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HOPE SUMMER REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PRIDE & PREJUDICE: FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH THIS REFRESHING NEW ADAPTATION

HOLLAND, MIHope Summer Repertory Theatre proudly announces their second main stage production of the season, Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride & Prejudice, opening on June 22, 2012 at the Dewitt Theatre.  Adapted from the original novel for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, this adaptation brings a revival to the classical tale. Witness the memorable characters as they come to life on stage. Pride & Prejudice performances are at 8:00 p.m. and run in repertory through the end of July.

Jane Austen’s, Pride & Prejudice, is a classic novel loved by many since its inception. This new adaptation by Hanreddy and Sullivan breathes fresh life into the story and molds it perfectly for the stage. The story transcends past a blasé look into what can be expected from a romance novel and instead explores themes which shine exuberantly in the work. The desperate spinsters, determined bachelors, nosy neighbors,
embarrassing relatives and a smarmy cad or two all grapple with their feelings of love, jealously, pride and prejudice. These timeless characters must learn to overcome their pride and prejudice or face a future stagnant in their ignorance.

The story follows the Bennett family: Mr. and Mrs. Bennett (Malcolm Hilgartner and Jahnna Beecham) and their five daughters; Elizabeth (Susanna Stahlmann), Jane (Emily Austen), Lydia (Hannah Richter), Mary (Kaija von Websky), and Kitty (Christina Ramirez). This story, apart from exploring the complexity that comes with
forming relationships in a society that values class and status over true character, is also an exploration of the archetypal mother and daughter relationship. The story revolves around the Bennett sisters and their quest at finding a suitable and rich husband, who can save the Bennett’s from financial ruin. While the main story follows Elizabeth and her interactions with Mr. Darcy (Will Haden). All of the characters explore the triumphs and hardships of falling in love.

Louis Rackoff, the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Mississippi University and longtime member of the HSRT, directs this classic tale. The production team for Pride & Prejudice also includes: stage manager BJ Brooks, scenic and costume designer, Joseph P. Flauto, and lighting designer Stephen Sakowski. Each actor brings their own spin on the classic characters that Austen’s readers will surely remember. This rendition of Pride & Prejudice will have the audience dancing away in delight.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket package. Season ticket packages save patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance! With Free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to support HSRT. Season ticket packages are now on sale at the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices.
The Season Pass includes Mezzanine seating for four mainstage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Pass includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Pass includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors. The Children’s Package is great for
children under 12 and includes tickets to both Children’s Performance Troupe performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25.

Individual tickets are now on sale at the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices. Prices for Pride and Prejudice tickets range from $12 to $21. Adult tickets are $19 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $21 (Mezzanine). Senior/Hope Faculty and Staff tickets are $19 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $17(Mezzanine). Finally tickets for students and children under 18 are just $12 for both sections. Groups rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

HSRT’s ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning June 16th the ticket office is open on Saturday’s at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt Ticket Office will be open through intermission. The ticket office is located in DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue.

For tickets call the ticket office at 616-395-7890. The DeWitt Theatre is located at 141 East 12th street. The Knickerbocker Theatre and the Holland Area Arts Council is located in Holland’s downtown on 8th street.

For more information visit the HSRT website at www.hope.edu/hsrt or www.facebook.com/