Tonight’s final performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is sold out. It’s been sold out all week, and most of last week, as audiences crowded the University Hall Theatre to soak in lustrous period costumes and laugh at the ridiculous pretensions of the upper class. First performed in 1895, director Carrie Ann Quinn and a cast of nine brought forth all the comedic timing of Wilde’s lightning-fast wit.
“We keep coming back to Oscar Widle and Earnest, and this cast and crew showed us why,” said Quinn. “First and foremost, it’s still funny, because in 2017, we’re still tearing off the masks of hypocrisy and the superficial trappings of money, class and marriage.”
"This cast, this amazing cast, worked so hard perfecting accents, period manners, comic timing and giving these packed audiences a good laugh, and a fine night in the theatre,” she said.
All tickets for tonight are gone, and the show must close.
Next up from Theatre Arts – The Holiday Musical Theatre Spectacular: A Wintery Song and Dance Blast of Awesomeness. With musical director Todd Gordon and Choreographer Danny Swain, a cast of 15 goes into rehearsal next week to present a fun-filled holiday show with tunes mined from everything from Broadway show stoppers to the old Rankin-Bass television specials (who will be cast Heat Miser?), from Karen Carpenter sadness to re-imagined standards. The Spectacular runs for just four shows – December 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 and a 2 p.m. matinee on December 9 – and tickets are NOW ON SALE. Kid friendly, fun for all.
The Spring production has been announced and open auditions will be held February 6 & 7, 2018. Michael Fennimore will direct Nothing is the End of the World (except for the end of the world) by Bekah Brunstetter. More information on auditions can be found HERE.