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Opportunities for students in 'Earnest'

April 2014

The transformation of the Allaert Auditorium stage will bring the audience much closer to the action of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

The stage is being adapted to provide seating on stage on three sides of the playing area. Because of this, seating will be more limited than others shows performed in the space. However, it will also provide a greater opportunity for the audience to have more of a connection with the show, which centers around two protagonists: Jack and Algy. They both assume a fictitious persona in order to entice women of interest, as well as escape the drudgeries of their everyday lives.

Kris Eitrheim, the scenic designer, is also overseeing the students of his lighting design class as they implement what they have learned in class.

Dr. Corinne Johnson, director, brought in professional actor Phil McKinley playing Lady Bracknell, to give the students an opportunity to work with a professional. Johnson has spent the last month and a half shaping the story through the development of the cast. Lady Brackness is Algy's aunt and the mother of Gwendolen, the object of Jack's affections.

Costumes are being designed by Dianne Dye. The sound effects are being designed by Aaron Randolph, III.

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