From left, Ayer Shirley students Brandon Soto, Vanessa Delk and Roz Lupaczyk run lines. COURTESY PHOTO

AYER — Ayer Shirley Regional High School is kicking off its 2018-2019 comical season with the Oscar Wilde favorite: “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

JulieAnn Govang will direct this handsome production of this timeless world classic–an unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”

Performances run Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors.

All performances will be held in Laura S. Leavitt Auditorium, 141 Washington St. For reservations and information, please call 978-772-2545 or email

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy in three acts sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations.

This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself. Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history.

The ensemble cast features students Julia Alo, Carolyn Cooper, Vanessa Delk, Chris Govang, Katie Kilcommins, Roz Lupaczyk, Anthony Mavilia, Deran Quinty and Brandon Soto.