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It all makes Sense ... and Sensibility

From left: Langley’s Katherine Hill as Elinor Dashwood, Becky Wiebe as Mrs. Dashwood and Amanda Thiessen as Marianne Dashwood perform a scene in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Sense and Sensibility. - Dianna LEWIS/Creative Memory Studios
From left: Langley’s Katherine Hill as Elinor Dashwood, Becky Wiebe as Mrs. Dashwood and Amanda Thiessen as Marianne Dashwood perform a scene in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Sense and Sensibility.
— image credit: Dianna LEWIS/Creative Memory Studios

It’s as much about how you love as it is who you love.

Jane Austen’s beloved story of the Dashwood sisters, and their very different methods of searching for the right man, is about to come to life on the stage in Abbotsford, as Gallery 7 Theatre presents a classic of English literature, Sense and Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory.

While Elinor, played by Langley’s Katherine Hill, is enamored by the unassuming and awkward Edward, Marianne (Amanda Thiessen) is swept off her feet by the vivacious Willoughby.

When the men’s secret lives are revealed, the sisters must depend on one another for support through their heartache, and discover in the process the balance between what the heart wants and what the heart needs.

“Sense and Sensibility explores themes such as love, relationships, trust, family and coping with loss and rejection,” said Ken Hildebrandt, artistic director of Gallery 7.

“These are realities we all encounter. With Austen’s story, we’re forced to face them head-on, to explore and evaluate them, and hopefully be inspired and challenged as a result.  Jon Jory has done a great job in creating a highly theatrical and entertaining adaptation, making for a delightful and compelling night of theatre.”

The roguish Willoughby is played by Matt Veenbaas, who appeared in last year’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Kenzie Hall, last seen on stage in productions of The Matchmaker and The Outsiders, plays Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon is played by newcomer, Josh Reeves.

Directing is seasoned director and actor, Sarah Hu.

For Gallery 7, Hu has directed productions of Steel Magnolias and The Family Man, and has appeared on stage in Around the World in 80 Days and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Sense and Sensibility runs Nov. 8 to 10, 15 to 17  at 7:30 p.m., with discount matinees on Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford.

Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors (65-plus) and students, $17 groups (10+) and $12 children (12 and under).

Matinees are $15 General Admission and $12 children. Season passes are still available at 25 per cent off individual prices and tickets can be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson St. in Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701.

For full details, and for information on Gallery 7’s entire 2012/2013 Theatre for Life season, visit their website atwww.gallery7theatre.com.

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