Post written by Erin Jenkins
Jack- “Algy, you’re always talking nonsense.”
Algy- “It’s better than listening to it.”
“This play is a classic comedy,” Amanda Snediker told me while we stood in the hall of the Christiansburg Library. She was dressed in full 19th century garb and continued, “it’s a story about love and mistaken identity.” I asked her what made this play so iconic and classic she noted, “this play is full of physical humor, and the cast we have accumulated is extraordinary.” HaeBo Productions is kicking off their 2012-‘13 season with the hilarious and iconic play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
I met up with the director, cast and some of the crew on a Sunday night in the Christiansburg Library, where they have been rehearsing the play since mid-August. When I arrived, the director Sarah Klingbeil, was going over the script, while wigs and peacock hair-pieces were being placed, and lines were being memorized by the cast. It was a lively scene. I asked Sarah what she felt was the most challenging aspect of this play, and she told me “most things in theatre are a challenge: advertising, costuming, budgeting…but the easiest thing has been rehearsing.” She then went on to mention the challenge of community theatre in general, one being that all the people involved have other jobs, family, friends. The amazing thing about community theatre is that the actors, directors, and technical crew are doing what they do out of love for the theater and it shows!
Amanda Snediker, pictured left, is performing a few roles, spending part of the time as costume mistress and the other time she is playing Gwendolen Fairfax, the love interest of the notorious flip-flopper, Ernest–I mean John Worthing, or maybe Jack, however you want to look at it. She told me one of the most difficult things about being part of a community theater is that often the hopes of having a “brick-and-mortar” building is just not going to happen. I watched the rehearsal, and I do not think it matters where these actors are acting, whether it’s at the Christiansburg Library for rehearsal, or at Prices Fork Elementary theatre, you will be entertained!
Come on out and watch these incredible acting talents perform “The Importance of Being Earnest”. All performances will be held at Prices Fork Elementary School.
The Importance of Being Earnest is running:
September 27-29 and October 4th-6th at 7:30pm
September 30th and October 7th at 3:00pm.
Tickets and Reservations:
$10.00 for General Admission
$8.00 for Seniors and Students (please bring your ID).
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HaeBo Productions is a Community Member of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.