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PCHS Players present ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

By NEESEY PAYNE

neesey@southwesttimes.com

It’s an adventure of mistaken identities as the Pulaski County Advanced Theatre Arts class presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” this Friday and Saturday in the PCHS Little Theatre.

The comedy, by Oscar Wilde, takes place in London in the early 1900s. Gwendolyn Farifax falls in love with a man named Earnest Worthing, at least that’s what she thinks his name is. Worthing’s real name is Jack who only uses his “Earnest” persona while partying in the city. However, at his home in the country, he is the guardian of Cecily Cardew.

Cardew is tutored by a governess, Miss Prism, an older woman who has her eye on the Rev. Dr. Chasuble, the local vicar.

Meanwhile, Jack’s best friend, Algernon Moncreiff, a city bachelor, has fabricated a friend he calls Bunbury as an excuse to get out of the city. While visiting the country, Moncreiff visits Cardew and introduces himself as Earnest.

Like Fairfax, Cardew falls in love with Earnest and the adventures of mistaken identities begin.

The play will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. The production is presented in three acts. Tea and cucumber sandwiches will be served as concessions.

The cast and technical crew are as follows:

• Jack/ Earnest- Jonathan Holcomb

• Algernon- Jacob Browning

• Gwendolyn- Samantha Woodyard (Friday)/ Courtney Ratcliff (Saturday)

• Lady Bracknell- Ebone Williams (Maizy Landreth played the role for student performances.)

• Lane the Butler-Sandra Neeley (Friday)/ Lucas “LG” Goad (Saturday)

• Miss Prism- Faith Linkous (Friday)/ Tracy Wilson (Saturday)

• Reverend Doctor Chasuble- Mitchell Hash

• Cecily- Eleanor Webster

• Merriman the Butler- Lexi Eads (Friday)/ Lucas “LG” Goad (Saturday)

• Stage manager- Alyssa Moye

• Lights- Brittney Price

• Assistant stage manager- Brittany Covey

• Understudies and technical assistants-Katt Eads and Amy Huff

 

The class is under the direction of Drama Instructor Jeff McCoy.