Young Jane Eyre

Venture youths take on Bronte classic

May 06, 2011 12:15 am

Venture Theatre Youth Conservatory will present “Young Jane Eyre,” based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte, opening on Friday, May 6, in the Venture’s Roebling Theatre, 2317 Montana Ave. The play is adapted by Marisha Chamberlain and Venture’s production is directed by Wanda Morales.

In this adaptation of the first nine chapters of Bronte’s masterpiece, 13-year-old Jane Eyre is driven from Gateshead Manor, where she lives as a despised poor relation, to a harshly disciplined boarding school where she nevertheless makes true friends, faces her past, and prepares herself for an independent future as a governess.

The play features Mariah Welch as young Jane Eyre. Starting with her early tormenters, Mrs. Reed is played by Amy Sullivan and Master John is portrayed by Zac Anderson. Other supporting players include: Dawn Carter, as Miss Temple; Sarah Holm, as Miss Scatchard; Jenifer Mahan, as Miss Miller; Bobbi Kupfner, as Madame Pierrot; Sara Fischer, as Miss Harden; Grace Iverson, as Barbara; Chris Decker, as Coachmen; and Patrick Wilson, as Doctor.

The Brokelhorst family is played by Dan Mills-Low, Jennifer Lillian, McKenzie Watterson, Katelyn Weldon, Josiah Mahan and Finn Bentler.

The cast is rounded out by Delaney Harrington, Emerald Hart, Brianna West, Jessica Anderson, Jordyn Armstrong, Clara Bentler, Nicole Ferestad, Kayla Fischer, Kendra Fischer, Mackenzy Gilsdorf, Esabeau Harrington, Kenzie Kay, Lauren Maxwell, Kylan Mills-Low, Virginia Lynn Montague, Victoria Shay, Alli Soelter, Abianne Walter, Cassie Roach, Alisha Bernhard, Michelle Porta and Erin Watson.

Tickets are $10 and are available at or by calling 591-9535. Performances run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 8, and a 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, May 12.