'Jekyll and Hyde' showing this weekend at Concord High School
Cast members rehearse "Facade" from Jekyll & Hyde.
Tyler Shore, as Dr. Henry Jekyll, rehearses a scene
Claire Celestin, as Lucy Harris, rehearses a song.
Cast members rehearse "Murder, Murder" from Jekyll & Hyde
Tyler Shore and cast members rehearse a scene from Jekyll & Hyde.
An untitled, watercolor monotype by Bert Yarborough.
The task of playing both the protagonist and antagonist in this weekend’s Concord High School performance of Jekyll & Hyde falls to sophomore Tyler Shore.
“He’s been phenomenal,” said Clint Klose, director of the high school’s drama club. “It’s hard to make the decisions because there is so much talent and this group has such immense talent. Some of our ensemble members could easily be leads at other schools.”
Jekyll & Hyde opens tomorrow at the Christa McAuliffe auditorium at Concord High School. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are available at the box office and at 717-7670 and cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
The play is adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
There is Dr. Henry Jekyll, experimenting on himself to explore the duality of man. There is Edward Hyde, the grotesque, sinister offshoot of Jekyll’s experiment.
While the former struggles to control his dark side, the latter goes on a murderous spree.
The showstopper, Klose said, comes during the confrontation scene between the two characters in the second act. “You get to see both characters within one song,” Klose said. “We use some pretty cool special effects to do it. It’s pretty riveting how you’re going to see the split personality.”
The show is the fifth Klose has directed at the high school. Previous productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, The Phantom of the Opera and Amadeus.
“We’re trying to do some of the things that high schools and colleges don’t really get a chance to do around here,” Klose said.
Including cast, crew and the musical pit, about 65 students are participating in the production.
“We definitely have a tradition of having not only fabulous singers and musicians but also fabulous sets, lighting and sound. We really try to bring all of the elements into Jekyll & Hyde,” Klose said.
Production crews will transform the stage to look like a street in London, where most of the story is set. “Many things will come on and off to kind of push us through,” Klose said.
Concord High’s production is based on Frank Wildhorn’s 1997 Broadway show, which was revived last year.
“It’s just fabulous. Some of these songs are almost standards now,” Klose said. “It’s just beautiful Broadway music. We actually have a nice combination of Concord High School students with some local New Hampshire musicians coming in to help out.”