Calvin Theatre Company of Calvin College presents the drama Precious Bane, November 2-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 PM.
Directed by Natalie Carmolli, Precious Bane is based on the 1924 novel of the same name by Mary Webb. Set in Shropshire, England, it is a tale of loves lost and found in the wild countryside of the early nineteenth-century. It is a story of ambition, prejudice, hatred, and the redemptive power of love. The play is set against a rural backdrop where mysticism, superstition and native folklore played an important role in land whose residents eked out a living under the harshest conditions. Prudence Sarn, born with a harelip and feared and scorned as a witch and outcast, possesses a passionate heart and spirit. Convinced by her brother, Gideon, that she has no hope a marriage and a family, she indentures herself to him and agrees to subjugate her own dreams to further his ambitious ends. As their story unfolds, Prue is torn between her loyalty to her brother and her love for the traveling weaver, a man who sees beyond her “affliction” to the strength and beauty in her heart.
The cast, consisting of Calvin College students, is led by Caroline Jordan who plays Prue Older, the narrator who weaves the story of her life in this memory-play.
Younger Prue Sarn is played by Hannah Koning bane, her brother Gideon Sarn is played by Zach Renauldo and his love-interest Jancis Beguildy is played by Julia Verstraete.
Rounding out the Sarn household are Kyle Jocham, who takes on the role of Feyther/Old Callard and Mother is played by Kayla Cooper.
Jancis’ father, the Wizard Beguildy, a man more committed to his wizardry and spells than to his fields and crops, is played by Josh Ashkinazi. His wife, Mrs. Beguildy is played by Kat Fenn.
Playing prominently into the story, Kester Woodseaves, played by Joshua Boers. Kester is a skilled itinerant weaver, making his living by traveling through Shropshire, weaving in the homes and farms. Intelligent and compassionate, he falls in love with Prue and protects her from the superstitious mob of townspeople.
Rounding out the cast is Katie Rozendal as Tivvy, AJ Rizer and Carly Byrnes as Mr. and Mrs. Grimble, Jake Boers as Huglet, AJ Swank as Dorabella, Reagan Rohls as Squire Camperdine, townspeople Kimberly Vrengdenhil and Aurora Krueger, and James Kulaga who takes on two roles, Parson and Doctor.
Tickets for Precious Bane can be obtained on the Calvin website, or at the Calvin Box Office on the first floor of the Covenant Fine Arts Center or by calling 616-526-6282. Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted.
Patrons may also buy tickets the night of performances at the ticket counter outside the theater. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, students tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Performances are at the Gezon auditorium on the Calvin Campus.