Getting Local With Jane: We Long For A Ball Edition


Welcome to Getting Local With Jane, our weekly roundup of upcoming local events of interest to Janeites. If your home town isn’t featured here this week, don’t despair, and keep checking back–you never know when Jane might come to your town.

April 23-25, 2009, Chester, Virginia: Thomas Dale High School presents Pride and Prejudice each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and are available at the door.

April 23-25, 2009, Lee’s Summit, Missouri: Lee’s Summit Community Christian School presents Pride and Prejudice each night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

April 30-May 3, 2009, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania: Theatre Westminster at Westminster College presents Pride and Prejudice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5-7 and are available online. AustenBlogger Allison Thompson is the choreographer for this production; check out a YouTube video in which she discusses putting together the period dances for the play.

May 3, 2009, Rochester, New York: Get excited for the Jane Austen Ball with a YouTube teaser trailer.

May 7-9 and 14-16, 2009, Freeman’s Bay, Auckland, New Zealand: ConArtists presents Austen Found: The Lost Musicals of Jane Austen at 7 p.m. each night. From the press release:

Addicted to Darcy? Lost all Sense and Sensibility? Bonkers for Big Balls? Well put down your cross-stitching and join with Auckland’s Leading Improv Troupe, ConArtists, as they swoon, romp, and pianoforte their way through an entirely improvised Austenian Musical. Charming suitors, meddlesome mothers, tight breeches and surprisingly well educated girls will all paint a vivid picture in song, dance and passionate hand holding.

Tickets are $18-20 and are available by calling 0800 TICKETEK, online at or at the door.