Wilsonville’s Theater production of Jane Austen’s “Emma” has opened!

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Greg Artman

From left to right, senior Cormac Lister, senior Hannah Jacobs, and staff Jason Katz in one of the final scenes of “Emma.” “Emma” opened Wednesday night and runs through Saturday evening.

Wilsonville Theater’s first in person show of the year, Jane Austen’s Emma, has opened! Wednesday, May 19th was an exciting day for everyone involved in the theater department, but especially for the seniors who were ecstatic that their last show was able to be performed in person.

In the last year the theater department was able to put on three shows through a combination of Zoom and pre-recording. However, this spring, they pulled it off in person, all together, with a live audience for the first time in over a year. 

For seniors, this was an emotional night as the sense of normalcy had returned. Senior Hannah Jacobs, who plays Emma, and senior Cormac Lister, who plays George Knightley, both agreed that their favorite part of the opening night was getting to perform their pre-show rituals once again. 

Despite all the actors being nervous for performing live for the first time in so long, once they got out on stage, it all felt like how it did in normal years. Emma has four other performances this week before their closing night Saturday, May 22. If you’re looking for a show with an older storyline but still relevant themes, buy your tickets and support the local actors in their first time back!