Dordt College News

Dordt Theatre to present Jane Eyre

February 14, 2006

The Dordt College Theatre Department will present the stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre, at the TePaske Theatre in Sioux Center Feb. 23-March 4. Jane Eyre

Five evening performances and a Saturday matinee will be presented, giving everyone in the region the opportunity to rediscover this classic tale, considered by many as one of the great love stories of all time.

Jane Eyre is essentially one woman’s search for identity and her quest to free herself from the repressive expectations of the Victorian era. This stage adaptation re-envisions the character of Bertha (the mad wife of Mr. Rochester in the novel) as a character that crosses between imagination and reality, representing Eyre’s repressed alter ego.

Justine Moelker (Chatham, Ontario) plays the title role of Jane Eyre, while Laurel Koerner (Sioux Center) plays the role of Bertha. Marcus Roskamp (Edgerton, Minn.) plays duo roles of Edward Rochester and John Reed. Other student performers are Andrea De Jong (Sioux Center), Amy Blok (Lynden, Wash.), Jonathon Shaffstall (West Milford, N.J.), Andrea LeMahieu (Frankfort, Ill.), and Paul Krygsman (Sioux Center).

Director Teresa Ter Haar said several actors in the production play more than one character by subtle costuming changes or voice alterations. She recommends children attending be of middle-school age or older to grasp the plot and staging.

Evening performances will be presented Feb. 23, 24, 25, March 3 and 4, with curtain time at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Saturday, Feb. 4.

Reserved seating is available on-line at the box office or call the box office at 712-722-6430 weekdays between 1-5 or 7-9 p.m.

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