Pride & Prejudice to open this week
Katie Campbell stars as Elizabeth Bennet and Jonathan Lamb is the dashing Mr. Darcy in Carriage House Players’ production of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. ~ Tina Freeman Photography
Carriage House Players is putting the finishing touches on the much beloved romantic comedy Pride & Prejudice, the second production of the 26th season.
The first of seven shows is Thursday, April 25, at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum and Civic Center at 7 p.m.
Pride & Prejudice is Jane Austen’s classic tale of love and values that unfold in Regency Era England. The five Bennet sisters have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: to find a single man in possession of a large fortune. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Given his elite status and connections, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. But, when strong-willed Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and, it would seem, proud Mr. Darcy, the conflict is electric.
Pride & Prejudice marks the directing debut of Truman J Carroll who is assisted by Andrea Delap. Katie Campbell stars as Elizabeth Bennet and Jonathan Lamb plays Mr. Darcy. Also staring in Pride and Prejudice are several newcomers to CHP, including Jim Philips who plays Mr. Bennet, Valeri Buck as Mrs. Bennet, Mahalie Todd as the lovable Jane Bennet, Tori Buck as Mary Bennet, Erin Young as outspoken Lydia Bennet, Jordan Stair as the horrible Mr. Wickham and Brendan Buxton as charming Mr. Bingley.
Veterans of the stage include Miriam Sparks as Kitty Bennet, Allie Ruhlander as Georgiana Darcy, Laura Spears as spiteful Caroline Bingley, Angela Steelman as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Heath Jacks as comedic Mr. Collins. Other members of this wonderful cast are Erin Alcorn, David Grant, Robin Mitchell, Haley Hicks, Briana Kimbrough, Lonnie Ables, Tina Beddingfield, Deborah Chaplin, Andrew Neal, Calvin Alcorn, Kate Parkes, Victoria Chaplin and Sherie Jacks.
Performance dates are April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, at 7 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum and Civic Center. A traditional English tea will be served during the performance.
“The cast has poured their heart into this show and they should be very proud of what they have accomplished,” said Carroll.
“I’ve had a wonderful experience connecting with my cast and character and can’t wait for opening night,” adds Campbell.
Tickets are available at Bagley and Bagley Insurance, The Book Inn, Carter’s Drug Store, Elk River Coffee Company, The Flower House, Parks Jewelers, and Sissy’s Antiques in Fayetteville, as well as Regions Bank in Parks City. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for students. Additionally, tickets may be reserved by calling the Carriage House hotline at (931) 433-1300 or by request on the website at www.carriagehouseplayers.com.
“As with all of Carriage House Players’ productions, Pride and Prejudice would not be possible without the support of our sponsors,” said Carroll. “Please take the time to thank our sponsors with your patronage.”