With the new year comes a new season of Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff previews a first production that promises to be truly “Wilde”…
It’s just three weeks until Theatre 29 opens its first show of 2014. A cast of Theatre 29 veterans will perform “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, and directed by another Theatre 29 veteran, Butch Pelfry. Called “A trivial comedy for serious people!” “The Importance of Being Earnest” was first performed in 1895, and is a tale of lost and found love and objects. Ben Bees, who starred in last year’s production of “Deathtrap,” is back as Jack. Cyrus Short, a natural comic actor, will portray Algernon. Multi-award winning director, music director, costumer, and performer Kathryn Ferguson will step back on the stage to play Lady Bracknell. Katie Van Sumeren, who starred as Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, will play Gwendolen. Lizzie Schmelling, who performed in nearly every play at Theatre 29 last year, is back as Cecily. Playing Miss Prism is Janet Peercy. Leonard Weber takes on the role of Mr. Chasuble, and Marv Schmelling will play the roles of twins Merriman and Lane. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run for 12 shows from January 10 through February 8. Friday and Saturday night shows are 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees on January 19th and February 2nd at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 760-361-4151.
Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.