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Students Shine in Production of “Pride and Prejudice”

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Students Shine in Production of “Pride and Prejudice”

The cast of Pride and Prejudice poses for a picture after the show.

The cast of Pride and Prejudice poses for a picture after the show.

The cast of Pride and Prejudice poses for a picture after the show.

The cast of Pride and Prejudice poses for a picture after the show.

Kate Sullenberger, Staff Writer

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From Oct. 5 -7, students at Olentangy Liberty High School performed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for their fall play.

Opening night usually comes with some first show jitters, the uneasy feeling of not knowing if you are prepared or if all of your lines are memorized. However, druing OLHS’s production of Pride and Prejudice, none of that was evident.

One of the elements that made the show exceptional was the fluidity of the scripted transitions and the work done by the crew. The scene changes were notably well done, and the show was able to continue without pauses or hiccups due to the preparation done by crew.

Also, the lighting elements and setting pieces were able to bring the story to life along with the handful of audio elements used.

Another unmistakable piece of OLHS’s performance was the dynamic relationship between Mr. Darcy, played by Nick Sanchez-Zarkos ‘21, and Elizabeth Bennet, played by Shannon Naylon ‘19.

Naylon and Sanchez-Zarcos were able to adapt to the scripted relationship and make it their own throughout all of the plot twists originally written into these two characters. The passion shown in this duo’s representation of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s relationship made for a very memorable performance.

But the actress that truly stole the show was Courtney Hull ‘19. From the moment she first appeared on the stage, Hull captured the audience’s attention and had the theater overflowing with laughter.

By taking on the role as Mrs. Bennet, a stuck-up housewife who’s main purpose in life is to get her daughters married, Hull had big shoes to fill. Mrs. Bennet is meant to be the comedic relief of the show and works to show the satirical humor of the book.

Although Jane Austen didn’t write Mrs. Bennet to be the center of the show, the audience found themselves on the edge of their seats waiting for the next witty line or appearance of Hull.

Overall, OLHS’s production of Pride and Prejudice was quite a hit with children, students and adults alike. Finally, congratulations to the actors and crew that made the show truly superior to not only past shows, but also to other shows around the district.

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Kate Sullenberger, Writer

Kate Sullenberger is a sophomore at OLHS. Her interest for journalism sparked in 8th grade when she was involved in her school video news production class....

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