(From left to right) Becky Wiebe

(From left to right) Becky Wiebe

Love, relationships explored as Gallery 7 presents Sense and Sensibility

Abbotsford production explores themes like love, relationships, trust, family and coping with loss and rejection.

Jane Austen’s beloved story of two sisters and their search for the right man will be brought to life in Abbotsford.

Gallery 7 Theatre is kicking off its new season by presenting the play Sense and Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory.

While Elinor is enamoured by the unassuming and awkward Edward, Marianne is swept off her feet by the vivacious Willoughby. When the men’s secret lives are revealed, the sisters must depend on one another for support through their heartache, and discover in the process the balance between what the heart wants and what the heart needs.

“Sense and Sensibility explores themes such as love, relationships, trust, family and coping with loss and rejection,” explained Ken Hildebrandt, artistic director of Gallery 7.

Playing the roles of Marianne and Elinor are Amanda Thiessen and Katherine Hill respectively. Thiessen recently performed in a production of The Most Massive Woman Wins at the UFV Director’s Festival, and Hill has appeared in productions of  Macbeth and The Visit.

The roguish Willoughby is played by Matt Veenbaas, who appeared in last year’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Kenzie Hall, last seen on stage in productions of The Matchmaker and The Outsiders, plays Edward Ferrars. Colonel Brandon is played by newcomer, Josh Reeves.

Sarah Hu will direct. Hu has directed productions of Steel Magnolias and The Family Man, and has appeared on stage in Around the World in 80 Days and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Sense and Sensibility runs Nov. 2-3, 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees on Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

All shows are at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.

Tickets are available at House of James, 2743 Emerson St., Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701.

For more visit www.gallery7theatre.com.