Creative Loafing Review of CPCC Theatre’s Pride & Prejudice

“Jon Jory is best known as the artistic director who brought renown to the Humana Festival and the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville — and widely believed to have penned Keely and Du, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, and Anton in Show Business under the penname of Jane Martin. When it comes to adapting Jane Austen, whose Pride and Prejudice is currently on view at Pease Auditorium in a CPCC Theatre production, Jory is no dilettante. He has also adapted Sense and Sensibility and Emma.

Even if all the subtleties aren’t always pointed under Heather Wilson-Bowlby’s poised direction, it becomes obvious that Jory’s adaptation preserves the style and thrust of Austen’s liveliest masterwork. Most of the credit goes to Moriah Thomason as Austen’s prejudging heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, though it’s hard to deny she is amply counterbalanced by the hauteur of Brian Logsdon as Fitzwilliam Darcy. Thomason unveiled her elegance in the ATC production of Stick Fly back in February. Here she adds vivacity and wit, so I couldn’t get enough of her.

We see where Elizabeth gets her wit from in Tony Wright’s slightly jaundiced portrait of her father, and Anne Lambert’s rendition of Mrs. Bennet has more than enough vanity, giddiness, and silliness to distribute among the younger Bennet sibs. My chief disappointment was the hoarseness that afflicted Lexie Simerly as Liz’s elder sister Jane. If only she could have borrowed some extra decibels from Iris DeWitt, whose towering presence made the imperious Lady Catherine De Bourgh a perfect victim of Elizabeth’s punctiliously polite sass.”

by Perry Tannenbaum Creative Loafing November 02,2016

CPCC Theatre Opens Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice October 28th

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Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen

October           28        7:30

29        7:30

30        2:30

Nov.                 3          7:30

4          7:30

5          7:30

6          2:30

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

P & P will be presented in Pease Auditorium.

Tickets are  $18.00 for individuals. $5.00 for students with valid ID. Get your tickets at the door, at the SunTrust Box office at 704-3306534 or online at CPCCTix.

CPCC Theatre Announces Cast of Pride & Prejudice

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the cast of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice by Jon Jory.

 

Mr. Bennet……………………………………………….Tony Wright

Mrs. Bennet……………………………………………..Anne Lambert

Elizabeth Bennet……………………………………..Moriah Thomason

Jane Bennet……………………………………………..Lexie Simerly

Mary Bennet………………………………………….. Nikki Stepanek

Kitty Bennet…………………………………………….Abigail Aukerman

Lydia Bennet……………………………………………Amanda Becker

Mr. Darcy…………………………………………………Brian Logsdon

Georgiana/Ball Guest………………………………Faith Benton

Mr. Bingley………………………………………………Tyson Hamilton

Mr. Wickham…………………………………………..Jake Whaley

Colonel Fitzwilliam/ Mr. Collins………………Michael Horn

Charlotte/Housekeeper…………………………..Kathleen Mackenzie

Sir William Lucas/ /Mr. Gardiner…………….Douglas Stauter

Miss Bingley/Mrs. Gardiner…………………….Christy Hinklman

Lady Catherine De Bourgh/Ball Guest……..Iris Dewitt

Ball Guest/Officer/Man Servant……………….Daquane Cherry

 

Pride & Prejudice runs October 28 – Nov. 6 in Pease Auditorium. Tickets are available at the SunTrust box office 704-330-6534 or online 24/7 at CPCC Tix. Season Tickets on sale through October 2nd.

CPCC Theatre Announces the Cast of 1776

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the cast of our production of 1776 the Musical Play.

John Adams (Massachusetts) ………………..Eric Johnston

Abigail Adams ………………………………………..Megan Postle

Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania)……………James K Flynn

Richard Henry Lee (Virginia)………………….Alan Morgan

Andrew McNair…………………………………….. Jeff Powell

Dr. Lyman Hall (Georgia)………………………..David Cruse

Stephen Hopkins (Rhode Island)…………….Brian Holloway

Edward Rutledge (South Carolina)…………Josh Logsdon

Col. Thomas McKean (Delaware)……………Roger Watson

Caesar Rodney (Delaware)………………………Rick Taylor

John Dickinson (Pennsylvania)………………..Tom Russell

James Wilson (Pennsylvania)…………………..Ryan Wood

John Hancock …………………………………………Steven Forester

Charles Thomson ……………………………………Jordan Mickle

Thomas Jefferson (Virginia)……………………..George DeMott

Dr. Josiah Bartlett (New Hampshire)…………

George Read (Delaware)…………………………Leo Merrick

Roger Sherman (Connecticut)……………….. Dennis Kekones

Lewis Morris (New York)…………………………Scott Reynolds

Samuel Chase (Maryland)……………………….Dwayne Mason

Joseph Hewes (North Carolina)……………..Tom Wallace

Rev. John Witherspoon (New Jersey)…………Tim Huffman

Robert Livingston (New York)………………….Larry Wu

Martha Jefferson …………………………………….Emily Witte

The Courier ……………………………………………Trey Thompson

Leather Apron ………………………………………..Caleb MacKnabb

1776 opens September 23 and runs though October 2 in Pease Auditorium. Get your tickets online at CPCCTix or call the SunTrust Box office at 704-330-6534. Season tickets on sale through Oct. 2nd. Single Tickets on sale September 1 for all shows.

CPCC Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season of Plays and Musicals

CPCC Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season of Plays and Musicals

 

Join CPCC Theatre for another exciting season of the best in theatre at a price the entire family can afford.

 

“1776: The Musical,” September 23 – October 2, Pease Auditorium

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence, if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Join us for this funny, insightful and compelling drama, which features a striking score and legendary book.

 

“Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” October 28 – November 6, Pease Auditorium

Watch as all the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel comes to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense. But the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice to make the best match of all?

 

“Ragtime: The Musical,” February 10 – 19, Dale F. Halton Theater

The Tony Award winning musical “Ragtime” presents a sweeping portrait of early 20th century America, telling the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing, and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American individuals – a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – are woven together to show how they are united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctrow.

 

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” March 31 – April 9, Pease Auditorium

It’s 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is recording new sides of old favorites. During a tense recording session in Chicago’s South Side, August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” exposes the exploitation of African-American musicians in the white-dominated commercial music industry. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play, depicts the psychological consequences of African-American musicians’ struggles for economic an artistic self-determination in the face of racism and a shifting marketplace.

 

Season tickets are now on sale to all performances. Season tickets are $56 for adults and $52 for seniors (restrictions apply). Individual tickets will go on sale September 1. Tickets are $20 for musicals in Pease and $18 for non-musicals. $18/20 in Halton. College and high school students who present a valid student I.D. may purchase a $5 ticket. For more information, ticket prices or to reserve your seat(s), please call CPCC’s SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu.

 

For information on auditioning for a CPCC Theatre production go to http://blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre/auditions/cpcc-theatre-auditions/