Urbana University Theatre Performs

URBANA, Ohio (March 21, 2012) - Urbana University theatre students will perform, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at 8:00 p.m. on campus in the Black Box Theatre at the Hub on March 29, 30 and 31. There is no charge but seating is limited.

Ticket reservations may be made through March 27 by calling 937-484-1409 or in person at the Swedenborg Memorial Library on campus. Those with reservations should arrive at the Black Box Theatre at the Hub at 7:30 p.m. on their production date to retrieve their tickets at the will call line. Each night, some seats will be saved for those without reservations. Unclaimed reservations will be released on a first come, first served basis to those on stand-by at 7:45 p.m.

Irish-born Oscar Wilde was at the height of his career in 1895 when his social satire, The Importance of Being Earnest opened in London. Wilde summarized his intent when he subtitled the farce, “a trivial play for serious people.” Now regarded as a classic, the comedy is noted for witty language, mistaken identities, and surprise plot twists. The running time with two brief intermissions is approximately two hours.

The play features student-actors: Heather Abdalla, Noel Amend, Kara Elias, John-Mark Howley, Zack Iiames, Cody Peterson, Amanda Rockhold, Brandan Sphar and Kelli Subler with Marci Copley as the stage manager. Samantha Little is the box office manager with assistance from Ariel Almassy, Lindsay Belisle and Kelsey Saylor as ushers. Music on the classical guitar will be played before each act by Urbana home-school student, Christina Darding. Urbana University students who have taken responsibility for key aspects of the production preparation include: Mercedes Dagnan, Katie Dudgeon, Kim Hazlewood, Kathleen Ollhoff, Cody Slater, Amy Williams, Jayne Woodward, and Adam Wunderele. Margaret Piatt is the director.

For more information about this event, log onto the website, www.urbana.edu .

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