Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by: Johanna Spencer
Auditions: September 27 – 28, 7 – 9 pm
To reserve an audition time, please call or email Johanna Spencer, the director at 541-990-3192 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins will be accommodated if there are openings in the schedule or at the end of each particular day.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please complete the audition form prior to the audition and bring it with you. There will be audition forms available at the audition if you are not able to complete it before hand.
In lieu of in-person auditions (if preferred) a one to three minute video monologue may be submitted to the director (Johanna Spencer) at email@example.com. Rehearsals will begin at the end of September and the show runs from December 3rd through December 19th at Albany Civic Theater.
NOTE: For the safety of everyone, auditions will comply with current CDC guidelines. All cast members will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination by November 1st. All auditioners will be required to wear a mask at the in person auditions.
Performances: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 12(m), 16, 17, 18, 19(m), 2021
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, Miss Bennett continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
Cast of Characters
Mary Bennett: 20. Finally coming in to her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She has a fire in her now. She is intelligent, curious, and lively, but her family only sees her as a future spinster. She does not suffer fools. She wants to live.
Arthur de Bourgh: 25. A studious, unsociable only child who has never been around women or large families. He is a loner who prefers books to people. He has recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next.
Elizabeth Darcy: 22. Married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming, and witty. She makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. She is best friends with her sister Jane. Fitzwilliam Darcy: 30. A loving, generous, and smart (if slightly stiff) husband. He is quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. He knows what being lovelorn is like. Jane Bingley: 24. Married to Mr. Bingley. She is seven months pregnant with her first child and is sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house. Charles Bingley: 25. Gracious, happy and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile. Lydia Wickham: 17. Flirtatious, youthful, self-centered. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham but she will not admit this. She is the person you want to have at your party: energetic, engaging, unstoppable. Anne de Bourgh: 20s. Only daughter of the late Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgmental and impatient, just like her mother.