" are March 5, 6, 7, and 12, 13, 14, 2009. Rehearsals begin Jan. 8, 2009.

Charles Aidman's adaptation of "Spoon River Anthology" is the story of what seems to be a strikingly quiet and ordinary small American town. As the inhabitants introduce themselves, it slowly becomes evident that the town may not be all that it seems--especially when it becomes clear that the townspeople are all ghosts.

The human tragedies and comedies of small town life are brought to the stage in a musical adaptation the New York Times called; "A glowing theater experience... A brooding and loving American folk poem brought to life on a stage."

For the Ohio University Eastern Campus theater production, the town of Spoon River will be set in the Appalachian Mountains and all of the music, which will be performed live by the cast and musicians, will be Appalachian.

Roles are available for eight women and eight men, 16 and older, with no upper age limit. Not all roles will require singing, but everyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a simple tune that will be provided during the audition.

No previous experience is required and all those interested are strongly encouraged to audition. "I would definitely recommend this experience to everybody. I never thought that I would go to college and actually play a role in a play," Ashli Andersen, who hit the stage for her first time in the fall production, said. "It really surprised me that I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be when it came to opening night. I think I gained a lot more confidence in myself with speaking in front of people"

Anyone wanting more information or anyone unable to attend these audition times should contact Dennis Fox, theater director, at 740-699-2340.