‘Earnest’ cast gears up for opening

April 14-17, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,”  is set to play in the Memorial Hall auditorium to end the semester for the Chadron State Theatre Department. Show times are 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The play is Wilde’s most popular and is based on treating institutions, such as marriage, as trivial as possible.

The irony of the plot and the oblivious characters create humor that cannot be matched.

“What’s wonderful is the audience can laugh at, and along with the characters,” Amanda Pintore, senior of Omaha, said.

Actors include Pintore as Ms. Prism, Jesse Manke, freshman of Philip, S.D., as Lane (manservant) and Merriman (butler), Shalee Jones, senior of Minatare, as Lady Bracknell, Shannon Smay, senior of Sidney, as Algernon, Erin Neal, junior of Crawford, as Gwendolen,  Asha Martin, freshman of Scottsbluff, as Cecily, and James Safarik, sophomore of Hyannis, as Dr. Chasuble.

The protagonist, John (Jack) Worthing, is played by Marty Lastovica, junior of Omaha. John is a respectable man who lives a double life. He is pursuing a young woman, Gwendolen, in one life as Earnest, and raising a young woman, Cecily, in his other life as John.

“My character is very torn.” Lastovica said.

According to the actors, coming up with the perfect Olde English accent for the play was more than difficult, but is a must for the production.

“I definitely love the dialogue. It’s such an elevated way of speaking,” Neal said.

The play is known for the lines soaked in irony that the characters are blind to. It simply mocks the Victorian lifestyle of high class and superiority.

“I like how it shows the hypocrisy in people and then the mask falls off and you see their true nature,” Safarik said.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 432-6207 or by e-mail boxoffice@csc.edu. Students, faculty and staff can reserve for free.


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