Students from Dublin's three high schools will come together for a classic.

Students from Dublin's three high schools will come together for a classic.

The All Dublin Acting Company will perform Jon Jory's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday, Sept 3-5, at Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland-Croy Road, and Sept. 10-12 at Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road.

Director Mark Mann said the first show that involves students from Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools came about from a production he organized at Coffman last year.

"It was a small cast," he said. "We treated it more like a professional show and rehearsed in the summer ... I wanted to try to open that up with a view to making it more of a continuous project."

Mann said he found the adaptation of the classic by Jane Austen and held auditions at each high school last spring.

"It's an elite project with the kids that most wanted to be involved," he said.

With the cast from throughout the school district assembled, rehearsal started Aug. 10 with four-hour sessions five days a week. Most of the cast memorized lines over the summer and attended a few activities for the show, including seeing Sense and Sensibility at a movie night to see how professional actors do a period piece.

"Our goal is on opening night they should not look like teens from 2015," Mann said, adding that the boys in the cast are growing their hair out for the show.

The cast has participated in other exercises to make the show more authentic.

"On the first day, we had Kevin Connell, from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, come in," Mann said. "He happens to be from Newark. ... His expertise is in period pieces. He taught them how to bow, sit correctly in the clothes and had a conversation with them about the Jane Austen era."

The cast also had a workshop with the choreographer to learn period dances and have been working to make the most authentic clothing. An Otterbein professor also gave cast members information about British dialects.

"I'm a stickler for the right costumes and the right props," Mann said.

There are 27 students from the three high schools involved in Pride and Prejudice, including crew members.

"I'm really pleased how much they've bought into the process," Mann said. "I told them at the beginning I consider them all to be artists and that's how I'll treat them."

Students have enjoyed working together and Mann said he hopes to gather the All Dublin Acting Company for more shows in the future.

"I'd like to keep doing it," he said. "I think we've got a lot of talent (in the district)."

Tickets to the show are $7 and $5 for students.