TITLE: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
AUTHOR: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
DIRECTOR: Phyllis B. Gitlin
RUN: Nov. 2 – Nov. 30, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Mon., Sept. 9 & Tues., Sept. 10, 2019
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Wed., Sept. 11, 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: Sept. 14, 2019, Saturday Noon – 3pm.
Regular Rehearsal: Starting Sept. 16, Monday – Thursday 7pm-10pm, Saturday mornings 9am -1 2pm based on cast availability.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. A one-minute contemporary monologue is suggested. Be familiar with the play, era and characters. Also be prepared to cold read from script-sides provided at the auditions. Upper Class British dialect for all characters. It is helpful if the character of Mary can play the piano and sing.
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Set 2 years after the novel ends, Christmas 1815, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish-middle sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers at Pemberley for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s for an intellectual match and perhaps, romance.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
All Ethnicities are encouraged to attend.
“The writers encourage diverse casting- Jane Austen belongs to everyone.”
Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Below are character descriptions. The age range is based on look not the actor’s real age.
MARY BENNET: (F, look 20-30) Finally coming into her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She is intelligent, curious and spirited, but her family only sees her as a spinster. Ability to play piano a plus. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
ARTHUR DE BOURGH (M, look 25-30’s) A studious, unsociable, only child who has never been around woman or large families. He is a loner who prefers books to people. He has recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
ELIZABETH DARCY (F, look 25-30) Married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming and witty. She makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. She is best friends with her sister Jane. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
FITZWILLIAM DARCY (M, look 30’s) A loving, generous, smart husband to Elizabeth. He is quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. He knows what being lovelorn is like. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
JANE BINGLEY (F, look 20-30) Married to Mr. Bingley. She is seven months pregnant with her first child and is sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
CHARLES BINGLEY (M, look 25-30) Gracious, happy, and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend always ready with a smile and support. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
LYDIA WICKHAM (F, look late teens) Flirtatious, youthful, self-centered. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham, but she will not admit this. She is the person you want at your party: energetic, engaging, unstoppable. A foil to Mary. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)
ANNE DE BOURGH (F, look 20’s) Only daughter of the late Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgemental and impatient, just like her mother. (Role requires an upperclass British Accent.)