Pride & Prejudice
March 20 - April 5, 2020
By Helen Jerome
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Megan Lallier
Auditions: Friday, January 3 from 6pm - 9pm and Saturday, January 4 from 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must in want of a wife.” For Elizabeth Bennet, however, finding a husband is hardly a priority; but with two other sisters, an overzealous matchmaking mother, and a string of incompatible suitors, it's proving to be difficult to escape the subject. That’s why when the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, all feelings of attraction are muted by their respective pride and prejudice. As their worlds keep colliding, their attraction increases, but both must first overcome their own weaknesses before the most famous courtship in history can begin.
From the Director:
Although this show will use the traditional language of Jane Austen, and be dressed in costumes from the Georgian Era, I want your actions to feel modern and comfortable. There is nothing worse than watching someone not connect to the dialogue because they are too focused on their posture.
The audition will consist of a cold reading from the script. Sides will be provided. We will be using English accents, so please be prepared to do so at some point during your audition. If you are auditioning for either Elizabeth Bennet or Mr. Darcy, please be prepared to stay after you have finished your reading. We will intermittently take in pairs to read with each other throughout the evening. It is my goal to not have callbacks, but I will do so if needed. Also, to make everyone’s life easier, please bring a bio or resume with your stage experience along with a headshot, if you have one.
Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday, from 6 – 9pm, until we get closer to tech week. I will start on time and end on time. We all have lives outside of the theatre and I promise to respect that. More than anything, it’s winter and dark and no one should be on the roads later than necessary. Lastly, please be prepared to let us know on your audition sheet of any and all conflicts that you may have. The first read through of the show will be on Sunday, January 26th at 6pm. Rehearsals will begin the next day, January 27th.
Character Descriptions (In order of appearance):
Mr. Bennet: The head of the Bennet household and husband to Mrs. Bennet, he cares little for responsibility or social frippery and is an odd mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humor, reserve and caprice. He is the father of Jane, Elizabeth and Lydia Bennet.
Mrs. Bennet: Mr. Bennet’s wife and the mother of the three Bennet daughters, she is a vapid woman with an uncertain temper. When discontent, Mrs. Bennet considers herself “nervous”; it is the business of her life is to get her daughters married.
Charlotte Lucas: Daughter of Lady Lucas and a dear friend of Elizabeth Bennet. She is a bit older than Elizabeth and is reaching the age where she is considered by society to be “on the shelf” and a burden to her parents.
Jane Bennet: The eldest and most beautiful of the Bennet daughters, Jane has a good heart and a gentle nature. As Elizabeth's confidant, Jane helps to keep her sister's tendency to be judgmental in check by offering positive interpretations of negative situations.
Elizabeth Bennet: The Bennet’s vivacious second daughter, Elizabeth is a studier of character. She is witty, funny, and willful despite her seeming cynicism. Elizabeth is truly a romantic, swearing that if she were to marry it would only be for the deepest love and to a man whom she could respect.
Lydia Bennet: The youngest Bennet daughter, Lydia Bennet is arguably the most ridiculous. She is loud, brash and cares only for her own wants, without considering how her actions and choices affect her sisters or family.
Mr. Darcy: Best friend of Mr. Bingley, Mr. Darcy is a fine tall man with handsome features and noble mean. However, he is quickly considered to be proud, disagreeable and always above his company.
Mr. Bingley: New to town, Mr. Bingley is wonderfully handsome and gentlemanlike. He has a pleasant countenance, easy unaffected manners and is quickly taken with Jane Bennet.
Mr. Collins: Mr. Collins is Mr. Bennet’s clergyman cousin who is set to inherit Longbourn Estate, the Bennets’ home. He is repulsive to the Bennet women and patently ridiculous, particularly in his effusive esteem for his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Mr. Wickham: A member of the local militia, Mr. Wickham is charming and seems to possess all the social skills a young man ought to. However, he has a complicated past with Mr. Darcy.
Lady Catherine De Bourgh: Mr. Darcy’s aunt and Mr. Collins’ patroness, Lady Catherine is a powerful woman who believes her opinion is not only the right opinion, but the only one.
Other characters include Miss Bingley, Lady Lucas, Mrs. Gardiner and an ensemble who will likely make up those characters as well as staff at the Longbourn Estate and guests at the Ball.
Have questions? Contact director, Megan Lallier at email@example.com