By Robert Johanson
Directed by Sierra Nibbe
Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Bronte and was actually her only novel. Today it is regarded as one of the top five classics in English Literature. Narrarated by Nelly Dean, who was a servant at Wuthering Heights, the show follows the story of Heathcliff and his ever enduring love for Catherine. The show is set in 18th Century England among the hilly moors. Mr. Earnshaw, owner of Wuthering Heights, brings home an orphan from Liverpool. He names the boy Heathcliff and he is raised with the Earnshaw children, Hindley and Catherine. Catherine loves Heathcliff and the two become inseperable, but Hindley hates him because it appears Heathcliff has replaced Hindley in Mr. Earnshaw’s affection. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Hindley does what he can to destroy Heathcliff, but Catherine and Heathcliff grow up playing wildly on the moors, oblivious of anything or anyone else—until they encounter the Lintons. Edgar and Isabella Linton live at Thrushcross Grange and are the complete opposites of Heathcliff and Catherine. After being injured one night on the Linton's property, the Lintons take her in and shut Heathcliff out. During this time the Lintons transfrom Catherine from the wild girl she was to a into a well behaved, well dressed young lady. With his only friend gone, Heathcliff feels even more like an outsider and begins to plot his plan for revenge. This plan then becomes the center of the plot. When Heathcliff discovers Edgar has proposed and Catherine has accepted, he leaves for three years. In that time Catherine has married Edgar Linton and when Heathcliff returns, he is a completely different man. He has attained wealth, and he too has transformed into a man of status. When Catherine dies, Heathcliff flies into a passionate rage. He vows revenge and does not care who he hurts while executing it. He desires to gain control of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange and to destroy everything Edgar Linton holds dear. Through a series of events, Heathcliff achieves his goal. Through all this, though, the ghost of Catherine haunts Heathcliff. He is never happy. What he truly desires more than anything else is to be reunited with his soul mate. At the end of the story, Catherine and Heathliff are united in death.
It is one of the literary world's great works brought to life on the stage. Full of wonderful emotions, parallelism, and intriguing twists, this is sure to be a show that will capture your heart!
Produced by Verona Area High School at 300 Richard Street, Verona, WI
Performances: March 14-16, 2008
Performance Times: Performs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00. Information about the show and tickets can be found by calling our box office or by visiting our website at www.vahstheatre.com
Ticket Prices: $8.00
Call 608-845-4488 for reservations or more information.