Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Persephone Theatre is holding auditions for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Kenn McLeod

This sparkling, modern sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice visits the infamous Bennet sisters two years after the novel ends. When an unexpected guest arrives for the holiday festivities, Mary wonders if she has finally found her intellectual match, and if an adventurous new life with love at its centre might await her.

About Persephone Theatre
Persephone Theatre creates in misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) in Treaty 6 territory, whose signatories include the Nêhiyawak, Nêhithawak, Anishinabek, Nakawe, and Nakota peoples. This place also became the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation. We also acknowledge the contributions of the Dakota and Round Prairie Métis peoples in establishing our city of Saskatoon, as well as the other Nations that call this land home, including the Nehinawak, Lakota and Dene peoples. Persephone Theatre extends our appreciation for the opportunity to live, work, and create on these beautiful lands. Persephone Theatre is committed to a reflecting the rich diversity of our community in the stories we tell and the ways in which we undertake creating our work. We prioritize a workplace culture that centres equity, inclusion, and authentic representation. We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of historically excluded communities, which includes (but is not limited to) those who identify as IBPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, d/Deaf, or who have a disability or chronic illness. We also strongly encourage artists to submit for the roles they feel align with their gender identity and/or gender expression.

COVID-19 Worksafe Policy
Artists will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Persephone prior to commencing work. Other Covid-19 protocols, such as masking and mandatory testing may also be in place and evolve to reflect best recommended practices at the time of production. These protocols will be communicated clearly to artists at the time of offer, and be included in the rider to their contract.


Role Type Gender Number
MARY BENNET Lead Female Identified
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. This role plays the piano onstage.
ARTHUR DE BOURGH Lead Male Identified
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 Lead Female Identified
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 Lead Male Identified
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 Lead Female Identified
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 Lead Male Identified
25. Gracious, happy, and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile.
LYDIA WICKHAM Lead Female Identified
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 Lead Female Identified
20s. 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

Apply Now

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Please submit a headshot and resume (PDF format only) to [email protected] with the subject line: Christmas at Pemberley Auditions.

If there is a potential barrier that might prevent you from being able to audition, we encourage you to let us know so we can work with you to dissolve it.

Submission Deadline

April 5, 2023

November 2- December 21, 2023
Artists will be engaged under the CTA and the anticipated Company Category is C.
Rehearsal starts: November 2 2023
Opening: December 1, 2023
Closing: December 21, 2023

Audition Dates: April 15, 2023 at Persphone Theatre

Persephone Theatre encourages submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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