Hickory – Catawba Valley Community College’s Play Production class will stage performances of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest this spring in the college’s Blackbox Theatre March 29 through 31 and April 5 through 7.

In this theatre classic, Oscar Wilde’s comedic genius takes a satirical look at high society in the 19th Century. Characters Gwendolyn and Cecily dream of falling in love with a man named “Ernest.” Jack pretends to be named “Ernest” to win Gwendolyn’s love while Algy pretends to be named “Ernest” to win over Cecily. How long will it take the women to catch on to the deceptions? And, will the women still love the men even when they are neither “Ernest” nor earnest?

CVCC’s Theatre Program Director Kim Stinson directs the play with the help of student Jackson Shoe as assistant director/stage manager.

The all-student cast includes Tyler Fredericks, Sarah Hawkins, Zachary Howard, Penny Ly, Allan McBryde, Zion Mingus, Cameron Owens, Eljae Roe, and Jared Wachsmuth.

Performance dates:

Friday, March 29, 10 a.m.; Saturday, March 30, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m.; Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.

CVCC’s Blackbox Theatre is located on the CVCC East Campus, 2760 US Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory. There is no charge to attend any of the performances. For more info., contact Stinson at 828-327-7000 ext. 4406, [email protected].