Colonial Players Jekyll and HydeBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 7th, 2007 • Category: Reviews, Stand Out!
Listen to our review of Colonial Players production of Jekyll and Hyde [MP3 7:00 2MB].
Laura: Friday evening we saw the opening night performance of the Colonial Players production of Jekyll and Hyde in Annapolis Maryland.
Mike: Jekyll and Hyde is a musical based on the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The show takes place in the early 1900’s. Dr. Jekyll is researching why man is so evil. He thinks he has come up with a potion that can help people become less evil. But he can’t find anybody to test it on. So he tests it on himself. Unfortunately, instead of the potion taking his bad parts away, it makes the bad parts much more more strong such that he becomes a second personality, Edward Hyde.
Laura: This show was outstanding. I would call this a standout show. Everything was well done. The singing. The choreography was top notch. The acting was great. I really enjoyed this program.
Mike: This was a very good production. There were a few minor problems with it, but all in all it was a really great show. I think you would not be disappointed if you take the drive up to Annapolis to see Jekyll and Hyde. It’s playing for another three weeks.
Laura: The role of Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde was played by Pete Thompson. His solos were good they just weren’t very strong. He made up for it in his acting and in the stage choreography that he had to do when he turned into Edward Hyde.
Mike: Lucy Harris was the prostitute that met Dr. Jekyl and then later met Mr. Hyde without realizing they were the same person, was played wonderfully by Christine Asero. Miss Asero is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and had to get permission to be in this community theater production. She did a great job. Wonderful singing voice. She was very believable as a prostitute. She had an intense, not a glare, but this intense look when she was talking to Dr. Jekyll and then when she was visiting his house. She was very vulnerable and had just such a wide range of emotions throughout the show. It was a joy to watch her.
Laura: Dr. Jekyll’s fiance, Emma Carew was played by Emily Bowen. She gave a very strong performance. I actually liked the solos that she did. She had a good strong voice, with a lot of emotion. I liked the scene at the end of the play between her and Dr. Jekyll. I though that was very powerful.
Mike: Simon Stride. He was the antagonist of Dr. Jekyll. He was played by Ron Giddings. I really liked him. He wasn’t supposed to be liked. I liked what he brought to the character. He was very plotting and very sinister, very manipulative. He had a couple scenes. one with Lucy Harris and you wanted to just kind of his and boo at him as he was manipulating her and belittling her. He did a great job with that role.
Laura: The set for Jekyll and Hyde was extremely creative. It wasn’t a theater in the round. It was actually kind of a theater in the rectangle. There was a u shaped bench in the center of the stage. It became the benches for the Red Rat Pub where the ladies of the evening met their sailors. It also became Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory. Then it became kind of a courtyard area for the wedding of Dr. Jekyll and Emma Carew. I thought it was really creative what they did with it.
Mike: It was a very efficient use of space. Basically the set of benches that were in a U shape in the center of the staging area. Dr. Jekyll’s lab equipment would just rise up out of the benches and the benches would slide into themselves to hold the laboratory benches up. You had vials and beakers that he would use. I’m not giving it at all justice on how cool the set was. It was designed by the director Craig Allen Mummey along with Dick Whaley. They did a great job with that. There was one mistake that was near the end of the show. Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde has torn his laboratory apart. They did smash all of the various vials and beakers and things. The benches themselves were broken in half. Unfortunately some of the glass pieces hadn’t slid off the broken benches. I mentioned that to Craig Mummey when I saw him Sunday night at the WATCH Awards. He agreed that we can’t do everything and it was a little bit late to change it. If that’s the pickiest thing I have to say about the show, that’s not a bad deal at all. It was a really good show.
Laura: The stage combat for Jekyll and Hyde was also incredible. Very well planned out. The Stage Combat Choreographer was Jamie Hanna and the Assistant choreographer was Robby Rose. That was really well done. Timed out very well so it looked extremely realistic. Mr. Hyde stabbed who he thought was a villain and red streamers that came out of the costumes to represent blood. I thought that was a nice effect.
Mike: The dancing was also wonderful. The scene in the Red Rat Pub with Lucy and the barmaids, “Bring on the Men.” That was incredible. They were going up and down and around the bench area. There were men interacting with the barmaids. It was a really nicely choreographed show. The choreography was done by Craig Allen Mummey and Alicia Sweeney.
Laura: Again I encourage you to go see this show. It is a standout show. Jekyll and Hyde is playing through March 31st, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30 PM at the Colonial Players Theatre in Annapolis Maryland. We do suggest you go see this show, this was a stand out show.
Mike: Also be aware there is no parking on the street near the theater so get there in plenty of time for parking. There are a couple garages right near the theater. If you haven’t been to downtown Annapolis, the roads are narrow. We accidentally found the garage we were looking for. Not a long walk at all. Only two blocks to the theater, but it was kind of disconcerting driving around in these narrow streets. Just keep that in mind.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.