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BVN Repertory Theatre Presents “Jane Eyre: The Musical”

I’ve seen a lot of musical theatre, but I don’t think I’ve ever said, “wow” as many times as I did throughout Blue Valley North’s production of “Jane Eyre”. Over the course of two hours, this cast of high school students told the story of a young woman who faces trial after trial and through the course of the show, finds love. I was expecting a good show, but I wasn’t expecting something as extraordinary as what I saw tonight.

There was not a weak link in this cast. There was never one moment when I was cringing in my seat at a slip up or pitchy note. Each cast member was confident in their role, and therefore, every role was made important. From the school girls to Jane Eyre herself, each actor brought an emotion to their role that is a rare occurrence to see at a high school level. The ensemble worked as one unit to move the story along smoothly and professionally, leaving no dull moments in the show.

Along with the actors, the lighting, sets and music were absolutely fantastic. Lighting is extremely important, and I feel as though every lighting choice was beautifully chosen and executed perfectly. The sets were on and off quickly and professionally due to the efficiency of the cast and crew, not causing any delays or accidents. The design complemented the actors well and was the perfect fit for the production. The orchestra, consisting of Julie Danielson, Sean McCray, Kristen Xu and Vaugh Gessley, was gorgeous. Always on cue, this pit knew what they were doing, and they did a marvelous job.

I want to pay special notice to Elie Laville and Lexi Pudvan. Laville is the model leading man, bringing such intense emotion and a driving force every time he steps on stage. Playing the demanding Edward Fairfax Rochester, Laville’s acting and singing keeps the audience mesmerized,  whether he is shouting at his horse or pretending to be a gypsy woman. Pudvan, playing the title lead, is nothing less than phenomenal. Right from the get-go, she has the audience hooked, telling us her life story. With her amazing vocals and wonderful stage presence, Pudvan brings a certain kind of purity to her character that is often lost throughout the course of musical theatre.

I could not of thought of a better way to spend an evening. If you have the opportunity to see this show, take it. You will regret not getting to experience this amazing work of art. To the cast and crew, bravo. I thoroughly enjoyed all your hard work, and I wish you the very best as you close Friday night.

Charlotte Brontë would have been very pleased.

Until next time,


How to Treat PSD (Post-Show Depression

Ah, the Monday after a show weekend. It’s like you forget how to function without wearing dance shoes for hours, singing all day, and putting on gallons of make-up. But, all good things must come to an end. PSD, aka, Post-Show Depression, is an illness all actors face at one point or another, and becomes more severe depending on how the show turns out. After six years of doing musical theater, I have learned a few ways to help relieve the pain of PSD.

 1) CryaiZY29n

Yeah, it’s okay to sit and cry for a bit. It’s sad when you have to end a chapter of your life that was really fun. Plus, you’re exhausted, and sometimes it’s good to let out any frustrations and exhaustion through some tears. Watch Les Mis if you need help to get the water works going.

469480781cbcf128fad8d23fc1eb29b92) Sleep

There is no way that you go enough sleep this past week (or month, depending on the run of the show). So, sleep! Your body and brain will thank you after you catch some much earned zzz’s.


3) Distract yourself with the chores/homework that you blew off 

I’m in the middle of doing this myself. Just like sleep, you and I both know that you blew off something important stuff this week. While your mom might understand you blowing off doing the dishes for a few days, your teachers might not be that understanding. I spent some quality time in the studio today catching up on my art project for my drawing class, and tonight, I will be catching up on some math. Not the most fun, but it’s a good distraction.

tumblr_mzbdn3cKTD1r9ir65o2_5004) Stay in contact with your cast mates

Just because the show ended doesn’t mean that you have to stop talking to your friends! You just spent the last few months bonding with these people, so give them a call! Hang out! Share show memories, and repeat step one if needed.

5) Sign up for another show

No two shows are alike. Each show holds new things to be discovered, and while the last show might have been wonderful, who knows what’s in store with the next one! Come on, you know you want to! You can’t keep the theater person off the stage for too long before they go a little bonkers.

To anyone going through PSD, it does get better. While sometimes I miss shows, even from a few years back, there’s always a new adventure to look forward to. So let PSD run it’s course, but don’t let it keep you down for too long! Something will be coming, and though you don’t know what it is, I bet it’s gonna be great.

West Side Story - Something's Coming

Until Next Time,