Dawson Theatre presents 2018 winter season: ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

Great theatre is happening at Dawson’s Professional Theatre Department in Winter 2018, with four exceptional student productions that include:

Pride and Prejudice

by Helen Jerome, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Barbara Kelly
January 22nd to February 3rd, Admission $5-$15

A witty and charming theatrical version of one of the most-loved romantic books of all time. When Jane Austen wrote her novel Pride and Prejudice over 200 years ago, could she have imagined that the complicated love story between Elizabeth and Darcy would continue to resonate today? This critique of class and character reveals how self-importance and social rank, as well as the prejudices we hold towards one another, prevent us from listening to our inner truth. Elizabeth defies her over-bearing mother, and refuses to marry without love, but she fails to recognize her own innermost stirrings. While Elizabeth spars with the alluring Darcy, her mother is determined to secure marriage for her daughters at any cost, sister Jane must deal with rejection, the younger girls chase soldiers in town and her father experiences profound exasperation. These family dynamics add to the rich layering of the plot, creating a colourful backdrop of manners and mores in early 19th Century England.

Dancing at Lughnasa

by Brian Friel, directed by W. Steven Lecky
February 28th to March 3rd at 8pm, Admission PWYC

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, told from the perspective of an adult Michael. He recalls one summer at his aunts’ home when he was seven years old. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a big cottage just outside of the small village. Their older brother, Jack, a Catholic priest, who has lived in a Ugandan leper colony, has recently returned home. He is suffering from malaria, has trouble remembering many things and has also clearly lost his faith. Meanwhile Michael’s father, Gerry, pops in and out of his son’ life, keeping Michael and his mother Christina on tenterhooks as to whether he will ever settle down with them. Brian Friel’s multi award-winning play is a masterpiece, portraying the strength and bravery of five sisters who dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives, before they change forever.

You Can’t Take It With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
April 16th to 28th, Admission $5-$15

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. However, in the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandma’s interview with the tax collector when she tells him she doesn’t believe in the income tax.

For more information, visit: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/professional-theatre/performance-year/2017-2018/

Dawson College’s three-year career program trains students to work as a professional actor, exploring a wide range of acting techniques for theatre and film, with performances both in-studio, and in full-scale theatrical productions staged in Dawson’s new theatre. Training comprises conservatory style, in-studio classes in acting, voice, movement, improvisation, stage combat (including sword-fighting), dance, and acting for camera. Dawson also provides a well-rounded theatrical education with classes in technical theatre, classical and contemporary text, and theatre history. https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/professional-theatre/

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