Still Life With Iris

By Steven Dietz

Directed by Amber Nicole Dilger

A youth theatre production.

Still Life with Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people's minds but instead are kept in their coats (called 'Past Coats'). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the "best" of everything on their island—and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris' past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey—Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11)—and frees herself from the Great Goods. She returns to Nocturno, having found her past, and her home.

Produced by Oregon Straw Hat Players at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 South Perry Pkwy, Oregon WI 53575

Performances: April 16-18, 2010

Performance Times: Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $9 Youth (High School and younger)/Senior (65 and over), $11 General

Call 608-835-9126 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions for performers age 8 and over will be held Friday and Saturday, January 8 and 9, at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 South Perry Parkway, Oregon, You may arrive any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, or between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. If there are a lot of people, please be prepared to be patient and wait. Auditioners will read from the script and may be asked to do some improvising or some movement.

While this production is primarily for performers of high school age and younger, a few roles may be cast with adult actors. Additionally, there will be a special ensemble that will require less rehearsal time commitment and be the perfect opportunity for family members who would like to try acting together. If you are interested in this specifically, you may audition together as a group.

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