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Theater Arts schedule opens with 'Earnest'
Photos and Story by James Hill
The Portland Community College Theater Arts Program is raising the curtain on its 2007-08 season with its fall production – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde.
Directed by Julie Akers, the play follows the romantic misadventures of a pair of English cads and the strong-willed women whose hearts they hope to win. In their pursuit of love, Jack and Algy confront the merciless strictures of tea time and the pitfalls of sincerity. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8-10 and 16-17, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. All showings will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.
“It’s a laugh riot and a lot of fun,” said Theater Arts Instructor and producer of the play Gretchen Icenogle. “We have a terrific director and a great cast. Plus, this is one of the most exciting scripts in the last two centuries.”
The student cast includes: Logan Loughmiller (a southwest Portland resident) as John Worthing, Peter Ashenberner (southeast Portland) as Algernon Moncrieff, Gary Romans (Tigard) as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Danny Fishback (Beaverton) as Merriman/Lane, Tamara Sorelli (northeast Portland) as Lady Bracknell, Molly Brooks (northwest Portland) as Gwendolen Fairfax, Amanda Modrell (southeast Portland) as Cecily Cardew and Lauren Modica (southwest Portland) as Miss Prism. The staff includes Frances Marsh (technical director), Dan Hays (scenic design), Katherine Ogilvie (lighting design) and Margaret Chapman (costuming).
Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and a $5 per person group rate. Tickets are for sale by calling the box office at (503) 977-4949.