Well, it is a proud old teacher who has always thought that to convey her love for Jane Austen to her students was a very hard task writing here tonight. It seems my impression was wrong. Some of them seem to love Jane Austen at least as much as I do and they have conveyed their love to me tonight. The cast of this home-made musical was mostly consisting of my students and ex-students, as well as some girls who were in my Jane Austen reading club at the public library last year ( I led and moderated over an Austen reading group of ladies and girls, do you remember?)
All these young people decided to stage Pride and Prejudice, setting the story in the 1950s and giving to their pièce the title of "Somebody to Love" .
They wrote the script, selected the music and created the coreographies, chose the props and drew the scenery, designed the costumes and set the lights, rehearsed for months, under the direction of Costanza, a brilliant, sparkling, exhilarating Mrs Bennet. Actually one of the best I've seen so far!
Mr Bennet (Luigi Maria) was impeccable in his witty but detached management of the 5 Bennet girls and, especially, his volcanic Mrs Bennet. I loved all the girls: Maria Francesca as Jane, Cecilia as Lizzy, Ludovica as Lydia, Valentina as Kitty and Ilaria as Mary.
And now the heroes! Darcy. Fabrizio. Perfect. His aristocratic features, his contained refined manners were natural.
He practically didn't have to pretend. He's always been like that as far as I can remember. So well mannered that you wondered: " is this boy really a teenager of our time" ? Knowing him a bit, I guess his embarassment in the proposal scene, his struggle against those feelings considered as flaws, were quite ... natural, too. Fabrizio. Perfect choice as Mr Darcy.
Then, Luca, Bingley. Another perfect choice. His courtship to Jane (Maria Francesca) was so passionate and direct and convincing. "There must be something between those two, I've been thinking all the time" .
But, Antonello as Mr Collins, was the greatest surprise to me. Always silent and shy and introverted, he shone as a true comedian, self-confident in his printed blissed smile each time he mentioned or saw Lady Catherine. And how well he sang! Awesome voice and good interpretation. Well done, Antonello.
Wikham (Edoardo) was handsome and had such a sweet face, I can just believe how easy it must have been to him to conquer all those hearts: Georgiana, Lydia, Lizzy.
Deborah was really astonishing in the double role of the two most disagreeable women in the story: Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine. Very convincing.
Last but not least, the band who played the music live: bravo boys !
(Matteo, Giovanni and Tommaso).
Congratulations to all and each one . The entire cast (even those with just a few lines) deserve my most sincere appreciation. Thanks , girls , for your invitation. You've made me very proud and very happy.
(P.S Sorry for the bad quality of my pics!)