Western Reserve Playhouse will bring one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels, “Emma” to the stage April 19 through May 4.
Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking.
When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet, leading to unexpected romance.
The cast is filled with some of the Playhouse’s favorites, Shani Ferry (Lost in Yonkers and The Maids), Kelsey Tomlinson (Tartuffe), Kayla Lehman (Tartuffe & Little Women), Mia Radabaugh (Tartuffe), Emily Shipley (Little Women), Michael Knobloch (Little Women), Zach Manthey (Hay Fever & Tartuffe), Eric Coulbourne (Hay Fever) and new to the stage, Eli Ravenson, Dennis Runkle, Sid Freeman and Victoria Kirgesner.
“Emma” runs April 19 through May 4, with a matinee at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28. The theater is located at 3326 Everett Road in Bath. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at WesternReservePlayhouse.org or at the door. For info, call (330) 620-7314.