Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Julie Bray

Audition date: Sunday, 16 August – 10am
Call backs:  Thursday, 20 August – 6:30pm

How to Audition

  1. Download the Audition pack PDF (contains character descriptions, rehearsal schedule)
  2. Practice and prepare a 1-2 minute comic monologue/audition piece. There will also be a cold reading from the script.
  3. Fill out the Audition registration form.
  4. Email a headshot and acting CV to

Characters (description & ages)

Please note: Ages are guidelines for the playing age, not requirement of actor’s age.

MARY BENNET, Female, 20 – Finally coming in to her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She has a fire in her now. She is intelligent, curious, and lively, but her family only sees her as a future spinster. She does not suffer fools. She wants to live.

ARTHUR de BOURGH, Male, 25 – A studious, unsociable only child who has never been around women or large families. He is a loner who prefers books to people. He has recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next.

ELIZABETH DARCY, Female, 22 – Married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming, and witty. She makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. She is best friends with her sister Jane.

FITZWILLIAM DARCY, Male, 30 – A loving, generous, and smart (if slightly stiff) husband. He is quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. He knows what being lovelorn is like.

JANE BINGLEY, Female, 24 – Married to Mr. Bingley. She is seven months pregnant with her first child and is sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house.

CHARLES BINGLEY, Male, 25 – Gracious, happy, and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile.

LYDIA WICKHAM, Female, 17 – Flirtatious, youthful, self-centered. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham but she will not admit this. She is the person you want to have at your party: energetic, engaging, unstoppable.

ANNE de BOURGH, Female, 30s – Only daughter of the late Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgmental and impatient, just like her mother.

There will be two non-speaking roles as Servants who will play a major role in the transitions of this play, and will double as Stage Crew.

About the Play

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

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