Centreville High School Jekyll & HydeBy Cappies • May 2nd, 2007 • Category: Cappies
“I need to go where no man has ventured before, to search for the key to the door that will end all this tragic and senseless decay! But how to go? I need to know!” In that case, make your way over to Centreville High School as they perform the malevolent story of Jekyll & Hyde.
Emma Carew (played by Maggie Burrus) & Dr. Jekyll (played by Nate Rossini)
Doctor Henry Jekyll, a brilliant scientist, is trying to figure out what makes a man evil. After his father’s death, Jekyll is convinced that a cure for mental illness lies in the separation of both good and evil natures. Without a test subject, Dr. Jekyll experiments on himself which in result creates a murderous counterpart named Edward Hyde. After killing many people, Mr. Hyde receives a “confrontation” with Dr. Jekyll in which they fight to see which side will control his body.
Based off the Robert Stevenson novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Jekyll & Hyde opened at the Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997. The show ran for a total of 1,587 performances, 44 of which were previews, making Jekyll & Hyde Plymouth Theatre’s longest-running show. After nearly four successful years, Jekyll & Hyde came to an end on January 7, 2001.
Nate Rossini‘s performance as Jekyll/Hyde was outrageous! For most actors, playing two roles simultaneously is difficult to do, but for Rossini, the roles came naturally. As Dr. Jekyll he was a kind, determined man, and tended to bring light into a gloomy situation while as Mr. Hyde he was a despicably horrid man. When Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came for their “confrontation,” Rossini had to play both characters one right after the other which he accomplished with a great success that was above a high school level performance.
As Lucy Harris, a beautiful prostitute, Caroline Rushing had fantastic character development and superb vocals. “Bring On the Men,” Lucy’s entrance song, was performed dapperly, in which Rushing’s vocals and dancing abilities were very vividly portrayed. As Dr. Jekyll’s fiancé Emma Carew, Maggie Burrus displayed an astounding range of emotions, weeping over her amoretto’s sudden change in personality.
Cooperation between Centreville’s large ensemble cast and crew was evidenced in the nearly seamless transitions, in which actors and technicians alike kept the production flowing smoothly along. Numerous wireless microphones, handled properly by Sound Designer Peter Arango, brought the musical’s complex lyrics through clearly, supporting the actors who so consistently carried their lines.
All in all, Jekyll & Hyde comes to life on the faces of the actors in Centreville High School’s production. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will haunt the audience long after the final curtain call.
by Jose Pineda, Manassas Park
This review was written by a Cappies high school critic. The Cappies were founded in 1999, for the purpose of celebrating high school theater arts and providing a learning opportunity for theater and journalism students. You can learn more at cappies.com.
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