Spartanburg Methodist College to present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the SMC Players will present The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most well-known and successful play, Thursday March 27, Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall, both of which are handicapped accessible. The public is invited and general admission tickets are $5, area students tickets are $3, and all SMC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge.

The play, which has rarely fallen out of popularity since its first production in London in 1895, is a comedy that draws a parody of Victorian-era morality and its endless concern with status and respectability.  The plot is a complicated stew of false identities, misunderstandings, and marriage which turns the bromides of upper-class British society on its head.  In Earnest, Wilde revived the brittle wordplay of the comedy of manners, a form long abandoned on the British stage, and combined it with more the familiar elements of melodrama.

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Dr. Les Buhite. Director of the SMC Drama Program and Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking.  Dr. Buhite holds a BS in Communications Arts/Theater from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and a MA in Theater from University of Akron; and a Ph.D in Theater from Florida State University. Scenic and lighting design is a collaborative effort with SMC’s Drama Workshop class. The cast is composed of:

Carl Gibson, who is portraying Algernon Moncrief.  Gibson is a regular performer at SMC as both a musician and an actor. He has previously appeared in The Apple Tree, Antigone, and Mr. Scrooge. Hailing from Inman, SC, he is the son of Gary and Robin Gibson and a graduate of Dependent Christian School;

William Chandler Goodrich, who is portraying Ernest John Worthing. Another regular on the SMC stage, Goodrich has previously appeared in An Unexpected Murder, The Apple Tree, and Harvey.  A Film (Cinematography) Major from Greer, SC, he is the son of Debra and William Goodrich and a graduate of Greer Middle College Charter High School;

Leah Meahl, who will be portraying Lady Bracknell, brings an impressive resume to the SMC stage. She is a sophomore from Greenville, and most recently appeared as a narrator in Antigone and Passionella in The Apple Tree. A Wade Hampton High School graduate, she is the daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, SC and is majoring in English;

Torey Brown, who has the role of Miss Gwendolyn Fairfax.  An Arts major from York, SC, she most recently appeared in the SMC production of Antigone, as well as in The Apple Tree, Mr. Scrooge, and Harvey. Brown is the daughter of Garland and Robin Brown of York, SC and a graduate of York Comprehensive High School;

Shakira Jackson, who will be portraying Miss Cecily Cardew.  An Inman SC native, she appeared in a number of plays in her church and high school, as well as in the SMC production of Antigone. The freshman Fine Arts major is graduate of Chapman High School and the daughter of Joey and Diane Jackson;

Adell Gordon, who has the role of the Rev. Dr. Frederick Chasuble, is a freshman Fine Arts major from Greenville, SC. He is a member of the Army Reserves and the Gospel Choir, appeared in the SMC production of Antigone, is the son of Shirley and Enrique Gordon and graduated from Berea High School;  

Patrice Haynes, who will be portraying Miss Laetitia Prism. Haynes attended Ridge View High School in Columbia, SC. She is the daughter of Angela and Floyd Haynes and a graduate of Ridge View High School.  Haynes is a Performing Arts major and this is her first appearance on the SMC stage;  

Davis Phillips will be portraying Lane and Merriman:  “The Butlers.” Phillips is a Communications Major from Inman SC.  Prior appearances at SMC include The Apple Tree and Antigone.  He is a graduate of Spartanburg Christian Academy and the son of William and Melinda Phillips; and

Hannah Faires, who is serving yet another time as Production Stage Manager. She is an Early Childhood Education major from Mauldin, SC. The Mauldin High School graduate is the daughter of Ned and Terri Faires.