Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In the Wings: Pride and Prejudice. Meet Nate Breneman.

Nate Breneman plays Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, the third show of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jon Jory based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Question: Why did you audition for Pride and Prejudice? Did you know the novel before you auditioned?
Nate Breneman: I had read the novel several times; I love Jane Austen. I recently moved here from New York, and I heard about the play from a friend at school so I decided to audition.

Q: How would you describe Mr. Collins?
N.B.: He is a conceited man and a disgusting man. He's gone to the Bennet household because he's in the entail of Longbourn. He's decided to take it upon himself to marry one of the daughters in reconciliation with the family. At first he wants Jane, who is taken by Mr. Bingley. So he decides he'll settle for Elizabeth.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
N.B.: It's hilarious, it's a love story for all ages. It's just a fun play to go see.

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
N.B.: Unfortunately, I do. I'm a hopeless romantic. I don't think it's done me much good to believe in it, but it's nice to have that hope out there.

Pride and Prejudice opens Friday, March 30 and runs through Sunday, April 1 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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