What’s So Important About Seeing the Importance of Being Earnest

Mary Mahan, Staff Writer

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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde, was first performed in London in 1875. 142 years later the incredibly talented actors and actress of North Greenville University will be performing for the community at Billingsley Theatre for two weekends this fall (see dates below).

The play is about two men, Jack Worthing (played by Jonathan Sieberhagen) and Algernon Moncreiff (played by Tanner Dean). They attempt to get away from their monotonous lives by living a double life of sorts. They spend time wandering between the city and the country switching between their funny and chaotic alter egos all the while.

Actors Jonathan Sieberhagen and Tanner Dean practice for The Importance of Being Earnest, while Dale Savidge directs off-stage.  Source: DeAndra Watkins

Actors Jonathan Sieberhagen and Tanner Dean practice for The Importance of Being Earnest, while Dale Savidge directs off-stage.

Source: DeAndra Watkins

The play is a comedy of manners, and if you’ve taken Theatre Appreciation with the director of the play, Dale Savidge, you will know that it is a play that is concerned with pointing out the faults of the upper class with the use of comedic verbal wit. In other words, it pokes fun at the social elite whilst being hilarious and entertaining. The show is set up with arena seating, which means the audience is able to completely surround the stage. Every audience member will get to view the play from a different perspective.

The play will be showing at 7:30 p.m. on the following nights:

  • September 28, 29, 30
  • October 5, 6, 7

 

Character Spotlight: DeAndra Watkins

Source: DeAndra Watkins

Source: DeAndra Watkins

Watkins is a sophomore theatre major and will be voicing the character Dr. Chasuble. While Watkins voices the camera off-screen, Trei Turmon will be signing his dialogue on screen.  When asked if there were any of her acting colleagues she would like to point out, Watkins said, “Really, every individual has been working extremely hard on this show. It's gonna be great.”

 

Show Your Support

Scenic designer Tori Sheriff paints the set with theare practicum students.   Source: DeAndra Watkins

Scenic designer Tori Sheriff paints the set with theare practicum students. 

Source: DeAndra Watkins

Putting on a play takes a lot of man power, from organized stage managers (Taylor Whitmire), creative set designers (Tori Sheriff), to hard working directors (Dale Savidge).

 

 

 

 

Note: NGU students! You can receive cultural event credit for attending and you get in for free.

Not a student? Purchase your tickets here.