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‘Sense and Sensibility’ comes to the HCC stage

Highland Community College Theatre Arts program presents “Sense and Sensibility” by Kate Hamill, adapted from the Jane Austen novel for the spring 2018 theatre production. Performance dates are Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center Theatre, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

“Sense and Sensibility” is a playful adaptation of a beloved novel that follows the misfortunes and the many fortunes of the Dashwood sisters after the death of their father. His death leaves them penniless and socially vulnerable.

The play is set in the late 18th-century, which at that time was a gossipy England. The play is full of humor and has a fresh female voice that adds to the emotional depth of what the sisters must endure. The play can lead the audience to examine their own reactions, which can be reasonable or ridiculous as it relates to societal pressures.

The cast is comprised of 20 Highland Community College students, with original music composed by Josh Naujokas, a Highland student, who also composed and an original musical piece for the 2017 Highland production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“I find Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility to be lively, comedic and highly theatrical,” said Laura Early, director, and theatre arts instructor. “Please come ready to laugh and enjoy a clever comedy. It is so much fun.”

Linda Foat of Camelot Costumes, LLC is costume designer and the set and lights are designed by Ryan Gahm, a Highland student.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and $6 for students. There is a $2 transaction fee for every ticket purchased. For reservations call 815-599-3718 or visit