LOGAN – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde, is getting its spotlight on stage this weekend thanks to Logan High School theater students.
This ridiculous comedy takes the audience back to an earlier era for some funny family drama.
The show follows both John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff. The two men live a double life between the city and the country and both gentlemen fall in love as Earnest. Their ladies believe their names are Earnest, and they like it that way. Come to find out the two men get caught red-handed and called out by their ladies after a lot of drama and quite the catfight. Will the ladies still love them or have they ruined every chance they had?
Although the play was written near the end of the 19th Century, the message is still clear: A person’s name and heritage mean little; it’s what you make of yourself that counts.
Shelly Riggs, the director of the play and teacher of performing arts at Logan High School, is excited to put on the show. She has a master’s degree in theater education and has been involved with theater for most of her life.
“I’m really excited that my actors have embraced doing a classic comedy like this,” Riggs said. “The British dialect is a challenge and they jumped right into it.”
As for the actors, they too seem excited to perform what they have been working hard on.
“It is very entertaining and is a great laugh,” said Kyndal Nutter who plays Worthing. Nutter expressed the most challenging part was “learning the lines,” which Riggs warned the performers about.
“It’s a lot of work, and it’s a lot of words,” Riggs said.
She acknowledged that there were some struggles when putting together this play, such as the use of a skeleton crew with few technicians, but she is optimistic as well.
“It’s not just the lines, it’s knowing what the lines mean and enjoying that the lines are so ridiculous,” Riggs said, adding that she was looking for actors that were willing to play with the language.
“Be ready to just listen to what is being said,” Riggs added. “It’s not an action-adventure show. It’s a comedy and it’s a farce but it’s a verbal farce in a lot of ways.”
Admission is $5 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up) as well as Logan school students. General admission is $7. Tickets can be purchased on the Logan High School Theatre Facebook page.
Logan high school theater has performed well at the state level on multiple occasions, having been invited to the State Thespian Conference with every screen production submitted.
The venue has accessible parking, is wheelchair friendly, and also offers wheelchair-accessible seating.
The show has played on Thursday and Friday; remaining show times include: Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
Achilles Wesney is a student journalist with Tri-County Career Center’s Sports Journalism and New Media program.