Theatre UCF will be presenting two comedies on the main stage this month as part of its summer repertory performances.
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, one of Oscar Wilde's most famous plays, will debut June 25. The satiric play takes place in Victorian times, when family status and class means everything. Jack and Algernon try to court two ladies of high class through the use of false identities. When both ladies end up falling for a man named Ernest, both men have to come to terms with what it means to actually be earnest.
The musical Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, written by John R. Powers, James Quinn and Alaric Jans will open June 26. The story follows a group of 1950s Catholic school students from elementary school up until their 10-year reunion.
Directed by Theatre UCF Artistic Director Earl D. Weaver, the musical examines how the children grow into adolescence and adulthood and find their way through the world.
"These two plays require actors to maneuver through two plays that deal differently with language, time periods, clothing, and cultural-historical contexts. It allows the students a chance to tackle a 'period play' and a 'contemporary musical' at the same time," said Weaver in a press release. "It also helps support the department's mission to expose our performing arts students to different genres of theatre during their time at UCF."
David Klein is a student who has been casted in both shows. He will play Lane, the butler, in Earnest and the lead, Eddie Ryan, in Black Patent Leather Shoes.
"The hardest thing about being in both shows is the amount of hours we work. We are in rehearsals for about 11 hours a day so it can get a bit tiresome when we get toward the end, especially since both of these shows are high energy," he said in the release.
Both shows will run until July 19. The Importance of Being Earnest will reprise its presence onstage from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 as a welcome back to students, faculty and patrons, according to the release.
Tickets to the show will now be $10 this summer for faculty, staff and students who present their UCF ID at the box office. The reduced fee will continue throughout the 2015-16 school year, according to the release. Standard ticket prices are $20.
Summer show times have also changed to 7 p.m., but will revert back to its usual 8 p.m. in August.
If you go:
The Importance of Being Earnest
June 25, 27, July 10, 16, 18 at 7 p.m.
July 12, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m
Aug. 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m.
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
June 26, July 9, 11, 17 at 7 p.m.
June 28, July 19 at 2 p.m.
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