Thank you for your interest in UIS THEATRE. And thanks to everyone who auditioned and/or came to crew interviews for our fall ’15 production.


Please watch this space for upcoming Spring ’16 OPEN AUDITIONS & CREW INTERVIEWS for our Spring ’16 production of Lisa Loomer’s DISTRACTED.

Until then, come enjoy THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with us in the theatre.


Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

Performance dates:

  • 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




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.



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.


Production Team

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