Andy Hickly plays Jack Worthing in In Earnest.
Andy Hickly is twenty-two years old and studies English and Theater. While at school, he has been very active in the theater, performing in Red (Mark Rothko), Les Miserables (Javert), Seussical (Mr. Mayor), Measure for Measure (Duke Vincentio), The God of Carnage (Michel), The Pitmen Painters (Harry Wilson), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Horace), and Sure Thing (Bill). He has also directed David Holstein and Alan Shmuckler's new adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes, Rabbit Hole, The Wounded Do Not Cry, and Ferris Wheel.
Andy got his start at Saltworks Theatre Company, playing parts such as Poseidon and the Pirate King in their Young Company classes and productions from elementary school to high school. From there, he kept involved in North Allegheny High School's theater program, and appeared in Cash on Delivery (Eric Swan), Rabbit Hole (Howie), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), and Up the Down Staircase (Paul Barringer). He also competed in Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Competition, performed with Act One Theatre School in their production of Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf). In film, Andy's experience includes a small role in Confluence Production's 48 Hour Film Project The Lady Smokes Cools. He also plays the antagonist Victor in the Nate Mancini film Asleep in a Storm (2013).
When not acting or directing, Andy enjoys writing, reading good books, and eating delicious food. His plans for after graduation are currently up in the air, but he hopes to stay close to the theater (and hopefully earn enough to start paying off student loans).
Andy also appears in Much Ado About a Webseries as Benedick.
Visit his website (still under construction) at:www.andyhickly.weebly.com
John Laurie plays Algernon Moncrieff in In Earnest.
John is sufficiently older than twelve to be considered cool and sufficiently younger than twenty-nine to be considered less than culpable for his shenanigans because “he doesn’t know any better”. He’s twenty, for anyone who actually wants to know. John studies Marketing Management.
John discovered his penchant for the performing arts while in the ninth grade. Since then, he has performed in many shows including Newsies (Jack), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Les Miserables (Combferre), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in Concert (Snoopy), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gerry Evans), Degas C’est Moi (Degas), The Boys Next Door (Barry Klemper), and Everyman (Death). He's vastly enjoying revisiting the character of Algernon, and eagerly continues with the challenge of de-Anglicizing one of the quintessentially British roles present in modern theater.
He has also been actively involved in a number of community programs that use theater to teach youngsters about the beauty of art. He spent two years with a Youth Theater Troupe, portraying Homer Zuckerman in Charlotte’s Web and serving as assistant voice director for a number of shows. He enjoys working with young actors as it gives him a chance to share with them the joy that he’s found on the stage; he hopes to have a chance to volunteer in a similar field at some point in the future.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, John enjoys cooking (he can cook), writing, painting, shooting, archery, fencing, fishing, singing, and banging away on the piano. He hopes to remain involved in the world of theater in a recreational capacity whilst working in new product development and market research.
John is currently in a production of Guys and Dolls where he plays the role of Sky Masterson.
Follow John on Twitter! username: @JohnnyMcScotty
Taylor Leick plays William Lane in In Earnest.
Taylor is twenty-one years old and studies Business Management, Communications, and Economics. He started acting at the age of ten, co-starringopposite his father. He met his lifelong best friend in a summer acting class in junior high - needless to say, acting has always been pretty important in his life.
Some of Taylor's work includes performing in Othello (Casio), The Scarlet Letter (Reverend Dimmesdale), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince), Les Miserables (Revolutionary), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon). He has also directed multiple plays including an abridged version of The Importance of Being Earnest. So basically he is obsessed with this play.
When not portraying Lane, Taylor plays guitar, reads about people worth emulating, and continues his pursuit of the ultimate handyman status. He hopes to find a meaningful job and marry the best woman on earth - hopefully having kids that are more like her than their Dad. Yes. He's unabashedly classic.
Emily Tharnish plays Gwen Bracknell in In Earnest.
Emily is nineteen years old and studies Chemistry, though she hopes to also minor in physics and mathematics. Her love of theater began at a young age due to her older siblings’ involvement in the arts. She would listen to musical soundtracks repeatedly until she knew every song by heart, all the while looking forward to performing herself. Emily has been involved in various productions over the years. She has performed in The Crucible (Tituba), The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Working (Maggie Holmes), and Damn Yankees. (Meg Boyd). This is her first time acting for film, but she is enjoying working on something new and expanding her repertoire.
Emily is a contralto and has gained vocal training through her extensive involvement in the choral program at her high school. Along with singing in her school’s various choirs and directing the Women’s Choir, she was twice a member of NYSSMA Conference All-State Choirs. Emily is currently a member of the GCC Touring Choir.
Before moving away to school, Emily lived her whole life in the small town of Elma in Western New York. She grew up with four siblings, including a twin brother. When she is able to snatch some free time, Emily loves to read, listen to choral music, watch Friends, drink tea, sing duets with her twin, and attempt to tap dance.
Follow Emily on Twitter! Username: @emmertje013
Abby Cliff plays Cecily Cardew in In Earnest.
Abby studies English most dutifully. While she has mixed feelings about Oscar Wilde (can one really admire someone so obsessed with triviality?), The Importance of Being Earnest is impossible to dislike. Working on this classic, re-worked into a modern setting, thoroughly thrills her.
Strictly speaking Abigail doesn’t “do” acting. She once had a lead in Arsenic and Old Lace (Abby Brewster) and since then has been convinced that she can only play old people. She spends a good deal of time working theater tech and is a great lover of performing arts in general – traveling great distances to see different interpretations of The Nutcracker and attempting to see all local theater shows on her broke-in-college budget.
Abby spends her time alternating between reading, excessive interwebbing, and late night star-gazing during the all-too-long Pennsylvania winters. Most recently Buzzfeed found her email address and has started sending her weekly updates entitled “This Week in Cats” which she is afraid to open.
Follow Abby on Twitter! Uswername: @abbycliff15
Betsy Craig plays Mrs. Augusta Bracknell in In Earnest.
Betsy is a long-time actor, theater connoisseur, patron of the arts, and acting instructor. She has spent many years involved in many productions of The Importance of Being Earnest. She has an incredibly magical house.
We thank her copiously for deigning to portray the terrifying Mrs. B.
Bethany Thomson is ninteen years old and studies Marketing, hoping to also study Spanish, Art, and study aborad in Spain.
Bethany began acting just a few years ago, but the magic of theater has touched her life significantly in this short time. Her previous acting experience includes roles in The Drowsy Chaperone and Les Misérables. In addition she has performed in Noises Off (Poppy) and Sasquatch the Musical (Tess). She hopes to continue being involved in acting.
Bethany grew up in Virginia but currently hails from Pennsylvania where she lives with her parents and two dogs when she isn’t at school. She is an only child but enjoys spending as much time as possible with her extended family. In her free time Bethany loves to read, draw and paint, spend time with friends, watch Friends, and go shopping. If she could pick any role to play for the rest of her life it would be Christine from The Phantom of the Opera.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
Follow Bethany on Twitter! Username: @bethanyevenstar
Bethany's Instagram: bethanyevenstarr
Caleb Fite plays Drew Chasuble in In Earnest.
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