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Clayton Opera House to host ‘Earnest’

CLAYTON – The Summer Season 2011 for Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund at the Clayton Opera House continues on at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the Aquila Theatre's production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” tells the tale of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two young men who have taken to bending the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives.
Jack has invented an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull home in the country in order to frolic in town.
Algernon has an imaginary friend, Bunbury, who provides a convenient excuse for taking adventures in the country.
However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits and strike at the very heart of the aristocracy’s obsession with birth, breeding and class.
Aquila’s new production of “Earnest” brings an all-British cast of professional actors to the stage in a show that dazzles with wit, elegance, preposterous theatricality, hilariously wrought characters and delicious comedy.
Ticket prices are $35 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission seating. All tickets include a talk with the actors – at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition, TIPAF will offer a special promotion on Saturday – buy one ticket and receive a second free of charge.
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Seats are still available for most of TIPAF’s summer shows.
The remaining season performances include New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band; smooth jazz with The Sax Pack; winner of NBC’s magician competition “Phenomenon,” Mike Super; bluegrass star Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys; the "No. 1 Beatles show in the world," 1964; and the contemporary dance company Taylor 2.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 686-2200.
To receive a season brochure, e-mail

Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund

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