Jane Eyre hits stage this week

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By Caitlin Eicher This coming week will be very busy for the theatre department here at Bethel. The spring musical, Jane Eyre, premiers Thursday morning at 9:30. Over the course of the next two days, the musical will show a total of five times. Directed by Richard Young, the show features a number of Bethel's talented actors and actresses, as well as a few from local high school and elementary schools. Junior Katie Nichols plays the main character, Jane Eyre. Edward Rochester, another primary character, is double cast with sophomore Nate Jackson and senior Alex Cox. Junior Karen Dickerson plays Mrs. Fairfax, senior Ruth Olson plays Blanch Ingram, and senior Asha Stichter plays Helen Burns. Two local high school students also star in the musical: Jenny Reber from Penn High School as Bertha and Anastasia Spalding from Mishawaka High School as the young Jane Eyre. The story line, based on a novel by Charlotte Bronte, stems somewhat from Bronte's own life. John Caird and Paul Gordon turned the story into a musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2000. When asked to describe the show, Dr. Derrick Pennix, director of the orchestra for the musical, said, "It is a story of love that demonstrates that love conquers all.  It is also a story of forgiveness that teaches that no matter what one does to you forgiveness is the mightiest sword." The musical will be showing Thursday, Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the box office located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel Fine Arts Center.
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