2020-2021 Season Auditions

The Importance of Being Earnest

A Comedy by Oscar Wilde

Directed by James Bryan

Production Dates: January 14 - February 6, 2022

Audition Dates: November 15-16, 2021 at 7pm at the Little Theatre of VB

Callbacks: November 17 at 7pm

Rehearsals begin: November 20, 2021

Auditions are open to fully-vaccinated individuals. Proof of vaccination will be required, if cast.

Furthermore, in an abundance of caution to protect both our patrons and our volunteers during the COVID-19 Delta Variant surge, we request that all auditionees, cast, and crew members wear masks.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN AND ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION!


What to bring:
Monologues for each character are available HERE: Audition Monolgues.

Please prepare one monologue, preferably memorized. Additional readings may be requested per the director's discretion. Headshots and resumes are not required but are always welcome.
Comic delivery and physical comedy needed for all roles.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact director, James, at jamesbryanonline@gmail.com


About the show:
You are cordially invited to a comedy of manners, sophistication, and frivolity that could only come from the mind of Oscar Wilde! Meet two dashing bachelors and dear friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who each created an alter ego in order to escape the humdrum of gentlemanly life and the boring trappings of respectability that go along with it.

Enter the Honorable Gwendolen and the fair Cecily, who are determined to marry a man named Ernest. Add to the mix a domineering and society focused matriarch, a missing heir, and a battered handbag, and you have Oscar Wilde's classic drawing-room comedy.


Roles:
John “Jack” Worthing (25-35) - A seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, he is known as Jack. In London, where he is a careless bachelor, he is known as Ernest. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax.

Algernon Moncrief (25-35) - Nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax. He is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements.

Lady Bracknell* (40-65) - Gwendolen’s mother and Algernon’s aunt; she is the perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness – the belief that style is more important than substance and that social and class barriers are to be enforced. She is a strongly opinionated matriarch, who bullies everyone in her path. *This role can be played by a female or a male.

Gwendolyn Fairfax (18-30) - Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, who she knows as Ernest. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.

Cecily Cardew (18-30) - Jack Worthing’s ward, granddaughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is strong willed, romantic and imaginative, and yearns for more excitement in her life than can be found on Jack’s country estate.

Miss Prism (35-55) - Cecily’s governess, and a model of Victorian morality. She is educating Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. She does have a softer side, however, and entertains secret romantic feelings for Reverend Chasuble.

Reverend Canon Chasuble (35-55) - The rector on Jack’s estate. Considers himself an intellectual and can be a bit verbose. He has been celibate all his life but entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.

Lane (35-60) - Algernon’s manservant, he is cynical and has seen it all. He is totally honest with his employer, but has no problems lying for Algernon when required.

Merriman (35-55) - The manservant on Jack’s country estate. Though trying his best to maintain a professional attitude, Merriman is amused by the unusual events of the play.

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