ETBU Department of Theatre Arts Presents Pride and Prejudice, October 3-8
MARSHALL, Texas (10/03/13)- The Department of Theatre Arts at East Texas Baptist University proudly presents their fall production – Pride and Prejudice, October 3-8, 2013 by Jon Jory adapted from Jane Austen’s timeless masterpiece. Performances will take place in the Mabee Recital Hall located in the Jenna Guest Music Building on the ETBU campus.
Set in Regency England, this romantic comedy follows the escapades of the close-knit Bennet family. When the sharp, independent Elizabeth Bennet (sophomore Cassie Brown) encounters the wealthy yet aloof Mr. Darcy (junior Casey Papas), she must rectify her poor impression of him with reports of his noble character. In a society fraught with gossip, intrigue, and classicism, Elizabeth will struggle to overcome her prejudices while Mr. Darcy must contend with his pride. Filled with all the charm and romance of Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice is suitable for the entire family.
Production dates are Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 5 at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m.; Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are free with a current ETBU ID or $5.00 for general admission. For reservations, please visit www.etbu.edu/theatre or call 903-923-2294.
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER: ETBU to produce ‘Pride and Prejudice’
By Austin King
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (9/24/13) - East Texas Baptist University’s department of theatre arts is gearing up for productions of Jon Jory’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice” which will begin next week.
Austen’s novel was published in 1813 and follows the exploits of the Bennet famly in Regency-era England. Elizabeth Bennet (played by sophomore Cassie Brown) meets the wealthy yet aloof Mr. Darcy (played by junior Casey Papas) and must rectify her poor impression of him with reports of his novel character.
"We chose ‘Pride and Prejudice’ because we have a great, many talented young ladies in our department and we wanted to be able to have their talents displayed,” said Tracie Ledford, production director and chair of fine arts at ETBU. "This show creates an opportunity for our strong, talented women to take stage.”
Other cast members include Julia Chance as Mrs. Bennet, Callie Timme as Jane Bennet, Sally Perkins as Mary Bennet, Victory Spivey as Catherine "Kitty” Bennet/Georgiana Darcy, Caroline Bump as Lydia Bennet, Samantha Pettigrew as Charlotte Lucas, Courtney White as Mrs. M Gardiner, Corrie Andrews as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Candice Hamilton as Caroline Bingley, Emily Cook as Mr. Darcy’s Housekeeper, Brent Hetherington as Mr. Bennet, Zach Bearden as Charles Bingley, Trace Carver, as George Wickham, Jacob Kirchoff as Sir Williams Lucas, Ramiro Mendez as Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mark Gray as soldier/ball guest. ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dean of Fine Arts will alternate playing Edward Gardiner.
Member of the cast have been rehearsing since the second week of school.
"We had auditions the second day of school,” Ledford said. "We started rehearsing Aug. 26. In total we’ll have about five weeks of rehearsal. Dr. Webster and Dr. Oliver are playing the same role, so we have them alternate through the run. Our auditions are open to everyone, students, faculty, staff, even people in the community.”
Ledford noted that the production has more than 20 set changes and has eight dances. Coupled with memorizing Austen’s advanced word use proves to be a challenge for members of the cast.
"They have a lot of work to do,” Ledford said. "They usually come to rehearse about four hours a night. Everyone is all in for this.”
Several students are also assisting behind the scenes. Lighting, costuming and stage production are just a few of the parts that students must work together on to make the productions happen. Some students who are in the cast are even a part of the production of the shows. Brown is not only the star of the production but also the master carpenter.
"Pride and Prejudice” first shows Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Other 7:30 p.m. performances are on Oct. 4, 7 and 8 and 2:30 p.m. performances are planned for Oct. 5 and 6. All productions will be held in the Mabee Recital Hall located in the Jenna Guest Music Building on ETBU campus. Admission is $5. For reservations, call (903) 923-2294 or visit etbu.edu/theatre.
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