VICTORIA, BC: The Canadian College of Performing Arts is pleased to announce their upcoming production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted and directed by Janet Munsil. Performances will take place in-person at the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Performance Hall at 1701 Elgin Rd, from December 15-18 2022, and will also be available online.
CCPA Year II students bring to life this beloved tale of the independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and enigmatic Mr. Darcy, as they navigate social expectations and pre-conceived notions, and discover that love may not be where you expected. This story of love, family, and the politics of marriage remains a poignant reflection piece that audiences can still relate to today. The characters are flawed, sometimes foolish, making bold assumptions on one’s character from surface behaviours. As the lessons of each individual unravel, they are forced to face their own weaknesses to become better people.
Director Janet Munsil returns to CCPA to direct her very own adaptation of the classic tale, which premiered in 2012 as a co-production between Theatre Calgary and Canada’s National Arts Centre, which the Calgary Herald called “(a) fierce, funny, and romantic adaptation. Undeniably engaging.”
To me, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of human failing with a happy ending. I hope that people new to this piece will be able to discover this story and love it as much as the veterans.
“I really tried to be true to Austen with my adaptation,” says Munsil. “I considered her a co-writer. I was listening for her voice, while trying to pull out the humour without becoming a parody. To me, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of human failing with a happy ending. I hope that people new to this piece will be able to discover this story and love it as much as the veterans.”
“We wanted to select beloved works that welcome audiences back,” adds Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall. “Collectively and individually we’ve all been on an exhaustive journey striving for a positive outcome. This story asks us to remember that similar upbringing, social status, or heritage does not necessarily mean that that’s where your people are.”
This is the first in-person show that Munsil has directed since 2020 and both she and the cast are thrilled to be bringing live theatre to an audience again. “It is so important for the students to have an opportunity to perform for people. I believe great work has come from the past few years, but what truly draws people to the theatre is sharing that intimate artistic connection with the audience. I’m always very impressed by the ensemble work these students do. Even directing outside of the college with CCPA students, they always know how to support each other, and work together as a team.”
This story asks us to remember that similar upbringing, social status, or heritage does not necessarily mean that that’s where your people are.”
What: Pride and Prejudice
Who: The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Year II Students
When: In-Person: Thursday, December 15 7:30 PM, Friday, December 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, December 17 2:00 PM* & 7:30 PM, Sunday, December 18 2:00 PM. Available Online: Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18
Where: CCPA’s Performance Hall at 1701 Elgin Rd, Victoria BC and available online.
Tickets: In-Person: Adult $30, $28, $5. Online $25.
Tickets available at: tickets.ccpacanada.com. Or for more information contact CCPA’s Box Office either in-person, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 250 595 9970 ext.104.
*Saturday December 17, 2:00pm: CCPA presents its first Relaxed Performance of the season. Relaxed Performances are on the first Saturday Matinee of each run and are open to everyone, but intended specifically to be sensitive to anyone who may find the usual theatre environment challenging. There is a more casual-than-usual approach to Front of House etiquette and the performance will be slightly adapted to make a more comfortable environment. The lights in the theatre remain on low throughout and you’ll be free to leave and re-enter at any point if you need to.
The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) offers quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performing arts locally, nationally, and internationally. The College provides a stimulating, positive, and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of
work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future. CCPA offers three post-secondary training programs for performing arts aligned with the needs of the industry. These unique and intensive programs attract artists from across Canada and around the world. CCPA alumni are pursuing successful careers on major stages across Canada, in New York and London, as well as in film, television and the recording industry. For more information about CCPA please visit their website at: www.ccpacanada.com.
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