The Importance of Being Earnest Will Be Presented on August 18-20, 25-27 at Yoga Central, 4626 Cleveland Avenue North, Canton


The Canal Fulton Players are proud to present Oscar Wilde’s romantic comedy of deception and chicanery, The Importance of Being Earnest, on August 18-20, 25-27, 2017 at Yoga Central, 4626 Cleveland Avenue North, Canton, Ohio.  This new venue gives the players a new perspective as to the presentation of comedies.  Yoga Central has large room with a raised stage with numerous doors to enter and exit to add to the hijinks involved in this play.


The Importance of Being Earnest is a play in which two men assume the same identity to deceive the general public and loved ones.  The inclusion of two men who are never seen or heard adds to the frivolity as each character either kills these men off or resurrects them out of thin air.  Confusion reigns supreme as two women believe that they are engaged to be married only to find out that there is no fiancé to marry.  Just as confusion reigns supreme, the chicanery unravels quickly but not before the two men employ other devices to obtain their goals.  Unfortunately, they discover that their loved ones and others use deception to thwart them.  Is there an Ernest among the cast?  Who is this fellow Bunbury?  Is Jack who he says he is?  And what about this Miss Prism?


Making up the cast are:

  • Brad Vincent as John Worthing, a prime proper landowner who goes to the city to have fun
  • Mark Brown as Algernon Moncrieff, a bohemian type who loves to have a good time
  • Geri Marken as Rev. Canon Chasuble, a minister who is smitten with a fine woman
  • Lou Saneshige as Merriman, the house keeper at John Worthing’s estate and Lane, Algernon’s maid in London
  • Denise Robb as Lady Bracknell, the snobbish aunt to Algernon and chief antagonist to John Worthing
  • Shelly Rayborn as Gwendolen Fairfax, a head strong woman looking for true love and a good time
  • Courtney Hardy as Cecily Cardew, an innocent girl who believes in romance in everything
  • Linda Keith as Miss Prism, Cecily’s tutor and a woman with a jaded past.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm.  Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for seniors and children under the age of twelve.  Reservations can be made for any performance by calling Dave Van Gaasbeek at 330-494-1022 or 330-854-4387 or Yoga Central at 330-499-2863.