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Theatre Young Harris to Present Jane Austen’s Beloved Classic “Pride and Prejudice”

Friday, February 3, 2012

Author: Kyle Huneycutt
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Theatre Young Harris to Present Jane Austen’s Beloved Classic “Pride and Prejudice”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present seven performances of a delightful, traditional retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. All performances will take place in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID.

All of 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. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority, but with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. 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.

“We wanted to produce this play at Theatre Young Harris because it portrays some of the most beloved characters in dramatic literature,” said the play’s director, Assistant Professor of Theatre Rachel Chaves, Ph.D. “It also provides some nice diversity to our season, both in terms of style and historical period.”

The production features sophomore Emily Espy of Cumming, Ga., as Elizabeth Bennet, senior Josiah Bridges of Jefferson, Ga., as Mr. Darcy, sophomore Arin Satterfiled of Marietta, Ga., as Jane Bennet, senior Austin Freeman of Hartwell, Ga., as Mr. Bingly and Colonel Fitzwilliam, freshman Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga., as Caroline Bingly, senior Sam Walker of Epping, England, as George Wickham, sophomore Ben March of Blairsville, Ga., as Mr. Bennet, junior Paige Crawford of Tucker, Ga., as Mrs. Bennet, junior Chase Alford of Carrollton, Ga., as Mr. Collins, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Gardener, freshman Paige Duff of Rockmart, Ga., as Mrs. Gardener, sophomore Ashley Johnson of Canton Ga., as Mary Bennet and Charlotte Lucas, sophomore Brittany Hester of Helen, Ga., as Kitty Bennet, sophomore Sierra Vennes of Augusta, Ga., as Lady Catherine, freshman Gina Dropp of Kennesaw, Ga., as Lydia Bennet and Georgiana, and freshman Aaron Shepherd of Cumming Ga.

Junior Tyler Ogburn of Blairsville, Ga., sophomore Lauren Chamblin of Cumming, Ga., and freshman Sarah Blasingame of Thomson, Ga., serve as stage managers for the production.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.

Tickets are on sale now through the Young Harris College Box Office located in the Goolsby Center lobby. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit