Covenant College will kick off its 2013-14 theater season with Jon Jory’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The play follows the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters: Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia, Mary, and Kitty. The show focuses primarily on Elizabeth and her turbulent road to love with the enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Along the way the audience is introduced to several suitors who try and woo the sisters. Whether or not the sisters find love is a question whose answer lies within the show. Audiences should be prepared to laugh and fall in love with this beautiful Jane Austen story.
Directed by Covenant professor Deborah Kirby, this adaptation by Jon Jory is a production that holds a lot of promise for the theatre department. The show was originally recommended to her in hopes of putting on a show with a predominantly female cast. Ms. Kirby’s enthusiasm with this play lies in the fact that the show moves quickly while still remaining faithful to the tone and truth of Austen’s characters in the book. When asked about the rehearsal process, Ms. Kirby said, “Rehearsal time is going to be fast and furious… to the day it is a month turnaround.”
The show is a comedy and, “it's a love story with two very seemingly different personalities that shouldn’t come together. But like any love story, you’re hoping it works out.” The cast is comprised primarily of students who are new to the theatre department. While this is a daunting show for an actor to have as their entrance into the theatre department with, Ms. Kirby is confident in the cast’s ability to pull off a beautiful show.
For senior Ann Jones, Pride and Prejudice will be the culmination of her time here on the Covenant stage. Ms. Jones will be playing the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet for her Senior Integration Project. In regards to taking on such a well-known role, Ms. Jones said, “The role is a bit intimidating due to its enormous popularity… [but] I'm looking forward to the analyzing aspect of my SIP where I research various productions in the past and the play itself to create a clearer picture of who Eliza Bennett really is.” This is a performance many will not want to miss.
Pride and Prejudice opens with a preview performance Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the ticket price at $3. Show dates run Oct. 4,5, and 11, at 8 p.m., and then Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and will go on sale Sept. 18. Reservations can be made by either calling 706.419.1051 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The show will be held in the Sanderson Auditorium at Covenant College.