Auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest"Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

Auditions will take place on Tues. Sept. 9 and Wed. Sept. 10 in the Theatre of the Arts, ML 135 from 5:00-9:00 pm both days. Audition time sign-up sheets will appear on the Call Board in late August. Accepting a role in this play will be for academic credit.

Audition requirements:

  • 2 monologues:
    • 1 monologue of your choice (no longer than 2 minutes) 
    • 1 monologue to be prepared from the script of The Importance of Being Earnest - choose one of the speeches below; treat the speeches as monologues, and speak them straight through, as if the other characters' lines didn't exist
  • this does not mean you are necessarily being considered for these roles; this is to show us what you would do with Oscar Wilde's words

  • please be familiar with the whole script, and read the play in advance of your audition
  • all students at every level are welcome to audition; no prerequisites

MEN:

Jack: It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Bracknell, about your nephew, but the fact is that I do not approve at all of his moral character.  I suspect him of being untruthful.  I fear there can be no possible doubt about the matter.  This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretense of being my brother.  Under an assumed name he drank, I’ve just been informed by my butler, an entire pint bottle of my Perrier-Jouet, Brut, ’89; wine I was specially reserving for myself.  Continuing his disgraceful deception, he succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the affections of my only ward.  He subsequently stayed to tea, and devoured every single muffin.  And what makes his conduct all the more heartless is, that he was perfectly well aware from the first that I have no brother, that I never had a brother, and that I don’t intend to have a brother, not even of any kind.  I distinctly told him so myself yesterday afternoon.

WOMEN:

Cecily: You silly boy!  Of course.  Why, we have been engaged for the last three months.  Yes it will be exactly three months on Thursday.  Well, ever since dear Uncle Jack first confessed to us that he had a younger brother who was very wicked and bad, you of course have formed the chief topic of conversation between myself and Miss Prism.  And of course a man who is much talked about is always very attractive.  One feels there must be something in him, after all.  I daresay it was foolish of me, but I feel in love with you, Ernest. The engagement was settled on the 14th of February last.  Worn out by your entire ignorance of my existence, I determined to end the matter one way or the other, and after a long struggle with myself I accepted you under this dear old tree here.  The next day I bought this little ring in your name, and this is the little bangle with the true lover’s knot I promised you always to wear.  Yes, you’ve wonderfully good taste, Ernest.  It’s the excuse I’ve always given for your leading such a bad life.

Break a leg!

Cost 
Free - but must sign up in advance (list on callboard outside ML 135)
Location 
ML - Modern Languages
135
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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