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The Stage Company of Jackson County performs in The Varsity Center in downtown Carbondale.

The Stage Co. of Jackson County is holding auditions for its next production, "The Importance of Being Earnest," a classic written by the infamous Oscar Wilde.

The play is a farcical comedy that revolves around the main characters' attempts to maintain false personas to avoid the burdens of social interaction.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at The Varsity Center in downtown Carbondale.

The show will be performed April 21-23 and April 27-30. Rehearsals will be 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning March 7. Nearer to the date of the performance, the rehearsal schedule will expand to Monday through Friday.

Director Lee Brackett is looking to fill the following roles:

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  • Two female actors, ages 20-30 (could be a little younger depending on maturity levels).
  • Two female actors, ages 50 or older.
  • Two male actors, ages 20-30. 
  • Two male actors, age 30 or older.
  • One male actor, age 50 or older.

The younger males and females, along with one of the older females, are the lead roles. The rest of the cast will occupy smaller parts, with two of the male parts being fairly simple "walk-on" roles, according to a news release from The Stage Co.

A copy of the script is available to read ahead of time at Carbondale Public Library. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, so it is not necessary to prepare in advance. Anyone who can use a British accent during the audition will receive extra consideration. 

For more information, contact Brackett at  lee.brackett@gmail.com. The Varsity Center is located at 418 S. Illinois Ave.

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