Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with The Ritchie Company, will present 14 live performances of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy “Pride And Prejudice.”

The live stage play will be performed August 18 through September 3:
Fri., Aug. 18 at 7 PM, Sat., Aug. 19 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Aug. 19 at 3 PM
Thurs., Aug. 24 at 7 PM, Fri., Aug. 25 at 7 PM, Sat., Aug. 26 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Aug. 19 at 3 PM,
Thurs., Aug. 31 at 7 PM, Fri., Sept. 1 at 7 PM, Sat., Sept. 2 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Sept. 3 at 3 PM.

The prospects of the five unmarried Bennet sisters are looking up when Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor moves into the neighborhood.  Young Jane Bennet catches his eye, but her sister Elizabeth clashes with his best friend, Mr. Darcy.  Both sisters will have to dodge a wife-hunting Reverend, a soldier with elopement and revenge on his mind, and a Lady who disapproves of them all.  Jane Austen’s timeless novel is a delightful coming-of-age comedy for all generations.

The play is performed by 18 talented young actors, from ages 12 to 18.  Charlotte Stark plays the unconventional Elizabeth Bennet, and Noah Seaman plays her sparring partner, Mr. Darcy.  Levi Vinsant and Lily Kate Corley will play Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.  Reece Brown, Lauren Dieterich, Anna Kate Stanley, and Maria Kauffman play the Bennets’ other daughters.

Four actors are making their KCT debuts: Lauren Dieterich, Chloe Freeman, Tori Randall, and Amy van der Merwe.  The rest of the cast includes Tarrin Chambers, Tripp Keeton, Anna Keim, Eric Magee, Quintin Rhodes, Boone Sommers, and Emma Stark.

West High senior Clare Carter directs the production. Central High student Jacob Sousley is the stage manager.  The show’s designers are all high-school students: Derrick Washington, Jr., Quintin Rhodes, and Catherine Blevins.  KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.