Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Adapted for the stage by Melissa Leilani Larson

May 16– June 8, 2024
Romantic Comedy | Mainstage | Thursday – Saturday |

Full of distinct characters, sparkling wit and timeless romance that has never gone out of print, Jane Austen’s classic comes alive on stage in this crisp adaptation. Almost from their first meeting, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself at odds with the reticent Mr. Darcy. She finds him cold and arrogant while he disapproves of her family and social standing. Despite his pride and her prejudice—or is it her pride and his prejudice?—Elizabeth and Darcy can’t seem to avoid each other’s company. Brought together by a series of events beyond their control, both must reconsider their first impressions. Melissa Leilani Larson’s Pride & Prejudice is a delight for Austen fans and newcomers alike.

Audition Info

Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Please schedule an audition slot here.
  • Prior to your audition, please download, complete, and print the audition form and bring it with you to your audition. Headshots and resumes are required.
  • Auditions will be held in the SLCC South City Campus Multipurpose Room (Room # 1-032, on the South East side of the main building). Address is 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, 84115. Parking is available at no charge in the South-East parking lot off of 1700 South.
  • Please prepare a monologue in the style of the show, using heightened period language. Suggestions include adaptations of Austen or the Bronte Sisters, selections from their work, or plays with heightened language such as Shaw or Wilde. You may also use one of the provided monologues. The play is set in England. Please audition using the accent appropriate for the character(s) you are interested in.

After Auditions

  • Callbacks will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, February 26, by invitation only.
  • The show will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays from May 16 – June 8, with Saturday matinee performances at 2 p.m. on May 25 and June 1.
  • Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, March 30 and will be held (apart from tech week) Mondays – Fridays from 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See the audition form for more details.
  • Performance pick-up rehearsals will be held from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on May 22, 29, and June 6. 

All hired actors are paid via a stipend. The Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We welcome all qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, color, gender, national origin or any other basis, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Character Breakdown

All roles are available. Some roles will be doubled. We are looking for a diverse cast with a variety of body types. Family members may be of different races. Ages serve as a guideline, particularly in regards to characters who interact romantically.

Mrs. Bennet (Female; able to play 40+)
A woman of little understanding, little information and uncertain temper. Her only goal in life is to see her daughters married. It’s important that she play levels other than shrill.

Mr. Bennet (Male; able to play 40s to 50s)
The patriarch of the Bennet family and a gentleman of modest income. He does love his daughters but would rather hide in the library than be involved in their romantic shenanigans.

Jane Bennet (Female; able to play early 20s)
The eldest of the Bennet sisters, Jane is beautiful and refined; she is also reserved and non-confrontational. She looks for the best in everyone, but does not brook nonsense.

Elizabeth Bennet (Female; able to play early 20s)
Elizabeth is well read and quick-witted, though sometimes her wit can get ahead of her sense. She is warm and sensible but can be stubborn to a fault. Loves a good laugh.

Mary Bennet (Female; able to play 18)
The middle sister, Mary can be a little awkward at times and finds respite in books and music. She is loyal to her sisters even if she doesn’t always understand them.

Kitty Bennet (Female; able to play 17)
Kitty, short for Catherine, is finding herself as a person. She admires her older sisters but often finds herself enthralled by the more exuberant influence of her younger sister Lydia. Kitty loves to dance and laugh, but she wants desperately to be taken seriously.

Lydia Bennet (Female; able to play 15)
The youngest Bennet in years and temperament, Lydia is blithe, lively and irrepressible. I’m fairly certain she has only one volume level (but don’t feel beholden). Lydia can be rather short-sighted when it comes to either care or consequence. She lives life to the fullest, and won’t let anyone stop her from having a good time. Mrs. Bennet’s favorite child (and there are clear parallels between them in personality).

Charlotte Lucas (Female; able to play late 20s)
Elizabeth’s good friend and neighbor, Charlotte is on the brink of spinsterhood and knows it. Intelligent and pragmatic, she is well aware of society’s expectations and has a plan to meet them. For Charlotte, the business of marriage trumps the dream of romance.

Charles Bingley (Male; able to play late 20s to early 30s)
A genuine, modest and sweet-tempered gentleman. Like Jane, he tends to see the good in everyone. He is not always the most confident fellow. Darcy’s good friend.

Caroline Bingley(Female; able to play mid 20s)
Unlike her brother, Caroline is not slow to advertise their wealth and status. Proud, aloof, conceited. Beautiful and knows it. Can be sweet if she wants to. She wants what is best for herself and her brother—quite literally.

Fitzwilliam Darcy (Male; able to play late 20s to early 30s)
Darcy is honest, well-mannered, and proud. He has lived with great wealth his whole life and can be aloof and haughty, but he does not go out of his way to demonstrate it as others of his class might. He is intent on rules and tradition and does not do things by halves. He does not react well to change, or to strangers.

William Collins (Male; able to play late 20s)
A middle-aged clergyman trapped in the body of a young man who is all elbows. Well-intentioned and educated, he tends to let his sentences be unnecessarily complicated. Rather in awe of the wealthy and popular. A keen gardener.

George Wickham (Male; able to play late 20s to early 30s)
A handsome gent who manages to turn just about every conversation to flirting. Self-preserving, prodigal, scheming. There could be more to him if he, well, cared.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Female; able to play 40s to 50s)
A noblewoman possessing incredible wealth and influence, Lady Catherine is the very picture of upperclass snobbishness. As Darcy’s aunt, she is very possessive of him. She often speaks her mind and her word is law. The kind of person who feels that she is doing you a favor by glancing in your direction.

Colonel Fitzwilliam (Male; able to play early 30s)
A clever, thoughtful, upright gentleman. A decorated and admired military officer. Darcy’s cousin and good friend. Single and currently unattached.

Anne De Bourgh (Female; able to play 20s)
Lady Catherine’s daughter and heir, Anne cowers a bit under the gaze of her powerful mother. Left on her own, she is practically invisible and does not mind in the slightest. A non-speaking role.

Georgiana Darcy (Female; able to play 16)
Darcy’s younger sister. A bright, sweet girl with considerable talent for the piano. Like her brother, she throws her heart into things fully, though she is less likely to approach situations with the same care he might. A non-speaking role.

Creative Team

  • Director: Mark Fossen
  • Choreography: Jessica Pace
  • Stage Manager: Caroline Cain

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is the rehearsal process?
Typically, rehearsals last about six weeks prior to opening. Due to the complexity of everyone’s schedules, rehearsals are reserved for evenings Monday through Fridays and Saturdays, during the day. Generally rehearsals are scheduled from 6:00-10:00PM weeknights, and 9:00AM-4:00PM on Saturdays.

Do I get paid?
Yes, we do offer stipends to all adult actors employed during a production. Children, under legal working age, do not receive monetary compensation, but usually receive discounted tickets for family members.

Do you hire Equity?
We are not offering any Equity contracts.