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Importance of Being Earnest

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By Altermentality   |   
Published: October 9, 2009
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Please tell me some of you are familiar with this fantastically witty play by Oscar Wilde. If not, get familiar: [link] and if you ever get the chance, go see it! There's also a great movie version that came out several years back.

My college's theater group is putting it on, and I play the part of Cecily. An eighteen-year-old girl who has a dull life in the middle of nowhere, has a massive imagination that she blurs with reality to keep from going mad with boredom, and falls in love with a guy she's never met? WOW I BARELY HAVE TO ACT AT ALL

Anyway, I did this art for the production and it's been on posters all around the school , as well as the playbill, which makes me feel quite special. Of course, there was fancypants script added on those versions, but that wasn't my doing, so you don't see it here. I hope it's caught people's attention and convinced people to come see the show.

They're in a handbag, because a handbag is very central to the plot! Also, if you're paying that much attention, it seems I left out a character- but both the butler/manservant (Lane/Merriman) are played by the same person, and therefore I did not draw him twice. He puts on a fake moustache for his latter role. It's awesome.

This picture is very very special to me, because I love this play and the people I met through it...

The Importance of Being Earnest (c) Oscar Wilde
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Emmi-Kat's avatar
Emmi-KatProfessional Filmographer
The handbag...!:rofl:

I'm playing Lane as a maid instead of a butler, and the show is Thursday!:excited:
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Break a leg! This is really one of the best plays out there, I think, so enjoy every minute of being on stage :D
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Emmi-KatProfessional Filmographer
Haha, playing Lane means that I don't have many minutes on stage!...hopefully. The director has declared me "everybody's understudy", I hope I don't have to be anyone's understudy!
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Still, there are no small roles, only small actors, right? :) A production needs everyone to give their best efforts for it all to come together. I've played many roles both on and offstage since I was Cecily, and I've seen how people who get little or no spotlight can make a huge difference to the play as a whole.
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Emmi-KatProfessional Filmographer
Oh, I am in no way belittling my role. I think I understand how important it is for each role to be fulfilled. I am simply grateful that I don't have to be on stage for much longer than that!
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Aria-RhodeStudent Traditional Artist
Ah! He's holding a muffin, and eating it quite calmly I hope. That part of the play was hilarious! I'm glad you included it; as well as the handbag. It's a very clever piece and I love the expressions on the character's faces. Especially Lady Bracknell.
My school is also doing a production of The Importance of Being Earnest in the fall. And I'm also in stage crew. Exciting stuff!
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much! Amongst all the comments on my video game fanart, it really makes my day when I get a stray comment on something I did for literature or a play. I hope your time with this play is enjoyable, as it truly is a masterpiece.
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Aria-RhodeStudent Traditional Artist
Ha ha, that makes sense. Although viedo games are tons of fun, I still love literature!
Thanks, I hope it goes well too.
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Excellent! My high school is doing this as our fall play, and I'm part of the stage crew. A marvelous piece indeed. I have to ask you, though: Who is the first man on the left? We have a slightly... lacking cast, and perhaps nobody was cast for his role in mine. But if he's not Algernon, Jack/Earnest, the butler (who in my play is a maid and unfortunately does not have a moustache :( ) then... who might he be? My only far-fetched guess would be Lord Brucknell, but I didn't think he showed up...

Anyway, I was just wondering. I'm probably leaving someone out as my memory is rather vague. Excellent drawing, love their expressions, and the handbag concept - so cute! :D
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
That's our joint Lane/Merriman. Algy's butler and Jack's manservant are different people, but in our performance he was played by the same person, just with a different outfit and fake moustache in the second act.

Thank you for the comment and favorite! :) I hope you enjoy working on the play; it's a ton of fun!
yippiee's avatar
OHH I see. I misunderstood you when you said you didn't put him twice, I thought you meant you forgot him altogether. Oi. Anyway, thank you! It was a very fun time.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
That's alright. I edited the description to make it more clear.
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AltermentalityHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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KittySteeleHobbyist Writer
Beautiful personality shining through. I have the sudden urge to color this, but... My digital skills kinda suck. ^^;
Lyrisin's avatar
So cute! I love the fact that they're in a handbag. :)
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