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Student Brings Emily Dickinson to Life

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One girl is bringing Emily Dickinson back to life...

and she's setting the stage as a one-woman show.

Rebekah Gross knew she wanted to be an actress ever since she was three years old.

Now a Sophomore at the University of Mary, she discovered her love for Emily Dickinson when required to research an author as part of a school project.

Her professor, Dr. Jamieson Ridenhour noticed her interest in Dickinson and gave her the script for "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman play.

He told her if she could memorize the 95 page script over the summer, she could perform it

...and she did.

"I think just watching the play develop and watcher her develop the character. It is always gratifying when a student connects with a piece of literature. I rarely see a student connect as completely with a poet as she has and I feel like she has grown as an actress tremendously during this process and that's been a lot of fun to watch," says Dr. Jamieson Ridenhour, Director of The Belle of Amherst.

Rebekah is in the final stages of her dress rehearsals and she says she's ready for her performance.

She has lived and breathed Emily Dickinson and spent months researching and learning everything there is to know about her.

"I'm excited to bring Emily Dickinson back to life. I'm excited to let the audience know who she was or what I think she was and I'm excited to just have people get to know her better," says Rebekah Gross, Plays Emily Dickinson.

The public is invited to the Former Governors' Mansion in Bismarck on October 11 and 12 at 7:30pm to see Rebekah's one-woman performance.

The play is free and she'll also be performing the play in Wilton, Ellendale, and Wahpeton.

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