Anna Chapman, a freshman from Rexburg, and Zachary Dawdy, a senior from Wentzville, Missouri, rehearse for Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” which will open June 27 in the Snow Drama Theater at BYU-Idaho.

BYU-Idaho's Department of Theatre and Dance will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death in 2017 with the world premiere production of Northanger Abbey adapted by award-winning playwright Jon Jory. Performances will run from June 27-29 & July 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Drama Theatre on the Rexburg campus.

Justin Bates, the director and faculty member in the BYU-Idaho Department of Theatre and Dance calls it a "lovely romance story." 

The story centers around Catherine Moreland who would rather read her much-loved gothic mysteries than attend a cotillion, but a trip to the fashionable city of Bath places Catherine into society's inner circle. There she learns that relationships off the page are just as full of twists and turns as those in her novels. In this fresh and fast-paced adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, an unconventional heroine comes of age with the help of her wit and her heart. 

Bates said this version of Northanger Abbey was created especially for BYU-Idaho. 

"This adaptation of Northanger Abbey was adapted by the playwright John Jory," said Bates. "We were invited specifically to produce this adaptation. When he finished the adaptation of Northanger Abbey he thought of the BYU-Idaho campus specifically." 

The cost of admission is $3 for BYU-Idaho students and $6 for the general public. Tickets for the production are currently available through the ticket office located at the University Store or on-line through the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office. Tickets can also be purchased the night of each performance at the box office window located in the lobby of the Snow Building located on the campus of BYU-Idaho.