Jane Eyre Cast details and Audition pieces Ladies Jane Eyre: Jane is a strong-willed and passionate young woman but outwardly quiet, watchful and shy. The actress who plays her should not be physically attractive in an obvious way, but instead should have a beauty born of calmness, humor and strength. Age: 18-30 Alto/Mezzo - F sharp below middle C to E a 10th above
Dialogue: Prologue P1, Act 1 sc5 p35-37 Act 1 sc6 p42-43, Act 2 sc5 p95 Vocal: Number 7 – Sweet Liberty (Bar 50 – end), Number 19 – Secret Soul (bar 1 – 67), Number 28 – Painting a portrait (Bar 159-end)
Mrs Fairfax: Rochester’s elderly relation and the house-keeper of Thornfield Hall. This is essentially a comic role, though the comedy should never be over-done. The character is fussy, garrulous, kind-hearted and deaf. She has two major songs which are comedic in style Age: 50-75 Vocal Range: Alto. - F below middle C to C an octave above.
Dialogue: Act 1sc4 p26-27, p31-34 Vocal: Number 9 – Perfectly nice (Bar 1-32)
Blanche Ingram: The clever, sophisticated and stunningly beautiful lady who we believe is to be married to Rochester. The actress playing the part must have wit and grace and charm, but her chief attraction must be a fabulous soprano voice. Age: 20-30 Vocal Range: Coloratura soprano. Doubling possibilities: One of the older school-girls at Lowood.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc2 p16 (Jane), Act 1 sc9 p63-p64 Vocal: Number 22 – Finer things (Bar60-end)
Mrs Reed: Jane’s aunt. She is a middle-aged woman of a cold and over-bearing nature. The actress playing her must be able to convey a brittle strength which turns to madness and vulnerability on her death-bed in the second act Age: 45-60 Vocal Range: Mezzo - Eb above middle C to F an octave above Doubling possibilities: Can be doubled with one of the older aristocratic women - Lady Ingram or Mrs. Dent.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc1 p3&4, Act 2 sc10 p116 – p118 Vocal: Number 2 – Children of God (Bar58-66 inc. Brocklehurst lines)
Miss Scatcherd: A teacher at Lowood. A hard-faced and embittered middle-aged woman whose nature has been warped by dogged obedience to Mr. Brocklehurst and a natural distrust of anything unusual or imaginative. Age: 35-60 Vocal Range: Mezzo - D above middle C to D an octave higher. Doubling possibilities: Could double with Bertha Mason and either Mrs. Dent or Lady Ingram.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc2 P16-17 Act 1 sc3 p21-22 Vocal: Number 2 – Children of God (Bar58-66 Brocklehurst and Mrs Reed lines)
Grace Poole: Bertha Mason’s minder and nurse. This is a difficult role for a good actress, who must suggest to the audience that there is a danger and mystery about Grace that may even include the possibility that she is the mad arsonist of Jane’s worst fears. Age: 30-60 Vocal Range: Mezzo. Doubling possibilities: Could double with Miss Scatcherd, or Mrs Reed.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc8 p56-58 Vocal: Number 32 – Chestnut tree (All)
Bertha Mason: Rochester’s mad wife, kept in the attic of Thornfield Hall. Strangely beautiful but criminally deranged bride Age: 30+ Vocal Range: Mezzo - middle C sharp to C sharp an octave higher. Doubling possibilities: Doubles well with Miss Scatcherd at Lowood School, and/or one of the older aristocratic women - Lady Ingram or Mrs Dent.
Dialogue: Act 2 sc 8 p106 – 107 (no dialogue, just the action in the stage directions) Vocal: Number 35 Behind the door (Bar 22-29 with scream)
Guests(Mary, Lady Ingram, Louisa, Amy, Mrs Dent): Vocal: As Ensemble Mary Ingram: Blanche’s sister - sharp-faced and catty, constantly smirking under her breath at someone else¹s expense. Age: 18-25 Doubling possibilities: Doubles with Helen Burns, or a Schoolgirl at Lowood.
Dialogue: As Blanche p63-64 (‘Edward whois this... ‘to – ‘Baroness Ingram of Ingram park?’)
Lady Ingram: Blanche Ingram’s mother. An amply proportioned woman who wears an expression of almost insupportable haughtiness, her eyes fierce and hard and her voice deep, pompous and dogmatical. Age: 50-70 Doubling possibilities: Doubles well with Mrs. Reed. Could also double with Miss Scatcherd
Dialogue: Mrs Reed Act 1 sc1 p3&4
Louisa Eshton: Mr Eshton’s elder daughter - she is not unattractive but very myopic and a little slow on the uptake. Age: 20-30 Doubling possibilities: Can double with Helen Burns or a Schoolgirl at Lowood.
Dialogue: As ensemble
Amy Eshton: Mr Eshton’s younger daughter - pretty, child-like and naïve. Age: 20-25 Doubling possibilities: Can double with Helen Burns or a Schoolgirl at Lowood.
Dialogue: As ensemble
Mrs Dent: The wife of Colonel Dent - a pale, fair-haired, sweet-natured middle-aged woman, utterly under the mighty thumb of Lady Ingram. Age: 40-60 Doubling possibilities: Doubles well with Miss Scatcherd. Can also double with Grace Poole or Bertha Mason.
