Reviews of Jane Eyre
Review: Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama
Pacifica student reviews Brethren Christian production.
By MEGAN PETKOVIC
For THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
In a dark and lonely manor with eerie laughter floating
through its halls, an unconventional love affair begins
to bloom in Brethren Christian's dynamic production of
"Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama."
Based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte, "Jane
Eyre" follows the life of a young woman who conquers her
adversarial circumstances to ultimately find love and
acceptance. When Jane, a poor orphan with a blunt tongue
and an iron will, falls in love with the mysterious Mr.
Rochester, they must fight societal conventions and the
secrets of Rochester's past to prove themselves "brave
enough for love."
Kelsey Coleman and Patrick Quinn bring comic relief to
the somber drama as Mrs. Fairfax and Robert,
respectively. Coleman's wild gestures and loud,
incongruous retorts upon first meeting Jane immediately
establish the bubbly and lovably deaf nature of her
role, while Quinn's irritated expressions and biting
remarks show his character's disgruntled attitude toward
his servile position.
Taylor Lardas is both captivating and fearsome as
Bertha, the mad wife of Rochester. Her inane singing,
frenzied pacing and wild appearance make her performance
hauntingly bestial. In contrast to her untamed nature is
the stolid and unmovable disposition of Grace Poole,
played by Amanda Martin. Martin's drunken stagger and
glowering looks legitimize Jane's nervous interactions
with her character.
Nicole Braun rises to the challenge of capturing the
complicated role of Jane Eyre. When around the other
more dynamic and vivacious characters, her stiff posture
and blank expression establish a quiet stage presence
that accentuates Jane's silently resolved nature. In her
solitary moments on stage, however, a new persona shines
out. Her subtly passionate tones and anguished
expression establish the caged emotions of her
Equally as expressive is Ryan Stong as the enigmatic
Edward Rochester. His powerful, impassioned voice and
brooding looks demonstrate a fiery yet self-contained
demeanor that supplements the conflicted emotions of his
role. In "The Gypsy," he proves to be as skillful at
capturing comedic situations as he is at capturing the
many dramatic moments of the show. Throughout the
performance, both Braun and Stong consistently exhibit a
very real and effective romance in their emotional duets
In the end, the show successfully transports the
audience into the alluring world of Charlotte Bronte.
With realistic characters and emotional songs, the cast
of Brethren Christian's "Jane Eyre: a Musical Drama"
powerfully captures a story that shows that everyone has
a "hope of heaven."
Megan Petkovic attends Pacifica High School.
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