Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
A new production of Jane Eyre. The Musical opens today, April 21, in Orem, UT:

Hale Center Theater Orem presents
Jane Eyre. The Musical
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

April 21-June 4, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with 3 p.m. Saturday matinees

Director: Christopher Clark
With Kenna Lynn Smith, Dallyn Vail Bayley, Elizabeth Dabczynski-Bean.
Deseret News adds:
“It’s a pretty true adaptation from the book to the stage,” said Elizabeth Dabczynski-Bean, one of two actresses playing adult Jane. “There’s a couple little tweaks just to help things make more sense and streamline the story a little bit, just to squish it into a two-hour time frame, but the facts are still there, the story’s still the same.” (...)
Also performing as Jane is Kenna Lynn Smith, who likewise was excited to get the role.
“I fell in love with the story a few years ago, and it’s my favorite book,” Smith said. “So it’s been an absolute dream to kind of explore ‘Jane Eyre’ in even more depth. … She is one of the only female characters in literature that I’ve ever identified with personally, because she’s not only strong, but she also needs love and gives love, which I think is the mark of a very strong woman.” (...)
“There’s a lot of breaking of the fourth wall, where Jane will address the audience directly and tell them what’s going on and tell them her story,” she said. “I think that’s really going to benefit audiences in this theater specifically because it will make it more personal, it will feel more immediate.” (Rachel Brutsch)
And The Daily Herald:
Translating that complexity from the novel to a live performance medium presents certain challenges.
“What is hard is the book is written entirely from Jane’s perspective, so all you get when you read the book is her point of view,” Dabczynski-Bean said. “But ultimately she doesn't say a lot … so you know what she's thinking, such that in film or in the show, you don't know what she's thinking because you're watching her, you're not in her brain like you are in the book.”
But the musical form also brings unique tools to convey the story’s intricacies, including the songs.
“The music is just lovely and there are so many themes that you can reinforce with a melody that comes back,” Dabczynski-Bean said. “(And) if anyone is an expert or very familiar with the book, they’re going to be very pleasantly surprised with how much of the lyrics are taken straight from the book. Little phrases, words, song titles, they really, really wrap in -- I re-read the book once I was cast, and just learning the music along with re-reading the book, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh they nailed it.’ They just grabbed so much of the text as it was, and stuck it to music, it’s incredible.” (Derrick Clements
And another one in Canyon, TX:
West Texas A&M University Presents
Jane Eyre. The Musical
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Director: Andrew Barratt Lewis

Branding Iron Theatre
Sybil B. Harrington
Fine Arts Complex
April 21-23 & 27-30, 2016 @7.30pm
April 24 @ 2.30pm
More information on Amarillo Globe-News.
Another musical adaptation (by Amy Davis) opens tomorrow in Garner, NC:
Spiritual Twist Productions presents
Jane Eyre
April 21-23,2016
Written and directed By Amy Davis
1250 Aversboro Rd, Garner, North Carolina 27529

A classic love story.
A timeless heroine.
A shocking secret.

Jane Eyre is the beloved story of one woman's struggle to find true love in the hypocritical world of Victorian England. Jane's story is rich with Truth. It speaks to anyone who has ever felt the need to speak up, to be understood, or to make the hard decision.

Haunting music, vibrant characters, and timeless truths bring Jane's story to life in this brand new musical written and directed by Amy Davis.


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