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Auditions for "Pride and Prejudice"

Auditions for the first show in our Summer 2014 summer season. Be a part of a new tradition that started with the critically acclaimed production of FORTINBRAS last summer. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By JANE AUSTEN
Adapted for the stage by Constance Cox
Directed by Ann O'Connell
Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
July 4th - 20th, 2014 at John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in procession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE follows the romantic adventures of the Bennet sisters in Georgian England and their mother's humorous quest to marry them off to the best candidate she can find for them.

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley will be performing Jane Austen's classic novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, adapted for the stage by Constance Cox, at John Hinkel Park in North Berkeley, Performances are at 4 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun July 4/5/6, Sat/Sun July 12/13, Sat/Sun July 19/20.
Non AEA/No Pay. Cold Read. Auditions are May 3/4 2014 at John Hinkel Park. Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and an appointment.

WHAT: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
ADAPTED BY: Constance Cox
DIRECTED BY: Ann O'Connell
COMPANY: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
WHEN: Fri/Sat/Sun July 4/5/6, Sat/Sun July 12/13, Sat/Sun July 19/20
WHERE: John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, North Berkeley
CAST: 6M; 8-10F, Cold Read. Non AEA, No pay.
REHEARASALS: Start May 12
AUDITIONS: May 3/4 by appointment at John Hinkel Park
CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHARACTER SYNOPSIS
The girls:
Elizabeth Bennet - The second daughter of Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth is the most intelligent and sensible of the five Bennet sisters. She is well read and quick-witted, with a tongue that occasionally proves too sharp for her own good. (youngish female)
Jane Bennet - The eldest and most beautiful Bennet sister. Jane is more reserved and gentler than Elizabeth.(youngish female)
Mrs. Bennet - Mr. Bennet's wife, a foolish, noisy woman whose only goal in life is to see her daughters married. Because of her low breeding and often unbecoming behavior, Mrs. Bennet often repels the very suitors whom she tries to attract for her daughters. (older female)
Lydia Bennet - The youngest Bennet sister, she is gossipy, immature, and self-involved. (young female)
Miss Bingley - Bingley's snobbish sister. Miss Bingley bears inordinate disdain for Elizabeth's middle-class background. (youngish female)
Lady Catherine de Bourgh - A rich, bossy noblewoman; Mr. Collins's patron and Darcy's aunt. Lady Catherine epitomizes class snobbery, especially in her attempts to order the middle-class Elizabeth away from her well-bred nephew. (older female)
Charlotte Lucas - Elizabeth's dear friend. Pragmatic where Elizabeth is romantic, and also six years older than Elizabeth, Charlotte does not view love as the most vital component of a marriage. She is more interested in having a comfortable home. (youngish female)
Lady Lucas – Charlotte's mother and friend and rival of Mrs. Bennet (older female)

The boys:
Mr. Bennet - The patriarch of the Bennet family, a gentleman of modest income with five unmarried daughters. Mr. Bennet has a sarcastic, cynical sense of humor that he uses to purposefully irritate his wife. (older male)
Charles Bingley - Darcy's considerably wealthy best friend. Bingley's purchase of Netherfield, an estate near the Bennets, serves as the impetus for the novel. He is a genial, well-intentioned gentleman, whose easygoing nature contrasts with Darcy's initially discourteous demeanor. (male 20-40)
Fitzwilliam Darcy - A wealthy gentleman, the master of Pemberley, and the nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Though Darcy is intelligent and honest, his excess of pride causes him to look down on his social inferiors. (male 20-40)
George Wickham - A handsome, fortune-hunting militia officer. Wickham's has good looks and charm which attract Elizabeth initially, but Darcy's revelation about Wickham's disreputable past clues her in to his true nature. (male 20-40)
Mr. Collins - A pompous, generally idiotic clergyman who stands to inherit Mr. Bennet's property. He is the worst combination of snobbish and obsequious. (male any age)
Hill - manservant to the Bennets (male any age)

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