The Importance of Being Earnest: Ryan & Hope as Algy & Cecily

From left to right: Hope Baker & Ryan Kim

Junior  Ryan Kim and Sophomore Hope Baker round out the leading cast members as the couple Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff and Cecily Cardew in Millbrook’s production of the Importance of Being Earnest.

Kim and Baker both have very differing theatre experiences. Last year, Kim played Knight #3 and Guard #1 in Millbrook’s Shrek: the Musical. Baker, on the other hand, said that she loves being onstage, though it “terrifies me,” and has been participating in theatre throughout her school career, including Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella in Cinderella, and a few minor roles in Millbrook’s Little Shop of Horrors. She has even participated in Forensics in high school and middle school. This year, she performed an excerpt of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, which helped her “get the jump on” her British accent.

Kim described his character, Algernon, as someone who likes to go “mucking about with the lads.” He said that memorizing his lines has been hardest part of acting as his character. Contrastingly, Baker said that the hardest part about acting as Cecily was that she is nothing like her. She said that while Cecily is over imaginative, she herself is a realist. She described her character as “an overly confident country girl. She’s kind of immature sometimes because she throws tantrums every once in awhile.”

However, the sophomore actors also have to work together as love interests in the play set in the Victorian Era. Kim was unsure how to describe working with Baker. However, she said, “It’s been awkward, because I’ve never met him before. I think it’s less awkward than it would be if I had met him.” Also contrastingly, while Kim is sure that he would not want to continue acting as a career, Baker said, “I really, really hope so.”

Both actors are expecting to see their parents and siblings come see them perform, so make sure to come and support them at their performances this weekend. The shows are on Friday, March 31 at 7 pm, Saturday, April 1 at 3 pm, and Sunday, April 2 at 3 pm.

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Madison Lazenby
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