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Mars Hill Academy to Present "Pride and Prejudice"

March 3, 2017

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy presents “Pride and Prejudice,” the drama by Jon Jory based on Jane Austen’s classic novel. Show times are Friday, March 24, 7 pm; Saturday, March 25, 2 pm and 7 pm; Friday, March 31, 7 pm; and Saturday, April 1, 2 pm and 7 pm.  All shows are at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.  Tickets are $12, available online through The Fitton Center at

The beloved romantic drama centers on an 18th century English gentleman’s wife and his five unmarried daughters. The Bennets’ lives are turned upside down when Mr. Bingley, a wealthy bachelor, and his friend Mr. Darcy take up residence in a nearby mansion. Sparks fly when Elizabeth Bennet meets the proud Mr. Darcy, who disapproves of her family and social standing. Is it his pride and her prejudice…or her pride and his prejudice? Brought together by a series of events beyond their control, the couple must reconsider their first impressions.

The show features 28 Mars Hill Academy students with a double cast for certain roles.   Anna Edwards of West Chester stars as Elizabeth Bennet and Jacob Oedy of Lebanon stars as Mr. Darcy.  Andrew Cunningham of Liberty Township plays Mr. Bennet; Jolene Estruth of Mason plays Mrs. Bennet; Daniel Taylor of Liberty Township is Mr. Bingley, and Grace Bennett and Rachel Dudley, both of West Chester, share the role of Jane Bennet.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy’s “Pride and Prejudice” cast features David Taylor as Mr. Bingley, Jacob Oedy as Mr. Darcy, Rachel Dudley as Jane Bennet and Anna Edwards as Elizabeth Bennet.


MHA Laurel Wreath Competition Winners Celebrate the Spoken Word

March 1, 2017

MASON, OH – Sixteen Mars Hill Academy students grades 1-8 won top honors in their class competitions for MHA’s annual Laurel Wreath recitation contest.   Reciting memorized literary selections, poetry and Scripture, students are judged in the areas of expression, stage presence, and clarity of voice.  First place winners of each class receive the honor of presenting at a school assembly. 

The laurel wreath was a symbol of honor and excellence in ancient Greece.  The greenery was worn by victors in battle, champions on the athletic field, and ‘heroes of the spoken word.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy’s Laurel Wreath Recitation Competition winners:


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Classic "The Fellowship of the Rings" Comes to Life at MHA

February 21, 2017

MASON, OH – Sixth graders at Mars Hill Academy transformed into hobbits, wizards, dwarves and elves for “Lord of the Rings Day,” a day of feasting, archery and games to celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic book, The Fellowship of the Rings, book one of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy sixth graders Grace Dudley and Nicole Harris, dressed as elves from from The Fellowship of the Rings novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, enjoy an authentic “Middle Earth” feast.


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