Farmington Players holiday show imagines ‘Christmas at Pemberly’

The Farmington Players holiday show, opening December 6, imagines what happened to the beloved characters in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” two years after Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy find true love.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly
Pictured front is Crystal Nemchak; back, left to right, Matthew Smith, Stephaney Vietor, Adam Carey (Paul Manoian Photography)

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” opens with the the Darcys preparing to host a family Christmas and the arrival of an unexpected guest. In this sequel by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, the Bennet’s dutiful middle sister Mary (who got stuck watching her siblings’ romantic escapades) now feels pressure from her family to find a man of her own.

Mary Bennet is not interested in marrying well or at all for that matter.

“While she is not concerned, her sisters are,” the show’s director Stacey Nellis said in a press release. “They know the importance of marrying well and wish the same for their sister.”

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly
Autumn Bryson and D.J. Terry (Paul Manoian Photography)

So when the family gathers at Pemberley for Christmas, the surprise guest begins to change Mary’s life. Nellis says it’s a “brilliant love story involving two people who are in love, but they don’t know what love is. It provides for some very amusing flirting!”

“I hope that the audience leaves feeling that love, as blind as it is, can be found,” said Nellis. “I want them to leave with a feeling of hope, a smile on their face, and ready to give their loved ones a hug.”

Tickets for “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” , with performances December 6-21, are available at farmingtonplayers.org, by emailing boxoffice@farmingtonplayers.org, or by calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.

The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.