Spring play features classic comedy March 27-28

by Piper King/pipking21@pceagles.org

Note: Due to COVID-19, the school is looking for a new option for when the play can take place.

PC’s spring play, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, will take the stage March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. The cast brings experienced actors to the stage, with seven of the ten cast members being seniors.

The story takes place in London in the late 1800s. John Worthing (senior Colby De Vries), a carefree young man, creates an imaginary brother, “Ernest,” that gives him an excuse to leave his country home and journey to London. There, he stays with his friend, Algernon Moncrieff (senior Braden Meinders). Both gentlemen, at some point, take on the identity of “Ernest.” John, under the name of Ernest proposes to Gwendolen Fairfax (senior Abigail Gosselink), while Algernon, also under the name of Ernest, proposes to Cecily Cardew (senior Halie Vermillion).

Confusion arises when the two girls find out that they are both set to marry “Ernest.” The girls work together to get to the bottom of the situation.

The actors are looking forward to performing this particular piece. “My favorite part is my scene with Abby Gosselink when I throw sugar at her,” said Vermillion. “It really gives aid to our sisterhood.”

Other performers find The Importance of Being Earnest as a humorous work of art. “It’s just funny. The events are in a random and nonsensical order,” said Meinders.

The story is told in such a way as to cause laughter to people of all ages. “Oscar Wilde depicted ten different characters with entirely different personas in such a beautiful way to pack every line full of comedy. Discussions arise pertaining to everything from cucumber sandwiches to whether one should know everything… or nothing,” said senior Austin Dart, who will be playing a butler named Lane.

Online ticket sales start on Monday, March 9, at pchstt.booktix.com.

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