PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
March 6 & 7 from 7-9pm
The Creative Center at the Palace
215 S 3rd St
Hamilton, OH 45011
Directed by Anna Brown
Possible callbacks on Wednesday March 8th from 7-9pm
Rehearsal Dates: Tuesdays-Thursdays from 7-9pm beginning March 9. Sundays (March 26, April 2 & 16) from 7-9pm.
Tech rehearsals April 23-27.
Show Dates: April 28-30, 2023
Please come prepared to read from the script.
A headshot/resume is not required but would be helpful.
Please be prepared to list all conflicts from March 9 – April 30.
Characters (6m, 8f)
Mr. Bennet – (40s-mid 60s) 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. Though he loves his daughters (Elizabeth in particular), he often fails as a parent, preferring to withdraw from the never-ending marriage concerns of the women around him rather than offer help.
Mrs. Bennet – (40s-50s) 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.
Elizabeth Bennet – (18-21) Lizzie, as she is sometimes called, is the protagonist of the play and second eldest daughter. She has a passionate, if sometimes jumbled, relationship with Mr. Darcy.
Jane Bennet – (20-25) The eldest and most beautiful Bennet sister. Jane is more reserved and gentler than Elizabeth. The easy pleasantness with which she and Bingley interact contrasts starkly with the mutual distaste that marks the encounters between Elizabeth and Darcy.
Kitty Bennet – (16-18) The fourth Bennet sister. Like Lydia, she is girlishly enthralled with the soldiers.
Mr. Darcy – (mid 20s-early 30s) 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.
The following actors may double or even triple on these characters:
Female 1 (18-21):
Mary Bennet is the middle Bennet sister, not as flighty as Kitty & Lydia, but not as refined as Jane & Elizabeth. She is a bookworm.
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. Thus, when Mr. Collins proposes, she accepts.
Female 2 (15-17):
Lydia Bennet – The youngest Bennet sister, she is gossipy, immature, and self-involved. Unlike Elizabeth, Lydia flings herself headlong into romance and ends up running off with Wickham.
Georgiana – Darcy’s sister. She is immensely pretty and just as shy. She has great skill at playing the pianoforte.
Male 1 (20s):
Mr. 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. He is blissfully uncaring about class differences.
Colonel Fitzwilliam – Darcy’s cousin. A kind man who forms a flirtatious relationship with Lizzie. He accidentally reveals that Darcy is responsible for separating Jane and Bingley.
Male 2 (30s-early 40s):
Sir William Lucas – A friend and neighbor of the Bennet family. He is pleasant but not overly deep or intellectual. He is obsessed with having been granted knighthood. He is father to Charlotte.
Mr. Collins – A pompous, generally idiotic clergyman who stands to inherit Mr. Bennet’s property. Mr. Collins’s own social status is nothing to brag about, but he takes great pains to let everyone and anyone know that Lady Catherine de Bourgh serves as his patroness. He is the worst combination of snobbish and obsequious.
Mr. Gardiner – Mrs. Bennet’s brother. Caring, nurturing, and full of common sense, often prove to be better parents to the Bennet daughters than Mr. Bennet and his wife.
Female 3 (mid 20s-mid 30s):
Miss Bingley – Bingley’s snobbish sister. Miss Bingley bears inordinate disdain for Elizabeth’s middle-class background. Her vain attempts to garner Darcy’s attention cause Darcy to admire Elizabeth’s self-possessed character even more.
Mrs. Gardiner – Mrs. Bennet’s sister-in-law. The Gardiners, caring, nurturing, and full of common sense, often prove to be better parents to the Bennet daughters than Mr. Bennet and his wife.
Male 3 (mid-late 20s):
George Wickham – A handsome, fortune-hunting militia officer. Wickham’s good looks and charm attract Elizabeth initially, but Darcy’s revelation about Wickham’s disreputable past clues her in to his true nature and simultaneously draws her closer to Darcy.
Male Ballguest 1
Female 4 (60s-70s):
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.
Male 4 (18+)
Male Ballguest 2