Greenfield, MA – Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley offers an imaginative and playful sequel to the action of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. Silverthorne Theater actors will portray the familiar characters in a special fundraiser reading of the play at The Deerfield Inn, 81 Old Main Street, Deerfield, on Saturday, December 17, at 3:00 pm.
Tickets for this staged, costumed reading are available at Eventbrite.com. Full details are available at Silverthorne’s website under Special Events. STC co-founder Lucinda Kidder directs this special presentation. Proceeds go to support Silverthorne’s 2022-23 season.
The event is sponsored by Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern. Patrons are encouraged to make reservations for lunch or dinner before or after the reading at 413-774-5587. Holiday beverages will be available before the reading and during intermission.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, takes place two years after the conclusion of Jane Austen’s classic. The play revisits many of our favorite characters including Lizzy (Cat Steele), Mr. Darcy (Michael Garcia), Jane (Tahmie Der), Mr. Bingley (TBA), and Lydia (Claudia Maurino) and finally get to know more about Mary Bennet, (Tracy Einstein) the middle sister who has been written off as a spinster who will never be married.
Lizzy and Mr. Darcy have decided to host Christmas at their estate, Pemberley, this year, and Lizzy’s sisters show up a few days early to prepare for the holiday. Jane is seven months pregnant, Lydia is still pretending that her marriage to Mr. Wickham is not a total disaster, and Mary is lonelier than ever, stuck at home with their parents and youngest sister, Kitty.
When Mr. Darcy’s cousin Arthur De Bourgh (Gabriel Levey) shows up at Pemberley to spend the holiday with them, Mary’s life suddenly gets more interesting. She and Arthur seem to have all the same interests and find that they enjoy talking to one another. Could this be love? Mary and Arthur’s relationship seems to be progressing well until Arthur’s cousin, Lady Anne (Kaliska Wiley), shows up and tells him that they are engaged to be married. Arthur is confused, Mary feels betrayed, and everyone in the house decides to work together to fix this situation and bring Arthur and Mary back together. It takes a Christmas miracle, a lot of communication, and a touch of forgiveness to convince them that they are meant for each other and can choose to be in love.
Silverthorne’s 2022-23 Season continues in March 2023 with a production of Lynn Nottage’s classic Intimate Apparel, and concludes in June with the timely comedy, The Cake. Complete details about these and other Silverthorne reading and productions may be found on our website at https://silverthornetheater.org
Silverthorne Theater Company is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization founded in 2014. Our mission is to engage Valley artists and audiences in the conversations of our time with bold, intimate, professional theater. We perform in Western Massachusetts on the ancestral lands of the Nipmuc, Pocumtuck, and Wabenaki peoples.