Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Casting Announced for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Summer at Orlando Shakes is in full swing!  SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is playing to sold-out audiences, students of all ages are running around in summer camps and we’re getting ready for a fantastic 2011-2012 Season!

We are delighted to begin our Signature Series with Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a rousing escapade of romance, mistaken identities and comic twists, playing at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center from September 14 – October 9, 2011.

Our production boasts a phenomenal creative team with director Jim Helsinger (THE 39 STEPS, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD) at the helm. “Oscar Wilde, who wrote Earnest in the late nineteenth century, deliciously satirizes the modes and manners of the upper classes in England in the last years of the Victorian era,” Helsinger explains.

Jack A. Smith (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, CHARM) comes on board to work his magic as costume designer. “With his flair for fashion and his fantastic sense of the ridiculous…Jack makes the ladies look good. And the men too, of course,” Helsinger laughs. And bringing it all together is Bert Scott’s scenic design (CHAPS! A JINGLE JANGLE CHRISTMAS, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS) and lighting by Dave Upton (TWELFTH NIGHT), allowing this delightful comedy to unfold seamlessly on the Margeson stage. “It’s going to be true to the period, highly theatrical and exciting,” says Helsinger.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production presents an incredible cast led by audience favorites:

  • Avery Clark (HAMLET, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) as Algernon Moncrieff
  • Mindy Anders (PRIVATE LIVES, TWELFTH NIGHT) as Gwendolen Fairfax
  • Deanna Gibson (THE 39 STEPS) as Cecily Cardew
  • Philip Nolen (THE BIG BANG, A TUNA CHRISTMAS) as Lady Bracknell
  • Patrick Flick (MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) as Rev. Chasuble
  • Robin Olson (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) as Miss Prism

Single tickets and Season Flex Passes are available by calling (407) 447-1700, online at www.orlandoshakes.org or in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

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