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The junior cast of Pear Theatre’s “Northanger Abbey” includes, from left, Jehan Rasmussen, Aeryn Taylor and Lauren Krieger.
A newly formed youth ensemble at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre is mounting a theatrical production of “Northanger Abbey,” the first of Jane Austen’s novels. The junior show, slated to open Sept. 5, runs in repertory with the senior production set to open this week.
Pear’s junior production places Austen’s story in the hands of people the age of her characters themselves – many of them, in fact, a few years younger. “Abbey” is a satirical coming-of-age story about a naive heroine who discovers that the real world does not operate quite as thrillingly as the world of her gothic novels.