Collective Theatrics will bring their production of Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical to the stage this weekend with three performances at the Tom Morrison Theatre.
Since beginning in the fall of 2014, Collective Theatrics has grown to become one of the city’s most popular community theatre groups. Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical will be the company’s seventh production and its first of the season.
“Jekyll and Hyde was chosen largely for two reasons; the first being its flexible cast size,” said Collective Theatrics’ Kyle Peters. “You can do this production with as few as 14 people or as many as 40. The second reason we chose this production is because we knew we wanted to do a show around October and the Halloween nature of the timing and the show naturally seemed to fit.”
Peters helped co-found the company and will direct the production when it takes the stage October 19-21.
“The musical also explores the theme of the duality of man where we’re constantly presented with evidence that man is not one, but two, he is evil and good,” he said. “We see this not only in the split character of Jekyll and Hyde but the rest of the cast has been enjoying the opportunity to explore two sides of their characters. The show also contains some of the most popular musical theatre anthems ever written such as Someone Like You, In His Eyes, and Jekyll’s power ballad This is the Moment to name a few.”
Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and features music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden, and book by Leslie Bricusse. The production made its world premiere in 1990 and debuted on Broadway seven years later.
Collective Theatrics’ upcoming production involves a cast of 30 actors and performers from around the Fredericton area and is the company’s largest production to date. That’s a pretty remarkable feat for a company comprised of volunteers who happily commit their time to the collective creation process.
“The part about community theatre that I love the most is that it introduces people with a common interest who would otherwise never meet,” said Peters. “We have people from all different backgrounds but they all come together to put on a production. The current cast is made up of people with music and theatre degrees as well as people who have never set foot on the stage before.”
Following this production Collective Theatrics will begin rehearsals for its 2018 production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent, with performances planned for February as part of Fredericton’s FROSTival celebrations. Auditions for that production are planned for October 26.
Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical | October 19-21, 2017 | Tom Morrison Theatre (FHS) | 7:30 p.m. | Tickets are $20 cash only and are available at Joy of Framing and at the door | View Event
Due to the Gothic horror nature of the production, younger audiences are not advised to attend.