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AUDITION NOTICE: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Villanova Players Theatre

General Information

Villanova Players welcomes participation from all members of the community, encouraging applications from people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. We are holding auditions for our upcoming production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest", directed by Leo Bradley. Join us for this exciting production and bring Oscar Wilde's timeless characters to life on stage!

Audition Details

  • Date and Time: Sunday, 16 June 2024, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Location: Ron Hurley Theatre

  • Additional Auditions: If necessary, callbacks will be held on Tuesday, 18 June, and Thursday, 20 June from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Performance Dates: 23 August - 1 September 2024

Roles Available

  • John Worthing: Young man, slightly insecure, keen to get on in society, madly in love with Gwendolen. (Male, 20-35)

  • Algernon Moncrieff: His best friend, a journalist, no insecurities whatsoever, Gwendolen’s cousin, musical, overly educated, always eating. Falls unexpectedly for Cecily. (Male, 20-35)

  • Rev. Canon Chasuble: Local clergyman, opinionated, lectures a lot, a sermon for every occasion (often the same one). (Male, 50-75)

  • Lane, Manservant/Housekeeper or Cook: Much put-upon butler to Algernon, a man with a past – could be a housekeeper and female. (Any gender, any age)

  • Merriman, Butler/Housekeeper: Senior servant at John’s country estate, exhausted trying to run after young Cecily. (Any gender, any age)

  • Gwendolen Fairfax: John Worthing’s intended, romantic, always the centre of attention, enjoying the hunt for a husband but has her own list of desirable attributes, deeply shallow. Attracted to John because she thinks his name is Earnest. (Female, 18-26)

  • Cecily Cardew: John Worthing’s exceptionally pretty ward, romantic and wild, passionate, imaginative, overly educated in geometry and political economy. Devoted to pressing flowers and keeping her diary. (Female, 18-22)

  • Servants: Various servants needed for both houses, especially Moulton the gardener, valets, parlour maids, etc. Involved in the physical comedy of scenes and mopping up afterwards but do not have many lines. (Any gender, any age)

Note: The roles of Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism have already been cast.

How to Audition

  1. Download the Audition Pack: Audition Pack

  2. Prepare a Monologue: A short 1 to 2-minute monologue, preferably comic. You can choose from any work, though we suggest pieces by Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, or Noel Coward. Some suggestions are included in the audition pack.

  3. Attend the Audition: Be prepared for a short reading of some scenes with other auditionees.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals Start: Tuesday, 25 June 2024

  • Rehearsal Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Tech Week: 18-22 August 2024

Performance Dates

  • Friday, 23 August 2024: 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, 24 August 2024: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

  • Sunday, 25 August 2024: 2:00 pm

  • Friday, 30 August 2024: 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, 31 August 2024: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

  • Sunday, 1 September 2024: 2:00 pm

Contact Information

Expression of Interest

If you are unable to attend the audition but are still interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest Form.


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