Imagination takes you anywhere you want to go.

Imagination takes you anywhere you want to go.

Talent will take you even further.

The Jackson School for the Arts (JSA) students are finding the right combination of each will do some magical things. This weekend, the students are using both to bring some of British Literature’s most beloved characters right out of the pages of a book and on to the high school stage.

Saturday and Sunday, the JSA students present a performance of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

The play, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory, gives guests a glimpse into the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, who seek profitable marriages for their five daughters in an effort to secure the girls’ happiness. When two handsome, young men arrive in the neighborhood, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself captivated by the dashing Mr. Darcy.

Susan Gardner, director of the Jackson School for the Arts, said this particular adaptation of the novel presented unique challenges for the cast.

“‘Pride and Prejudice’ s a classic, but it’s also supposed to be funny,” Gardner said. “It’s a romantic comedy and being a romantic comedy, you learn very difficult dialogue all while learning to speak with an English accent and learn how to use comedic timing and voice inflection.”

What also makes this production unique is that is requires few items for the set.

“This is bare bones,” Gardner said of the set.

For audience members, the story truly unfolds through the acting of the students who help to bring the entire world of Austen’s novel to the stage with creativity and talent.

“It showcases true acting because you are not relying on the backdrop or an elaborate set,” Gardner said. “You are relying on high school students to present a story that most people know, but they are trying to convey the theme and the comedy accurately.”

Every production staged by JSA students is designed to challenge them. Each performance is part of the learning process, but Gardner noted that the school for the arts makes an extra effort to connect the theatrical performances with traditional classroom lessons.

“Everything we do in the theater or in the school for the arts,” Gardner said, “we try to make the curriculum connection.”

While “Pride and Prejudice” does offer the students a new way of looking at classic British Literature, it also challenges them as young artists, pushing the limits of what they can do and encouraging to hone their talents further.

“I really thing trying to understand this dialogue and speak with an accent and try to the point across in a comedic way is a huge challenge,” Gardner said of the production. “In practice (the other night) we saw it all start to click.”