By: Ellie Shafer, Shield Staff
NRCA’s Squire Theater performed Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to nearly sold-out audiences during their four shows on Nov. 1-3. The Fine Arts Department had a strong start to their season of change.
The cast of the show began preparing for the show months in advance. Shortly after the school year started, Fine Arts Director Zachary Roberts cast roles to students with ages ranging from sixth grade to senior. From there, the cast of 35 students worked for two months to bring Jane Austen’s classic to life.
“Primarily during rehearsal, I will ask and answer questions regarding characters and the choices of delivery. I also quite enjoy the opportunity to pray with students and discuss spiritual matters,” Roberts said.
“Pride and Prejudice” follows the lives of the Bennett family and the ways their lives change when a new wealthy family moves in nearby. The primary story of the show is seen in the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth Bennett, as played by NRCA juniors Donovan Miller and Isabel McInnis.
“I loved building relationships with all of the cast members. It’s amazing how close people can become when you are all working towards a common goal,” McInnis said. “Mr. Roberts was also such a joy to be around, and he was such a wonderful example of patience and kindness throughout the whole process. I also got to play my dream role, which was a chance in a lifetime.”
With the Squire Theater’s first show being a success, the entire cast looks forward to performing “The Music Man” in April of 2019.