The new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” will be presented by the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
Directed by department Chair Louis Rackoff, this production will feature a talented student cast, period-themed costumes and original music by visiting guest artist and composer David Bishop.
“His music is extraordinary, and it enlivens everything we’re doing on stage,” said Rackoff.
Bishop currently serves as musical director and voice coach at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. His music will provide the backdrop for the timeless romantic and comedic tale about five sisters caught in a web of courtship in English society. The sisters all have one common goal: finding good husbands and securing their futures. Their lives are turned upside down when two rich Englishmen come to town for the summer.
Callie Stephens, a master’s student in theater from Atlanta, plays the role of the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennett, one of the five sisters. Elizabeth forms an instant dislike for the prideful character of Fitzwilliam Darcy, who is played by Sean Scrutchins, a master’s student in theater from Shawnee, Oklahoma.
“The sisters have very different aspects to them. Elizabeth is described as critical and they’re very prejudiced,” said Stephens. “When she meets Darcy her first impression is that he is everything she despises about the upper class. So, the entire story is about them coming together and pulling apart kind of like magnets and then trying to overcome their stubbornness, pride and prejudice within themselves, until they fall in love.”
Previously, this story was produced as an Emmy-nominated television miniseries in 2003 and a full-length movie in 2005. The Southern Miss production will continue Nov. 12 – 14 and 18 - 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.On Nov. 15, there will be a pre-show talk at 1 p.m. in Martha R. Tatum Theatre.
“Pride and Prejudice” tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for faculty and staff and $6 for students. For more information about the play, visit http://www.usm.edu/arts. To order tickets, visit http://www.southernmisstickets.com or 601.266.6541.
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