Friday, October 03, 2014

Friday, October 03, 2014 12:30 am by M. in , , , ,    No comments
Several amateur productions of Brontë novels premiere today, October 3:

In Cambridge, OH:
Cambridge Performing Arts Centre Presents
Jane Eyre. The Musical
by Paul Gordon & Michael Caird
October 3, 4, 10 and 11 , 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
October 5 and 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Director: Kayla Wyers
Producer: Stacy Barnhouse

Jane Eyre (portrayed by Kayela Roberson) is shown through a cruel upbringing by her aunt and cousin, attending a girls school ravaged by illness, and finally to a position as a governess where she meets Edward Rochester (Heath Chaney), a man with a hidden secret.
With rich vocal talents and a live orchestra, this show will grip emotions from beginning to end.
"Jane Eyre" is presented by special agreement with Music Theatre International (MTI). This enchanting musical, by composer/lyricist Paul Gordon and book-writer/lyricist John Caird, is brought to Cambridge by director Kayla Wyers and music director Aaron Lashley.  (The Daily & Jeffersonian)
In Avon, IN:

The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre presents
Jane Eyre
Written by Charlotte Bronte & Adapted for the Stage by Robert Johanson
Directed by Theresa Pottratz

Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The show will be at Harmony Baptist Church, 5697 Broyles Road, Avon.
Emily Keith of Avon portrays the adult Jane Eyre, while Megan Janning plays young Jane. Edward Rochester is played by Danville’s Kameron Stevens. Complete Cast here.  (Via The Flyer Group)
In San José, CA:
In San José State University. College of Humanities and the Arts.
Wuthering Heights
Adapted by Kirsten Brandt

October 3 at 7pm
Hal Todd Studio

Brandt said she plans on deconstructing the classic story of Wuthering Heights while still maintaining Emily Brontë’s characters and themes by shifting it from a narrative to a highly theatrical performance.
“I have an avant-garde background, so I’m making it accessible but also sort of breaking traditional forms that we’re so used to seeing in the larger theaters, and kind of experimenting with it in a different way,” Brandt said. (...)
Brandt said she hopes the performance will spark conversations regarding the play’s characters and themes when the audience departs the theater.
Brandt hopes attendees will walk away talking about the ideas explored in the play, like whether the main character Heathcliff’s vengeful rampage is due to his nature or is influenced by society.
“If people are walking away talking about the play, then I’ve done my job,” Brandt said. (Lauren Hernandez in Spartan Daily)
And finally, there is also a talk today in Westville, IN:
The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will meet on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.
The group will read and discuss the classic book “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë. (LaPorte County Life)

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