The Curtain is About to Go Up

November 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Production notes from Jane Eyre.
Submitted by Howard Shangraw, Theatre Department Chair.

The curtain is about to go up on the Theatre Department’s first main stage production of the year, Jane Eyre. The cast and crew is hard at work in these final days of rehearsals, building the set and putting the finishing touches on the many costumes needed to bring the gothic story to life on our stage.  The cast of 16 actors will play 45 characters in this epic adaptation giving the players the challenging opportunity to create multiple roles.  Yesterday, Sunday the 31st, was not only Halloween, but it was our first day of tech.


The set, a multi-level design, meets the challenge of the 32 locations, both interior and exterior, needed to illuminate the span of 13 years in Jane’s life as she journeys from the Red Room at Gateshead, to Lowood Institution, to Thornfield Hall, to Moor House to Ferndean.


Paloma and HyunChul checking out backstage.


Jacob helping Conor into his period cutaway.


Sasha  and Cynthia in the dressing room getting ready for costume parade when we see the costumes on the actors for the first time.


Stage manager Becca readies her prompt book in order to call a smooth show, and Ryutaro Yanagita is getting familiar with the light board.


There have been 50 stage adaptations of Jane Eyre, 41 film adaptations, 22 radio dramas and 7 musicals adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s enduring tale of the search for love and acceptance. The English department is studying the novel in class, and this week the theatre students take their turn on the stage in this rich and exciting adaptation by Willis Hall. Break a leg to all involved and see you at the theatre!

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