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A fully staged outdoor adventure!

Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood

Adapted from legend by Jeremy Sony
Directed by Keely Kurtas-Chapman
Produced by Doug Browell
Stage Manager Kate Hawthorne

June 16, 17, 18 & 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm

Alum Creek Park Amphitheatre
221 West Main Street, Westerville

Free lawn seating (donations accepted)

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Featuring:

Azhar Ali, Amy Anderson, Randy Benge, Grace Bolander, Liz Bratt, Gabe Caldwell, Kate Charlesworth-Miller, Mia Doron, Liz Gaffney, John Grote, Brian Henry, Martina Holbrook, Jeff Kemeter, Grace Mashensic, Tina Mercer, Mark Miller, Ashley Schuliger, Kelsey Schuliger, Mark Schuliger, Paula Shtein, Jill Taylor, Drew Washburn, & Danielle Webster

Sword fights, secret identities, love, betrayal, and redemption: History and legend collide in this new tale of Robin Hood.

Recommended for family audiences.

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'Earnest' Script Review June 30

Curtain Players has announced a June 30 script review and July 10 auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest, the first production of its 2016-2017 season.

Jeb Bigelow is directing the enduring Oscar Wilde comedy — first performed in 1895 — set for a September 9 opening night at the community theatre’s Harlem Road playhouse.

Bigelow, who has many acting credits with central Ohio theatre companies, may be best known for his annual Jebby Awards program, a celebration of excellence in stage productions, individual performances, and technical achievements in central Ohio theatre. Bigelow appeared in the Curtain Players production of Run for Your Wife in 2009.

SYNOPSIS In Earnest, two wealthy London bachelors each pretend to be a fictitious man called Earnest in order to win over two eligible young ladies, despite the ladies’ avowed preference for that name alone — and the interference of the intimidatingly proper Lady Bracknell — in Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people.” Character descriptions are below.

SCRIPT REVIEW The Earnest script review session begins at 6:30 PM Thursday June 30 at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse.

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to review the script, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend to learn more about the project. The script review is offered as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition.

As part of its Curtain Connects program, Curtain Players donates two copies of each script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

AUDITIONS Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest are Sunday July 10 at the Harlem Road playhouse. Registration begins at 6:30 PM with auditions to begin promptly at 7 o’clock. An audition form may be downloaded by clicking here.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee. The committee includes a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director’s choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. In the event that someone wishing to audition is not available to attend on the appointed date, an early audition may be requested of the director. The early audition will be granted solely at the director's discretion. The request for an early Earnest audition must be made no later than Sunday June 26.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org

REHEARSALS Rehearsals for each production begin offsite, usually at Friendship Village of Columbus. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

According to Bigelow, rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest begin Sunday July 17. Most rehearsals occur Sunday-Thursday evenings, roughly four rehearsals each week. Actors should be ready to provide all conflicts at the time of auditions. The director will try work around those conflicts.

PERFORMANCES The Importance of Being Earnest plays at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays September 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24, with 2 o’clock matinees Sundays September 18 and 25. A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the September 18 matinee.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS Please note: The ages in this listing are only meant as guidelines for the playing age, not as a requirements for the actor’s age.

John (Jack) Worthing Age: 29. In the city he goes by the name of Ernest, a fun-loving bachelor, and in the country he is Jack, a land-owner and guardian of Cecily. He is about to take his place in society by proposing to Gwendolyn Fairfax.

Algernon Moncrieff Age: 21-25.  A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. Algernon, unlike Jack, is not serious and is generally out for his own gratification.

Lady Augusta Bracknell Age: 50-65. The perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness – the belief that style is more important than substance and that social and class barriers are to be enforced. She is a strongly opinionated matriarch, who bullies everyone in her path.

The Honorable Gwendolyn Fairfax Age: 25-29. Lady Bracknell’s daughter, believes style to be more important than sincerity. Romantic, hardheaded, and opinionated, much like her mother.

Cecily Cardew Age: 18. Jack Worthing’s ward, granddaughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is romantic and imaginative, and able to wrap men around her little finger before they know what happened.

Miss Prism Age: 50-65. Cecily’s governess that educates Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. Outwardly a symbol of Victorian morality, she reveals a secret life of passion, including having written a three volume sensational novel.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. Age: 50-65. Local vicar, and a source of moral judgments, but easy-going and pleasure seeking nonetheless. Has a flirtatious nature towards Miss Prism.

Lane and Merriman Age: 30-65. Servants in the households of Algernon and Jack. Both solemnly watch the follies of their “betters,” and save them from embarrassment.