Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Meeting

 Amanda Jacobs Composer/Playwright and Artist Educator

"Have you been to the theatre?"
Henry Tilney Northanger Abbey ch. 10

JASNA Central and Western NY is pleased and honored to welcome Amanda Jacobs to its May meeting.

We all know Jane Austen enjoyed the theatre and knew how to enjoy a play. "I talked to Henry at the Play last night. We were in a private box - Mr. Spencer's - Which made it much more pleasant." (1) Plays figure prominently in Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. What better way to understand Jane Austen than to write a musical based on one of Jane Austen's most popular works. 

Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Baker have done just that, and the result is "Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice a Musical". This award winning musical is currently playing at the La Miranda Theater for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. You can find the website here and and listen to some of the music at Amanda's website.

Amanda Jacobs has many other accomplishments to her credit. In 2014 she was selected for the JASNA International Visitor Program. While in Chawton, she composed music for Jane Austen's prayers, while visiting Austen related churches in England.

We look forward to welcoming Amanda to our meeting, and hope you will join us. Rumor has it that she may be able to play for us.

Event: JASNA Central and Western NY May meeting
Where: Barnes and Noble Community Room
When: Saturday, May 16, 1 pm

1. Jane Austen's Letters, Deidre Le Faye (ed.), p. 228, 4th ed. 2011.

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