Inver Hills Theatre announces auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Inver Hills Theatre

Auditions For:

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by George M. Roesler

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People! You can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthing, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde’s much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue has helped make The Importance Of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

AUDITION DATES:

Tuesday January 10

Wednesday January 11

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Fine Arts Theatre

651-450-3588 or groesle@inverhills.edu

No experience is necessary.  All Inver Hills’ students, staff, faculty and administrators are welcome to audition.  The Inver Hills Fine Arts Theatre is located at Inver Hills Community College, 2500 East 80th Street, Inver Grove Heights, MN.  Performances: February 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre. For more information contact George Roesler at 651-450-3588 or groesle@inverhills.edu.

Inver Hills Community College is a member of Minnesota State and an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

This information is available in an alternative format by calling 651-450-3508 or TTY/Minnesota Relay at 1-800-627-3529.

“Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” – Jack Worthing

How do you have your cake and eat it too in Victorian England? Well, if you are an attractive man of means like Jack Worthing, its pretty simple: create a double life. Mr. Worthing’s double life (he is known as Jack in the country, but “Ernest” in town) unfolds without a hitch until he decides to come clean and propose to the love of his life, one Gwendolen Fairfax. The snag: while Jack is on his knee, Gwendolen reveals that she could only marry a man named Ernest. What’s a rake to do? With dialogue as effervescent as any comedy in the English language, this classic will have you rolling in the aisles.

his masterpiece may be the most famous of all comedies. It revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of “manufactured” mistaken identity ever put into a play. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest follows Jack, a country bachelor who goes by the name Ernest when he pops into the city; and his friend Algernon, who seeks a thrill by becoming Ernest in the country. Jack proposes to Gwendolen Fairfax while Algernon, posing as Jack’s wicked brother Ernest, falls in love with Jack’s ward, Cecily. Oscar Wilde was a master of social farce, and aristocratic Victorian men often provided fodder for works like The Importance of Being Earnest.