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Cast attends 'high tea' for full effect

March 2014

The Galvin mainstage presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

The Theatre Department is honored and thrilled to have Broadway director, Phil McKinley, join the cast as a guest actor. Some of his work includes Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and The Boy From Oz (starring Hugh Jackman). McKinley will portray the role of Lady Bracknell.

This rousing, romantic escapade dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making it one of the most cherished plays in the English language. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.

The cast attended a "High Tea" as one of their rehearsals. They were told to wear the fanciest clothes they owned and use their best table manners. Director Corinne Johnson acted as hostess for the night by serving the cast tea, muffins, and scones. After the tea ended, the actors were assessed on their behavior and etiquette during the meal and learned the appropriate behavior of the upper crust English society. It was a very fun, unique way to learn about the time period (late 1800s) during which the play takes place.

John Worthing: Jordan McGinnis, Sophomore
Algernon Moncrief: Chris Galvan, Junior
Rev. Chasuble: JJ Johnson, Sophomore
Merriman: Nick Pearce, First Year
Lane: Jack Greene, First Year
Lady Bracknell: Phil McKinley, Broadway Director
Lady Bracknell u/s: Cami Sackett, Senior
Gwendolen: Shannon Rourke, Sophomore
Cecily Cardew: Brooke Schelly, Junior
Miss Prism: Becca Brazel, Sophomore

The Importance of Being Earnest will be presented Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. on the Allaert Auditorium Stage in the Galvin Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $7 for non-SAU students, $6 for groups, and SAU students with current valid SAU ID are free. To reserve or purchase tickets contact the Galvin Fine Arts Center Ticket Office at (563)-333-6251.

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