Production: Jane Eyre

Music: Paul Gordon
Lyrics: Paul Gordon and John Caird
John Caird

Directed By: Michael Mensching

Performance Dates:
October 17-19, 23-26 2003


Jane Eyre, set in England, in the early 19th century, begins with the death of Jane's parents after her father, a pastor working in an urban slum, is exposed to typhus. Jane goes to live with her only known relative, Mrs. Reed, the widow of her maternal uncle. Mrs. Reed and her children, however, have little use for the orphan Jane and treat her with open contempt. When Jane rebels against their ill treatment, she is sent away to Lowood, a nightmarish charity school run by the tyrannical Mr. Brocklehurst.

Eventually, Jane escapes Lowood, taking a position at Thornfield Hall where she serves as governess to Adèle Varennes, the young ward of the absent master of Thornfield, Edward Rochester. One winter's night, Jane encounters Rochester, returning home. The two are immediately drawn to one another. But as Jane grows to love Rochester, she begins to suspect that the house and its master harbor a dark secret.

Jane Eyre: Joan Horgan
Young Jane: Eileen O'Connor
John Reed: Michael Wessels
Mrs. Reed: Lisa Franklin
Mr. Brockelhurst: Neil Jones
Miss Scatcherd: Donna Carsten
Marigold: Debbie Weiskopf
Helen Burns: Rachel Rhodes-Devey
Schoolgirls: Julia Franklin
Courtney Halsdorf
Michelle Oppedisano
Amy Ragule
Mrs. Fairfax: Carol Charniga
Robert: David Dixon
Adele: Courtney Halsdorf
Grace Poole: Christina Nicotina
Edward Fairfax Rochester: John Anthony Lopez
Blanche Ingram: Kate Kaufman Burns
Lady Ingram: Lisa Franklin
Lord Ingram: Michael Wessels
Mary Ingram: Christina Nicotina
Mr. Eshton: Neil Jones
Louisa Eshton: Michelle Oppedisano
Amy Eshton: Amy Ragule
Colonel Dent: Marty O'Connor
Mrs. Dent: Donna Casten
Mason: Ross Snyder
Bertha Mason Rochester: Debbie Weiskopf
Vicar: Martin O'Connor
St. John Rivers: Neil Jones
Sarah: Tracy Solarek
Lydia:: Marlene Countermain
Co-Producers: Michael McDermott
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Director: Michael Mensching
Musical Director: Joanne Mensching
Assistant Director: Ferne Dutkin
Set Designer: Dale Conklin
Set Construction Crew: Mary Kozlowski
Richard Lenehan
Joyce Van Amburg
Michael McDermott
Barbara Mahlman
Costume Designer: Connie Rowe Rauhauser
Lighting Designer: Greg Rucinski
Lighting Assistants: Jeff Rauhauser
Greg Rucinski
Stage Manager: Peggy Moore
Sound Designer: Ric Bello
Sound Assistants: Scott and Janet Bello
Sean Albert
Properties: Kathleen and Bob Stern
Makeup Designer: Marcia Lenehan
Hair Designer: John Fowler
Hair Assistant: Katherine Zaleski
Rehearsal Secretary: Marlene Countermine
Audition Arrangements: Eunice Chouffi
Audition Assistants: Chris and Larry Pedersen
Paige and Art Gavreau
Rita and Paul Croteau
Audition Accompanist: Joanne Mensching
Kate Kaufman Burns
Box Office/Ticket Sales: Paige Gavreau
Show Publicity: Michael McDermott
Richard Lenehan
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Print Advertising: Richard Lenehan
Foyer Bulletin Boards: Michael McDermott
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Photography: Tim Raab/Northern Photo
Show T-Shirts: Ginnie Mills
Opening Night Party: Tom Heckert
Cast Party: Donna Cartsen
Michael McDermott
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Videographer: Jim Lewis

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