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High school Drama Club actors to stage ‘Pride and Prejudice’


February 7, 2017

“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” cast members, from left, Rebekah Woody, Hazel Blank, Shane Kersey, David Briggs, Kylee Ceccato, Cedar Paris, Eric Blanchard, Sidney Hooley, Kylie Johnson, Allyssa Davis and Sophia Brown work on a scene. Not pictured are Corbitt Sanders, Annalee McIntosh, Colby Montigue, Abby Stone and Lauren Taber and stage crew membersTaylor Parks and Mikey Gomez.

Sweet Home High School Drama Club students will present the play “Pride and Prejudice” next week.

Teacher and director Alain Brown said auditions were held during Christmas break.

“Everyone went home with a script over the Christmas break and practiced their lines, and they’re doing really well in terms of progress.”

Typically, at this point, they would still be using scripts in rehearsal, Brown said last week, but they’re already practicing off-script.

This will be the first of two school plays this year, Brown said. The second will be performed in May.

“Pride and Prejudice,” based on a Jane Austen novel, is set in 19th-century England. It’s about a family with five daughters, trying to marry them off, and the struggles it faces finding suitable men.

The story, a drama with comedy elements, focuses on one headstrong girl named Elizabeth, Brown said.

The story stresses the importance of marrying for love over reasons like wealth.

With many girls and few boys auditioning, “I wanted to cast a play that was very female-centered,” Brown said. “And they all have their British accents. We’re so heavy in good female actresses, this is a good play to showcase their talents.”

Brown is assisted by Kylie Johnson, who is acting in the play as well.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 17 and 18. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. Families are admitted for $10.

Cast members are Eric Blanchard, Hazel Blank, David Briggs, Sophia Brown, Kylee Ceccato, Alyssa Davis, Sidney Hooley, Kylie Johnson, Shane Kersey, Annalee McIntosh, Colby Montigue, Cedar Paris, Corbitt Sanders, Abby Stone, Lauren Taber and Rebekah Woody. Taylor Parks and Mikey Gomez are stage crew.


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