If you are in want of a good Regency era romance, then "Pride & Prejudice" is a good pick.
If you are in want of a play adaptation of that Jane Austen novel, then know that Colorado Mesa University's upcoming performances of "Pride & Prejudice" are quite true to the book, said director Jill Van Brussel, assistant professor of theater and costume design.
While the script is faithful, the stage set allows for each scene to dynamically flow into the next so the play isn't a "sitting room piece," she said.
Two of the key characters in the play are Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Bennet has four sisters all in want of rich husbands while she is more interested in love and character. Darcy is a wealthy gentleman and isn't exactly looking for a wife, but after meeting Bennet changes his mind despite his better judgment (or so he thinks).
Sydney Perry, 21, will play the part of Bennet in CMU's production, which opens on Halloween, Oct. 31.
"So, technically, I'm Elizabeth Bennet for Halloween," said Perry, a senior acting and directing major.
Here are some details about Perry and "Pride & Prejudice."
Coming to CMU: While getting an associates degree at Collin College near Dallas where she grew up, Perry had the opportunity to do some directing, and "I loved it," she said.
She began researching universities with acting/directing programs and found CMU.
Getting into character: "Boy, oh boy, so ... I would definitely say Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing,'" Perry said when asked about some of her favorite roles.
And then there's Sabina in "The Skin of Our Teeth," Annette Reille in "God of Carnage," Bev and Kathy in "Clybourne Park" (performed at CMU in November) and Lady Macduff in "Macbeth" (performed at CMU in April).
Giving directions: Perry was so taken with "God of Carnage" when she acted in it that she decided to direct it at CMU. It was performed in September.
"God of Carnage" is "super fast-paced" and "if you walk out of the theater for five seconds, you miss a bunch. I really like the plays that keep you on your feet and draw you in," she said.
Best accent: "I feel like I'm compelled to say British, which we're having to do in 'Pride & Prejudice,'" Perry said.
It can be tough to go in and out of using the accent, so sometimes she just stays in. She'll talk to her mom, who will ask, "What are you doing?"
Turning pages: Perry hasn't read Austen's novel. "I wish I had read the book over the summer, because now I really don't have time," she said.
She has, however, watched bits and pieces or all of the various miniseries and movies based on the novel.
Playing favorites: "Well, I'll say this first, I really love the scenes where I'm refusing him (Mr. Darcy)," Perry said when asked about her favorite scene in the play. "Even though it is so important to marry off to a man, let alone a wealthy man, I really take pleasure in my sassy scenes."
But her favorite is at the end of the play when Bennet and Darcy "finally come together and finally understand where each other are coming from and understand (their) own prejudices," she said.
The ending of the play offers an understanding that people must put aside faults and accept each other for who they are, realizing that no one is perfect, she said.