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  • FLCC to stage comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

  • Finger Lakes Community College theatre students will present three performances of Oscar Wilde’s classic British comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” April 11 to 13.

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  • Finger Lakes Community College theatre students will present three performances of Oscar Wilde’s classic British comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” April 11 to 13.
     
    Shows are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The play will be staged in the college’s new state-of-the-art auditorium at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.
     
    Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors at the door. Advance tickets, at a $2 discount, go on sale in the Student Life Office on April 1.
     
    Oscar Wilde described this play as a “trivial comedy for serious people”; its themes comment on a society that judges only by appearances and labels. “The Importance of Being Earnest” is set in England, just before the 20th century, and follows two aristocratic gentlemen who use fictitious personas to avoid social obligations. Their inventions get them in trouble with the women they admire until identities are finally sorted out in the end.
     
    The cast is as follows: Ben Koeberle of Clyde plays Merriman, the butler; Amanda Phelps of Canandaigua plays Cecily Cardew; Sarah Dickerson of Hurley, Ulster County, plays Miss Prism, Cecily’s tutor; Michael Kane of Owego, Tioga County, plays aristocrat Algernon Moncrieff; Beth Johnson, FLCC professor of theatre, plays Lady Bracknell, Algernon’s aunt; James Paul LaGraff of Rochester plays aristocrat John Worthing; William Pulver of Lyons plays clergyman Dr. Chasuble; Renae Zaleski of Webster plays Gwendolen Fairfax; Michael Giovannini of Seneca Falls plays Lane, a manservant
     
    Courtney Rankin of Scotia, Schenectady County, is the stage manager, and Emma Bondi of Fairport is an understudy. The production is directed by Beth Johnson with set design by Jim Perri, technical specialist.
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