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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde
Director Staff: 
Director: Jen Guthrie
Asst. Director: Joe Long

Algernon Moncrieff, an aristocratic young londoner, is visited by his best friend, whom he knows as Ernest Worthing.  Ernest arrives from the country with the intention of proposing to Algernon's cousin, Gwendolen.  Algernon refuses to grand Ernest his permission until he explains why the cigarette case he left in Algernon's flat bear's the inscription "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack." "Ernest" is thus forced to disclose that he is leading a double life: in the country, he goes by the name of John (or Jack), pretending that he has a wastrel brother named Ernest living in London and requiring his frequent attention. He assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his ward, Cecily, the granddaughter of Jack's late adoptive father, but in the city, he assumes the name and behavior of the libertine Ernest. Algernon reveals that he engages in a similar deception: he pretends to have an invalid friend named Bunbury in the country; whenever Algernon wants to avoid unwelcome social obligations, he "goes bunburying" instead. Combine these two and surprises are all that can ensue.


Audition Dates

Audition dates not available

Performance Dates

LTU Science Building, S100
Venue Address: 
2100 West Ten Mile Road Southfield, MI 48075
Ticket Cost: 
General Admission: $5.00
With LTU ID: Free
Special Thanks: 

Dr. David Huntsperger: Our faculty adviser, guide, and bringer of stress relief

Dean Bauer and the College of Arts and Sciences: For advice and funding the playbill publication

Peg Pierce and Stagecrafters ( For donating the rental of costumes

Dr. Melinda Phillips: For continued support and tips throughout the semester

Laura Affer: Coaching the cast with vocal and movement techniques

Holly Helterhoff and the Scholars' Program Members: for the use of their room

Eric Lennemann: For being on hand to help at almost every rehearsal

Cast Members

Nathan LoreeJohn Worthing, J.P.
Tommy PennerAlgernon Moncrieff
Steve BaibakRev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
Jacob VeillonMerriman (Algernon's Butler), Lane (John's Manservant)
Katie MehrerLady Bracknell
Kris NaylorLady Bracknell
Amanda SweetHon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Emily VottaCecily Cardew
Jessica HouseknechtMiss Prism
Kat RuffMiss Prism

Crew Members

John CamardeseTechnical Director, Set Designer
Greg EllsworthStage Manager
Elijah HartmanLighting Console Operator
Joe LongSound Engineer