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Dec. 7-8 virtual auditions for spring theatre production "The Importance of Being Earnest"

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 23, 2020

Diverse actors ages 17 and above are invited to audition for College of Lake County’s (CLC) spring production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by CLC theatre adjunct faculty and UW-Parkside faculty member Brian J. Gill. Auditions start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8 online live via Zoom.

EarnestThose auditioning should prepare a 60-90 second memorized comic monologue from the late 1800s (Wilde’s time period). A monologue from another Wilde play is acceptable. Please email a resume or list of roles/shows you’ve performed in to After receiving your information, you will be emailed the audition Zoom link. If you have additional questions, email the director Brian Gill at

Actors only need to attend Monday or Tuesday auditions, not both. Callbacks take place Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 and are held Monday through Thursday evenings, with an occasional weekend rehearsal, based on actor availability and necessity. Performances are Friday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, Mar. 6. Actors should ensure they are available for performance dates before auditioning.

All rehearsals and performances will be conducted within actors’ homes via Zoom. Actors must be able to receive and have room for “set kits” for the production. This will be a fully realized production with costumes, props and virtual scenery.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” is hailed as one of the funniest plays in the English language. This brilliant comedy of manners follows the antics of two bachelors, Jack and Algernon, as they pursue true love and the perfect cucumber sandwich. Both men take the alias of “Earnest” in order to capture the hearts of Gwendolyn and Cecily, but quickly discover that maintaining double identities is more challenging than they expected. When it all starts to unravel, comic mayhem ensues.

This production will be live streamed on Zoom. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 5 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Individual access for this production is FREE. Each performance requires a separate access. For registration links, updates and details go to

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. Learn more at or call (847) 543-2000.