Eltham Little Theatre

The Importnce of Being Ernest

Where: Eltham Performing Arts Centre. Rehearsal Room, 3095 Main Rd, Research.

When: 2pm Satuurday Novembe 4 & sunday November 5. 2017.

Performance Dates: February 22 - March 7. 2018.

Synopsis: The Importance of Being Ernest is the most renowned of Oscar wilde's comedies. It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthington and Algernoon "Algy' Moncrieff,m who create alter egos named Earnest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up their own stories and become entangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadvneture. The elaborate plot ridicules VVictorian sensibilities with dome of the best-loved - and indeed the most bizarre characters to be found on the modern stage.

Characters:

Algernon- N 25 - 35.
A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. He to, leads a double life, being Algernon in the city an Ernest in the country. Algernong, unlike Jack, is not seriouis and is generally out for his own gratification. He falls in love and propses to Jack's ward, Cecily, while posing as Jack's wicked younger brother Ernest.

Jack - M 30 - 35.
A young eligible bachelor about town, in the city he goes bu the name Ernest, and in the country he is Jack - a local magistrate of the county with resposibilites. His family pedigree is a mystery, but his seriousness and sincerity are evident. He propses to The Honourable Gwendolyn Fairfax and, though leading a double life, eventually demonstrates his conformity to the Victorian moral and social standards.

Gwendoyn, F 23 - 30.
Lady Bracknell's daughter, exhibiting somer of the sophisti and confidence of a London socialite. believes style is important, not sincerity. She is submissive to her mother in public but rebels in private. While demonstrating the absurdity of such ideals as only marrying a man named Ernest, ahe also agrees to marry Jack despite her mother's disapproval of his origins.

Cecily F 18.
Jack Worthington's ward, daughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is of debutante age, 18, but she os being tutored ar Jackl's secluded country estate by Miss Prism, her governess. She is romantic and imaginative, but feels repressed by Miss Prosm's rules. A silly ans naive girl, she declares that she wants to meet a "wicked man", Less sphisticated than Gwedolyn, she falls in love with Algernon butr feels he would be more sable if named Ernest.

Lady Bracknell F 50ish
The perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness - the belief that style id more important than substance and that sicial and class bariers are to be enforced. Lady Bracknell is Algernon's aunt trying to find a suitable wife for him.. A strongly opionated matriach, dowager and tyrant, she bellieves wealth is more important than breeding and bullies everyone in her path. Ironically, she married into the uper class from beneath it. She attempts to bully he daughter, Gwendolyn.

Miss Prism F 50ish.
Cecily's governess and symbol of Victorian moral righeousness. She is aducating Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. Quoting scripture as a symbol of her Victorian morality, she reveals the secret life of passion by her concern for the wereabouts of her misplaced novel and flirtation with the local vicar. Dhe becomes the source of Jack's revelation about his parents.

Dr Chasuble M 50ish
Like Miss Prism, he is the source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he appears to be an old lecher. His sermons ate interchangeable, mocking religious conventions. Like the servants, he does what Jack (the landowner) wants, performing weddings, chistenings, sermons, funerals and so on. However bbeneath the religious exterior, his heart beats for Miss Prism.

Lane and Merrian, M 30 - 60 negotiable.
Servants of Algernon and Jack. Lane says soothing and comforting things to his emploer but stays within the neutral guidelins of a servant. He is leading a double life, eating sandwiches and drinking champagne when his master is not [resen. He aids and abets the lises of Algernon. Merriman keeps the structure of the plot working. He announces people and happenings. Like Lane, he does not commeent on his "betters", but solemnly watches their folly. His neutral facial expressions during crisis and chaos undoutedly made the upper class audience laugh.

Director's Note
I'll be going for full Victorian dress: vbeards and moustaches for Algy and Jack. Long, high hair for Cicely and Gwendolyn.


Audition inquires and bookings:
Contact Brad Buckingham at 0421 054 238.


 

 

 




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