UW–Madison faculty member designs costumes for Jane Austen-inspired holiday play

Costumes designed by UW–Madison faculty member Aly Amidei are featured in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s current production, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” which opened Nov. 16 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Amidei’s costume designs for the characters of Mary Bennet, Arthur, and the Bingleys for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” (Image courtesy of Aly Amidei.)

The play envisions a sequel to Jane Austen’s novel,”Pride and Prejudice.” According to the preview of the show that was published in the Daily Herald, it is set two years after the original story and “highlights the bookish, stubbornly honest Mary Bennet (the middle Bennet sister and the plainest of her siblings) and her journey to find love after believing she never would.”

Amidei, an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama, is not the only person with a UW–Madison connection involved in the show. The set was designed by alumna Jess Kuehnau Wardell, who earned her bachelor’s degree in art and theatre & drama from UW–Madison in 1998. Another UW–Madison alum, Daniel Millhouse, is a cast member playing the role of Arthur de Bourgh. Millhouse earned his MFA from the Department of Theatre and Drama in 2015.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Broadway World says, “If you own a dog-eared copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ or recall fondly any of the movie adaptations you should be in heaven.” The Chicago Sun-Times calls the show, “…a gem – ideal for the holiday season!”

Learn more about “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.”

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