November 1, 2014

Central Theatre tackling Oscar Wilde classic

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STANDISH — Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a satire of British mannerisms and tradition, will be performed by the Standish-Sterling High School Central Theatre group on Oct. 22-24.

Director Judy Harper said this is the first time she has ever led a group of actors through the full version of the play.

“I’ve done the condensed version before. I’ve always wanted to do the full version,” Harper said. “Acting-wise, it’s definitely a challenge.”

Since the play is based in England, she said students will step up to the task of speaking with a British accent.

“Most of the kids are basically trying at least a mild accent,” she said, adding that this year’s collection of performers has the talent to pull off the accents and wit required to be successful in the full version of The Importance of Being Earnest.

According to Harper, the 15-member cast and crew will take the audience on a ride that spotlights a man pretending to be someone else to woo a woman, while also keeping up his true identity to others. However, Harper said, when another man starts acting like “Earnest” to woo the same woman, the plot twists, as only one man is truly who he says to be.

“It’s like a twist of identities,” Harper explained.

She said the play lasts approximately two hours and 15 minutes. Show times are 7 p.m. for each performance. For more information, call 989-846-3660.

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