2017-03-16 / Living

SCHS drama students to perform timeless comedy ‘Pride and Prejudice,’

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Ladies and gentlemen … The Swartz Creek High School Drama Department is currently in rehearsals for its spring performance, “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy that transcends time with its themes of love, family, independence and first impressions. 
Photo by Lania Rocha Ladies and gentlemen … The Swartz Creek High School Drama Department is currently in rehearsals for its spring performance, “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy that transcends time with its themes of love, family, independence and first impressions. Photo by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – Hopeless romantics will love the High School Drama Department’s spring performance, “Pride and Prejudice.”

Based on the timeless novel by Jane Austen, the story surrounds the delightful, sometimes painful, often hilarious ordeals of the Bennets, a Georgian-era English family with three daughters of marrying age.

“I chose this play because it’s a classic,” said drama teacher a Director Natalie Cooper. “And it’s my favorite movie of all time.

“I also thought it would be a challenge for the kids. I was told that they’d never done a classic like this before. I thought this would help them expand their skills.”

Audra Wilcosh plays protagonist Elizabeth, the Bennets’ feisty, independent offspring who challenges the conventional wisdom regarding women’s roles.

“She’s an acquired taste,” Wilcosh said of her character. “She’s ahead of her time, kind of a feminist.”

Wilcosh said the part of Elizabeth is fun to play, even though she’s less eccentric than most of the other characters.

“I really get to think about the character and what she’s going through,” she said.

Amy Alberto portrays older sister Jane, the sweetheart.

“She wants to see the good in people,” Alberto said. “She’s very likeable.”

Although Jane and Elizabeth are polar opposites, their relationship is “very sisterly,” said Wilcosh.

Trevor Allen brings Mr. Bennet, the father figure, to life. Allen described his character as laid-back, nurturing and the voice of reason.

“Elizabeth gets her personality from him,” he said.

In contrast, Mrs. Bennet is “the crazy mom,” said Wilcosh.

“But he loves her anyway,” she said.

“He’s a peacemaker,” added Alberto.

He’s also a little sarcastic, and he often teases his gullible wife, which leads to some comedic interactions, Allen said.

“It’s a fun show, especially the scenes with the mom,” said Alberto. “She’s probably one of the funniest characters.”

The themes of social status, independence, family dynamics and “don’t judge a book by its cover” will resonate with audiences despite the time warp.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students and seniors pay $6 in advance or $8 at the door.

Pride and Prejudice cast

Mr. Bennet.................................... Trevor Allen
Hill........................................... Joseph Carlisle
Mrs. Bennet...................................... Abby Hall
Lady Lucas.........................................Anna Hill
Charlotte Lucas.............................Teisa Chima
Jane Bennet................................. Amy Alberto
Elizabeth Bennet........................ Audra Wilcosh
Lydia Bennet................................... Alex Cross
Mr. Darcy...................................... Paul Gregor
Mr. Bingley................................ Jacob Pitcher
Mr. Collins..................................Bruce Woods
Amelia...................................Rosella Humphry
Mr. Wickham................................... Josh Lord
Belinda..................................... Alyssa Wilcosh
Amanda................................... Jewelz Fairchild
A Young Man...........................Brandon Bandy
Captain Denny............................. Thomas Doty
Miss Bingley.....................Madeline McDonald
Maggie..................................... Rebekah Talley
Mrs. Gardiner................................Paige Steele
Lady Catherine De Bourgh....... Elisabeth Lowe
Colonel Guy Fitzwilliam................... Max Perky
Mrs. Lake..................................Misty Hubbard
Young Man/Soldier....................... Tyler Finney
Young Man/Soldier..................Jasmine Moore
Maid/Party Guest....................... Allyson Jones
Maid/Party Guest..........................Taylor Kawa
Maid/Party Guest.................. Samantha Wolfin

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