Rockwall Community Playhouse

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

PRIDE & PREJUDICE 
by Kate Hamill
adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

AUDITIONS:  Feb 13 at 1pm  

Director:  Felicia Sykes
Assistant Director:  LaDawn Cantu

SYNOPSIS:  This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools … than the high-stakes game of love?

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS & NOTES:

  • Bring a headshot & resume to the audition.
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  
  • All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
  • Bring all rehearsal/performance conflicts for late March through May -- all conflicts must be listed on audition form. Actors are expected to be at every mandatory rehearsal and at every performance. No exceptions.
  • Auditions are open to all. Newcomers are welcome—no experience necessary! 
  • Rehearsals are planned to begin late March and tentatively will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm, and a few Saturdays and/or Sundays.

CHARACTERS:

  • Elizabeth Bennet--or “Lizzy” - Late 20s-early 30s.  Smart, witty, beautiful, but not as startling a beauty as her sister Jane, strong willed, confident.
  • Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy - Late 30s-early 40s. One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self- control and good judgment. Not always great with words; says the wrong thing with some regularity.
  • Mr. Bennet - 50s-60s. Mr. Bennet is the patriarch of the Bennet family Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life. Disappointed in marriage; engages in the kind of long-term psychological warfare that unhappy couples practice. Quite fond of a few of his daughters.
  • Mrs. Bennet - 50s-60s. Mrs. Bennet is the matriarch of the Bennet family.  Mildly shrill, excitable, overbearing, shirks the rules to advance her goals.
  • Jane Bennet - Late 20s-early 30s. Jane is the eldest and most beautiful Bennet daughter. Kind, idealistic, diffident. Always tries to do the right thing. Can be a bit shy. Very close with Lizzy.
  • Lydia Bennet - Late teens. Lydia is the youngest of four daughters Lively, highly impressionable. Prone to imitating others’ behavior and eavesdropping. Enjoys balls, boys, and being right. Likes to matchmake; overindulged by her mother. Prides herself on cleverness.
  • Mr. Charles Bingley - Late 30s-early 40s. Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular friend. Wealthy. Inclined to exaggeration; impossibly good-natured, and thus easily led. A bouncy, impetuous retriever of a man. Almost literally a dog.
  • Mr. Collins - Late 30s-early 40s.  A pedantic, obtuse man. Rector to Lady Catherine, whom he worships like a God and is desperate to impress. A self-important, squat, sweaty man. He tries to be impressive- unfortunately, he has an idiosyncratic quirk wherein he cannot quite, ever, land on the right word. Bit of a pervert. Unctuous. Assumes that all young ladies are delicate idiots who need to be protected from themselves.
  • Charlotte Lucas - Late 20s-early 30s.  Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of humor. Not from much money. Capable of being quite dry and wry. Ends up married to Mr. Collins; tolerates him with some measure of success.
  • Mr. George Wickham - Late 30s-early 40s. Mr. Wickham is an unfairly handsome and charming gentleman serving as a Lieutenant in the local regiment. Raised with Darcy, whom he resents. Knows just what to say, and just how to say it. Very good with the ladies.
  • Mary Bennet - 20s.  Mary is the third of the four Bennet girls. Bit of a monster; prone to sulking. She is Captain Bad Vibes; if you learned she was a goblin disguised as a human being; it wouldn’t be that shocking. Likes: playing the piano (badly); demonstrating her learnedness. Dislikes: being left out. A dark goth Bronte character trapped in an Austen world.
  • Miss Caroline Bingley - Late 20s-30s. Miss Bingley is a very rich young woman, sister to Bingley. Fancies herself witty. Rather beautiful; impossibly elegant. Determined to land Mr. Darcy, the richest man in England. Hates Lizzy Bennet in a manner that burns with the fire of a thousand suns.
  • Lady Catherine - 50s-70s. Lady Catherine is the Patrician Caesar-meets-drill sergeant. One of the richest women in England. Everything is beneath her, but nothing is beneath her notice. Capable of being quite casually cruel; thinks she gives excellent advice. Used to defiance, accustomed to flattery. Capable of being quite coquettish with men of her own social class—of which there are, perhaps, two in the world.
  • Anne de Bourgh - 20s-30s. Lady Catherine’s sickly, overbred daughter; communicates mostly in one-word phrases. A nasty, overindulged little gremlin. Rather keen on marrying Mr. Darcy.
Date: 02/13/2021 (Sat.)

Time: 1:00pm - 1:05pm CST

Location: 609 E. RUSK, ROCKWALL
609 E Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087

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