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Diverse Cast, tech crew shine in ‘Pride’

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The cast takes a bow after their performance

 

For its fall 2018 production, Bear Creek High School Drama Department adapted Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice — although the novel was set in 1797, the play was based in the 1920s. It was, at times, uncomfortably unprofessional. Overall, however, the play was very lively thanks to the abundant talent of James McCraw, Nicholas Goncalves, Beatrice Soledad and the highly capable tech crew.
“Pride and Prejudice” follows the Bennett sisters and the paths they take to marriage. Elizabeth Bennett, the story’s protagonist, initially hates the winsome Mr. Darcy. She learns to love him and eventual marries, as do all but one of her sisters.
In group scenes, the ensemble habitually upstaged the lead actors drawing attention away from the scene by miming arguments and stomping around the stage. Upstaging is among the basic taboos of theatre and only further reminded the audience of this play’s lack of sophistication.
The amusing characters of Mr. Bennett, Lady Catherine DeBourgh and Mr. Collins — played by James McCraw, Mia Torres and Nicholas Goncalves, respectively, did an excellent job of lightening the mood with hilarious comic relief. Specifically, McGraw’s dry humour, playing the husband of a rather wacky Mrs. Bennet, was exactly what the play needed.
Elizabeth Bennett, the protagonist, was played excellently by junior Beatrice Soledad, this was her debut show at Bear Creek. Elizabeth’s bold straightforwardness was well captured by Soledad; she, along with Torres, McCraw and Goncalves, made this show worth watching.
Perhaps the most unsung hero of this play was the utter precision of the tech crew. The technical side of any play includes complex and meticulous planning; the mastery of this intricate work is exemplified by virtually zero errors.
The lighting, managed by Gavin Cordoza, never illuminated the stage unnecessarily or left characters in the dark and it alway properly set the mood. Microphones were almost always turned on at the proper time and, amazingly, there was no feedback throughout the entirety of the show.
Costumer, Nicole Champeau, did an excellent job of capturing the play’s 1920 setting. The characters changed appropriately as the scenes required as well as fitting the personality of the characters.
The cast of “Pride and Prejudice” was delightfully diverse. It was great to see the population of Bear Creek well represented by a cast that reflected our school’s diversity.
Overall, Bear Creek’s rendition of the classic “Pride and Prejudice” was, at best, an average high school play. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention and I would return to see another Bear Creek play but the errors were too obvious and too often for this production to be anything more than mediocre.

 

Shawntell Livingston and James McCraw

Kaleb de la Cruz (in Suit), Lauren Oaks and Beatrice Soledad

Lauren Oaks and Beatrice Soledad

 

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