Theater Students Learn ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ with Successful Winter Play


Theater students displayed mastery of the art of comedy at the high school’s winter play, delivering on their ambitions with a successful production of Oscar Wilde’s witty and farcical classic “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by teacher James Henry with assistance from the returning student director, junior Mauricio Montes.

The cast at two sterling weekend performances included senior Joseph McGarty as John Worthing, senior David Reyes as Algernon Moncrieff, senior James Boss as Rev. Canon Chasuble, junior Sam Henkel as Merriman, junior Anthony Anello as Lane, senior Jennifer Somma as Lady Bracknell, senior Sabrina Rudden as Gwendolen Fairfax, junior Christina O’Toole as Cecily Cardew and junior Jessica Orelus as Miss Prism. The production was enhanced by Sherry Kfare’s costuming and smart set design by Eileen Cullinane.

“The students really met the challenge of doing an older British play,” said Henry, noting that “Earnest,” which was first performed in London in 1895, is aptly subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.”