CHAMPAIGN — Open auditions for Parkland Theatre's romantic comedy "Pride and Prejudice" will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the theater.
Callbacks, if needed, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
Director Joi Hoffsommer will cast 14 male and female actors ages 16 and up for a stage adaptation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel, now celebrating its 200th anniversary.
The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; no appointment is necessary to audition. Those interested should familiarize themselves with the story and style of "Pride and Prejudice." Character descriptions are at http://www.parkland.edu/theatre .
The performances will take place Nov. 14-24. All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity.
A news release describes the play as a fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory.
"Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennett's most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous matchmaking mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject," the release reads.
"When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense, but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?"
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