PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Adapted for the stage and directed by Kirsty Budding
Belconnen Theatre, June 18 - 22, 2019
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife…
In recognition of the outstanding talent in Canberra and of the high demand for leading roles for young women, our 2019 production of Pride & Prejudice will feature two casts: Pride & Prejudice (8pm Mainstage - all ages) & Pride & Prejudice Youth (6pm Young adult performers and children).
MAINSTAGE CAST SEASON Tue 18 – Sat 22 June 2019
(5 shows - 8pm & 2pm Saturday matinee)
Tuesday 8PM (preview), Thursday 8PM (Red Carpet Opening Night),
Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM (Matinee) & 8PM (Closing Show)
YOUTH CAST SEASON Wed 19 – Sat 22 June 2019
(5 shows - 6pm & 12 noon Saturday matinee)
Wednesday 6PM (Preview), Thursday 6PM (Red Carpet Opening Night),
Friday 6PM, Saturday 12 noon (matinee) & 6PM (Closing Show)
* DO YOU KNOW A BRILLIANT PIANIST? *
The director is seeking a pianist who is able to play classical music e.g. Mozart to a high standard. This music will mark transitions between scenes. The director is open to young as well as more experienced pianists.
Please contact the director Kirsty@buddingtheatre.com
JOIN THE TEAM: if you would be interested in helping out in a creative, costuming, backstage, front of house, or technical role, please contact the director Kirsty directly at email@example.com Volunteers receive free show tickets and the Company can also facilitate formal WEX placements for senior students.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have never acted on stage before. Can I take part?
Pride and Prejudice is a great opportunity for actors of all ages and experience levels to perform in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s most popular novel. The director is eager to cast both experienced and new performers with an interest and commitment to performing.
Can I perform in both the youth production and the mainstage production?
Yes, pending availability and suitability of roles, as long as you understand that this will require double the rehearsal time and may require learning two roles e.g. you could be a lead in one show and a supporting role in the other. If you would like to perform in both shows, please indicate this on your audition form.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT-DIRECTOR
“I’m excited and a little nervous to adapt and direct my favourite novel for the stage. Pride & Prejudice has been an obsession since I was eleven (around the time I learned to recite the six-hour 1995 BBC series… I was a very cool kid). Although well-known as a romance, I see Pride & Prejudice for the stage very much as a comedy. With the amazing talent we have in Canberra, I know I’ll have no trouble filling these iconic roles with actors who have a passion and empathy for the characters and their world. I look forward to seeing your audition and working with you on Pride & Prejudice.”
THE DUAL PRODUCTION MODEL
ACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG WOMEN:
We received over 60 EOIs for Pride & Prejudice in the first 24 hours after our newsletter. Eighty percent of these EOIs were from young women in their teens, twenties and thirties, presenting the challenge of deciding do we cast the Bennet girls and associated roles “older” or “younger” - either option seemed to rule out very talented actors in the other age bracket who would make a fantastic Lizzy, Jane, etc. Our breakdown of the production into 6pm Youth & 8pm Mainstage is intended to provide more opportunities for young women to play leading roles.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
When you submit an audition, you will automatically be considered for both shows if there are roles suited to your age range - unless you specify a preference. There are child and teen roles in the Mainstage show as well as the Youth Show (but there are far more leading roles for young performers available in the Youth production). Please note that which show you are offered will depend on how you match up with other performers in that cast. e.g. it is likely that the Bennet sisters in the 8 pm Mainstage show will be played by actors in their 20s/30s, and the Bennet sisters in the 6pm show will feature actors in their late teens. Both productions will utilise the same set and perform five shows at Belconnen Theatre.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Note: Character ages below are from the novel and playing ages will vary in our stage adaptation.
Mr. Bennet: of Longbourn-house, Hertfordshire. Entailed estate with £2,000 a year. Married to Mrs. Bennet. Mr. Bennet is “odd - a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice.”
Mrs. Bennet: Wife of Mr Bennet. Mrs. Bennet is “a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.” Sister of Edward Gardiner of Gracechurch Street, London and Mrs. Phillips of Meryton.
