The BYU-Idaho Theatre Department will be putting on Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” this semester.
According to the Houston Press, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a play that is a “glittering comic bauble.”
“The Importance of Being Earnest” will be performed May 28-31 and June 3-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Black Box Theatre.
The play will be performed instead of a “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen.
“The decision to produce one play rather than another is a departmental one based on lots of varying criteria,” according to a statement Hyrum Conrad, director of the play and an instructor in the Theatre Department, issued about the switch.
Jessa Findlay, a senior studying English said most the students in one of her classes were surprised to hear about the change, and had wondered why the switch of plays had occurred.
“I was in my professional make class when I heard about the change and everyone was wondering what happened, but I think we kind of knew why,” said Findlay.
Findlay said that her instructor, Kathie Schmid, explained to the class that Conrad decided that he wanted to switch to a play that was more humorous.
“It seemed that Brother Conrad thought that some of the content in ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ had alienated some of the students and local community members and wanted this play to be more relatable to them,” Findlay said.
Conrad directed “Lend Me a Tenor” Winter 2014 Semester.