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Jane Eyre. The MusicalThe Courier-Post gives more information:
by Paul Gordon & Michael Caird
April 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township.
It’s hard enough to be a teenage girl. Or the father of one.
So imagine the potential minefield when a father is directing his own daughter in a major play. Meet Bruce Curless, producing artistic director of The Ritz Theatre Company, and his daughter, Roberta.
Not only have they survived the challenge — they’ve actually thrived from the experience. (...)
That knowledge comes from having directed Roberta many times, and seeing her tackle the work with zest and commitment. “She has always done the work, made smart decisions as an actress, and has always given her very best.”
But in rehearsing “Jane Eyre,” he also is seeing a very disciplined cast member, “...more than prepared ...” when she comes to rehearsals. She is the first to have the work memorized,” her father reports, and she often sets the whole tone of the rehearsal.
That may be because for as long as she can remember, Roberta has loved “Jane Eyre,” and also fell in love with the musical version. It is, in fact, serving a dual propose in her life: she is not only performing as Jane; she also has been working on everything from costumes and props to design as her home-school final project.
“I see Jane as a wonderful role model for girls. She was a strong, disciplined and well-educated person at a time when being a woman was almost condemning.”
Roberta sees her character as using her heart, her brain and her faith to rise above obstacles, and to manage to live a life that matters. “I like her — and I admire her,” says the 18-year-old leading lady who hopes to earn her BFA in musical theater when she’s off to college — which college yet to be determined — next year.
Roberta also raves about the Rochester character from the novel, and her leading man. (Sally Friedman)