"VANITY, NOT LOVE, HAS BEEN MY FOLLY"
Jane Austen's Pride and Predjudice on stage November 9-17
Shannon Tauber, (l to r) Dylan Schroeder (pointing), Mission resident, Sophie Heinrichs, Meghan Franklin and Keira Meredith perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Tom Wood.
KEN HILDEBRANDT, GALLERY 7 THEATRE—DIANNA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY
allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to open their 2018-2019 ‘Back to Classics’ Theatre Season with the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Canadian playwright, Tom Wood. Described as “a sparkling…adaptation, delightful and absorbing” and ‘outstanding…radiates intelligence and heart” by the Edmonton Journal, Pride and Prejudice will be presented live on stage November 9 – 17, 2018 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.
With her daughters reaching marriageable age and the family finances running dangerously thin, Mrs. Bennet endeavours to find the perfect match for each of her girls. But her plans are stymied when Elizabeth, upon hearing not-so-kind comments from the surly and morose Mr. Darcy, develops a hostility towards the man. Can the two overcome their personal pride and the prejudice they feel towards each other and discover true love?
“I think audiences will find our production to be a faithful adaptation of the Jane Austen classic novel,” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “All your favourite characters are in this show, and I think people will really delight in Mrs. Bennet’s undying attempts to have her daughters marry the right gentleman and the electric relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The show promises to be a highly entertaining and riveting theatre experience for all ages.”
The role of the independent thinking Elizabeth Bennet is Shannon Tauber. Tauber last appeared in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Enchanted April. Playing the role of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is Adriel Brandt, who last appeared in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of The Mousetrap in May. The role of Mrs. Bennett will be played by Shelley Picard while Mr. Bennet will be played by Lawrence Locke. Playing Jane, Mary, Lydia and Kitty Bennet will be played by Sophie Heinrichs, Meghan Franklin, Keira Meredith and Dylan Schroeder respectively. The kind-hearted Charles Bingley will be played by Brady Moore and the pandering Reverend William Collins will be played by Todd Klassen. Rounding out the cast is Karis Duncalfe, Angel Duron-Heon, Kenzie Hall, Meghan Hanet, Evan Rau, Matthew Taekema, and Matthew Veenbaas.
Directing the cast of 17 performers, some of who will be playing multiple characters, is Trinity Western University theatre graduate, Nicola Prigge. Prigge has extensive theatre experience as an actor, director and stage manager. She last appeared on the Gallery 7 Theatre stage as Sister James in the company’s production of Doubt, A Parable.
“One of the reasons I like this story is because it is realistic about the time it takes to undergo drastic internal change,” Prigge states. “In the world of the play, we cover the span of about one year. In this time, we see Elizabeth’s heart make a complete U-turn, and her eventual opening up to love feels like coming home after a long journey. It is a soft, gentle falling into love.”
Prigge is supported by a talented and experienced design team. Set design is by Jeff Kiers, costume design is by Dani DeJong, lighting design is by Ken Hildebrandt and sound design is by Ryan Scramstad. Props design and production photography is by Dianna Lewis, dance choreography is by Samara Judd, and make-up design is by Danielle Milette.
“Pride and Prejudice is full to the brim with comedy, wit and charm,” concludes Hildebrandt. “It’s a theatre experience not to be missed.”
Pride and Prejudice runs for two weeks only, November 9 & 10, 13 – 17, 2018 @ 7:30 PM with matinees on Nov. 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. For tickets and more information, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call House of James, 604-852-3701.