Center Stage plans auditions for Oscar Wilde play

Center Stage Theatre will hold auditions for Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-noon at the former Lafayette School, 54 Grove St., Shelton.

Experienced actors as well as newcomers are welcome to audition. The production will be directed by Scott R. Brill.

Auditions will consist of readings from sides of the script, which will be provided. Familiarity with the play is helpful. The play is in the public domain and scripts are readily available online. Actors auditioning are encouraged to try British accents.

For information about the auditions and play, visit or call 203-225-6079.

A witty satire

The play is the most celebrated comedy by Wilde, who subtitled it, "A trivial comedy for serious people."

Jack loves Gwendolen, Algernon loves Cecily — but both Cecily and Gwendolen will only marry men named Earnest. Further complications arrive in the form of a handbag, some tea-cake and a mysterious invalid named Bunbury.

About Center Stage Theatre

Center Stage Theatre is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2005 by directors Gary and Francesca Scarpa. The theater presents a full season of five productions at the former Lafayette School.

Center Stage’s goal is to enhance the community’s cultural environment; to present high quality theatrical productions at affordable prices; to encourage growth and education through the performing arts; and to enable adults, teens and children to experience participate in various aspects of live theater.