Nicola Prigge is directing Pride and Prejudice at the Gallery 7 Theatre. Courtesy Nicola Prigge

Langley director at the helm of classic love story

Nicola Prigge is directing Pride and Prejudice at the Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford.

A Langley director is bringing classic characters to life on the Gallery 7 Theatre stage in Abbotsford this fall.

Langley resident and Trinity Western University graduate, Nicola Prigge, is the director of Pride and Prejudice, the first show of the theatre company’s 2018-2019 ‘Back to Classics’ series.

“I like having things my way,” said Prigge.

”When you’re an actor, you’re at the whim of the director and what they want. It’s fun to be able to drive such a large, classic thing based on my impulses and research. It’s really liberating and exciting.”

Pride and Prejudice follows the story of Mrs. Bennet’s five daughters — all of whom have reached marriageable age — as their mother schemes to find the perfect match for each of them.

Prigge is originally from South Africa and immigrated to the Fraser Valley as a child. She has been practising theatre since she was in Grade 2 and has been an actor, director and stage manager.

With her extensive theatre experience, both on stage and off, Prigge said she strives to create a safe space for the actors.

“I know being an actor is really vulnerable and scary. I like creating an environment where actors are safe to make discoveries.”

Prigge describes the show as a romantic comedy that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes stories about love and family.

“One of the reasons I like this story is because it is realistic about the time it takes to undergo drastic internal change. In the world of the play, we cover the span of about one year.

“In this time, we see Elizabeth’s heart make a complete U-turn, and her eventual opening up to love feels like coming home after a long journey. It is a soft, gentle falling into love.”

Gallery 7 Theatre executive and artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt, called the show a “faithful adaptation of the Jane Austen classic novel.”

“All your favourite characters are in this show, and I think people will really delight in Mrs. Bennet’s undying attempts to have her daughters marry the right gentleman and the electric relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.”

The stars of the show are Shannon Tauber as Elizabeth, Adriel Brandt as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Shelley Picard as Mrs. Bennett and Lawrence Locke as Mr. Bennet.

The show runs on Nov. 9 and 10, and from Nov. 13 to 17 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre at 2328 Crescent Way, Abbotsford.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call 604-852-3701.

Just Posted

WATCH: Kwantlen artist paints and installs Indigenous mural in Fort Langley

First Nations painter Brandon Gabriel created a piece of art for Cranberries Naturally.

Langley East MLA could testify in logging lawsuit

Rich Coleman has been put on the witness list for a lawsuit against TimberWest.

Family band from Aldergrove wins youth music award

The Springmans won a Fraser Valley Music Award for their album Happy Beach.

Surrey woman plans to travel after winning $500,000

Frances Jarvos bought her winning ticket at Willowbrook Mall in Langley

New Langley resident takes to the stage in upcoming musical

Leah Newson is performing in Annie: The Musical in Burnaby starting Feb. 1.

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

South Surrey mother didn’t have the intent to kill her daughter: defence

Closing submissions in case of Lisa Batstone underway

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Aldergrove soccer tournament set for March 30-31

2019 edition of the Barry Bauder Memorial Soccer Tournament taking registrations

Most Read