GOSHEN — Goshen Players, Inc, will be holding open auditions for its June 2019 production, “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde. The production will be directed by Wes Baldwin. Auditions will take place on Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Goshen Old Town Hall, 2 North St., at the Rotary Junction of Rts 4 & 63, Goshen.
If you would like to audition but cannot make the scheduled times please contact the director to make alternate arrangements.
Production dates are June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and June 9 and 16 at 3 p.m.
Audition and casting details: Seeking four to five men and four women. All roles are available for audition.
Algernon Moncrieff a seemingly responsible and respectable young gentleman from London; Lady Bracknell’s nephew; in love with Cecily Cardew
Jack Worthing a charming, idle, decorative young gentleman from the country; in love with Gwendolen Fairfax
Lane Algernon’s butler (may be doubled with Merriman)
Lady Bracknell A snobbish, mercenary and domineering society Lady; Gwednolen’s mother; Algernon’s aunt
Gwendolen Fairfax A young lady of society; an arbiter and model of high society; Daughter of Lady Bracknell; loved by Jack Worthing
Miss Prism Puritanical governess to Cecily Cardew; a source of endless bromides and cliches
Cecily Cardew A unspoiled, ingenuous young lady; Ward of Jack Worthing; loved by Algernon Montcrieff
Rev. Canon Chasuble The Rector of Jack’s country church parish
Merriman Jack’s butler (may be doubled with Lane)
Footman a non-speaking role
Please be prepared to read from the script, interact with other actors and play improvisation games. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on the availability of the actors and the directors. Attendance will be required at rehearsals on June 2, June 3, June 4, and June 5, with absolutely no exceptions.
“The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian social norms. Some contemporary reviews praised the play’s humor and the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social message. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make “The Importance of Being Earnest” Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.