The Franklin Civic Operetta Association opened its 30th season at the Barrow-Civic Theatre with a two-weekend run of the classic play “Pride and Prejudice” starting tonight.
Based on the novel by Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" tells the story of the Bennet daughters – Elizabeth in particular. Set in the early 1800s, it is a time when being married is considered a success in life for a young lady. The Bennet sisters are all of age to marry. When two of the three find eligible suitors, it is Elizabeth who still needs to settle down. This sets the stage for the duel between Elizabeth and her pride, and Mr. Darcy, whom she secretly adores, and his prejudice.
Show director Hannah McCarthy says the play goes beyond the themes of the title as well as a love and marriage. “It’s also a reminder to be true to yourself no matter what others’ opinions are of you and to not judge a person too harshly before hearing their whole story,” she wrote in the show’s playbill.
Other members of the cast include:
Miss Elizabeth Bennet -Janie Cassady
Mr. Charles Bingley - Nicholas Hess
Miss Lydia Bennet - Emilie Weaver
Mr. Bennet - Dan Twombly
Mrs. Bennet - Aundrea Hill
Mr. Collins - Jim Nash
Miss Caroline Bingley - Abby Preston
Miss Charlotte Lucas - Yelena Carvin
Mr. George Wickham - Aaron Ritsig
Lady Catherine de Bourgh - Vera Saeli
Colonel Guy Fitzwilliam - Andrew Ritsig
Mrs. Gardiner - Pam Watkins
Lady Lucas - Elizabeth Williams
Captain Denny - Josh Devlin
Amelia/Ensemble - Ashlynne Cornmesser
Amanda/Maggie/Ensemble - Kaitlynn Moore
Agatha/Ensemble - Kachina Earhart
Belinda/Ensemble - Joslyn Dechant
Hill - Jake Gallows
Mrs. Lake - Lisa Harry
A Young Man - John Amy
A Second Young Man - Josiah Amy
“Like all journeys, this one would not have been possible without a million and one moving parts,” McCarthy wrote.
Those helpers include producers Jenn Fox and Laura Ordaz. James Amero handles the lighting design and technical directions, with assistance from Brandon Huff on lights and Zach Dempsey on sound. Linda Thayer is the prop master. Elizabeth Amero runs the stage crew and Heather Jemmett is assisting with hair.