A new twist on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed at the Aronoff Center by Cincinnati Christian School’s Senior High Drama Department.
The school is the first high school in Greater Cincinnati to be given the rights to perform “First Impressions – A Pride and Prejudice Musical.”
It opens March 13 for a three-day run at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., in downtown Cincinnati.
“It’s a show that has rarely been done,’’ said Wayne Beaver, the school’s drama director. “It’s a really good musical with strong female leads…and strong music.”
The musical puts Austen as a character. Her first novel, “Sense and Sensibilities,” has sold out and she has just finished writing “First Impressions” – which eventually becomes Pride and Prejudice.
In the musical Austen interacts with the characters from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as she reworks the story.
“It’s as much about her finding her voice as it is about the two lovers (in ‘Pride and Prejudice’),” Beaver said.
It is a musical Beaver has been interested in since he first learned of it four years ago while doing research on the Internet when he wrote a version of “Pride and Prejudice” for his students to perform as a drama.
This year’s senior class, Beaver said, has a lot of strong female singers and this show would highlight that talent. One of the show’s two composers, Amanda Jacobs, is coming to a performance.
Senior Jenna VanWeelden, who takes on the role of Elizabeth Bennet, is excited about the musical.
“I think it’s really interesting because the story has been made into a lot of dramas but not musicals,’’ the West Chester Township teen said. “I love to sing and we have some really talented singers in our senior class. It’s a perfect fit for us.”