May 20, 2024
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USNA’s Masqueraders Present ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest

Photo (C) 2013 Roger Miller
Photo (C) 2013 Roger Miller

Midshipmen from the Naval Academy’s drama group, The Masqueraders, present Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” which opened on November 15th.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” was Wilde’s last comedic play and focuses on characters maintaining fictitious personas in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

Performances will be held Friday, Nov. 22; and Saturday Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Naval Academy in Mahan Hall. All performances are open to the public and tickets are $10 per person and $8 per person for groups of ten or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-293-TIXS (8497), online at or at the door.

The Masqueraders were founded in 1847 and are the oldest extracurricular activity at the Naval Academy. Each fall the Masqueraders produce one main-stage show, which is selected to support the curriculum of the academy’s English department. The group also performs a series of student-directed One Act Plays every spring.

Past fall performances have included “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Macbeth” and “Titus Andronicus.” They also performed “Green Grown the Lilacs” at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in November 2010.    

The Naval Academy recommends that visitors attending the performances walk through Gate 3 (Maryland Ave.). Visitors may also walk through Gate 1 (King George St.). All visitors 16 years-of-age and older are required to show valid, government-issued picture ID. Drivers without Department of Defense I.D. are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds. Handicapped visitors with proper decals are permitted through Gate 1 after a vehicle inspection. All bags are subject to search.

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