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Sarah LeJeune (left) and Adam Day star in the upcoming performance of "Pride and Prejudice" that opens Feb. 14, 2014, at Springhouse Theatre in Smyrna, Tenn. The show runs through March. (Photo submitted)

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Springhouse Theatre Company, located at 14119 Old Nashville Highway, will present Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” beginning next month.

The show is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 14, and will run through Saturday, March 2, with performances set for each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A special matinee performance to close the show will be held Sunday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m.

In consideration of paying customers, Springhouse Theatre officials said no children younger than 4 years old will be admitted into the theatre for the show.

Adapted for the stage by playwright and novelist Paula K. Parker, “Pride and Prejudice” pits the lovely but opinionated Lizzy Bennet, who will be played by Sarah LeJeune, against the handsome and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy, played by Adam Day.

Parker said she adapted the novel with an eye for authenticity and a determination to maintain the integrity of the original work.

“There is a tendency for some contemporary playwrights to inject their own values or agendas into the script when they adapt a popular novel for the stage or screen,” Parker said. “But, Jane Austen’s work stands on its own. Lizzy, Mr. Darcy, Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Wickham are delightful characters as Jane Austen created them, without trying to infect them with 21st century proclivities.”

Springhouse Theatre veteran Rachael Parker, who theatre officials said has rounded up a sterling cast, is directing the show.

While this marks the first performance at Springhouse Theatre for LeJeune, she is no stranger to the footlights. The California native studied theatre at Catawba College in North Carolina before transferring to Austin Peay State University, where she graduated with a double major in theatre performance and media technology.

In addition to appearing in ABC’s hit drama, “Nashville,” LeJeune has starring roles in the upcoming films “Sway” and “Love 101.”

To find out more information about the upcoming show and to purchase tickets, call 615-852-8499 or visit www.springhousetheatre.com.

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