The Importance of Being Earnest

Production Company
Metro Theatre
Producer(s)
Metro Theatre
Director(s)
Joan Bryans
Casting Director(s): 
Joan Bryans
Union Status
Non-Union
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

This is a NON-EQUITY production. All roles at Metro Theatre, are volunteer positions.

Audition Date(s)
Sunday, August 28 at 1:00PM
Audition Location
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver BC
Shoot / Performance Date(s)
Thursday to Saturday, November 04 to November 20 2022 Sunday matinees are November 06; November 13; November 20
Shoot / Performance Location(s)
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Submission Deadline
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Submission Instructions

You will receive an audition time slot and obtain a side for the part(s) you indicate you are interested in, once we have received your application. Please print the sides to bring with you to the audition.

Complete and submit the Fillable Audition form available on our website at https://metrotheatre.com/audtions-for-the-importance-of-being-earnest2-2/

Resume and Headshots: to be included when you complete and submit the on-line audition form.

Project Synopsis
A satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, the witty play is considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement. Jack Worthing is a fashionable young man who lives in the country with his ward, Cecily Cardew. He has invented a rakish brother named Ernest whose supposed exploits give Jack an excuse to travel to London periodically to rescue him. Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, who thinks Jack’s name is Ernest, returns his love, but her mother, Lady Bracknell, objects to their marriage because Jack is an orphan who was found in a handbag. Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest in order to woo Cecily, who has always been in love with the imaginary rogue Ernest. Ultimately it is revealed that Jack is really Lady Bracknell’s nephew, that his real name is Ernest, and that Algernon is actually his brother. The play ends with both couples happily united.
Additional Information & Safety Protocols: 

Rehearsal period: First rehearsal Sunday, September 10; Tuesdays & Thursdays 7pm-10pm, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday evenings

Requirements: All cast and crew must provide proof of vaccination. All provincial public health orders will be strictly adhered to.

Ethno-cultural casting statement: We encourage submissions from artists with a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, body type, and sexuality. We encourage anyone to audition for any role as we will be casting on who is best for the role.

Character 1
JACK (ERNEST) WORTHING
Age
27-35
Gender
Male
Description
The play’s protagonist. Serious and sincere, a seemingly respectable young man who leads a double life. At his country estate he is known as Jack. In London, he is known as Ernest. He is in love with his friend, Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolyn.
Character 2
ALGERNON
Age
24-32
Gender
Male
Description
The play’s secondary hero, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolyn and best friend of Jack. Brilliant, witty, selfish and amoral
Character 3
GWENDOLYN
Age
20-28
Gender
Female
Description
Lady Bracknell’s daughter and Algernon’s cousin. In love with Ernest. Sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan and utterly pretentious
Character 4
CECILY
Age
15-23
Gender
Female
Description
Jack’s 18-year-old ward who lives in the country. Unsophisticated, romantic and imaginative. Like Gwendolyn, she is obsessed with the name Ernest and has invented a romance between herself and her Uncle Jack’s wastrel brother, Ernest
Character 5
LADY BRACKNELL
Age
55 and up
Gender
Female
Description
Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary and domineering aunt and Gwendolyn’s mother. Cunning, narrow-minded and authoritarian, given to making hilarious pronouncements.
Additional Characters

MISS PRISM (female-identifying, age range 35 AND UP)
Cecily’s governess, an endless source of pedantic bromides and cliches. Seemingly puritanical and rigid, she does have a softer side and entertains romantic feelings for Dr Chasuble.

DR CHASUBLE (male-identifying, age range 35 AND UP)
The rector on Jack’s estate. Full of Victorian moral judgements but entertaining secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.

LANE (male-identifying, age range 25-75)
Algernon’s manservant. Lane and Merriman could be played by the same actor.

MERRIMAN (male-identifying, age range 25-75)
The butler at Jack’s country house. Lane and Merriman could be played by the same actor