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Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
WOU theater students bring literary classic to life (Photo) - 02/19/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University's (WOU) Department of Theatre and Dance will perform a stage adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The show runs nightly Feb. 26 through 28 and March 4 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the WOU campus at 345 Monmouth Ave. North in Monmouth. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on March 1. The performances on March 5 and 6 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Directed by theatre professor David Janoviak, "Pride and Prejudice" is a timeless comedic tale of love, manners, family expectations and daily life in the British Regency. The novel, set in early 19th century England, tells the story of five unmarried sisters' search for love and happiness. With their closest male cousin set to inherit the family estate, they must find a rich and single husband to advance in genteel society. When two eligible bachelors join the neighborhood in the form of the charming Mr. Bingley and the taciturn Mr. Darcy, the Bennet family is turned upside down. The novel focuses on the complicated and rocky road to love between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. They can be purchased from the Box Office between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or at 6 p.m. on performance nights.

Cast
Shannen Brouner (Prineville, Ore.) as Jane Bennet
Janelle Davis (Lincoln City, Ore.) as Elizabeth Bennet
Sarah Cotter (Woodburn, Ore.) as Mary Bennet
Emily Scott (Portland, Ore.) as Lydia Bennet
Samantha Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.) as Kitty Bennet
Stephanie Kintz (Stayton, Ore.) as Charlotte
Jade Rayner as Lady Anne
Lindsay Spear (Portland, Ore.) as Caroline
Jodessa Chapa (Heppner, Ore.) as Georgiana Darcy and Maid Servant
Belladina Starr (Salem, Ore.) as Mrs. Bennet
Collette Kilbourne (Woodditton, Cambridgeshire, UK) as Mrs. Reynolds
Kolleen Chapa (Heppner, Ore.) as Mrs. Gardiner
Angie de Morgan (Darmstadt, Germany) as Lady Lucas
Erin Cunningham (Corvallis, Ore.) as Lady Catherine
Jeff Presler (Monmouth, Ore.) as Mr. Darcy
Declan Hertel (Rocklin, Calif.) as Mr. Bingley
Oliver Bergh (Lake Oswego, Ore.) as Mr. Collins
Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.) as Fitzwilliam
Gabriel Elmore (Salem, Ore.) as Mr. Wickham
Andrew Thornton (Dallas, Ore.) as Mr. Denny
Andrew De La Paz (Gresham, Ore.) as Captain Carter
James Hiersche (Gladstone, Ore.) as Soldier #1
Edgar Lopez (Portland, Ore.) as Soldier #2
Stephen Neilson (Salem, Ore.) as Soldier #3
Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.) as Servant #1
Matt Miller (Canby, Ore.) as Servant #2
Patrick Willett (Wilsonville, Ore.) as Mr. Bennet
Trevor Jackson (Salem, Ore.) as Mr. Gardiner
Nick Kintz (Stayton, Ore.) as Sir William Lucas

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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