SAMC Presents EMMA
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.” However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be towards a prospective bride, this truth is so well fixed upon the minds of the handsome and clever that he is considered to be the rightful property of some pretty, young, and discipled woman. There is one such handsome, clever, rich and comfortable young woman who lives in the village of Highbury and who goes by the name of Emma Woodhouse. And as it would be, she became the disciple for a young woman, her new particular friend, Miss Harriet Smith. Miss Woodhouse, now you see, has a talent that cannot easily be denied; a talent for knowing the secrets of everyone’s feelings, for arranging everyone’s destiny; a talent for matchmaking. And of course, because she is fond of her talents, she decides to exercise them on her new friend, Miss Smith.
Don’t we all have something that we think that we’re good at, but when we really try it, we find out that we are really terrible at it, and it was insufferable to think that we could possibly be good at it in the first place? Or maybe we wish that we could be good at something, something that we would never be good at. Sometimes we have good intentions for wanting to be talented at certain thing, other times, not so much. And sometimes our quest to be the best can cause others harm.
What happens when we try to play matchmaker? I’m sure that most of us know a story of someone’s friend who thought that these two people would be great for each other, and so they organized a blind date for them. It was the worst. She was a vegetarian, he liked his baby back ribs, and he liked them juicy. She liked to talk about politics, he liked to talk about, well…the weather. He was loud—it scared her. She wanted to marry for love, he wanted to marry for money. I think you get the picture, sometimes matchmaking, isn’t all it’s made to be.
So what about our friend Emma Woodhouse? What happens when the truth that is universally acknowledged gets turned upside down? What happens when poor men in possession of little to no fortune are in want of a wife? And what if your friend was given an offer of marriage from a poor farmer with no connections? (That would be the worst. That would be like marrying an accountant!) Even though your friend herself is an orphan with no family, and not a penny to her name, wouldn’t you want to do your best to seek a favourable alliance? To seek out a young man in possession of large fortune who would be the perfect match for your friend. (Someone more like Justin Bieber)? But sometimes what we think is best for others isn’t what they really need.
Come see if single men are really in want of a wife, and maybe you can do some much-needed matchmaking in the process.
SAMC Theatre’s production of Emma, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, is directed by Aaron Caleb, the mastermind behind the sold-out Fiddler on the Roof that closed last year’s season. Set to live piano music from the era, you don’t want to miss this tale of mischief and matchmaking staring: Brandon Bate, Ben Buckingham, Julie Casselman, Mark Fleming, Cody Friesen, Sharra Ganzeveld, Andrew Gundy, Audrey Herold, Daniele Neve, Dave Shoffner, Jane Townsend, Shelby Wyminga and featuring Ariana Hurt as the pianist. Stage Management is by Charissa Hurt, Tiffany Choi, and Margaret Thorpe. Emma runs March 12-23 with tickets ranging from $8-$16.