Everyone at JCHS is really looking forward to our winter comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. We have an incredible director, an outstanding cast, and the play itself is the pinnacle of the English language. The characters speak with a certain quality of wit and sophistication. Unlike some of our previous comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of errors. While the characters may seem rigid and set in their ways, much of the Victorian humor is drawn from a juxtaposition of restrictive social expectations and the subversive actions these characters take to undermine these restrictions. Subtle actions, such as the way a character may cross their legs or use a fan, when taken to the logical extreme are actually very funny.
Comedic acting is definitely my strength. It is easier for me than dramatic acting, and I’m a big fan of comedies in general. I like to think of myself as a funny individual off the stage, but in a different kind of way. Crafting a character in a comedy takes more work than crafting characters in dramatic productions, but the character choices I’ve made in TheImportance of Being Earnest have been very fluid and natural. I’ve really enjoyed creating a character that is both funny and sophisticated, and I think audiences will really enjoy the characters in this play.
The theatre program here at JCHS is truly incredible. When I was applying to high schools, I didn’t have theatre in mind when I looked at JCHS. However, as a freshman, I gave it a try and it ended up being a great experience! When I first started as a student here, the theater had just been built, and I think we’ve done a fantastic job putting it to use with some great productions through these years. Our director Ms. Russell is amazing; we really couldn’t have a better director. I am sure that I will benefit in the future from having such an amazing director in high school. She pulls off every show with tremendous poise and style, and she is a valued member of our community.
I hope I can continue to pursue acting in the future after I graduate from JCHS this spring. I am very interested in show business, and I would certainly go so far as to say that I would like to make it part of my life. My plans beyond college aren’t too clear, but I hope that comedy can be a big part of my future. I really hope everyone in the JCHS community comes out to see our shows. We have a great theatre department that is getting better every year, so I hope everyone can out and support us!
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