Center Stage Theatre director Gary Scarpa has announced auditions for the theatre’s production of the the classic Oscar Wilde comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27 at the theatre. Experienced actors as well as newcomers are welcome to audition. The production will be directed by Scott R. Brill.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most celebrated comedy. Wilde subtitled his play as “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. A witty satire of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest is full of sly observational humor and hilarious Wildean epigrams and banter.

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.

Center Stage Theatre is a non-profit organization, founded in 2005 by directors Gary and Francesca Scarpa. The theatre presents a full season of five productions.

Center Stage is located at the former Lafayette School at 54 Grove Street in Shelton. For further information about the audition or Center Stage, visit centerstageshelton.com or call 203-225-6079.