Adapted by Michael Bloom
Meet Emma – one of Jane Austen’s best known and most loved heroines. Director Joan Bryans has assembled a top flight cast and crew to bring the story of this spoiled, mischevious and exceedingly clever young woman (played by Leala Selina) to the stage as she spends her time and considerable wiles attanging marriages for others, in particular Harriet (Christa Brown). Her father (Dick Pugh) and long-time family friend Mr Knightley (Chris Dellinger) attempt to curb Emma’s headstrong ways with very little effect! Add in the pompous vicar Mr Elton (Harry Capra), his self-satisfied wife Augusta (Jessica Nicklin), the Westons (James Gill and Natasha Zacher), his son Frank (Nathan Shapiro), the chatterbox Miss Bates (Frances Herzer), her mysterious niece Jane (Laura Luongo) and the stalwart farmer Robert Martin (James Challis) and you have an evening of wit and social satire. The cast is rounded out with an ensemble of Jake Anthony and Gwen Palmer.
With a gorgeous set designed by Sean Malmas,costumes by Jenny Lang, lighting by Mimi Abrahams, and original music by Pat Unruh, this will be an audio-visual treat for all ages.