Cameron University’s theatre season continues when “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play, is presented in the Studio Theatre from Thursday, November 17, through Sunday, November 20. The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, military, Cameron faculty and staff, and non-Cameron students. CU students receive one free admission with their CU I.D. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 580-581-2346.
First performed in 1895, the play tells the story of two bachelors, John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.
Dakota Maggard Weeks, Lawton, plays the role of Jack Worthing. Joining him from Lawton are Maliah Davis as Lady Bracknell, Victor Quinones as Algernon Moncrief, Kyleigh E. Garmon as Cecily Cardew, Richard Carl Johns as the Reverend Chausable, and Alexzander Ernest as Lance and Merriman. Meanwhile, Victoria Spruill, Duncan, plays Miss Prism, and Shalyn Bowels, Geronimo, plays Gwendolyn.
Shayson Lenee’, Comanche, is the stage manager for the production. Francis Waweru, Nairobi, Kenya, is the assistant lighting designer and light board operator. From Duncan, Jaiden Standridge is the soundboard operator, Natalie Small is the properties designer, and Riah Pettigrew and Marche McEntire are the running crew. Aubrey Waxler, Del City, is also part of the running crew. Carmen Head, Alvarado, Texas, is the assistant lighting designer. Cole Nowlin, Anadarko, is the house manager. From Lawton, Aria Heathcott is the assistant scenic designer and head of the running crew. Dakota Weeks is the assistant costume designer. Richard Carl Johns is the sound designer and dramaturg. Allee Passmore is in charge of publicity.
Faculty working on the show include associate professor Eric Abbott as costume and make-up designer and assistant professor Ben Williams as scenic and lighting designer. Emeritus faculty member Scott Richard Klein directs the production.