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Being Earnest

Streaming beginning Friday, September 17

About "Being Earnest"


Skylight Music Theatre's First Virtual Musical

Being Earnest based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

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Being Earnest
Book and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska
Based on the play by Oscar Wilde
Edited by Paul Gordon and Michael Unger
Directed by Michael Unger

Skylight Music Theatre presents its first online/virtual, full-length musical, Being Earnest by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska, based on Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Being Earnest takes place in a mod, 1960’s, Austin Powers-era setting. All of the brilliant wit in Wilde’s most popular play remains intact in this effervescent musical about two young couples and the societal conventions, over-bearing mothers, and misplaced handbags in railway stations that they must overcome in the course of finding true love. The score is a sparkling homage to 1960’s rock groups such as Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Hollies, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more.

Being Earnest was performed, recorded and presented in a way that assured social distancing for both cast and audience. Performers rehearsed online through Zoom, in their own homes, and final performances were edited together like a film. Being Earnest is available for now through Dec. 31, 2020. Tickets are $25 and available here. Patrons purchase a ticket for a specific date, and have 48 hours from their selected date to view the show online.

Don't miss the show critics call "smart!" "funny!" and says "an awful lot to me about why I love theater!"

March 2023

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Cast & Crew


Director - Michael Unger

Music Director - Conor Keelan

Choreographer - Amanda Marquardt

Costume Coordinator - Shima Orans

Video Consultant - Tyler Milliron

Stage Manager - Samantha Pekelnicky



Algernon - Max Pink

Dr. Chasuble/Lane/Merriman - Tim Rebers

Jack - Joey Chelius

Lady Bracknell - Nathan Marinan

Gwendolyn - Stephanie Staszak

Miss Prism - Karen Estrada

Cecily - Ashley Oviedo


The cast and creative team of Being Earnest. (L. to R.) Top Row: Ashley Oviedo (Cecily), Michael Unger (Director), Stephanie Staszak (Gwendolyn), Max Pink (Algernon), Second Row: Samantha Pekelnicky (Stage Manager), Joey Chelius (Jack), Nathan Marinan (Lady Bracknell), Conor Keelan (Music Director), Third Row: Karen Estrada (Miss Prism), Paul Gordon (Book/Lyrics/Music), Amanda Marquardt (Choreographer), Emma Knott (Artistic Intern), Fourth Row: Tim Rebers (Dr. Chasuble/Lane/Merriman).

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