Dearest Jane! who could have done less for her?


This made our icy tar-coated heart melt like an ice cream cone in the sun.

Blue Ridge Community College student Madeline Delp rolls across the Patton Auditorium stage in her wheelchair while rehearsing the role of Miss Jane Bennet in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.”

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Then, in this her final semester at BRCC, Delp discovered that the drama department would produce a stage version of one of her favorite books — “Pride and Prejudice.” She decided she simply had to be a part of it.

Encouraged by English instructor Sam Sonnier and other faculty members, she approached Treadway, director of the drama program at BRCC, asking if it would be possible for her to audition for a part.

Without any hesitation, Treadway said yes. Delp was cast, and Treadway began to work with student services and the maintenance department to make all the necessary arrangements.

We hope Mr. Bingley appreciates this fiesty version of Jane Bennet. Performances at the college in North Carolina started yesterday and continue throughout the month. If any Gentle Readers attend, we would love a report or review.

3 thoughts on “Dearest Jane! who could have done less for her?

  1. Baja Janite

    That’s terrific! Madeline Delp might have been a perfect Elizabeth Bennet as well.

    “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

    Bully for her!


    • Bobby Simcox

      I’m actually in this show as a ball guest and part of the set moving crew. It is an absolutely wonderful show and Madeline makes the PERFECT Jane. Courtney Creasman is our Elizabeth and she has done a phenomonal job! If anyone reading this is able to attend and would like to reserve tickets just leave a comment below. Not only do we have Madeline in her chair onstage. We also have a service dog on stage and she has worked right into the show! This show is pushing boundaries and making a name for Blue Ridge Community College. Thank you all for posting this article 🙂


      • Hi Bobby,

        Thanks so much for your post! I wish I lived closer to NC so I could come and see your show–it sounds wonderful. Love the service dog worked into the play!


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