Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest

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Auditions for 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Sugar Factory Playhouse and West Jordan Theater Arts announce auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Kristen Hickman. Auditions will be held February 7 and 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the old West Jordan library (1970 West 7800 South, West Jordan, UT). Callbacks will be Saturday, February 10 by invitation only at the same location.

Auditioners should come prepared to perform a one-minute humorous monologue in a British accent. Please bring a current headshot and up-to-date resume.

Rehearsals are typically held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights (about 7:00-9:00 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (about 9:00-noon) but will be adjusted to meet the needs of the production.

Rehearsals are expected to begin February 20 at the old West Jordan library, and performances will be held at Pioneer Hall (1137 West 7800 South, West Jordan, UT) April 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on April 14.

CHARACTERS:

John (“Jack”) Worthing, J.P. – The show’s protagonist. A seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. The initials after his name indicate that he is a Justice of the Peace.

Algernon Moncrieff – The secondary hero. a charming, idle, brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, decorative bachelor and best friend of Jack Worthing. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. – The rector on Jack’s estate who entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. The initials after his name stand for “Doctor of Divinity.”

Merriman, Butler – The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country.

Lane, Manservant – Algernon’s manservant. When the play opens, Lane is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.”

Lady Bracknell – Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and possibly the most quotable character in the play.

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax – Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.

Cecily Cardew – Jack’s ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. She has fallen in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and invented an elaborate romance and courtship between them.

Miss Prism, Governess – Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.

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