Upcoming Auditions – Farmville

Waterworks Players will hold auditions March 6-7 for its spring production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Set in late Victorian London, Oscar Wilde’s comedy contains some of the wittiest dialogue ever written for the stage.

Directed by Clint Wright, this play follows two young gentlemen as they “hijack the truth” to add excitement to their lives. John has invented a brother, Earnest, who he uses as an excuse to leave his boring country life to visit the girl he adores in London. Algernon takes the name Earnest, to secretly visit John’s beautiful young ward in the country. Things take a turn for the worse when they all get together one fateful afternoon. Yes, it sounds like a big mess, but Wilde unfolds this case in one of English literature’s classic comedies. Waterworks is looking for 9 characters:

• John Worthing: Country Lover. Late 20s to 30s.

• Algernon Moncrieff: The lover of the city. Between 20 and 30 years old.

• Merriman: butler; 20s+

• Lane: valet; 20s+

• Lady Bracknell: A dowager dragon. 50 years and over

• Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax: The town’s love interest; Between 20 and 30 years old.

• Cecily Cardew: a young woman, ward of Jack Worthing

• Miss Prism: Housekeeper; A stilted woman, 50 and over

• The Reverend Chanoine Chasuble: local Reverend; 50 years +

Auditions will take place on Sunday and Monday, March 6 and 7, from 6-9 p.m. at the Waterworks Theater building (25 SMI Way, Farmville) and will consist of cold script readings. Those who audition can join Waterworks for one or both nights. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on April 22, 23, 29 and 30, with a single matinee at 2 p.m. on April 24. Even if you’re not sure there’s a character that would suit you, come along. We will take all comers.

Covid-19 Policies: Everyone must wear a mask or equivalent face covering (nose and mouth) to auditions. Other covid policies will be discussed there; we are monitoring the situation and want to provide a safe environment for our return to live theater.

If you have any questions about the auditions or the show, contact Waterworks via their Facebook page or at [email protected]