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The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are generally held our Annex (2132 Renard Court) near the Annapolis Mall, unless otherwise noted. Colonial Players welcomes actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Auditioners are encouraged to download and print the audition form available on our downloads page, fill it in, and bring it to auditions. (The form cannot be filled in on-line.)

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You may opt to attach a photo in the space indicated, or one will be taken at auditions.

Note: It is Colonial Players, Inc. policy that all persons involved with a production are or become members. The fee is $10 per year. First time volunteers receive a complimentary membership, valid through the end of the current membership year. If cast, your membership status will be reviewed and non-current members will be asked to renew. Your participation in auditions indicates understanding of and agreement with this policy.

Ernest in Love

Book and Lyrics by Anne Crosswell
Music by Lee Pockriss
Directed by Rick Wade
Musical Direction by Roger Compton
Choreography by Lindsay Zetter

Performance Dates

April 17 - May 16, 2015

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.


Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


To be announced, if needed.

General Information

  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions which will begin promptly at the stated times.
  • To expedite the sign-in process, the audition form is available on the Colonial Players website and can be downloaded and completed in advance of arrival at auditions. Please bring the completed form with your resume or list of experience and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have recent photo, one will be taken at sign in
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated only as time permits. If you know you will be late, please make prior arrangements with the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts between auditions and May 16, 2015.
  • Actors should prepare 32 bars of music - not from the show. A pianist will be accompanying. Please bring sheet music. Auditioners may opt to bring an instrumental recording to accompany them but must provide CD or MP3 player and speakers.
  • Auditioners may be asked to learn a short dance routine and demonstrate movement ability.
  • Auditioners may be asked to perform cold readings from the script.

For more information, or to borrow a script, contact the director, Rick Wade, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Show Synopsis

A musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.

Character Breakdown

Note: Ages listed are approximate appearance of the characters, not actor age.

Jack Worthing: Late 20s, perhaps early 30s.

Gwendolen Fairfax: In her 20s.

Lady Bracknell: Late 50s to 60s. Gwendolyn’s mother, Algnernon’s aunt.

Algernon Moncrieff: Late 20s.

Cecily Cardew: Play describes as 18, can cast older but must be able to play late teens.

Miss Prism Spinster: Late 40s to 50s.

Dr. Chasuble: A rector; 50s and up.

Lane: Algy’s Manservant; mid 30s – 40.

Effie: A country maid; 20s.

Alice: Gwendolen’s personal maid in London; 20s to 30s.

Perkins: Jack’s manservant in town: 30s.

A Dancing Master, Piano Teacher, Boot Maker, Tobacconist and Green Grocer: Variety of ages.

All roles require singing. The Dancing Master, Piano Teacher, Boot Maker, Tobacconist and Green Grocer, Lane, Effie, Alice, Perkins also dance and sing.