Monday, December 16, 2019

Set build for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

I went to the Orlando Shakes scenic shop to watch the set build for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Jeff Ferree with his unicorn, hotdog, and patriotic popsicles shirt,was busy populating several book shelves. The shelves needed books and he realized there was plenty of left over styrofoam in the shop, so he decided to create the book using the foam rather than getting a whole lot of heavy books. Once the book forms were cut they then needed to be sanded and the ridge of the binding needed to be added. In the background, Hannah Kleinpeter, was sanding consistently as I sketched. I actually started my sketch with her since she was so focused on the task at hand. All the cutting and sanding had to be interrupted for a while when the theater next door filled up with students excited to see a show.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley will light up your holiday season. It is a touching romantic comedy with a gorgeous set with lots of custom books. Jane Austen's quick wit and lively humor are preserved in this Pride and Prejudice sequel. All your favorites, Lizzy, Mr. Darcy, Jane, Lydia, and especially Mary Bennet have gathered for Christmas. Awkward and bookish, Mary had been written off as a spinster, but when a curious visitor comes for the holiday, Mary blossoms, finding a kindred spirit who challenges her intellect and just may capture her heart. Can Mary become the heroine of her own destiny? Could this mean independence for the dutiful middle sister? The delightful love story unfolds like a Christmas card for Austen devotees and newbies alike. 

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley runs through December 29, 2019.
Orlando Shakes in the Margeson Theater
John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Ticket Information:
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday and select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. – starting at $30.  Preview Performances and Senior Matinees – starting at $20.

Mary Bennet: Kristin Shirilla
Arthur de Bourgh: Cameron Francis
Elizabeth Darcy : Lauren Culver
Fitzwilliam Darcy: Brett D. Waldon
Jane Bingley: Samantha Potak
Charles Bingley: Preston Ellis
Lydia Wickham: Brandy Bell
Anne de Bourgh: Jillian Gizzi

Director: Anne Hering
Scenic Designer: Chris McKinney
Lighting Designer: Larry Rodriguez
Costume Designer: Howard Vincent Kurtz
Sound Designer: Britt Sandusky
Lighting Design Assistants: Sierra Goins, Kelsey Monteith, Joe Gugliuzza, and Levi Roberts
AEA Stage Manager: Paige Gober

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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