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FALL ’15 PRODUCTION OPEN AUDITIONS & CREW INTERVIEWS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
- Sunday, August 30th, 2015 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM) OR
- Monday, August 31st, 2015 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM)
- Location for both nights of auditions is the STUDIO THEATRE here on campus
- Call-backs will be held on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 @ 7:00pm
- Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st AND
- Thursday, November 5th through Saturday, November 7th, 2015
- 7:30pm each evening; except for Sunday, November 1st at 2:00pm
- Studio Theatre, Level 1, PAC, here on campus
THE STORY and CHARACTERS:
5M, 4W (with some flexibility)
Algernon Moncrieff (Algy) and Jack Worthing are young Englishmen who are both looking for a little excitement in their aristocratic lives. To this end, they have each invented alter egos, in order to call themselves away from high society doldrums. Enter Algy’s aunt, Lady Bracknell, and her daughter, Gwendolyn Fairfax–with whom Jack falls in love. As Jack labors to pass Lady Bracknell’s inspections, Algy has fallen in love with Jack’s ward, Cecily Cardew. Both Gwendolyn and Cecily reveal that any marriage-worthy suitor of theirs must first possess a confidence-inspiring name such as “Earnest.” What follows is a funny, yet perceptive journey for the young men, as they learn who they really are in name and in character.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Character Breakdown
John “Jack” Worthing, J.P., aka Ernest, early 30’s, is a wealthy young gentleman who takes life seriously. He’s a friend of Algernon whose behavior he sometimes deplores. John is Cecily’s guardian and is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax.
Algernon Moncrieff, early 30’s, is the brilliantly witty and blithely selfish nephew of Lady Bracknell and cousin to Gwendolen Fairfax. He’s Ernest’s (John/Jack’s) best friend. He’s in love with Cecily Cardew.
Gwendolen Fairfax , early 20’s, is Algernon’s young, aristocratic and charmingly superficial cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. She’s in love with John/Jack/Ernest.
Lady Bracknell , 55 +, is domineering, cunning, mercenary and snobbish. She’s Gwendolen’s mother, and she means to see her daughter well-married. A formidable woman, Lady Bracknell is used to having her own way in all ways.
Cecily Cardew, early 20’s, is a young woman given to romantic fantasies and intrigued by the wickedness of Jack’s brother. She is the simpler, more innocent country girl to Gwendolyn’s sophisticated city girl.
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), 55 +, is the pleasant rector on John/Jack’s estate and has a crush on Miss Prism.
Miss Prism, 50 +, is Cecily’s pedantic governess. She’s somewhat puritanical, but her softer side leans toward Dr. Chasuble. She once wrote an important novel.
Merriman, 30 – 50’s, is the butler at Jack’s country estate.
Lane, 30 – 40’s, is Algernon’s manservant.
Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell
Costume Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: David Hecht
Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Managers, Dramaturg, costume crew, dressers, props master, running crew, etc…: TBA
Those Interested in Working Backstage
Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend one night of crew interviews at 6:00pm, fill out a crew application, and indicate area of interest backstage. The production team will take a few moments to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.
Please fill out an audition form when you arrive prior to 7:00pm. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.
UIS Theatre invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for offstage work in one of our upcoming productions.
Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production