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The Importance of Being Earnest Audition Information:

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, Probably the wittiest comedy in the English language. To avoid various social responsibilities, Jack Worthing has invented an irresponsible younger brother named Earnest.

Please prepare to read scenes from the play.  It is highly recommended that you read the script of The Importance of Being Earnest prior to auditioning.

The Importance of Being Earnest Character Breakdown:

John “Jack” Worthing, J.P., aka Ernest:  early 30’s, is a wealthy young gentleman who takes life seriously.  He’s a friend of Algernon whose behavior he sometimes deplores.  John is Cecily’s guardian and is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax.

Algernon Moncrieff:  early 30’s, is the brilliantly witty and blithely selfish nephew of Lady Bracknell and cousin to Gwendolen Fairfax.  He’s Ernest’s (John/Jack’s) best friend.  He’s in love with Cecily Cardew.

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax:  early 20’s, is  Algernon’s young, aristocratic and charmingly superficial cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter.  She’s in love with John/Jack/Ernest.

Lady Bracknell:  55 +, is domineering, cunning, mercenary and snobbish.  She’s Gwendolen’s mother, and she means to see her daughter well-married.  A formidable woman, Lady Bracknell is used to having her own way in all ways. 

Cecily Cardew:  early 20’s, is a young woman given to romantic fantasies and intrigued by the wickedness of Jack’s brother.  She is the simpler, more innocent country girl to Gwendolyn’s sophisticated city girl.  

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity):  55 +, is the pleasant rector on John/Jack’s estate and has a crush on Miss Prism.

Miss Prism:  50 +, is Cecily’s pedantic governess.  She’s somewhat puritanical, but her softer side leans toward Dr. Chasuble.  She once wrote an important novel.

Merriman:  30 – 50’s, is the butler at Jack’s country estate.

Lane:  30 – 40’s, is Algernon’s manservant. 


The Importance of Being Earnest Callback Information:

If you are called back for a particular role, “sides” will be sent. Again, it is highly recommended that you read the script prior to auditioning.


What To Know About Auditions

  • Pre-registration strongly encouraged, a timeslot will be assigned, which will help avoid waiting times.. 

  • Auditions at the Civic are always open to the public and never precast.

  • Rochester Civic Theatre Company practices color-blind casting and encourages people of all races, creeds, and cultures to audition.

  • Rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the auditions. 

  • For musical auditions: please prepare a song to sing at the audition. Bring the sheet music for an accompanist. Wear something comfortable to dance/move at the audition.

  • For non-musical auditions: Scripts are available to check out with a small deposit fee ($10) at the box office. Stop by the box office for details. Scripts must be returned to the box office by Monday before the audition dates.

  • Cast info is subject to change. Check this page often or contact Box Office for the current information.