FAINT-hearted beware; Jekyll & amp Hyde at Don Russell Performing Arts Centre! The musical horror-drama Jekyll & Hyde is coming to the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre.
Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Zoe Jay, the show is loosely based on the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Dr Jekyll is grieving over his father who has become mentally ill and distant. So, he promises to find a cure that will rid his body of all evil.
As the board of governors denies his research, Dr Jekyll starts experimenting on himself. But instead of ridding evil, it becomes embodied within him and Mr Hyde is born.
What Does the Show Follow?
The show follows Mr Hyde’s violent outbursts while Dr Jekyll becomes obsessed with his work.
The musical Jekyll & Hyde was first staged at Houston’s Alley Theatre in 1990 where it broke box office records and played to sold-out houses, leading to the run being extended twice.
After moving to Broadway, the musical scored four Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and six Outer Critics Circle Awards.
The storyline of the musical focuses on the battle for dominance between good and evil, with Dr. Jekyll standing in for the former and his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, playing the role of the latter. What Zoe Said
“There is a lot of violence, sex and mature scenes – trying to direct that kind of movement, and the feelings, is really challenging for any director, as well as the actors involved.
“But I don’t want to take the easy way out, I want it to be real.”
A Brief Background on Zoe
First performing at age nine in The King and I at Rockingham Theatre, Zoe has never looked back. She is more well-known for her dancing skills after graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 2007.
She has choreographed numerous shows. The shows include Beauty and the Beast at the Regal Theatre and Oklahoma! This scored her a gong for choreography at the annual Finley Awards.
More recently, Zoe has turned her hand to directing Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Bonnie and Clyde – nominated for three Finley Awards – with the Murray Music and Drama Club.
“I’ve always been weirdly fascinated with the id, ego and superego theories and I’m intrigued by these underlying themes in Jekyll & Hyde,” she said.
Special note on Jekyll & amp Hyde at Don Russell Performing Arts Centre
The event “Jekyll & amp Hyde at Don Russell Performing Arts Centre” contains adult themes. It’s more suitable for kids 12 and up.
The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is at Lot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie.