Gardner-Webb to Hold Auditions for Original Play

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Casting Call for “I-Ya-I-Ya-O” Set for Oct. 6-7 in GWU’s Millennium Playhouse

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb Theatre Department invites university and community members to audition for parts in the upcoming production of “I-Ya-I-Ya-O,” an original play written by Dr. Doug Bryan.

Auditions will be held Oct. 6-7 in the Millennium Playhouse, located behind the Communication Studies Hall on the GWU campus. Roles are available for two men and one woman, with a preference for performers aged in their 20s. Actors who audition should prepare a one-minute, memorized monologue.

“I-YA-I-YA-O” is the story of what happens when three retired missionaries set out to rescue their adopted niece from what they believe to be an ill-fated romance. Scripts for the production are available on reserve in GWU’s John R. Dover Memorial Library. The play takes the stage Nov. 19-22 and will be directed by James Thomas, dean of the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts and professor of theatre.

The playwright, Dr. Bryan, serves as GWU’s associate provost for academic development. His first play, the dramady “Rummaging for Will,” debuted at Gardner-Webb in 2013.

For more information about “I-YA-I-YA-O,” or to schedule an appointment to audition, contact Rachel Alexander at 704-406-2066 or

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4253 or email with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment, preparing students to think critically, to succeed professionally and to serve faithfully as members of their local and global communities.