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Fillmore Central drama students learning 'The Importance of Being Earnest' through one-act
By Lori Slindee
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:48 AM
The inquisitive and love struck Algernon Moncrieff, played by Lee Dyreson, overwhelms the sweet and romantic Miss Cecily Cardew, played by Sydnie Huffman, with his attention.
The Fillmore Central Drama Department is presenting "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde as its one-act play entry this winter. Members of the cast and crew came out to take a bow during the public performance of the play on Jan. 7. From left are Sydnie Huffman, Lee Dyrsen, Ruth Delano, Danielle Zinsmaster, Matt Guttormson, William Nolan, Christian Harrison, Helen Delano, Megan Hendrickson, Sarah Reicks and Mitch Gibson.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wild is Fillmore Central's 2013 play selection for the Minnesota State High School League's statewide one-act play competition.
At the public performance in Harmony on Monday night, Jan. 7, a large audience was treated to a delightfully-performed, condensed version of this classic witty comedy.
Faculty advisor Jackie Whitacre and student director Sarah Reicks chose well in casting this play. Student cast members were aligned with fitting characters in this playful century-old Victorian satire.
The cast consists of Lee Dyreson as inquisitive and love-struck Algernon Moncrieff, Kirby O'Connor in the duo-role as faithfully formal butlers Lane and Merriman, Matt Guttormson as responsible John "Jack" Worthing and fictitious brother, the wilder "Earnest" Worthing, Mitch Gibson as fatherly, but enamored, Rev. Canon Chasuble, Ruth Delano as the socially responsible Lady Bracknel, Danielle Zinsmaster as the flirty Gwendolen Fairfax, Lindsey Weiss as the proper governess with a surprising hidden past and Sydnie Huffman as sweet and romantic young Miss Cecily Cardew.
The capable crew members kept things moving along smoothly and timely. They are Cody Hendrickson, lights and sound; Braden Hahn, chief of the set crew; and Keeley Todd, in charge of costumes and makeup. The set crew members were Will Nolan, Bailey Soma, Helen Delano, Taylor Wilford, Christian Harrison and Megan Hendrickson.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, adapted by I.E. Clark publications, is Wilde's most famous play and was first produced in London in 1895. This play demonstrates the brilliance of his wit and humor which made him perhaps the most quoted author of his day. Even now, there is a timeless charm and a universal humor portrayed by the two young couples, both trying to figure out if their love will last under society's ever present scrutiny.
According to Whitacre, there are 20 students on the team, from seniors all the way down to seventh graders, who have been practicing since the end of November. They are now in the midst of the competition season, keeping the cast and crew busy over the next several weekends.
Conference competition was held this past Saturday, Jan. 12, at Wabasha-Kellogg High School. Sub-Section competition is scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19, at Rushford-Peterson. Success in that competition will take the group to Winona for the Section competition on Saturday, Jan. 26. The state competition is scheduled for the weekend of Feb 7 and 8 at St. Catherine University in St Paul.
Whitacre thanked the parents and community members who have supported the one-act play effort.
She soundly offered appreciation as "Once again, as always, the one-act play would not be possible without this support."
The program specifically noted the following people for their help: Cheryl Case, Charlie and Patty Todd, Jason Huffman, Jeff and Lori Weiss, Chris and Deb Skaalen, Anne Detlefson, Kingsley Mercantile and the YOOH Spring Grove Community Theatre of Spring Grove.
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