To Eat, or Not to Eat? by Carmel Grace Cowart

     To eat or not to eat? This is NEVER a question in my everyday life.  I love food!  However, if you are acting in a play in which you must eat while performing, this becomes a vitally important question.

     The stellar teen cast of our Junior Company comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, are learning just how challenging it is to eat on stage and still deliver an earnest performance.  It is much harder than most people assume.  By tomorrow’s opening night (click here for tickets!), they will all have broken grandma’s rule about not speaking with your mouth full.

     In this particular show, set in nineteenth century England, there is an array of delicious snacks, including fresh cucumber sandwiches, tea cake, four varieties of english muffins, bread with butter, and of course, traditional english tea with milk and sugar; ALL of which is consumed onstage at one point or another.  (By the way, do you know how hard it is to find sugar cubes?!)


Algy’s afternoon tea waiting on the prop table, ready to be devoured in Act I.

     There are two important factors for an actor to consider when developing how their character eats on stage.

1) Timing
Timing is everything.  In many plays with foodie scenes, like EARNEST, the writer includes humor and plot lines involving the food. This forces the actor to figure out how to, for example, devour an entire plate of cucumber sandwiches in less than five minutes so that the punch line is funny.  Do we succeed in EARNEST, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to come and see!

2) Amount
When an actor is deciding how to deliver lines while eating food in a scene, they must carefully consider how much to consume in each bite.  If they simply nibble away at the same muffin for twenty minutes, the scene may lose its’ intended humor andor the audience’s interest.  If they bite off more than they can chew, literally, then the audience may not understand the dialogue and lose part of the story.

All gone!

Intermission; all gone!

     Finding a unique balance of when and how much to eat, all the while feeding those details into the overarching theme of the play so that the audience enjoys the journey, is quite a challenge.  I must say though, it is a challenge that this cast has earnestly sought, and in my opinion, they have earnestly succeeded!

     I do hope that you will come see THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.  You don’t want to miss this hilarious show.  I promise you, it is quite deliciously entertaining!


Fridays, March 21 & 28 — 7pm
Saturdays, March 22 & 29 — 3pm
Sunday, March 23 & 30 — 3pm

Calling All Bunburyists, by Bailey Keith

     I’m going to go ahead and boldly state that The Importance of Being Earnest is the funniest show I have been in to date.  Not only is the show itself hilarious, but as a cast we have blast. (Rhyme quite possibly intentional.)  The play, by the legendary Oscar Wilde, is a satire on the social expectations of young adults in the Victorian era.  My favorite thing about the show is its power to transform a situation so gravely serious to the characters into something incredibly silly to the audience.  

     That is an attribute that I believe adequately reflects one of my favorite things about Savannah Children’s Theatre; the encouragement we get to be as silly as possible.  SCT is a place where children and adults alike can leave behind any pressures to be “normal,” because really, normal can get quite boring.  Savannah Children’s Theatre calls to Bunburyists of all shapes and sizes.  Don’t know what a Bunburyist is?  Come see Earnest March 21st-30th and find out!  (See what I did there?)

     Alright, I’ll give you some clues. You might be a Bunburyist if..

…you have make-believe relatives or friends. (Imaginary friends can always be trusted.)

…you’ve made up an alias for yourself. (Just in case.)

…your origin is a terminus. (Or your background is unusual.)

…you have an ‘irresistible fascination’ with glitter. (Our floor is covered in it.)

…you like to be immensely overdressed. (This could qualify as anyone who likes to play dress-up or occasionally wear ridiculous hats.)

The cast of "The Importance of Being Earnest," being quite, quite earnest.

The cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” being quite, quite earnest.

     If you, or someone you know, fits any of the above, we want you to know just one thing.


     Savannah Children’s Theatre serves as a constant reminder of the importance of being you.   In addition to performance skills, SCT teaches us that being silly is okay, and being weird is just fine, and wearing 3-piece suits for no reason is kinda cool.  It doesn’t matter if you like bread and butter or teacake because variety is good.

   The word “earnest” means “sincere, heartfelt, and impassioned.”  I earnestly hope that you’ll buy a ticket to our little comedy, and that you’ll smile so broadly and laugh so loudly that you’ll text your friends to come see it with you a second time.  And I earnestly want you to come back and sign up for summer camp, or classes, or audition for a show.  Because no matter your baggage – small or large, with handles or without – SCT welcomes you.