Two locals perform in TWU production of Emma

Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld play Mr. and Mrs. Weston

Abbotsford's Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld as Mr. and Mrs. Weston in TWU’s SAMC Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Abbotsford's Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld as Mr. and Mrs. Weston in TWU’s SAMC Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Trinity Western University’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture is presenting the timeless romance, Emma, until March 23.

The year is 1814 and Emma Woodhouse is eager to see her friends happily married.

Giddy with the success of one match, Emma ignores the warnings of Mr. Knightley and turns her attention to young Harriet Smith, determined to ensure a suitable union.

But Emma’s efforts misfire, resulting in a flurry of comic complications that uncover the real effects of her meddling and reveal how little Emma knows about true love.

The cast includes two Abbotsford performers, Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld, who play Mr. and Mrs. Weston, one of Emma’s successful matches.

“Directing a show about a matchmaker in these days of eHarmony and match.com is really fascinating,” said assistant professor, Aaron Caleb, who helms the production. “Whatever the century, we all look for love and the events and insights of this story remain startlingly fresh. When you add in Jane Austen’s vivid, charming characters, the result is delight from start to finish.”

Emma plays on the TWU campus until March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. There are also 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays.

For information, visit twu.ca/theatre or email theatre@twu.ca.