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Extras Needed For James Whitcomb Riley Documentary
Updated March 7, 2017 7:03 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - WTIU Public Television is looking for extras to appear in its upcoming documentary James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet. WTIU will be filming a segment for the program March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre in Spencer.

Doors to the theater will open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

During the segment, actor Ronald Keaton will portray Riley and perform readings of his poetry. Extras are needed for the audience and are encouraged to dress in period clothing from 1870-1910. Period clothing is not required for admission to the filming; however, those dressed in costume will be placed closer to the stage. Anyone interested in being an extra should contact to receive a dress packet with complete instructions on appropriate period clothing with photo examples.

About the documentary:

During his lifetime (1849-1916), James Whitcomb Riley's poetry was immensely popular. Known as the "Hoosier poet," the Greenfield, Ind., native authored nearly 1,000 poems, including his famous dialect works "Little Orphant Annie" and "The Raggedy Man." Over 100 years after his death, Riley is still one of the most recognized literary figures from Indiana. James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet provides insight into Riley's life and writing and why his literary influence endures today. The documentary premieres this August on WTIU.

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