Opera@Augustana presents Ernest Worthing

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Opera@Augustana’s spring production is based on The Importance of Being Earnest, the endearing classic play by Oscar Wilde. Composed by John Biggs, Ernest Worthing is a biting satire of Victorian manners and customs.

According to Dr. Michelle Crouch, director of Opera@Augustana, Ernest Worthing is considered “light opera or ‘operetta,’ as it incorporates both singing and spoken dialogue.”

She is excited about the challenge this brings. “One goal is to perform it in such a way that the audience loses sight of whether we are speaking or singing,” she said.

“That’s no small challenge, but it is one that Biggs’ score very much supports.”

In the storyline, Jack adopts the alias of Ernest Worthing to woo the beautiful Gwendolen. Confusion abounds when his friend Algernon, also pretending to be Ernest, arrives to win the heart of Cecily, Jack’s lovely young ward.

Performances are May 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, within the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Ave.).

Tickets are $14 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and non-Augustana students; $10 for Augustana students, faculty and staff; and $8 for children age 12 and under.

Call the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or go to