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Sandy theater kicks off new season with Oscar Wilde classic

"The Importance of Being Earnest" opens Sept. 12


As the summer comes to a close, it is once again time for the Sandy Actors Theatre season to get rolling. The troupe's first production of the season is Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

The play will debut Friday, Sept. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 5.

The play is set in 1895 and follows “Jack” and “Algernon,” two upper-crust gallants who live in London, but who are both known as “Ernest” in the country. The ladies they love will only marry a man named Ernest.

According to Sandy Actors Theatre, “Wilde's most enduringly popular play revels in the triviality with which late Victorians treated institutions such as marriage and the hypocrisy of social customs.”

SAT’s rendition of “The Importance of Being Earnest” is directed by Anita Sorel and stars Olivia Welch, Chris Botcheos, Jessie Russell, Matt Rathbun, Anothony Ulibarr, Berta Limbaugh, Don Wright, George Farquhar and Jim Lamproe.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Sandy Actors Theatre and AntFarm are offering a High Tea and Theatre package.

Bobbi Mills of the Sandy Actors Theatre said the troupe held a volunteer get together at AntFarm last month that was a great success. Those involved with the play thought it would be a good idea to hold another event at the venue.

"It is a way we can support the community," Mills said.

Tea will be served at 1 p.m. at AntFarm, 39140 Proctor Blvd, followed by a matinee performance of the play at 3:00 at Sandy Actors Theatre just around the corner. Tickets are $22.

Performances of “The Importance of Being Earnest” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12. They can be purchased online at sandyactorstheatre.org or reserved by calling 503-668-6834. Reservations can also be made for wheel chair space and hearing assistance devices.