Heights Players Open 51st Season

dinner party_crop.jpgNeil "Doc" Simon's 31st play, The Dinner Party, is set to open the Heights Players 51st season on Friday (9/8) at the Willow Place Chapel (26 Willow Place). 

Performances are 8PM Fridays and Saturdays and at 2PM Sundays through September 24. For more information go to the Heights Players website.

The company has announced that auditions will be held for its next production, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest,  on September 11th and 12th at 7PM.  While BHB publisher Homer Fink may be slightly too long in the tooth to play the classic Algernon Moncrieff perhaps there is hope for one of our readers. Here's a list of parts up for grabs:

John (Jack) Worthing – (Age Range: 25-35) A young, eligible bachelor whose family pedigree is a mystery, but his seriousness and sincerity are evident. In the country he is Jack – a local magistrate of the county with responsibilities, a ward and a fictional brother ironically named "Ernest". In the city, however, he is masquerading himself as "Ernest" whilst courting The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax.

Algernon Moncrieff – (Age Range: 25-35) A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. Upon learning of Jack's ward, Cecily, he poses as Jack's wicked younger brother "Ernest" in order to woo and propose to her. Algernon, unlike Jack, is not serious and is generally out for his own gratification.

Lady Augusta Bracknell – (Age Range: 50+) A formidable Victorian woman, and a perfect symbol of its earnestness, who represents upper class society and its values and opinions. She is a strongly opinionated matriarch, who believes breeding is more important than wealth and bullies everyone in her path. Ironically, she married into the upper class from beneath it.
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax – (Age Range: 23-30) Lady Bracknell's daughter and Algy's cousin. She exhibits some of the sophistication and confidence of a London socialite, but tends to put style above sincerity. She is submissive to her mother in public, but privately rebels, while demonstrating the absurdity of such ideals as only marrying a man named "Ernest".

Cecily Cardew – (Age Range: 18) Jack's ward, daughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is romantic and imaginative, keeps a diary of fictional encounters and feels repressed by her governess Miss Prism. She longs for a "wicked" man and upon meeting Algernon, whom she believes to be "Ernest", she is immediately smitten and in love.

Miss Prism – (Age Range: 50+) Governess of Cecily and a symbol of Victorian moral righteousness. Despite the façade of her Victorian morality, she reveals a secret life of passion by her concern for the whereabouts of her misplaced novel and her flirtation with the local minister, Rev. Chasuble. She, also, unknowingly, holds the key to Jack's true identity.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. – (Age Range 50+) A local minister in Jack's county, who like Miss Prism, is the source of Victorian moral judgments. His sermons are interchangeable, mocking religious conventions, however, beneath the religious exterior, his heart beats for Miss Prism.

Lane – (Age Range Open) Mr. Moncrieff's servant. Open to comedic interpretation.

Merriman – (Age Range Open) Mr. Worthing's servant. Open to comedic interpretation.

Grisby – (Age Range Open) A Solicitor from London who comes to collect monies owed by Mr. "Ernest" Worthing. Cameo Role.

Moulton – (Age Range Open) Mr. Worthing's Gardener. Cameo Role. 

More information is available at the Heights Players website


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