Camaraderie, good cheer, good conversation and good food will reign when the CU@SC series returns with “The Other Side of Oscar Wilde: Beyond the Affectations of Wit and Wild.” The Victorian tea, hosted by former Cameron University faculty member Dr. Vivian Thomlinson, takes place on Sunday, December 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. The special event is hosted by the Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences and takes place at the Simmons Center’s Chisholm Hall. Admission is $10 and $5 for children K-12. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid CU ID. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To RSVP, call 580-581-2491.
Refreshments will include a traditional “high tea” with scones, clotted cream, crumpets, finger sandwiches and trifle. A selection of fine teas will be provided by Distinctive Décor of Duncan. Seasonal string music will be provided by Barbara Pickthorn and Susan Diekman.
Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet Oscar Wilde is remembered today for his epigrams (e.g. “The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster”), his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and his plays, including “The Importance of Being Earnest,” as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and death at the age of 46. Thomlinson will focus on some of Wilde’s oft-overlooked works - tales ostensibly written for children, particularly “The Happy Prince,” “The Nightingale and the Rose,” and “the Selfish Giant.” Like many fairy tales, these do not always end happily but do draw the light of fantasy to questions of character and values in an enchanting way.
CU@SC’s Holiday Victorian Tea is made possible by the Simmons Center Community Spirit Program and Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.
November 21, 2016