A Tale of Two Shows

November 17, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

If you enjoy great theatre, this week is for you!  There are two great productions heading our way, both debuting mid-week.  The Saint John Theatre Company kicks off their 09-10 season with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and KHVS is putting on a fall musical, the student/staff production of Jesus Christ Superstar!

I am very disappointed to have to miss the first of the two, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  After joining the SJTC last year as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago, as well as participating in second stage activities and this summer’s Theatre on the Edge, I have really gotten into the high calibre productions.  Hubby and I have bought a season subscription the last few years, which is an amazing deal for great professional theatre.  This season is as exciting as the last, with plays that rely heavily on talented male leads (shows 2 & 3 are Frost/Nixon and musical The Producers).   

jekyll-banner-websiteDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the stage adaptation of the famous 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stephenson.  “Something dark is haunting London. Doctor and scientist Henry Jekyll has stumbled upon a potion that allows him to transfigure – into the violent and secretive Mr. Edward Hyde. The doctor revels in the freedom of his second identity, but when the murder of a prominent politician is attributed to the remorseless Hyde, Jekyll’s relationship to the madman is called into question. As Jekyll’s alter ego slips further into depravity, the doctor begins to lose control…”  Bone chilling and bound to be an amazing performance by their lead actor!

Don’t shed a tear for my misfortune, though.  The reason I have to miss the play is that I am performing in the musical!  I am a huge fan of all things musical theatre, and when Suzanne Yerxa gave us teachers the opportunity to participate, I jumped at the chance.  I am excited to be waiting anxiously in the wings alongside my students for the opportunity to sing and dance.

superstar2Jesus Christ Superstar is not for all audiences.  The rock opera turned musical, by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ.  The story “is based on St John’s Gospel account of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for Jesus’ and his followers’ arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion.”  The show is high energy and sure to please, especially with performances by KVHS VP Peter Atkinson (Priest), Physics teacher Paul Dunnet (King Herrod) and English teacher John Frank (Pontius Pilate), however, there are some disturbing scenes.

Wish me a broken leg and get your tickets to both shows before its too late!

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