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The 2022 Year 12 Drama class are very proud to present their final Group Production to our college community;

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – by Jane Austen, stage adaptation by Janet Fletcher.

Two centuries ago, on Jan. 28, 1813, Jane Austen's second novel first saw print. From its immortal opening sentence, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," Pride & Prejudice has enchanted readers around the world, in every language, for 200 years.

It's the ultimate "happy ever after" romcom tale. This novel established the template for an infinity of romance novels. Here are five unmarried girls in rural England who will face poverty once their improvident father kicks the bucket since his estate can only pass to a male heir. If they can't snag husbands, their career options involve downwardly mobile humiliations such as working as governesses or paid companions to the wealthy. And yet the novel, brimming with sparkling dialogue, is a pure joy to read. Perhaps it is Elizabeth's father, Mr. Bennet, who best explains its appeal: "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?"

Why is this particular Austen novel reinvented so many times on stage and screen? Maybe because before The Kardashian’s – there were The Bennet’s. Technology might change, but human nature remains the same. Give mobile phones to the youngest Bennet daughters — the boy-crazy shopaholics Kitty and Lydia — and they would fit right in at any high school. Their father is likened to many Baby Boomer dads, ignoring both his upside-down mortgage and his out-of-control kids. The one homely Bennet female, Mary, is the 19th-century version of an insecure, overachieving book worm. It engages us through our ability to connect to the characters, each having such a distinct voice, you want to know what happens next.

In the end, although Austen crafted her characters with a quill pen dipped in ink, they have remained fresh, instantly recognizable and fascinating for 200 years. Whether people read Pride and Prejudice on a print page, a tablet, watch one of movies or see a live performance, the love story of how Mr. Darcy won Elizabeth Bennet, will, no doubt, continue to captivate for another two centuries.

We have loved the journey of finding and developing these character moments and bringing the page to the stage. We are all very excited to have our community come and share this wonderful romantic comedy with us.

The cast is as follows;

ALEX BEELEN - ELIZABETH BENNET

AMELIE CLIFFORD - LADY CATHERINE & AUNT GARDINER

ADELE HAESE - CAROLINE BINGLEY

MACKENSIE KALLESKE - LYDIA BENNET

AMELIA KLENKE - CHARLOTTE LUCAS & GEORGINA DARCY

NICK MANDER - WILLIAM DARCY

KATIA MUZIK - MRS BENNET

ELLA NICDAO - KITTY BENNET

AMELIE PIANTADOSI - STAGE MANAGER & MRS LONG

YASMINE RBOUB - DRAMATURG & SOUND DESIGNER & LADY ANNE/LADY LUCAS

JEREMY SCHELL - MR BINGLEY

ILONA TIMKO - MARY BENNET

LUCA VOZZO - MR. COLLINS

CATHRYN WILLIAMS - JANE BENNET

ETHAN WRIGHT - MR. BENNET

Performances are Wed 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August, in the Richard Flynn Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets will be available soon, through Humanitix.

We would love to see you all there.

Ms Karen Sheldon
Curriculum Coordinator Drama
Year 12 Drama teacher

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