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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Jane Austen To ‘Game of Thrones’

A 2019 photo of (from left) Shana Wride, Kevin Hafso-Koppman, Joy Yvonne Jone...

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Above: A 2019 photo of (from left) Shana Wride, Kevin Hafso-Koppman, Joy Yvonne Jones, Michelle Marie Trester, Jacque Wilke from Cygnet Theatre's "Pride and Prejudice."

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This long weekend is all about skewing your expectations, whether it’s a new take on Jane Austen, or listening to the music of "Game of Thrones" translated through the organ. Plus, the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival begins, and local high school students try their shot at Broadway.

Aired: May 24, 2019 | Transcript

This long weekend is all about skewing your expectations, whether it’s a new take on Jane Austen, or listening to the music of "Game of Thrones" translated through the organ. Plus, the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival begins, and local high school students try their shot at Broadway.

"Pride and Prejudice"

Theater

Yes, you can expect period costumes and romantic language in Cygnet Theatre's "Pride and Prejudice," but you should be prepared for cheer routines and Cyndi Lauper music, too.

Written by Kate Hamill, the new adaptation is original and hilarious. And at the same time, it examines social and gender issues through a modern perspective.

At the heart is still the romance between Elizabeth and Darcy — and the struggle to get all five Bennet sisters married off. But in this version, actors play more than one character, so you’ll see a bearded Charlotte Lucas and a Mr. Bingley who doubles as the forever-ignored Mary Bennet.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Through June 16. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $25 to $55; find tickets to "Pride and Prejudice."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Broadway/San Diego

A 2018 photo of last year's Broadway/San Diego High School Awards winner, Jonas McMullen.

Broadway/San Diego High School Awards

Theater

Does the next Broadway star come from San Diego? Find out as the top theater students showcase their talents at the Broadway/San Diego Awards.

This annual competition brings together high school musical theater actors from around the county, performing songs from musicals like "The Addams Family," "Freaky Friday," "Oklahoma" and more.

Be in the audience as the students are scored live. The top two performers earn a trip to New York, where they will compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (known as The Jimmy Awards), a contest that has led many finalists to Broadway careers.

Details: 6 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $15 to $35; find tickets to the awards.

Photo credit: Jim Spadoni

2013 Local Hero honoree for Jewish Heritage month, Yale Strom.

The San Diego Jewish Arts Festival

Dance, Music, Theater

The 26th annual San Diego Jewish Arts Festival is a celebration of Jewish arts told through dance, theater and music.

It begins this weekend with Song of Songs, a collaboration between San Diego Ballet and renowned Klezmer musician Yale Strom. They will debut three new works inspired by romantic poetry.

Other festival highlights include nights devoted to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen music; a new original play by Herbert Seguenza; a bues summit and much more.

Details: Song of Songs is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $35 to $50; find tickets to Song of Songs, and additional information about the Jewish Arts Festival.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Balboa Park

A photo of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

"Game of Thrones" Organ Concert

Music, Television

Missing "Game of Thrones"?

The show had its much-contested series finale last weekend, but everyone can agree that the show's music is - and will always be - epic. So the Spreckels Organ Society has its own kind of remedy for fans suffering withdrawal from the HBO series.

San Diego Civic Organist Raul Prieto Ramirez has created an extended medley of the "Game of Thrones" music for the powerful Spreckels Organ that will bring back all the memories you want to relive, and also some you'd rather forget ...

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. Free; find additional information.

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