The Importance of Being Earnest


The Importance of Being Earnest

 

PRODUCER: Maui OnStage    (808-242-6969  or  mauionstage.info@gmail.com )

DIRECTOR: Todd Van Amburgh

 

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. The director is seeking actors ages 18 and up, of all ethnicities and gender identities.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s comedic masterpiece! Two young gentlemen bend the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John has invented a brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the girl he adores in London. Algernon takes the name Ernest to secretly visit John’s beautiful young ward in the country. Things go awry when they all end up together one fateful afternoon!


AUDITIONS:
                      

Sunday May 15th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday May 16th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Callbacks Wednesday May 18th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm TBD

 

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Maui OnStage Studio at Queen Kaahumanu Center (275 W Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, HI 96732)                                       

Please prepare 2 contrasting monologues, each up to 90 seconds in length. Bring a picture and resume, if you have one. Plan on arriving 10 minutes early to check in. Please click the button BELOW to sign up for your audition time slot.

 

VIDEO SUBMISSION:  If you are not available to attend auditions in person, we will be accepting video submissions. Please submit 2 contrasting monologues, each up to 90 seconds in length. And a resume, if you have one. Submit to kalani.mauionstage@gmail.com   

The deadline to submit videos is Monday May 16th.

 

Due to the close proximity of the cast, everyone must be fully vaccinated and boosted to be cast in this production. Please bring proof of full vaccination to auditions.

 

REHEARSALS: 

First Read-through: Monday May 23rd, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rehearsals: 4 weeknights 6:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturday afternoons

Tech week: Monday July 4th – Thursday July 7th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

REHEARSAL LOCATIONS: 

Maui OnStage at the Historic Iao Theater, 68 N Market St., Wailuku, HI

The Maui OnStage Studio at Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, HI 

A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center, Seabury Hall 480 Olinda Road, Makawao HI

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday July 8th – Sunday July 31st 

Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00pm

 

CONFLICTS: Please check and make sure you are available for all rehearsals and performances. 

  • The final schedule will be determined based on people’s availability. But please note that during tech week, rehearsal hours are longer.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

John “Jack” Worthing: Lead, Male Identifying Character, 20’s – 30’s

The play’s protagonist. “Jack” Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. 

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP “Received Pronunciation.”)

 

Algernon Moncrieff: Lead, Male Identifying Character, 20’s – 30’s

A charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Lady Bracknell: Supporting, Female Identifying Character, 40’s – 60’s

Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. The antagonist of the play. 

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Gwendolen Fairfax: Supporting, Female Identifying Character, 20’s – 30’s

A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Cecily Cardew: Supporting, Female Identifying Character, 20’s – 30’s

Ward of Jack Worthing, has fallen in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and invents an elaborate romance and courtship between them.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Miss Prism: Supporting, Female Identifying Character, 30’s – 50’s

Cecily’s governess. Obviously loves Chasuble, though the fact that he is a priest prohibits her from telling him so directly.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Rev. Chasuble: Supporting, Male Identifying Character, 30’s – 50’s

A rector who frequently visits Jack’s country house to see Miss Prism. Though he is celibate, he seems well matched for the educated Miss Prism.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Lane: Supporting, Male Identifying Character, 20’s – 60’s

Algernon’s manservant.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

Merriman: Supporting, Male Identifying Character, 20’s – 50’s

Butler on Jack’s estate.

(Must be able to do a Standard British accent or RP.)

 

  • Traditional gender roles may be swapped for this production.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Todd Van Amburgh (Director/Set Design) has directed over 40 plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Brecht, etc. mostly at Seabury Hall, where he also teaches English and is resident Set & Light Designer. As an actor, Todd has played leading roles at the MACC  (Tortilla Curtain, Pinafore, Cyrano), the Iao (Love! Valor! Compassion!, Art, Cloud Nine), for Studio H’Poko (Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Merchant, Tempest, Much Ado), for MAPA (Othello), and at Seabury (Tartuffe, Crucible). 


 

Audition Sign Up – HERE

 

Maui OnStage is committed to providing a work environment that is free of sexual harassment. MOS believes in and works to sustain an anti-racist environment. MOS does not tolerate any unlawful harassment based on race, color, gender expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status.


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