Jekyll and Hyde


Rotherham Civic Theatre / 30 October - 3 November 2012

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The Show!

FAME poster

“Jekyll & Hyde” concerns a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashed his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. He manages to kill scores of people without getting caught. Finally as Jekyll is about to marry his lover, Emma, he turns into Hyde and kills a wedding guest. In the end, Hyde/Jekyll begs his friend Utterson to kill him. Utterson holds a blade to Hyde/Jekyll's heart but cannot harm his friend. However, Hyde/Jekyll falls forward onto the sword, committing suicide.

The Cast!

MAIN CHARACTERS

HENRY JEKYLL - Ian Fryer / EDWARD HYDE - Ian Fryer / LUCY HARRIS - Catherine Harban / EMMA CAREW - Charlotte Spowage / JOHN UTTERSON - Craig Lawton / SIR DANVERS - Jonathan Taylor / LORD SAVAGE - Scott Hall / SIMON STRIDE - Matt Roberts / BISSIT - Mauric Widdop / NELLIE - Karen Wilkins / LADY BEACONSFIELD - Ruth Lockwood / POOLE - Andy Waldie / SPIDER - Andy Waldie / BISHOP OF BASINGSTOKE - Matt Symonds / LORD GLOSSOP - Michael Tattersall / PROOPS - Alex Wilkins / PRIEST, MINISTER - Roy Cooke /

Dancers

Rachel Ward/Becky Beadsley/Courtney Sutton/Heather Slack/Beth Pickavance/Jess Shaw.

Ensemble

Emma Fiddler/Shirley Sayles/Josh Roberts/Bradley Widdop/Tracey Sheldrake/Mandy Ward/Joanne Challinor/Elliot Lee/Lyndsay Hans/Shannon Duggan/Brian Gent.

Choir

June Noble/Esme Brook/Celia Aynsley/Jude Gray/Chris Fenn/Geoff Fenwick/Angela Stewart/Margaret Bemrose.

The Production Team


Director / Choreographer : Dee Bennie-Marshall

Musical Director : Heather Jackson

Stage Manager : Richard Badger

Production Assistant : Matt Roberts

Director's Cut

Director - Dee Bennie-Marshall
As a director I used to be known as the glitzy director having a great love for the lavish, sparkly Broadway musicals. Jekyll and Hyde changed all that me and also I believe for our cast too. The grit and drama that is Jekyll Hyde filled me with a new love. I don't think the cast envisage having such a good time on this show but they sure did and voiced how proud they were to be part of such a fabulous show. The dual character part of Mr Hyde was played beautifully by the wonderful Ian Fryer and his commitment and dedication to the part was second to none! With haunting music and beautiful set we had a huge hit on our hands. Here s to more drama and grit in the future!.

The Reviews!

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NODA - Les Smith

Any show must have some good actors in leading character roles especially when the names appear in the title and this show is no exception except that the two leads are played by the same person requiring two entirely different characterisations. Ian Fryer as both Jekyll and Hyde was perfect; he was able to change from one to the other with ease. This was a difficult role to play and even more so when he had to sing the duet Streak of Madness with himself changing very quickly from one person to the other but he played it like a true professional. Of course you also need to have good support too such as the chorus, dancers, choir and also other leading characters and these were outstanding especially the two leading ladies, Charlotte Spowage as Emma Carew who was able to show her acting and singing talents to the full in this part, the emotion during the wedding scene was second to none and her singing of the duet In His Eyes with Lucy Harris was beautiful. Catherine Harban as Lucy Harris was also able to show off her acting and singing talents especially in her two solos, Someone Like You and A New Life, these were breathtaking both resulting in the very deserved rapturous applause from the audience, she also lead the dancers in the raucous number Bring On The Men which brought the house down. Congratulations must go to all involved with this production and thank you for a great evening’s entertainment.

Rotherham Advertiser - Tom Sharpe

Formula For Success

BEARING witness to the split personalities of an audience at the Civic can be a distressing experience.

In the past I have seen impressive productions played out in front of a handful of people, the rustle of boiled sweet wrappers overwhelming quieter moments in the dialogue.

But when the place is packed to the rafters with an appreciative and engrossed audience there is no doubting that it is capable of delivering real goose bumps.

Just in the nick of time for Hallowe’en week, Rotherham Teachers’ Operatic Society proved that they have the formula for just such a production well and truly refined with their performance of Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical.

Not that the dramatic story initially penned by Robert Louis Stevenson — adapted into musical form by Steve Cuden, Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse — goes without a dose of distress, horror and drama, of course.

Such is the rousing nature of the songs, acting and choreography that most of those boiled sweets were left in the wrappers...

As far as I’m concerned Rotherham Teachers have developed into the town’s foremost amateur dramatic group, and that feeling is cemented by Ian Fryer who tackles the split personalities of Dr Henry Jekyll and Mr Edward Hyde with great energy.

His strong vocals are shown-off to their best in the pre-transformation performance of This Is the Time and the climactic song Confrontation, which depicts a powerful on-stage showdown between Jekyll and Hyde, and see him rise to the challenge in glowing style. Mr Fryer’s uninhibited acting drew me in to Formula for success the storyline and sold the transformation from flawed humanitarian into wild-eyed murderer in convincing, and at times rather disturbing, fashion.

His opposite numbers Charlotte Spowage (as Dr Jekyll’s fiance Emma Carew) and Catherine Harban (as “lost” showgirl and prostitute Lucy Harris) prove worthy opposite numbers to his impressive lead.

Ms Spowage stood out in her performance alongside Mr Fryer for the duet Take Me As IAm but it was Ms Harban’s risqué performance of Bring On The Men and A New Life that secured her a sizeable chunk of the applause when the curtain fell at the end of the show.

Rotherham Teachers’ success seems to stem from the very roots of their organisation, with a huge pool of talent on stage and in their orchestra matched by the ability to gain funding to back-up that talent with professional-looking sets, lighting and make-up that would not be out of place in a professional production.

That professionalism continues to be the catalyst for the group’s continued ability to attract the best performers and put on the best shows for packed audiences at the Civic on this evidence.

Although times are tough for amateur dramatic groups it’s great to see that Rotherham Teachers have all their calculations correct when they come up with a convincing formula for success... it’s a shame that the same couldn’t be said of Dr Jekyll.