6 Reasons Westminster Should See “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

Jack/Ernest. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Tim Aldred as Jack. PHOTO BY VERONICA LAKE.

BY EMMA KLIETHERMES
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The play and performance class and the Performing Arts Club will be presenting this year’s spring production: “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The cast of the show has given their top six reasons why they believe the Westminster community should go see the play. It will be performed April 15, 16, 17, and 25 at 8:00 p.m. in Champ Auditorium.


1. To laugh

Gwendolen and Jack. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Carrie Antoine (Gwendolen) and Tim Aldred (Jack). PHOTO BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD.

Carrie Antoine, ’17, said that the Westminster campus should see the play because it is funny and it will be a fun experience for any audience member.

2. Support their peers

Cast members. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Cast members Freda Boateng, Alec Bise, Tiffany Crawford, and Emily Kesel. PHOTO BY VERONICA LAKE.

Veronica Lake, ’17, stated that Westminster should show support for their fellow Blue Jays in their interest in the fine arts.  To her, this is no different than going to support the Blue Jays at any sporting event.

3. See how society has changed

Ladies with server. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Ladies with server. PHOTO BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD.

Tiffany Crawford, ’17, said the play was “a unique chance to look into a time period different from our own.”  Audience members will get an insider’s look into the aristocracy of Victorian England and how differently people acted depending on their gender and class.

4. Experience an entertaining and exciting performance

Gwendolen and Jack. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Tim Aldred (Jack) and Carrie Antoine (Gwendolen). PHOTO BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD.

Emily Kesel, ’15, said that going to see the play was “a great opportunity to see some very talented actors.”  She also stated that the entire cast and crew have worked extremely hard to “make it awesome” for everyone.

5. It’s fun for everyone

Algernon and Jack. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Alec Bise (Algernon) and Tim Aldred (Jack). PHOTO BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD.

Tim Aldred, ’15, stated that since several students have done a lot of hard work to create the show, Westminster should come see the end result.  He said, “The costumes are great, the energy is great, and we’re all really excited about it.”

6. Different is good

Cecily and Algernon. PHOTO BY EMMA KLIETHERMES.

Freda Boateng (Cecily) and Alec Bise (Algernon). PHOTO BY VERONICA LAKE.

Freda Boateng, ’15, said she believed the Westminster community should see the play because they will get to see their fellow peers cast as characters the audience might not expect.  Boateng, for instance, is “a 20-year-old, dark skinned, West African girl playing an 18-year-old white Victorian girl.”  She also said “if that is not an incentive for people to come, then I don’t know what is.”

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