THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Friday, July 13th – 4 PM
Saturday, July 14th – 1 PM
The Academy Playhouse
120 Main Street, Orleans
Please prepare a monologue and be ready to read sides!
August 23rd – September 23rd; Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 PM
Directed by Maddie Williams
Oscar Wilde’s classic farce tells the story of John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, and the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home to London, where he stays with his close friend, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone named Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage. Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the nonexistent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest. With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts.
John “Jack” Worthing – Early 30’s – a wealthy young gentleman who takes life seriously.
Algernon Moncrieff – Early 30’s – brilliantly witty and blithely selfish.
Gwendolen Fairfax – Early 20’s – aristocratic and charmingly superficial.
Lady Bracknell – 55+ – domineering, cunning, mercenary and snobbish.
Cecily Cardew – Early 20’s – simpler, more innocent country girl.
Rev. Canon Chasuble – 55+ – the pleasant rector on John/Jack’s estate.
Miss Prism – 50+ – a somewhat puritanical, pedantic governess.
Merriman/Lane – 20’s to 50’s – manservants to John and Algernon. Will be played by the same actor.
**ALL ROLES ARE OPEN**
Tips for Auditioning at the Playhouse:
For straight plays & comedies: please bring a prepared monologue.
For a musicals: please prepare a monologue, a song with your sheet music,
and be ready to do some improv movement.
Dress comfortably – but not sloppy.
Be prepared to share a little bit about yourself with the Director:
Previous theater experiences, classes you have taken, interesting skills
(i.e. Do you juggle? Tumble? Write poetry? Have a 3rd eye? Do you like to build? Paint?)
Please be sure you have checked your calendar for conflicts
to be sure you can be at every rehearsal and performance.
If you have any conflicts that will prohibit you from being at rehearsals,
put them in writing to pass on to the Director.
It is important that if you are cast in a show you can fulfill the commitment!
But most importantly:
Remember this is about FUN and CREATIVITY!
This is a time to put your best foot forward and really strut your stuff!
Auditioning can be scary and we understand –
we have all been in your shoes more than once.
and as fun as it can be for you and/or your child.
We welcome everyone at the APA –
if this is your 60th show or your 1st we would love to meet you!