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11/21/2022 2:13:00 PM
Cherryville Little Theatre Auditions: Go Wilde!
Try-outs for The Importance of Being Earnest, Dec. 4 and 5
Seen here (at left) in the original production, back in the good, old days of 1895, are famed British actors Allan Aynesworth as Algernon and George Alexander as Jack. Both were noted performers in late-Victorian London, when Oscar Wilde (right) was the toast of the town for such delightful plays as The Importance of Being Earnest.(Contributed Photos)
Seen here (at left) in the original production, back in the good, old days of 1895, are famed British actors Allan Aynesworth as Algernon and George Alexander as Jack. Both were noted performers in late-Victorian London, when Oscar Wilde (right) was the toast of the town for such delightful plays as
The Importance of Being Earnest.

(Contributed Photos)
Sarah Sandoval 
Sarah Sandoval 

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer


CHERRYVILLE––The Cherryville Little Theatre is about to go Wilde.

Yes, quite literally. As CLT spokeswoman Sarah Sandoval explained this week, the theatre is having auditions for Oscar Wilde’s immortal classic, The Importance of Being Earnest. The try-outs will be held Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. both nights. Directed by longtime CLT veteran Erika Barnes, the performances are scheduled for Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. all four evenings. As well, there will be two matinées on Feb. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m. both afternoons.

Sandoval explained further that Barnes is re-setting Wilde’s work. With typically Wildean wit, the great Irish playwright subtitled his work: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, and he set it in late-Victorian London. This comedy of manners or drawing room comedy, typically regarded as among the very best of the genre, had its Wildely popular première in the good, old days of 1895. 

But Barnes has opted to time-travel the play to America in the middle of the 20th century. The classic story features two friends, Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff and Jack Worthing, the latter of whom leads a double-life in which he is known as “Earnest,” hence the play’s double-entendre in its title. The two use aliases in order to lead more adventurous lives and win the hearts of Gwendolyn and Cecily, both of whom want only to be with someone named “Earnest,” as Sandoval explained.

“It’s an hilarious tale of miscommunication, mistaken identities and love,” she said. “This modern adaptation of this Victorian play is one you’ll want to be a part of.”

To learn more, Sandoval encourages you to check out the Cherryville Little Theatre on Facebook or see the Website at www.cherryvillelittletheatre.org.



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