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Houghton High School students stage ‘Pride and Prejudice’

November 3, 2010
By STACEY KUKKONEN Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - After several seasons of performing classical plays for hundreds or Copper Country residents, the Houghton High School students in the drama club were only interested in performing a classical play again - a genre they've become accustomed.

"The kids picked it," director David Crowley said. "In the spring, when we were talking about what to do in the fall, they all agreed they want to do another classic."

"Pride and Prejudice," a play adapted from the popular Jane Austen book, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Houghton High School Alumni Theatre. This year, the play will feature a rotating set and Monday, the students picked out costumes.

"There's 21 students in the production plus about six backstage people," he said.

But in reality, all of the students will become stagehands as they will help to rotate the set between scenes and place furniture.

"To move the set, we need to move the furniture," he said.

But during the play, the students will be part of the production, depicting the life of an 1800s English family.

"It's about a mother who wants to get her daughters married," Crowley said. "It takes place in a time when the class system was very much in play."

The mother has a very resilient daughter, Elizabeth, who is a bit withdrawn socially, yet is witty and clever.

"The main daughter is anti-social and is not your typical woman-of-the-day," he said. "Someone says, 'I understand you read books that are meant for men.'"

The play has a rather happy ending and Crowley believes many of the audience members will recognize the story, even though the play is not exactly like the movie released just a few years ago.

"So many people know the story," he said. "But there are a lot of differences."

Also during the production, a door prize will be given away, Crowley said.

"We have gift certificates from Joey's Seafood, The Library Restaurant and the Shelden Grill and each night, we're going to give one away," he said.

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens and students.



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