LUMBERTON — An old story will take on new life at the Lumberton High School auditorium Thursday through Sunday.
Studio One, a group of mostly high-schoolers from Robeson County, will be performing “Pride and Prejudice” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The story, which was first written by Jane Austen in 1813, follows Elizabeth Bennet growing up in 19th century England and dealing with issues of education, manners, morality and marriage.
“No one has done any of Jane Austen’s work in the area that I’m aware of,” said Jeanne Koonce, the director of the play. “But I’m hoping it will really generate interest to people who really like her work. … She’s not a modern writer, she wrote this in the 1800s, but a lot of people like her book.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. They will be on sale before each performance at the school.
Elizabeth Ronson will play Elizabeth Bennet, while Colby Jones and Maritza Perez will play her parents. Ryan Ransom plays Charles Bingley, a wealthy gentleman who visits the town and Cedric Mcdougall plays Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s close friend. Stephanie Parnell, Stephanie Marson, Chasity Skusa and Destinee Scott play Elizabeth’s sisters.
“We have a lot of talented young women in the show,” Koonce said. “This is a very female-heavy show. Most shows are men-heavy. … There’s 11 roles for women in this show.”
Koonce said many people have seen the 2005 movie, which the screenplay closely follows.
“It’s not an action movie with car chases and buildings blowing up,” Koonce said. “It’s kind of a romantic comedy.”
For information or group seating and discounts, call (910) 224-4000.