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St. Norbert College Announces the Spring Production of Bronte

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From St. Norbert College, March 19, 2019
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

The St. Norbert College theatre program will present Polly Teale’s play, “Brontë,” beginning Friday, April 5, and running through Saturday, April 13, in Webb Theatre in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus.

All shows will be held at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee performance on the April 7, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the cast and crew.

The play explores the lives of the Brontë sisters, who became well-known writers at a time when women often submitted their works to publishers under male pen names in hopes of publication. Living in isolation on the Yorkshire Moors, we see the sisters struggle to find a place in the publishing industry as well as among each other. Teale’s script weaves scenes of both imagination and reality as the characters of Bertha from “Jane Eyre” and Cathy from “Wuthering Heights” come to life, mirroring parts of their authors' personalities that can only be explored through their fiction.

The show is directed by Stephen Rupsch, associate dean for visual and performing arts and associate professor of theatre studies. Heading up design for the show is April Beiswenger, associate professor of theatre, scenographer and director of theatre studies; Corey Pinchart technical director; and Brittney Roffers, assistant technical director. This is the same team that brought audiences last summer’s musical, “Mary Poppins.”

Students in the cast and crew include: Julia Camarillo (Berwyn, Ill.), Mercedes Danforth (Green Bay, Wis.), Samm Dick (La Valle, Wis.), John Dicks (Lake Villa, Ill.), Will Fischer (Green Bay, Wis.), Savanna Frisque (Green Bay, Wis.), Marissa Helchen (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Janie Janczakowski (Howard, Wis.), Fatima Qaim Khani (Sindh, Pakistan), Maddy Kuehl (Ashwaubenon, Wis.), Trent Larson (Hortonville, Wis.), KaCie Ley (De Pere, Wis.), Faryal Muzaffar (Islamabad, Pakistan), Katy Verheyden (De Pere, Wis.), Jackie Vinopal (Hurley, Wis.), Tanner Witthuhn (Seymour, Wis.), Ben Wylie (Appleton, Wis.) and Jack Zampino (Milwaukee, Wis.).

Tickets are on sale now. Advance prices with fees are $16 adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets online, visit
For more information, contact the St. Norbert College ticket office at (920) 403-3950, or visit

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