Dialogue: As ensemble
Ensemble: Teachers, servants, narrators – used to set scenes whilst the action continues Dialogue: Act 1 sc4 p25 (All ensemble lines) Vocal: Number 39a – Transition to Gateshead Solo Ensemble: Number 32 – chestnut tree (All)
Jane Eyre Cast details and Audition pieces Children Young Jane: This is a good part for a gifted child actress. Young Jane is strong and willful and full of soul. Age: 10 Vocal Range: Mezzo - D above middle C to D an octave higher.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc1p7-8 p12-15 Vocal: Number 6 – Graveside scene (Bar112 – 133)
Helen Burns – : Helen Burns is Jane’s close friend at the Lowood School. She endures her miserable life there with a passive dignity that Jane cannot understand. Her song ‘Forgiveness’ is very hard to sing, so if a child plays the part she must be a truly accomplished singer Age: 14-18 Vocal Range: Mezzo - A below middle C to C sharp an octave above. Doubling possibilities: she can double with one of the younger aristocratic ladies - Amy Eshton or Mary Ingram.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc1 P10-11 and p15-16 Vocal: Number 3 – Forgiveness (Beginning to Bar 61)
Adele – This part needs a clever, funny and sweet-natured child actress, capable of playing a pretty, self-dramatizing and vain little French coquette. Age: 8-10 Doubling possibilities: A Schoolgirl at Lowood.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc7 p44-47 Vocal: As girls
Girls of Lowood School: Lowood is a school for girls of all ages from 8 to 18. They should be in uniform attire but not of uniform personality. Age: 8-18 Vocal Range: Mezzo - D above middle C to E an octave higher.
Vocal: Number 2 – Children of God (Bar 1 -43)
John Reed: Mrs. Reed’s horrible little son, cruel, manipulative and violent. Age: 12-17 Doubling possibilities: Servant at Thornfield, Tedo ingram
Dialogue: Act 1 prologue p1 – p3
Jane Eyre Cast details and Audition pieces Gentlemen Rochester: Jane’s employer and the master of Thornfield. Rochester is intelligent, sophisticated and a powerful male presence. He has been greatly damaged by life and is therefore quite prickly and demanding, but he has a keen sense of humor and a graceful and engaging personality. Like Jane, he need not be particularly handsome - he should rather be strong and dark and just a little frightening to all but Jane. Age: About 35+ Vocal Range: High Baritone - B an octave below middle C to a big G above Doubling possibilities: None
Dialogue: Act 1 sc5 p35-37, Act 1 sc6 p42-43, Act 1 sc10 p72-73 Vocal: Number 16 – Good as you (Bar 54-end), Number 25 – Sirens (Bar 43-58), Number 30 – Gypsy (Bar 33-101)
Mr Brocklehurst: The owner of Lowood School. He must be an imposing and frightening figure to Young Jane - coldeyed, zealous and pontifical. Age: 30-60 Vocal Range: High Baritone - D below middle C to G above. Doubling possibilities: He could be doubled with one character out of Colonel Dent, Mr Eshton, Mr Mason, or the Butler at Thornfield. An interesting thematic double is St. John Rivers, the other religiously driven character.
Dialogue: Act 1 sc 1 p7-8, p11-12 Vocal: Number 1 – prologue (Bar57-69)
Richard Mason: Bertha Mason’s brother. He is a gentleman, well-off and well educated but a weak man. Age: 40-60 Vocal Range: Tenor - C below middle C to G above. Doubling possibilities: Could be doubled with Mr. Brocklehurst.
Dialogue: As per St. John Vocal: Number 27 – Bertha bites Mason (Bar 1-16)
Vicar: His function in the play is to preside over the abortive wedding between Jane and Rochester and then witness Rochester’s subsequent confession. Age: 40- 70 Doubling possibilities: Mr. Brocklehurst, and/or one of the aristocrats - Colonel Dent or Mr Eshton.
Dialogue: Act 2 sc 7 p104 - 105 St. John Rivers: The curate of the parish of Gateshead, caring for Mrs Reed at her death. St.John (pronounced Sinjun) is passionately devoted to his Christian faith and duty. He should be appealing and handsome. Age: 25-35 Vocal Range: Tenor/High baritone - C below middle C to G above middle C. Doubling possibilities: Doubles with any of the other male roles except the Vicar at Thornfield. Possible thematic double with Mr. Brocklehurst.
Dialogue: Act 2 sc11 p121 – 123 Vocal: Number 41 – The call (Bar1 – 46)
Robert: The Butler at Thornfield. Robert is dry and intelligent and kind, a martyr to Mrs. Fairfax’s whims, deafness and dottiness. An understanding and reliable servant to Rochester. Age: 30-50 Doubling possibilities: Could double with Mr. Brocklehurst or with St. John Rivers.
Dialogue: As Ensemble Vocal: As solo Ensemble
Guests (Tedo, Mr Eshton, Col Dent): Vocal: As Ensemble Tedo Ingram: Blanche Ingram’s brother. He is languid and self-important and in a state of almost constant boredom. Age: 20-30, but could be younger. Doubling possibilities: Doubles well with John Reed,
Dialogue: As per John Reed
Mr Eshton: The local magistrate- a charming but ineffectual middle-aged widower. Age: 50-60 Doubling possibilities: Can double with St. John Rivers, or the Vicar at Thornfield, and/or Mr. Brocklehurst.
Dialogue: As per vicar
Colonel Dent: A choleric old campaigner with an eye for the young women. Age: 55-70 Doubling possibilities: Doubles well with Mr. Brocklehurst. Can also double with St. John Rivers or The Vicar of Thornfield.
Dialogue: As per vicar
Ensemble: servants, Narrators – used to set scenes whilst the action continues Dialogue: Act 1 sc4 p25 (All ensemble lines) Vocal: Number 39a – Transition to Gateshead Solo Ensemble singing: Number 32 – chestnut tree (All)