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NGU to Present Jane Eyre The Musical at The Billingsley Theatre

Posted on: April 3, 2024
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC—North Greenville University (NGU) will present Jane Eyre The Musical April 11-13 and April 18-20 at The Billingsley Theatre in Tigerville.
“It’s been an absolute joy putting this together,” said Director Amy Dunlap, associate dean for the School of the Arts at North Greenville University. “We’ve been rehearsing since the beginning of the semester, and we’re excited to bring it to the stage.”
The production, based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book and additional lyrics by John Caird.
Bronte’s classic gothic romance follows independent, passionate governess Jane Eyre through her harsh childhood and her employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall.
There, she meets the mysterious and magnetic Edward Fairfax Rochester. Though drawn to each other, they are haunted by the ghosts of Rochester’s past, which threaten any possibility of future love or happiness for either. 
Ultimately, Eyre and Rochester discover the power of forgiveness and faith to guide them through the tangled skeins of their lives.
“The show’s primary themes are forgiveness and redemption, which is really amazing for a gothic novel,” Dunlap said. “Jane has to learn to forgive the people who hurt her in her childhood so she can forgive other people in her life as she grows older.”
The musical will highlight the talents of 27 cast members.
“It’s a very big cast. With that, you have all different levels of experience and expectations, but everyone has come together with a lot of focus and dedication to support the story,” Dunlap said. 
The Cast for Jane Eyre The Musical includes: Carmen Wells (Jane Eyre); Dylan Thompson (Edward Fairfax Rochester); Claire Wells (young Jane); Rachel Forester (Mrs. Reed/ensemble); Jaylan Brinson (Miss Scatcherd/Grace Poole/ensemble); Anslee Johnson (Helen Burns/ensemble); Meghan Frady (Marigold/Louisa Eshton/ensemble); Alyse Barrett (Mrs. Fairfax); Hadley Cash (Adele); Isabelle Western (Blanche Ingram); Matthew Blanton (Brocklehurst/Mr. Eshton/St. John Rivers); Seth Atkins (John Reed/Lord Ingram/ensemble); Meredith Wirth (Lady Ingram/ensemble/Woman One, Rain); Bryson Childs (Colonel Dent/ensemble); Kat Liederbach (Mrs. Dent/ensemble); Chappie Livdahl (Percy/Vicar/ensemble); Logan Stewart (Robert/ensemble); Rebecca Panagiotacos (Bertha Mason/ensemble); Caleb Branton (Richard Mason); Sadie Beaumont (Amy Eshton/school girl/ensemble); Sarah Delanuez (Mary Ingram/school girl/ensemble); Arianna Wilson (ensemble); Morgan Madden (ensemble); Grace Turner (school girl/ensemble); Eliana Kelly (school girl/ensemble); Natalie Marcy (school girl/ensemble); Bethany Greene (school girl); and Selah Welchel (school girl).
Tickets are $8 for students and children and $15 for adults. Premium seating tickets are $20. One free ticket is available to NGU students with an NGU ID.
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