Maya Hlava with Joshua Moaney (left) and John Henry Roberts (right) at a rehearsal of Lifeline Theatre’s “Jane Eyre." Photo by Robert Kauzlaric.

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Willard fifth-grader Maya Lou Hlava will play Helen in Lifeline Theatre’s season-opening production of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” Adapted by ensemble member Christina Calvit, the play is a fresh update of the classic tale of Jane, who finds purpose as a governess and then trouble in a passionate relationship with the secretive Mr. Rochester. “Jane Eyre” runs Sept. 5-Oct. 26 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Performance times and tickets are available from the box office, 773-761-4477, or online at