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Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Gothic novel will be unveiled on Jan. 31 at Wood-Mar Hall auditorium

"Jane Eyre," the story turned into a Tony Award-winning musical of a girl antagonized by her aunt and exiled to an orphan school for girls, is the George Fox University theater troupe's winter project, set to be unveiled to the public later this month.

The play is a musical adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Gothic novel. Originally written in 1847, the novel tells Jane Eyre's story, the tale of an abandoned child who suffers mistreatment in an orphanage before meeting a young girl that changes her life forever. Later, as governess of Thornfield Hall, she then meets a mysterious and powerful man with a dark secret who also has a profound impact on her life.

"Like Jane, Brontë was able to rise above many of the oppressive social ideas and practices of Victorian society," said Rhett Luedtke, GFU theater professor and director of the play. "As a semi-autobiographical novel, 'Jane Eyre' serves as a social critique of its times while also celebrating perseverance, love and forgiveness. The musical, like the novel, celebrates Jane's fierce independence, tenacity and compassion while reminding us what it means to be faithful and authentic in our own circumstances."

The cast features junior Hope Bellinger in the lead role, senior Brent Townley as Rochester, senior Hannah Strawn as Blanche Ingram, junior Karsten Montgomery as Mr. Brocklehurst, senior Cora Beeman as Helen Burns and Mary Ingram, freshman Kate Bloomquist as Grace Pool, senior Brooke Larson as Mrs. Fairfax, senior Lauren Vander Aarde as Lady Ingram, and senior Nathaniel Read as Mr. Eshton.

The play premiers Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 3, then again Feb. 7-10 in the university's historic Wood-Mar Hall auditorium. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., except for two Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors and GFU alumni and $8 for students and children younger than 12 years old. They may be purchased online at theatre.georgefox.edu or at the box office, located in the Bruin Store, or at the lobby box office one hour prior to each production.

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