Pride & Prejudice
, by Jane Austen, was first published in 1813 and follows Elizabeth Bennett during that time as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in British society. It tells the story of the five daughters of country gentleman, Mr. Bennett, in Longbourn, England. Pride & Prejudice
is considered to be one of the most popular novels in English literature.
Given its popularity, the novel has many dramatic adaptations, the most recent of which was done by Lawrence Township's own Ms. Stacy Embry, Theater and Language Arts teacher at Lawrence North High School. A former Ball State University professor and student of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
, she found no adaptation of the story with the plot elements she was seeking for her students. Therefore, she wrote her own directly from the novel. At Ball State, Embry taught senior scriptwriting for telecommunications majors as well as multiple English courses. She has had multiple scripts produced, and even had one of her students win an Academy Award for his student film. She states, "While it seemed nervy, I felt qualified to reimagine the book, as it is now public domain." (meaning no longer under copyright)
Once Stacy wrote the adaptation, three students worked as lay editors and table readers to help edit it. Lawrence North will cast for their production of this adaptation of Pride & Prejudice on January 12th, 2017 at 4:00 PM. The performance will be April 7th and 8th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.
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