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March 19, 2019 : Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical Runs April 4-7

 

Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s spring production Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical runs April 4 - 7, 2019. Tickets are available online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatre or at the box office Monday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. It will also be open one hour before the start of each show. For questions or to reserve your tickets, please call 740-681-3353.

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Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical is an epic struggle between good and evil which comes to life on stage. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical has mesmerized audiences the world over.

 

An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret.

A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind's most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

 

Some of the student cast members were interviewed about their individual roles as well as the Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical production.

 

Senior Communications major Brooke Arnold, who plays Emma Carew in the production explains why she auditioned. I wanted to be involved in this production because I absolutely love the show and the music is breathtaking. I was also excited about the role of Emma Carew because I find the character to be endearing and really wanted to have a chance to portray that on stage. I am so blessed to perform Jekyll & Hyde The Musical as my senior show here at the Ohio University Lancaster theatre program.”


Arnold has a ritual she likes to practice before each performance. "I like to stand in the wings and listen to the sounds of the audience and take in the whole atmosphere of the theatre. Then I say a quick prayer and get into character!"

 

Freshman Abby Reeves plays Nellie and is part of the Ensemble. She is nervous and excited for her role. "I am the most nervous about the dancing because it takes me a while to get the hang of it, but it’s exciting!" To combat these nerves, she prepares by going over her music and reading and rereading the script.

 

Reeves says the production starts strong, "My favorite moment in the show is the first ensemble number because it is the first time we are all on stage together."


Senior Communications major Christina Bernthold plays Lucy Harris and has a favorite performer in the show. "There is so much talent in this production. My husband, Daniel Bernthold is completely blowing everyone away. Just to see his growth from the beginning to now. Everyone needs to come see him. His transformation between Jekyll and Hyde is amazing to see. Everyone in the cast has seen Daniel break out of his shell and I am so thankful that he gets to play such an iconic character."

 

She also felt challenged by her role in the production, "Lucy Harris is extremely vulnerable. She is trying to just live another day. It's challenging to play her because even though her actions may not seem reasonable, she is a sympathetic character."


Junior Daniel Bernthold has the starring role playing Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and he thinks audiences are going to be blown away by this ensemble. "They will be shocked at the talent that comes from Ohio University Lancaster. Audiences are going to see the dedication of every single person in the cast. They are going to see a new caliber of acting from every veteran actor and new actor. They are going to want to see the show again."

 

Daniel Bernthold understood the importance of his role. "Actors who play Jekyll and Hyde have big shoes to fill. The character can make or break a production. With this being only the third show that I have ever been in, it is a lot of memorization. I have spent hours memorizing over 20 songs. I get to play two separate characters, and I have to act completely different within seconds."

 

He reiterated just how this talented ensemble cast makes his job easier. "It is really easy to act with someone who is dedicated to the role that they are playing. I am fortunate to be a part of a cast that is very experienced and willing to always collaborate with me to make the show shine."


Brooke Arnold has a favorite line from the show that sums up the production. "I think my favorite line of dialogue in the show is “You never promised me the journey would be easy, only that we would take it together.”

 

Jeckyll & Hyde is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

 

A rich tradition of theatre continues to thrive and grow on the Ohio University Lancaster campus. OUL’s Theatre program offers four major productions a year, one of which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. The faculty and staff of Ohio University Lancaster are dedicated to continuing a strong, successful and educational theatre program. Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre is located at 1570 Granville Pike in Lancaster, Ohio. For more information on the OUL Theatre program, contact A. Victor Jones, Artistic Director and Lecturer of Theatre for Ohio University Lancaster at jonesv2@ohio.edu.