Auditions set for Olympic Theatre Arts production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Auditions set for Olympic Theatre Arts production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

SEQUIM — Auditions for the next Olympic Theatre Arts Main Stage production, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Auditions will be conducted as a workshop on British accents and on stage direction where the actors will use cold readings from the script. Thus, those auditioning are requested to come at the start time and stay through the end at the OTA Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Characters include the following:

• John “Jack” Worthing: A young, eligible bachelor about town

• Algernon Moncrieff: A languid poser of the leisure class

• Lacy Bracknell: Algernon’s aunt trying to find a suitable wife for him. The perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness

• Gwendolyn Fairfax: Lady Bracknell’s daughter

• Cecily Cardew: Jack Worthing’s ward, a debutante age 18

• Miss Prism: Cecily’s governess, a symbol of Victorian moral righteousness

• The Rev. Canon Chasuble: Appears to be an old lecher

• Land and Merriman: Servants of Algernon and Jack

“The Importance of Being Earnest” was written by Oscar Wilde and is considered to be a classic piece first opening in London in 1894.

In the story, two young men have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives.

Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily.

Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.

The production will be directed by Anna Andersen.

Rehearsals will begin immediately, with the show opening Jan. 27 for a three-week run and closing Feb. 12.

For more information or to schedule an alternate audition time or date, call the OTA business office at 360-683-7326 or email Andersen at falling forshakespeare@gmail.com.

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