Pride and Prejudice
Auditions & Rehearsals
DIRECTED BY: Lin McEwan
WRITTEN BY: Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
PRODUCED BY: ProArts Playhouse
This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools…than the high-stakes game of love?
“…a laugh-out-loud adaptation… Hamill…give[s] Austen’s novel a deliciously antic sensibility…This PRIDE AND PREJUDICE has comedy at its heart, but regarding the treatment of women, it shows us enough unsettling similarities between the 18th century and now to make us pause thoughtfully between laughs.” —TheaterMania.com
ALL ARE OPEN and will receive remuneration. The director is seeking actors ages 18 and up. Seeking actors of all ethnicity and gender identities. All character ages are stage-ages and are flexible.
Before arriving, all auditioners must read all of the info below AND complete this Audition Form.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or accommodation requests: ProArts Playhouse 808-463-6550; [email protected]
DATE & TIME
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
6pm-9pm: Script readings/pairings
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at 808-463-6550 or [email protected]
WHAT TO BRING
*Please note that many roles are doubled, but the specific doubling may change, based on which actors are right for which roles. Actors may be doubled in such a way as to play characters of multiple gender identities. Lizzy and Darcy will not be doubled with any other roles.
LIZZY. A year or two younger than Jane. Clever, spirited; can be sharp-tongued. Gets flustered, which makes her klutzy. Prides herself on good judgment. Not especially beautiful. Very very scared of marriage, after absorbing the lessons of her parents’ marriage.
MR. DARCY. Late 30s–40s. One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self-control and good judgment.
JANE. Late 20s–early 30s. The eldest and most beautiful Bennet daughter. Kind, idealistic, diffident. Always tries to do the right thing.
MISS de BOURGH. Lady Catherine’s daughter; a gremlin. Probably allergic to sun. Underneath all her veils, she may be covered in scales.
LYDIA. 14. The youngest Bennet. Lively, prone to imitating others’ behavior and eavesdropping.
LADY CATHERINE. Patrician Caesar-meets-drill sergeant.
MR. COLLINS. A pedantic, obtuse man. The original mansplainer. Rector to Lady Catherine.
WICKHAM. An unfairly handsome and charming gentleman. Probably a sociopath. Raised with Darcy.
MISS BINGLEY. A very rich, very beautiful young woman. Fancies herself witty.
MR. BINGLEY. Late 30s–40s. Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular friend. Almost literally a dog.
MARY. The third Bennet girl. Violent and dark undertones; prone to pedanticism and sulking. A dark goth Brontë character trapped in an Austen world. Coughs to get attention, or to make a point; may fancy that she is dying.
CHARLOTTE LUCAS. Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of humor.
MR. BENNET. The patriarch of the Bennet family. Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life. Can be somewhat apathetic; probably a bit depressed, under everything. Enjoys antagonizing. Disappointed in marriage.
MRS. BENNET. The matriarch of the Bennet family. Mostly a silly woman, of mean understanding and variable temper. Hypochondriac; when she’s upset, she fancies that she’s dying. The business of her life is to get her daughters married. She traumatizes her family with some regularity.
Various servants. This character will remind the audience that there is an entire class of individuals getting our main characters through their daily lives and will provide silent commentary on the shenanigans of their employers.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Auditions will take place in a group. The director will ask pairs to read from scenes. Once you have signed up, expect to receive an email link to the scenes within the next couple of days.
If call-backs prove necessary, they will be held on either Wednesday, December 28th. Details will be provided, should the occasion rise.
Because this show requires special costuming and a small amount of very important dance choreography, we are holding auditions early to allow for costume fittings and 2 dance rehearsals prior to the main rehearsal period. Thereafter, because of the director’s schedule, the show will rehearse for a longer number of weeks per usual, but with fewer rehearsals. We will rehearse for 7 weeks, but for only 2-4 days per week for most of that time prior to tech week. A final schedule will be determined based on people’s availability, so the schedule below is approximate. Please note that during tech week, rehearsal hours are longer.
January 23rd through March 3rd: Rehearsals at ProArts. Please note in most cases the entire cast will be called for all rehearsal days because of the nature of the show, but we will schedule in blocks and only call who is needed, whenever possible. We hope to work no more than 2-4 days a week during the rehearsal period. Our hope is to tighten this schedule.
- March 4th through 8th: Tech Week
- March 9th Preview
- Possible Pick-up rehearsals to be scheduled during show weeks, depending on the schedule of the actors
Saturday, January 7th from 11am to 2pm
LIKELY REHEARSAL TIMES
Once dates are determined, although variations may happen depending on the actors’ availability:
- Evenings 6:00pm – 9:30pm and Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm or 11:00am to 3pm
- Day rehearsals are possible if that better suits the actors’ schedules
- Tech rehearsals, particularly cue-to-cue, will be longer, but will never go past 11pm
Please verify your availability for all performances and list any conflicts for potential rehearsals. Conflicts beyond March 4th are not possible.
11 performances between March 10th and March 26, 2023
- Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
- The final rehearsal of tech week on Thursday, March 26th will be a “preview” performance with a small invited audience. This audience will be instructed that “holds” and tech fixes may still occur during this performance.
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