Earnest Opens March 9th!
Written by Ken Hildebrandt   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:56
earnest-pub-1670_smGallery 7 Theatre of Abbotsford B.C. is thrilled to be presenting Oscar Wilde's hilarious social satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, a witty comedy about love, marriage and the most bizarre case of mistaken identity in theatrical history.


"This play contains all the best qualities of a classic comedy: romance, misunderstandings, and a surprise twist ending," says Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre's Executive Artistic Director and the play's director. "Nothing is held sacred in this show. You'll delight in the witty dialogue, the wonderful costumes and the beautiful set. It's a perfect way to celebrate the advent of spring."


Oscar Wilde's most famous comedy is a masterfully written romp and a comic masterpiece, featuring an absurd case of mistaken identity, and it explores matters of love, marriage, and social status. Algernon and Jack are middle-class socialites, bored with their existence, and seek adventure by assuming different 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. It's a hilarious and biting satire of Victorian morals and manners that encourages us to earnestly pursue the finer things of life.


Gallery 7 Theatre's production will feature a talented cast of both new and familiar performers. Playing the role of John Worthing is newcomer, Matt Veenbaas. His love interest, Gwendolen Fairfax, will be played by Sarah Hu, who last appeared in Around the World in 80 Days. The indelible Algernon Moncrieff is played by Michael McIntyre, and the young, bright Cecily Cardew is played by Kirstie Hilverda. The roles of Doctor Chasuble and Miss Prism will be played by John Dawson and Carol Heynen respectively, while Nathan Unger plays Merriman, Trevor Kozac plays Lane and Josh Friesen plays the Footman. The fiery and unforgettable Lady Bracknell will be played by Ruth Kult, who last appeared in Gallery 7 Theatre's production of Peter Pan.


The Importance of Being Earnest will be directed by Ken Hildebrandt. Hildebrandt's directing credits include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Diary of Anne Frank and the award winning Driving Miss Daisy. ¬He was last seen on-stage in last year's Tuesdays with Morrie, which transferred to Vancouver for a second run. Hildebrandt is supported by an extremely talented team of designers. Set design is by Brain Ball, costume design is by Dani DeJong, lighting design is by Bryan Cutler and sound design is by Rick Havinga. The stage manager is Charlene Crawford and production photographer is Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studio.


The Importance of Being Earnest runs March 9 & 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24, 2012 @ 7:30 PM with additional discounted matinees on March 10 & 17 @ 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Tickets for evening performances are $18.00 Adults; $16.00 Seniors (65+) & Students; $15 Groups (10 or more) and $10.00 for children 12 & under. Tickets for matinee performances are $13 General and $10.00 for children 12 & under. They can be purchased at the House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701 or toll free at 1-800-665-8828. For complete details on the rest of Gallery 7 Theatre's 2011/2012 theatre season, please visit their website at www.gallery7theatre.com.

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