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Classic novel comes to life at Imperial Centre

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Actors and actresses rehearse a scene from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice during play rehearsal Monday night at The Imperial Centre.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 26, 2017

“Pride and Prejudice” is headed to the Imperial Centre this weekend for a limited time only.

Jane Austin’s beloved 19th century book comes to life in the Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences through Sunday.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for children, $9 for students and seniors and $11 for adults.

“Pride and Prejudice” is the story of a young woman who faces pressure from her parents to marry, and when she meets the handsome Mr. Darcy, it’s a perfect match. Old fashioned love stories haven’t changed all that much in 200 years.

Directed by Brooke Edwards, the humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era is sure to entertain all.

“Our community has so much amazing talent, this play is a joy to watch,” said Edwards, who is also the artistic and managing director of the Theatre at the Imperial Centre.

The theatre will also host the Eastern Youth Orchestras at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are free and required.

Started in 1970 as a community orchestra by Dr. Charles Moore, the EYO grew to include advanced high school musicians. A junior orchestra was formed in 2003 with the help of its current director, Dr. Gregory Hurley, and is designed to expand on the musical, technical and experiential foundations of orchestral playing for middle and high school students.

The senior orchestra is conducted by Dr. John O’Brien and strives to expand the student’s repertoire performing a wide variety of orchestral works from various musical periods.

The students perform college to professional level works. The EYO has been a springboard for many young musicians and has several hundred alumni now teaching and performing music.

Tickets are available at imperialcentre.org or by calling the box office at 252-972-1266.

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