Miss Jane Bennet: Eldest unmarried Bennet daughter. Age 22. The “most handsome” and sweet eldest sister.
Miss Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet: Heroine. Second unmarried Bennet daughter. Age 20. Quick-witted. Heroine.
Miss Mary Bennet: Third unmarried Bennet daughter. Serious and studious.
Miss Catherine Bennet: Fourth unmarried Bennet daughter. Nickname Kitty. One of the silliest girls in England.
Miss Lydia Bennet: Fifth unmarried Bennet daughter. Age 15. Flirtatious. One of the silliest girls in England.
Mrs. Hill: The housekeeper at Longbourn-house.
At Netherfield Park
Mr. Charles Bingley: of Netherfield Park and London. Age 22. Parents deceased. Inherited £100,000. Brother of Louisa and Caroline.
Mr. Hurst: of Grosvenor street, London. Married Louisa Bingley
Mrs. Louisa Hurst: of Grosvenor street, London. Nee Bingley with £20,000 dowry. Sister to Charles and Caroline
Miss Caroline Bingley: of Netherfield Park and London. Unmarried with a £20,000 dowry.
Mr John: A servant
At Lucas Lodge
Sir William Lucas: of Lucas Lodge, Hertfordshire. Knight. Married to Lady Lucas. Neighbour of the Bennet family.
Lady Lucas: of Lucas Lodge. Married to Sir William Lucas. Children: Charlotte, Maria and unnamed girls and boys
Miss Charlotte Lucas: Eldest unmarried Lucas daughter. Age 27. Sister of Maria. Friend of Elizabeth’s.
Miss Maria Lucas: Younger Sister of Charlotte Lucas. “a good-humoured girl, but…empty-headed”
Miss Sarah Lucas: Youngest Lucas daughter
Mr. Phillips: of Meryton. Attorney. Married ___ Gardiner
Mrs. Phillips: of Meryton. Nee Gardiner. Married to Mr. Phillips. Sister of Edward Gardiner and Mrs. Bennet
Miss Mary King: An heiress with £10,000 that Wickham attempts to woo
At Rosings Park
Rt. Hon. Lady Catherine de Bourgh: of Rosings Park. Nee Fitzwilliam. Daughter of an Earl. Widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh. Sister of unnamed brother and Lady Anne Darcy. Children: Anne. Nephews: Col. Fitzwilliam and Fitzwilliam Darcy
Miss Anne de Bourgh: of Rosings Park. Unmarried de Bourgh daughter. Sickly. Promised in marriage to Mr. Darcy.
Colonel Fitzwilliam: Unmarried younger son of an Earl. Nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Cousin of Fitzwilliam and Georgiana Darcy.
Rev. William Collins: of Hunsford Parsonage, Kent. Rector by Lady Catherine’s patronage. Cousin and heir of Mr. Bennet.
Dawson: Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s lady’s maid
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Of Pemberley, Derbyshire and London. Unmarried eldest son and heir with £10,000 a year. Age 28. Nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Brother of Georgina. Cousin of Col. Fitzwilliam.
Miss Georgiana Darcy: of Pemberley and London. Unmarried Darcy daughter. Age 16. Niece of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Sister of Fitzwilliam. Cousin of Col Fitzwilliam
Mrs. Reynolds: The housekeeper at Pemberley
Colonel Forster: Commanding Officer of the ___shire Militia stationed in Meryton
Mrs. Harriet Forster: Col. Forster’s wife
Mr. George Wickham: A Lieutenant of the ___shire Militia. Son of Mr. Wickham, Mr. Darcy’s (the elder) stewart. Attended Cambridge University
Mr. Denny: An officer and friend of Mr. Wickham
Mr. Edward Gardiner: of Gracechurch street, London. Married to Mrs. Gardiner. Brother of Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Phillips. Uncle of the Bennet daughters.
Mrs. Gardiner: of Gracechurch street, London. Married to Edward Gardiner. Aunt of the Bennet daughters.
Children of Mr & Mrs Gardiner:
Harriet (age 8)
Emma (age 6)
Various ensemble roles in the street, dancing at balls, etc.
