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WCU theatre presents "A Lesson Before Dying"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from William Carey University

The William Carey University Theatre will present “A Lesson Before Dying,” a studio production by Ernest J. Gaines honoring African-American History Month, from February 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

The play tells the story of Jefferson, an innocent young man, condemned to death in Louisiana in 1948. He is held prisoner by Sheriff Guidry and Deputy Bonin. At the trial, his lawyer, trying to avoid the death penalty, calls him no more a human being than a hog. Jefferson, distraught by the statement, begins to let go of his humanity and acts like one. He insists that he will have to be dragged like a hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother Emma asks the schoolteacher, Grant Wiggins to teach him how to die like a man. Mr. Wiggins, who is struggling with his commitment to his poor parish school, longs to leave the South. He is forced to face both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Grant's girlfriend Vivian and the Rev. Ambrose contribute to the conflict. Based off of the celebrated novel by the same name, “A Lesson Before Dying” is a gripping, moving and finally devastating play.

Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling (601) 318-6221 beginning Monday, Feb. 23. The box office is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Auditions for cast and interviews for crew positions for the 40th season of William Carey University's Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

CDT presents two musicals in June and July. Each member of the company is paid. The financial package includes salary, tips from serving during dinner and housing.

Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monologue from a modern prose play (no dialect), a one-minute vocal selection from a Broadway musical and will participate in a dance audition. An accompanist will be available, but will not transpose. Taped accompaniment may be used. Each person who auditions should bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition.

Audition requirements for pianists include a prepared two-minute selection from a Broadway musical. Sight reading will be required.

Interviews will be held for technicians, costume assistants, box office managers and office assistants. Each person will complete an application and an interview with CDT staff. Portfolios are invited. Performers may also apply for staff positions.

Each applicant should bring a head shot to the audition/interview. Contracts are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 25, 2015. The company commitment is May 25 through July 20.

For more information, call (601) 318-6218 or email cdt@wmcarey.edu.

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