Teen Program

St. Petersburg City Theatre is excited to announce our new Teen Program for incoming freshman and high school students, Theatrical Teens of Tomorrow, launched summer 2021. Planned and developed by our newly created teen group facilitated by Austin Bennett and Susan Demers.

Auditions for teen program’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, will be held Saturday June 11th from 2 – 4 pm at the Theatre. There are links below to the Audition Form, Tech Application and the rehearsal schedule. If you have any questions, please email Austin Bennett at teentheatre@SPCityTheatre.org.

Audition Notice

John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the nonexistent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.

With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts. It is discovered that Miss Prism is the absent-minded nurse who twenty years ago misplaced the baby of Lady Bracknell’s brother in Victoria Station. Thus John, whose name is indeed Ernest, is Algernon’s elder brother, and the play ends with the two couples in a joyous embrace.

Character List

John (Jack) Worthing A young, eligible bachelor about town. In the city he goes by the name Ernest, and in the country he is Jack. He proposes to The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax.

Algernon Moncrieff A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. He, too, leads a double life, being Algernon in the city and Ernest in the country. He falls in love and proposes to Jack’s ward, Cecily, while posing as Jack’s wicked younger brother, Ernest.

Lady Bracknell Lady Bracknell is Algernon’s aunt trying to find a suitable wife for him. A strongly opinionated matriarch, dowager, and tyrant.

The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax Lady Bracknell’s daughter. While demonstrating the absurdity of such ideals as only marrying a man named Ernest, she also agrees to marry Jack despite her mother’s disapproval of his origins.

Cecily Cardew Jack Worthing’s ward, A silly and naïve girl, she declares that she wants to meet a “wicked man.” Less sophisticated than Gwendolen, she falls in love with Algernon but feels he would be more stable if named Ernest.

Miss Prism Cecily’s governess. She becomes the source of Jack’s revelation about his parents.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. Like Miss Prism, he is the source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he appears to be an old lecher. His sermons are interchangeable, mocking religious conventions.

Lane and Merriman Servants of Algernon and Jack. Lane says soothing and comforting things to his employer but stays within the neutral guidelines of a servant. He is leading a double life, eating sandwiches and drinking champagne when his master is not present. He aids and abets the lies of Algernon. Merriman keeps the structure of the plot working: He announces people and happenings. Like Lane, he does not comment on his “betters,” but solemnly watches their folly. His neutral facial expressions during crisis and chaos undoubtedly made the upper-class audience laugh.

Please contact Austin Bennett at TeenTheatre@SPCityTheatre.org for more information about our Teen Program and to get involved.