PAGE gets Earnest
Show coming to Estacada Auditorium March 13-15
Undeterred by a rehearsal space mix-up, the actors have no trouble getting into character in the entrance hallway of the Estacada Public Library.
Rehearsals are in full swing as the Performing Arts Group of Estacadas production of The Importance of Being Earnest draws near.
Despite the hoodies and T-shirts they sport and the colorful posters and fluorescent lights that surround them in this rogue rehearsal, the PAGE actors effortlessly transport the observer back to Oscar Wildes sophisticated, witty farce of the upper-crust of the 1890s.
Director Julie Hamer said that as the cast discussed the production they decided Wildes social commentary was salient enough to apply to the modern day.
Hamers cast ranges in age from 16 to 76 years.
The shows youngest actor, James Tenbush, was a key factor in the choice of the show.
Hamer said she had been inspired watching Tenbush bring life to the script during a summer PAGE workshop.
It was mostly the attitude of it, it was very light hearted. It was fun, said Tenbush.
That quality of fun is apparent in all of the actors performances of the trivial comedy for serious people ... and in the casting itself. Get ready for a surprise Lady Bracknell.
The show is coming to the Estacada Auditorium stage 7 p.m. Thursday- Saturday, March 13-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT