Earnest Auditions Dec. 1
Written by Ken Hildebrandt   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 17:07

Earnest(Abbotsford, B.C) Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts will be holding open auditions for its third production of the 2011/2012 theatre season, the classic social satire, The Importance o f Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The audition will take place Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 PM and is open to male & female performers ages 17 to 65.

 

A hilarious and biting satire of Victorian morals and manners, Wilde’s most famous comedy is a masterfully written romp featuring an absurd case of mistaken identity, and explores matters of love, marriage and social status. Middle-class socialites, Algernon and Jack, are bored with their existence and seek adventure by assuming alternate identities. Their charades can only go so far, however, and things really come to a head when they each decide to settle down and get married.

 

“Producing Wilde’s comedy is almost like a rite of passage for any theatre,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt. “At some point in a theatre’s history, you’ll produce The Importance of Being Earnest. Since we’re exploring community this season, and because the play satirizes a multitude of Victorian social norms, I felt it would be an interesting fit for us. The show will be a lot of fun for audience and cast alike.  The characters, the sarcasm and the biting wit are highly entertaining.”

 

Directing The Importance of Being Earnest is Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt, who directed The Diary of Anne Frank and appeared on stage in Tuesdays with Morrie. The show will run March 9 & 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 with matinees on March 10 & 17. Rehearsals commence January 4th and will occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There will also be two Saturday rehearsals. Those cast in the show should be prepared to use English accents.

 

All rehearsals and performances will be held at the MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.

 

“There are outstanding roles for both men and women,” explains Hildebrandt.  “This play poses some fun challenges, especially in terms of language and character.”

 

Volunteers who wish to work behind the scenes in such areas as assistant stage management, sound or lighting operation, running crew and others are also invited to attend the audition. All interested individuals are asked to sign up ahead of time by calling 604-504-5940 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

For information about this production and the entire 2011/2012 theatre season, please visit the Gallery 7 Theatre website at www.gallery7theatre.com.

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