Love Blooms in Pride & Prejudice on Wilsonville High School Stage
The Jane Austen favorite, Pride and Prejudice, opens on the Wilsonville High School Main Stage on May 18th.
A much-loved classic, this story about an “obstinate, headstrong girl” named Elizabeth Bennet and her interactions with the brooding, perplexing Mr. Darcy have delighted fans for over 200 years.
In the WHS production, Lizzie is played by freshman Averyl Hartje and Mr. Darcy is played by sophomore Nate Rasmussen. The supporting cast list is located at the WildcatDrama.com website: http://wildcatdrama.com/pride-and-prejudice-cast-list/.
When Lizzie and Darcy first meet, they have a horrible first impression of each other. They continue to meet over and over throughout the play, slowly gaining respect and appreciation for each other with time.
This Jane Austen classic makes a study of love and marriage with lessons that are still applicable today. Even though Pride And Prejudice is a period piece, the WHS production, adapted by playwright Jon Jory, moves quickly through time and characters sometimes talk directly to the audience narrating the story as it moves forward.
Jane Austen fans will enjoy this easy-to-follow narrative, which contains all the classic characters and dramatic moments from the original story. Those who have never enjoyed Austen on stage will find this adaptation fresh and compelling.
“I am a big fan of the 1995 BBC version,” says director Jason Katz, “but that is a six hour mini-series and does not translate well onto the stage. I looked at several different adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, and I like this script because it has all the most compelling moments that the BBC version has, but is faster-paced and more compact.”
Not only are WHS students speaking with British accents in this production, choreographer Maddie Brockman has also taught students nine English country dances.
Pride & Prejudice runs May 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, & 27th at 7pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. There will also be a 2pm Matinee on Saturday, May 27th. Tickets are available online at www.wildcatdrama.com. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The show is recommended for ages nine and up.