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Since Jane Austin published the novel "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813, the beloved characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been adapted for the stage and more recently TV and movie screens.

PHS drama students aim to take their audience to merry olde England where Mrs. Bennet wants nothing more than to marry her five daughters to wealthy, respectable men.

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Rehearsal is under way for the Payson High School Theatre presentation of "Pride and Prejudice" in the PHS auditorium.

Her daughter Elizabeth is rather prejudicial in her choice of suitors. When Elizabeth first meets Darcy, she finds him to be proud, haughty and insulting.

For his part, Darcy considers Elizabeth to be beneath his social standing.

Mr. Collins, a pompous young clergyman, is also interested in Elizabeth, but she has her eye on the dashing cad, George Wickham. However, George has his eye on one of Elizabeth's sisters.

Deceptions, miscommunications and witty repartee lead to the final act of wedded... bliss?

The cast includes: Rachel Ward as Elizabeth Bennet; Silas Eckstein as Fitzwilliam Darcy; Brad Johnson as Mr. Bennet; Sabrina Brahm as Mrs. Bennet; Jennifer Sandoval as Jane Bennet; Hayley Scott as Lydia Bennet; Julia Legassie as Mary Bennet; Amber Clark as Catherine Bennet; Seth Scott as Mr. Bingley; Jessie Carpino as Miss Bingley; Zach Horsley as Mr. Collins; Nate Kasl as George Wickham.

Performances: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28; 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1. Tickets: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $4 students, $3 Longhorn Pride cardholders.

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