Hunter Thiers (Jane Eyre)
Hunter is so excited to be a part of The 413 Project’s Jane Eyre. A recent graduate of the NYU Tisch school of acting, Hunter has been acting since she was nine years old, and, fun fact, Jane Eyre is her favorite book. Some of her previous credits include Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Aquata in The Little Mermaid, and most recently, Sam in Rachel Keteyian’s short film, Catfish. When she isn’t on the stage, you can find her at the beach, at the yoga studio, or playing guitar. She would like to thank her parents for being so supportive of everything she has done, especially her mother who is her best friend. She would also like to thank The 413 Project for this wonderful opportunity!
Reese McCulloch (Young Jane/Helen US)
This is Reese's debut with The 413 Project. She has performed regionally as Cindy Lou Who (2017) in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and as Melissa Peters and Elly Randolph u/s (2018) in Clint Black's Looking for Christmas (The Old Globe). She has also played an orphan and Annie u/s (2018) in Annie (Patio Playhouse); Young Nala (2018) in The Lion King and a Lost Boy (2017) in Peter Pan (Mt. Helix Academy); Children's chorus (2015) in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Christian Youth Theater).
Robin Thompson (Mr. Rochester)
No stranger to The Grand Tea Room, Robin has previously appeared here as Algy in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Col. Brandon in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, and, most recently, as Gillette in THE GAME’S AFOOT, which he also directed. Other favorite credits around San Diego include Holmes in BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, Paul in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Freddie in NOISES OFF, Oliver in RETURN ENGAGEMENTS, Sam in A FEW GOOD MEN, Teddy in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and Count Gregor in FOOLS. Many thanks are due the support of his wife, Mandie, and adorable sons, Ian and Elliot.
Grayson Lea (St. John Rivers/Ensemble)
Grayson is a college student currently enrolled at Palomar Community College, where he studies theatre performing arts with hopes of becoming an actor. This show will be his second theatre performance since starting this journey, beginning in Legally Blonde: the Musical. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support in his endeavors, as well as everyone watching and hopes you will enjoy the show as much as he enjoys performing in it!
Dawne Ellison (Mrs Fairfax)
Dawne Ellison is relatively new to the San Diego Theater scene. She is delighted to be involved with the 413 Project. Dawne has participated in Theater World at OSHER, UCSD for two years. She last played Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music at The Grand Warner in July. She is a Screen Actors Guild member and has performed all over the world in musical theater. Besides having a BFA in dance and a masters in Science, her biggest asset by far is her family. .
Kelly Saunders (Blanche Ingram/Mary Rivers/Jane US)
Kelly is a local actress and singer from North County San Diego. She just wrapped up a production of “Memories of Best Friends” at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego. She also recently acted in Blake McCarty’s “Untold” highlighting the importance of mental illness awareness in Oceanside and acted/directed in the YouTube Webseries, “Patchies.” She is excited to be a part of 413 Project’s production of the classic and enduring story, “Jane Eyre,” as Blanche Ingram and Mary Rivers.
Heather McKenzie (Mrs Reed/Bertha)
Heather returns to the stage after a long hiatus. Once she was the High School theater force to be reckoned with starring in great roles such as Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Miss Skillon in See How they Run, Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress and Maggie in Barefoot in the Park. She is excited to be returning to theatre as Mrs Reed alongside her daughter Lavender. However, her most rewarding role in this life is as Mom to her 3 amazing kids.
Greg Chobotov (Mr. Brocklehurst/Ens.)
Greg is fairly new to theater, with “Jane Eyre” being his second play. He grew up in Santa Rosa, CA and moved to Carlsbad over a year ago. He discovered his love of theater while taking an introductory theater course at MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA. His first theater production was “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” at the Village Church Community Theater, in which he played the mischievous but loyal pirate Sneak. In addition to theater acting, Greg has also been doing voice-acting over the past few months, having been in a few story-driven podcasts.
Lavender Forester (Adele/Young Jane US)
Adele is Lavender’s first lead role and she is so excited for the opportunity to speak with a French accent! Lavender first gravitated towards dancing before switching to theater which has since become her true passion. Her recent credits include: Night on Broadway, Scrooge and Thoroughly Modern Millie with Community Players Theatre. When not performing, Lavender loves to play with her friends, dribble a basketball, gymnastics and anything social. Lavender doesn’t know a stranger and lights up every room with her bright eyes, smile and enormous love for everyone. She would like to thank her mom and the Phelps for always driving her to rehearsal!
Britlynn Lee (Helen Burns)
Britlynn age 11, is thrilled to perform the role of Helen. Her prior roles have been Bird in “Frog and Toad”, Goose in “The Secret Garden” and an orphan in “Annie”, among others. Britlynn performs as often as the opportunity presents and loves to sing and dance on stage. Homeschooling affords her the time to explore possibilities in the arts and education. When not acting, she enjoys gymnastics, painting and traveling. Britlynn is thankful to her mother [who is also in Jane Eyre] for opening her eyes to the world of theatre
Sophia Wright (Mary Ingram/Diana Rivers)
Sophie has been performing in theatre for over a decade and some of her most notable roles have been Hermia in a Midsummer's Dream and Cinderella in Into the Woods. To Sophie theatre is about creating a different world and experiencing lives of others to broaden her world view. She believes that without theatre she would not be the person she is today. Sophie would like to thank her fellow cast and crew for the opportunity to be in Jane Eyre and to all of her past directors and cast mates who have guided her along her journey.
Juliette Lee (Lady Ingram/Grace Poole/Mrs Reed US)
After a long break from acting, Juliette Lee is back and overjoyed to perform in Jane Eyre. She has enjoyed roles such as Maggie Cutler in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and Jean in “Night Must Fall”. Her passion for acting has extended to her three children, one of whom is performing alongside her as Adele/Young Jane/Helen. Juliette is also a biology and mathematics teacher - since the classroom is also a stage. She is grateful to the 413 Project for allowing her this opportunity to perform in this moving gothic play, and to God for His inspiration for acting
Ryan Robins (Mr. Mason/Ensemble)
Ryan is honored to join the cast of Jane Eyre for his first performance with The 413 Project. Though he has enjoyed acting since he was a child, he only stepped onto the stage last December as Scrooge’s Nephew in “Scrooge: The Musical” (Community Player’s Theater). He has also appeared in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at CPT, and is set to perform as [WILL FILL IN AFTER CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT] in “Taming of the Shrew”. When not acting, he is typically busy being one of many varieties of nerd.
He would like to thank God and The 413 Project for this amazing opportunity, and all of you for attending.