Stepping Out

Last ride for 'Pride'

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Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Mr. Bingley (Travis Leland, left) and Jane (Sharon Rietkerk) dance the night away at the ball at Netherfield in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere musical “Pride and Prejudice.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere production of a new musical version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” is set to close Saturday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Although “Pride” has been musicalized in the past, director Robert Kelley said this rendition – featuring book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon – “is very exciting and special.”

“It’s got a lot of comedy in it, and it seems to be perfect for multiple generations – you can bring almost any age to it,” Kelley added. “You can spend hours talking about it in the car on the way home and over leftovers the next day. It’s a great show – it’s really TheatreWorks’ gift to the community this year.”

Justin Mortelliti stars as Mr. Darcy and Mary Mattison plays Elizabeth Bennet; both actors are making their TheatreWorks debuts. Mattison believes her character “will resonate with audiences and women especially today.”

The Bennet sisters are played by Sharon Rietkerk (Jane), Melissa WolfKlain (Mary), Tara Kostmayer (Lydia) and Chanel Tilghman (Kitty).

The cast also includes Christopher Vettel (as patriarch Mr. Bennet), Travis Leland (Mr. Bingley), Monique Hafen Adams (Miss Caroline Bingley), Taylor Crousore (Mr. Wickham), Dani Marcus (Charlotte Lucas) and Brian Herndon (Mr. Collins).

Performances of “Pride” are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $30-$100.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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