Auditions being scheduled

Earlier this year, the Performing Arts Group of Estacada (PAGE) enjoyed huge success with its big, stage production of “Alice and Wonderland.”

Which was all well and good, but Director Julie Hamer wanted to try something wildly different for the group’s 2014 production.

For the past few years, PAGE had put on youth-friendly shows with huge casts of mostly young actors.

Hamer had heard buzz around town that people were starting to think PAGE was mainly oriented to youth theater.

Hamer thought Oscar Wilde’s farce “The Importance of Being Earnest” would make for quite a change of pace.

The “Trivial Comedy for Serious People” pokes fun at Victorian sensibilities and is considered by many, including Hamer, to be Wilde’s funniest work.

“It’s fabulously well-written,” Hamer said.

The cast is small — there are nine roles in total — and Hamer is looking for quick-witted adults and mature teens to bring Wilde’s sophisticated, 1890s humor to life.

Hamer estimates about four of those roles will go to mature teens or actors in their 20s, the rest are opportunities for adults.

This play is a chance to showcase actors that may not have had the right character opportunity in Estacada before.

If there is enough interest, Hamer may cast understudies.

“I’m hoping this will bring in some more people,” Hamer said.

Hamer thinks the production will hinge on finding the right “Lady Bracknell,” a character that Hamer thinks often serves as the “barometer for the performance.”

Adult women, now is your chance.

Hamer said PAGE is considering putting on another show in late May or early June that will showcase younger actors.

Auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest” are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 13, 20, 27 in the Flora Room of the Estacada Public Library.

Interested actors should be prepared to rehearse once a week or more, though Hamer doesn’t think rehearsals will pick up speed until January 2014.

For more information or to schedule an audition call Julie Hamer at 503-630-3924.

The “Importance of Being Earnest” will be performed March 13-16 at the Estacada Auditorium.

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