ASTORIA – Oscar Wilde’s brilliant classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” is coming to the stage at Astoria High School this fall and is sure to delight audiences with an array of colorful characters, situational comedy and clever dialogue.
Ten students from the high school’s extracurricular drama program bring to life a cast of outrageous yet complex characters in this timeless comedy, which premiered in 1895 but highlights themes that remain relevant to contemporary audiences. The show will take place in the high school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
A trivial comedy for serious people, “Earnest” explores with wit and satire both the charm and absurdity of the Victorian age of surfaces and frivolity in England. The story follow the love lives of four young protagonists, who deal with the burdensome social expectations and upper-class ideals of their time by creating fictitious personas, eating cucumber sandwiches, and writing in personal diaries meant for publication.
The cast includes Sean Cooney as Algernon Moncrieff; Ammon Larsen as John Worthing; Azaria Damghani as Gwendolen Fairfax; Marin Donohue as Cecily Cardew; Isabelle Williams and Eli Harold as Lady Augusta Bracknell; Lily Reed as Miss Prism; Daniel Lempke as Dr. Chasuble; Eddie Templeton as the butler, Merriman; and Cody Wonch as the servant Lane.
Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of each performance. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and children 12 and younger. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to maintaining the drama program.
For more information, contact director Katherine Lacaze at 503-741-5668 or Astoria High School at 503-325-3911.
Katherine Lacaze, AHS Theater Director