Costumes including dresses, bonnets, waistcoats, coat tails, cravats, etc. are provided by the company. Actors are required to provide their own appropriate footwear and accessories and style their hair according to instructions. Note: some characters only appear in ball scenes or outdoor scenes in which case only one style of footwear is required.
Women and girls:
Ballet flats for ball scenes
Leather ankle boots for outdoor scenes (no zips)
Long white gloves (above elbow) for ball scenes
Hair clips and accessories to style hair
Men and boys:
White shirt with a good sized collar (to go with waistcoat, cravat and coat - provided)
Black shoes of appropriate style
White tights for ball scenes (only required for some characters)
Regency style hair & facial hair (sideburns)
ALL CAST: OFFICIAL CAST T-SHIRT
All cast members are required to purchase an official Pride & Prejudice cast T-shirt to wear at rehearsals and in the lead up to the show. As well as being a keepsake, our cast T-shirts promote the upcoming production and foster a sense of community. The $45 fee is payable before the first rehearsal.
CLICK HERE FOR ADULT SIZE CHART
CLICK HERE FOR KIDS SIZE CHART
Rehearsals will be held three times a week from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 16 June. Performers are also required to devote significant time to learning lines and developing their character outside of rehearsals. Leads may be asked to attend additional rehearsals at times to be negotiated. Please note: these are all the times within which rehearsals will be held, however not all actors will be required for all rehearsals. E.g. if you are in a supporting or ensemble role, you may only be required for one hour of a two hour block, or for two rehearsals out of the three in a week. This will depend on your role and the scene focus that week. A detailed schedule will be provided to the cast.
REHEARSALS IN ACTON, CANBERRA
DATES: Sunday 28 April - Thursday 13 June
Three rehearsals per week across 7 weeks.
Monday evenings AND Thursday evenings
Youth times: 5.30-7.30pm / Mainstage times: 7.30-9.30pm
AND Sunday mornings
Youth times: 9-10.30am / Mainstage times: 10.30-12.00 noon
DRESS-TECH RUNS AT BELCONNEN THEATRE
Sunday 16 June: Tech-dress Rehearsal at Belconnen Theatre (1 hour 30 mins each)
Youth 9am – 10.30am
Mainstage – 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 17 June: Tech-Dress Run at Belconnen Theatre (2 hours each)
Mainstage (last rehearsal): 8pm-10pm
Tuesday 18 June: Youth Final Rehearsal and Mainstage Preview
Youth Rehearsal Final Tech-Dress Run: 5.30-7.00pm
Mainstage: Preview 8pm (call time 7pm)
On your audition form, you will be asked to indicate your availability. Being unavailable on certain dates will not necessarily exclude you from the production but may influence the role you are offered, depending on the dates/duration of absence.
Please be honest about your availability when completing the audition form.
STAGE 1: AUDITION VIDEO
Audition videos due midnight Sunday 10 March.
NOTE: if you submit your audition video early, you may receive an early invitation to a call-back.
STAGE 2: CALL BACKS (In small groups)
Call-back Dates: Weekend of 23 and 24 March
Offers emailed the following week.
STAGE 3: CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
Cast announcement: Sunday 31 March
STAGE 4: REHEARSAL PREP & MEDIA
Between April 1 and April 28, performers will study and analyse their scripts. The director will offer one-on-one consultations by appointment to assist actors at this stage. There will also be costume fittings and a photo-shoot. Some lead performers will be invited to perform a short scene at the Jane Austen Festival in mid-April to promote the show.
STAGE 5: REHEARSALS START Monday 28 April.
HOW TO AUDITION
Download the audition pack located here.
Film your audition video and upload to an online location following the instructions here, so that you can provide a link to it in your audition form.
Complete the audition form at the bottom of this page and press submit.
To audition for Pride & Prejudice, please complete and submit the form below by midnight March 10. Note: if you are using YouTube please make sure your video is set to UNLISTED (cannot be searched or found without the unique link) - do not set to “private” as it will only be viewable to you in this case. The Company respects your privacy; your video will only be viewed by the director and will not be shared. You retain all ownership and rights.