Betsy Willis as Lady Bracknell in Studio on Classical IPR

Aug 30, 2019

The Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City will put on a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" Sept. 13-28

Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse will soon open a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play features many delightfully oddball characters, including the staunch Victorian Lady Augusta Bracknell, portrayed in this production by Betsy Willis.

Willis came to IPR's Studio B in character as Lady Bracknell to share some of that great lady's favorite music, interspersed with some firm Victorian opinions about edifying music, a fondness for German respectability and a general suspicion of all things French.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" runs September 13-28 at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. Click here for details and tickets.

Listen to the interview and the music below!

Lady Bracknell's musical selections:

  • The Last Chord, by Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • Overture to Rienzi, by Richard Wagner
  • Jerusalem, by Sir Hubert Parry
  • Song Without Words (Sweet Remembrance), by Felix Mendelssohn
  • The Swan, by Camille Saint-Saens (despite her misgivings about his being French)