[Among the characters are Hannah (played by Gaby Rosales of La Grange Park, from left); Lydia (Kathryn Chicoine of Brookfield); Kitty (Grace Simmon of La Grange Park); Mrs. Bennetá(Sophia Griffin of Elgin); Mr. Bennet (Matthew Gehrhart of Willow Springs); and Janeá(Haley Dahlstrand of Hickory Hills).]
In LATTE, everyone supports each other and helps one another through tough situations, Parker said.
LATTE, which generally is designed for youth ages 11 to 19, teaches various aspects of stagecraft.
"You have this beautiful transformative time you can reach and have so much growth and resiliency develop through the stage in such a short amount of time," Pfluger said. "We have a very intense two-year assistant director in training program. … It teaches peer mentoring and how to direct and how to create nuance. It's beautiful how the kids support each other … and hold each other accountable. … They uplift each other so much."
Pfluger expressed gratitude to First Baptist Church of La Grange for providing rehearsal space, and to Plymouth Place for the performance venue. The retirement community has its own acting troupe she's involved in. Recognizing their intergenerational programming, LeadingAge recently presented LATTE and Plymouth Place its state Honoring Excellence Community Impact Award, she said.
Audiences at each performance of "Pride and Prejudice" can stick around for a post-show panel discussion and actor talk-back about romance and courtship from Jane Austen's era to now, featuring the cast and a speaker.
If you go
WHAT: LATTE, the La Grange Area Teen Theater Ensemble, presents "Pride and Prejudice"
WHERE: Plymouth Place Auditorium, 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 7 p.m. May 10 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 11
COST: $15 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and military and first responders
INFO: 708-655-0989, www.lattetheater.com; tickets also sold in advance at Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop, 25 S. Ashland Ave., La Grange