AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS Auditions are called for the CTC's spring production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jens Blegaa.
VerdensKulturCenter, Nørre Allé 7, Nørrebro Room 103
The production will run from 17 to 27 April at Krudttønden in Østerbro. See below for a synopsis of the play and character list.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Please note: ages are only meant as guidelines for the playing age, not as a requirement for the actor’s age.
John (Jack) Worthing Age: 29. In the city he goes by the name Ernest, a fun-loving bachelor, and in the country he is Jack, a land-owner and guardian of Cecily. He is about to take his place in society by proposing to Gwendolyn Fairfax.
Algernon Moncrieff Age: 21-25. A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. Algernon, unlike Jack, is not serious and is generally out for his own gratification.
Lady Augusta Bracknell Age: 50-65. The perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness — the belief that style is more important than substance and that social and class barriers are to be enforced. She is a strongly opinionated matriarch, who bullies everyone in her path.
The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax Age: 25-29. Lady Bracknell's daughter, believes style to be more important than sincerity. Romantic, hardheaded and opinionated, much like her mother.
Cecily Cardew Age: 18. Jack Worthing's ward, grand-daughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is romantic and imaginative, and able to wrap men around her little finger before they know what happened.
Miss Prism Age: 50-65. Cecily's governess. She is educating Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. Outwardly a symbol of Victorian morality, she reveals a secret life of passion, including having written a three volume sensational novel.
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. Age: 50-65. Local vicar, and a source of moral judgments, but easy-going and pleasure seeking nonetheless. His proudest achievement is the all-purpose sermon that can be used for christenings, weddings and funerals alike.
Lane and Merriman Age: 30-65. Servants in the households of Algernon and Jack. Both solemnly watch the follies of their “betters”, and save them from embarassment. They are the pillars upon which the easy-going lifestyle of their employers rest.
The Importance of Being Earnest is probably Oscar Wilde's most popular play. It is meant to be pure entertainment, carrying a preposterous plot to its inevitable conclusion on a cloud of razor sharp witticisms. It originally opened in 1895, but we can still recognize the characters and marvel at the splendid precision of Wilde's writing today.
Synopsis: Jack and Algernon are two fun-loving, young gentlemen from the upper class. Algernon has invented a friend Bunbury, whose never-ending illness enables Algernon to skirt all tedious social obligations. Jack has fun in the city under the assumed name of Ernest, while living a respectable life in the country as the guardian of Cecily, the granddaughter of his adopted parents. To her he recounts the tales of how badly his reprobate brother Ernest behaves in the city. As Ernest, he courts Gwendolyn Fairfax, Algernon's cousin and daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell, a walking encyclopedia of the unwritten rules of society and class. She has no intention of allowing Gwendolyn to marry Jack, which does not prevent Gwendolyn from eliciting a marriage proposal from him. In the guise of Jack's brother Ernest, Algernon visits Jack's country home, where he meets Cecily, who frankly informs him that she has been engaged to him for months. He instantly falls in love with her. Complications arise when the various assumed identities are revealed, as both girls are adamant that they can only ever love a man by the name of Ernest. In the wings, Cecily's governess Laetitia Prism and the local Reverend Chasuble primly court each other, while outwardly projecting proper Victorian moral rectitude. The servants Lane and Merriman make sure that what needs to be done is done.