The Importance of Being Earnest

Auditions for Church Hill Theatre’s November production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” will start Aug. 1.

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill Theatre will hold auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the classic comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde, starting Aug. 1.

What does it mean to be earnest? And why should a man even bother to be earnest? Is it really a matter of vital importance?

According to Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor need not be earnest at all — unless, of course, the woman he loves demands it of him.

Thus begins the quest of these two young Victorian-era gentlemen to win two unexpectedly hard-to-get women’s hearts.

Auditions will be held at the theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1; 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The principal and supporting roles are as follows:

• Algernon Moncrieff: (male, age 20s to 40s) a confident Victorian bachelor, a man about town

• John Worthing: (male, 20s to 30s) successful, witty, charming friend of Algernon, who lives in the country

• Gwendolyn Fairfax: (female, age 20s to 30s) a lovely young aristocratic woman, love interest of John Worthing

• Lady Bracknell: (female, 50s to 60s) the imperious, strong-willed mother of Gwendolyn and aunt to Algernon

• Cecily Cardew: (female, late teens to late 20s) young ward of John Worthing, eager to experience life at its fullest

• Miss Prisim: (female, age 50s to 70s) the scholarly governess to Cecily

• The Rev. Canon Chasuble D.D. :(male, age 50s to 70s) a country vicar, interested in Miss Prisim

• Merriman: (male, 40s to 60s) Algernon’s butler

• Lane: (male, late teens to 50s) John’s manservant

Auditioners should be prepared to read from the script and willing to try a British accent. Technicians also are needed and encouraged to attend auditions.

Sylvia Maloney will direct the play.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” performance dates will run from Friday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 17.

For more information, call Maloney at 410-778-3783 or email ssmaloney@verizon.net.

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