Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 3, 2018

Stage Coaach Player’s Presents: Jekyll & Hyde

In the struggle between good and evil, we tend to root for a good man to defeat the evil man.  But when the good man and the evil man share the same body, things become a bit more interesting.  In Stage Coach Player’s final production of its main season, Jekyll & Hyde, Dr. Henry Jekyll must battle his internal demons in the form of Edward Hyde.   Jekyll & Hyde was written by Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden and is directed by Cortney Jo Newby with vocal direction by Hillary Rutten.

Based on the famous gothic novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the story delves into the human psyche and its struggle between doing good and being a kind person or doing evil.  Dr. Jekyll, who is passionate and a romantic is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas.  Rebuffed by those in powers, he makes himself the subject of his own experimental treatments and accidentally unleashes his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll & Hyde is a rock pop opera and for that reason, isn’t done often.  There is very little dialogue with much of the show being sung by a talented group of actors.  The musical numbers contained in the show include “A New Life,” ”Someone Like You,” “This Is The Moment,” and “Once Upon A Dream.”  To get an idea of the music, the original Broadway cast recording can be heard via Spotify.  Or a sampling of the songs is available at the Music Theatre International website.

The 1997 Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde garnered four Tony Award nominations for best costume design, best lighting design, best book for a musical and best actor in a musical for Robert Cuccioli for his portrayal of Jekyll and Hyde.  Cuccioli won both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award while Linda Eder won Theater World Award for her portrayal of Lucy Harris.  Jekyll & Hyde contains adult themes and material and may not be suitable for kids aged 13 and under.

Performances for Jekyll & Hyde are October 24th through October 27th and November 1st through November 3rd with a curtain time of 7:30, along with a Saturday matinee on October 27th and a Sunday matinee on November 4th with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $20 each or $18 for seniors and children age 13 and under.  To purchase tickets, visit our online website at

www.stagecoachers.com.  You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, September 16th.  The phone number is 815-758-1940.

 

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