Auditions

Sunday, January 12 at 4 pm
Callbacks on Monday, January 13 at 7 pm

Auditions for Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest will take place at

Ennis Public Theatre
113 N. Dallas Street
Ennis, TX 75119

972-878-7529

Roles are available for 5 males and 4 females. All ethnicities are welcome. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals begin in February (exact schedule TBD) but auditions are being held in mid-January so that the cast can begin working with the script ahead of rehearsals.

The show runs March 20-April 5, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with one Thursday performance (March 26) at 7:30 pm and one Sunday performance (April 5) at 2:30 pm.

All characters have an English accent. This is certainly something we can work on with with you. For auditions, if you aren’t comfortable with an English accent, try speaking with very precise diction and crisp enunciation.

If you are unable to make the January 12 audition, email the director, Julie Mitchell, to schedule another time: director@ennispublictheatre.com

SHOW SYNOPSIS
The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most famous comedies of all time. The subtitle is A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. The play is a farce written by Oscar Wilde in the late 1800s, in which two upper-class men in Victorian England, Jack and Algernon, pretend to be men named Ernest. In this tale of two bachelors, John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff create alter egos named Ernest 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 struggles to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise, and misadventure.

Because the play is in public domain, you can read it online:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

John (Jack) Worthing - (late 20s to late 30s) A young, eligible bachelor about town. In the city he goes by the name Ernest, and in the country he is Jack. Ernest proposes to The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax in the city with the intention of telling her his real name is Jack. He quickly discovers that Gwendolen is determined to marry someone named Ernest. Jack is best friends with Algernon and is the guardian of Cecily.

Algernon Moncrieff - (late 20s to late 30s). He is a bored and self serving member of the leisure class. He is known as Algernon in the city and pretends to be Jack’s wicked younger brother from the city, Ernest, while in the country. He falls in love and proposes to Jack's ward, Cecily.

Lady Bracknell - (late 40s and up) A firm believer in the class system and social norms of the Victorian times even though she was married into the upper class and not born into it.  She is Algernon’s wealthy aunt and Gwendolyn’s mother.

The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax (20-30) Lady Bracknell's daughter and a London socialite. She is submissive to her mother in public but rebels in private.

Cecily Cardew (18 - early 20s) is Jack Worthing's ward. She is 18, and sheltered at Jack's secluded country estate by Miss Prism, her governess. She is romantic and naive.

Miss Prism (late 40s and up) Cecily's governess and a symbol of Victorian moral righteousness in public. In private she flirts Reverend Chasuble.

Rev. Canon Chasuble (40s and up) He is a source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he pines for Miss Prism.

Lane (any age) - Male servant of Algernon. He follows the rules in public and in private he drinks his employer’s champagne.

Merriman (any age) - Jack’s servant. He maintains a neutral and calm demeanor as chaos ensues.

Upcoming auditions:

All shows are open auditions at the theatre and will consist of cold readings from the script.

Musical auditions will feature cold readings from the script, and please be prepared to sing one song with a CD or phone. Accompaniment will not be provided.