March 30, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present "Nobody's Earnest: A Comedy with Music," April 7 through 10 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall at Bucknell.

Directed by Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell, "Nobody's Earnest" is a comedy with music, adapted by Arnold Sundgaard from Oscar Wilde's satirical comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Wilde's story of double mistaken identities and impassioned romance is considered a masterpiece of farce and a shrewd commentary on Victorian society.

"Nobody's Earnest" is the department's first musical in seven years, according to Gainer, who said, "A small chamber trio will musically accompany nine witty and engaging characters who sing, romance and banter within imaginative sets, costumes and lighting.

"Don't miss what Oscar Wilde called `a trivial comedy for serious people' with captivating music by the renowned Alec Wilder," he said.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and educational groups. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bucknell Weis Center Box Office by calling 570-577-1000; online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/ or at the door one hour prior to each performance.

The performance includes musical direction and arrangements by Bill Boswell, set design by Elaine Williams and costume design by Paula Davis-Larson. Participation by guest dialogue coach Barry Kur, a professor and master teacher of voice at Penn State University, is supported by the Bucknell Association for the Arts.

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Story posted March 29, 2006

Bucknell students Alan Johnson-McNutt ’08 and Jon Ginn ’07 (standing); Reanna Trunk ’08 and Courtney Shanney ’09. [Photo by Robert Christopher Stokes ’06]

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