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Jane EyreThe Chicago Tribune adds:
A Musical Drama
Book by John Caird, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon, Additional Lyrics by John Caird
Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte
Directed by Glenn Hering
4th Street Theater, Chicago, US
May 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2015.
All performances are at 8 pm except Sundays, which begin at 3 pm.
We are having a special Industry Night performance on May 14th open to members of the theater community.
Charlotte Brontë's classic tale of gothic romance gains a hauntingly beautiful score and tragically moving songs in it's musical adaptation. Nominated for five Tony Awards, Jane Eyre explores religion, sexuality and protofeminism, all while enchanting audiences with a timeless love story.
Jane's story begins in Gateshead, where she is in the unfortunate care of her cruel Aunt Sarah and cousin John, as per her uncle's dying wish. The miserable young orphan is finally rescued when she is sent away to attend Lowood School for Girls. After six years, Jane leaves Lowood and is shortly after hired as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Here she meets Mr. Edward Rochester, thus beginning her passionate and heart-wrenching journey of love, loss and the struggles of morality.
Director Glenn Hering says the performance will entertain audiences who are familiar with Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, as well as those who don't know the tale of conquering childhood challenges.
"When I told people a few months ago we'd be doing this musical, I got very strong reactions from people who love this book. I asked them what it was they liked about the story and found that so many people can relate to it. Jane Eyre is a role model, someone people can relate to because of her ability to overcome obstacles in childhood," said Hering. (...)
Vocal Director Linda Pauli says the music is not what one would typically expect from a musical.
"It is a little bit different from traditional styles of musicals where it is dialogue and a song. This is primarily a story continued through the song, so you get the point of the story through the music," Pauli says.
The 4th Street Theater features a small stage for the 24 actors in the production, so the experience is intimate. Jane Eyre is played by Laura Simmons while the young Jane is played by Gracelyn Perrine. Lady Ingram is played by Mona Loomis, Mr. Brocklehurst by Matt Byerly, John Reed by Will Frost, and Miss Scatcherd by Robyn Rutar, along with additional cast members. (Heather Augustyn)